This month we learned that we’ll be leaning towards Angola for a little longer. We understand that the process of inaugurating Overland Missions under the Angolan government as a religious organization is not where we thought, and is likely still several months away from being finalized. We imagine that this new delay will add around 4-6 months to our time in Portugal, but of course, as with all things connected to this mission, everything is subject to change! Learn more…
Angolan Language Surveys
While we may not yet be able to set our feet back in Angola, we can ready ourselves by continuing to learn what awaits us on the ground. Two years ago the Lord connected us to a language specialist who is working among Angola’s remote people groups; surveying them to establish a “map” of Bible translation (and other) needs. We have been blessed to keep in touch with Linda and follow her work form afar. She produces highly detailed reports of her surveys that provide excellent resources for missionaries like us. Linda just finished a survey in Namibe province, where we intend to live. The photo above (with string outlines and labels) was taken by her during the survey. It’s a map of neighboring ethnic groups, created by the Kuvale of Pilangombe. Incredibly, these kinds of maps give the only modern day picture of rural peoples’ placement in Angola, due to the long civil war and resulting population displacement. Needless to say, digesting Linda’s research from the region is fascinating!
While in Portugal
For six months or so we’ve lived expecting our departure date for Angola to be just around the corner. Instead, we’ve found ourselves receiving repeated news of delays to the immigration process. Armed with our new language skills, we’ve decided to take the latest delay as an opportunity to get involved in local ministry. Up until now it’s been difficult to serve the local community due to our supposed imminent departure, and a very real language barrier. We’ve now made plans with our local church to be available to serve for however much longer we’re here for. David will be working with the mens and student ministries and Fiona will be involved with the babies and kids in “Super Igreja” (kids church). See below for a taste of worship at our church here. We’re really excited for these opportunities, but a little nervous too! Pray for us as we prepare to boldy declare the Gospel in our new second language!
Additionally, we recently have begun work on building a resource of teaching materials that will help us and our team upon arrival in Angola. We’ve been busy writing messages in Portuguese, translating some children’s teaching resources that Overland Missions is successfully using in Zambia, as well as sourcing other Bible teaching material already in Portuguese.
New Vehicle for Angola
A couple of months ago we shared this video introducing our need for a new vehicle to meet Angola’s strict requirements. Our first donations for this project have come in! We’ll be continuing to pursue funding for the new vehicle from here in Portugal. Please feel welcome to get involved and/or share this project 🙂
Well, that rounds up another month from us. We love following God on this adventure, and it’s our pleasure to share it with you. Thanks for joining us in this mission.
David, Fiona, Faith & Ivy