It is said that one will see many things in Angola that he will see no where else in Africa. The nation, much like Brazil, its neighbor and fellow Lusophone nation directly west across the Atlantic, has extensive agriculture (Angola was once the #1 producer of African coffee before its protracted, tragic civil war), hydropower (it is the only African nation simultaneously in the basins of the mighty Congo/Zaire, Zambezi and Okavango Rivers), wildlife (having some of the most plentiful numbers of species on the continent) and minerals (Angola is Africa’s second largest producer of oil and the third largest producer of diamonds).
Yet, obviously, the most important part of Angola is its people…A vibrant group renowned for their friendliness. In fact, Angola has for long been a prime destination of Portuguese people to visit and frequently live…so much so that in bygone years automobile manufacturers and movie studios would debut their new vehicles and films for Portuguese audiences in the Angolan capital Luanda, not Lisbon. Today, Angola has developed into sub-Saharan Africa’s 3rd largest economy, and among other accomplishments is getting ready to commission the first transoceanic digital cable between Africa and Brazil across the south Atlantic, with a further cable linking Brazil to the United States at Boca Raton, FL. It is also one of the first African nations to put a satellite into orbit. Angola is still a tourist destination; in fact, it is projected to become the second most popular new travel destination in the world over the next few years, with some hoping for Luanda to become either the “Dubai” and/or “Miami” of Africa.
With that desire, however, comes grave danger. The nation, whose aforementioned war lasted for decades, still has immense poverty. Luanda, simultaneously, was recently ranked as the most expensive city in the world to live in for expatriates. There is nothing wrong with prosperity, but a populace with such a sharp divide will see tremendous risk of prostitution. In fact, Luanda is a destination for women trafficked specifically for this purpose from Brazil, southeast Asia and several other African nations. Couple this with nationwide problems of both prostitution (particularly among young people) and domestic abuse, and the stage is set for a wide variety of people suffering from sexual sin and brokenness.
A-B-P Ministries is dedicated to providing Portuguese language and country specific resources not only for those working to escape this bondage, but also for strengthening families in Christ to stand against it. The nation has high ambitions to become a center of trade both for southern and Portuguese-speaking Africa. It’s our hope that Angolans will be reached and strengthened to help their ever-modernizing country become a similar leader against sexual violence and exploitation.