In the last couple of decades thousands of construction workers, engineers, doctors, cooks, and petroleum engineers have migrated from China to Angola. Current estimates are 258,000 Chinese living in Angola. They are extracting oil and developing Angola's damaged infrastructure after many years of war. Angola is China's largest supplier of oil, according to a BBC News article. The Chinese companies are using local materials, but hiring Chinese people from the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), so this is not providing jobs for the Angolans. The Angolans resent this situation, especially since it causes higher prices for average people.
The Chinese workers are located all over the country, but specifically in the northern oilfields. They live in separate compounds. Many live in the city of Luanda in the northern part of Angola.
The Chinese have a strong work ethic, and they work long, hard hours in their new environment. They are in Angola temporarily on work visas. Unfortunately, there has been much crime against Chinese citizens including kidnappings by armed gangs. Some Chinese citizens have contacted yellow fever before traveling home. These unresolved issues have made the Chinese weary of living in Angola and many have left.
Most of the Chinese in Angola are secular in their mindset, though some worship their ancestors and look to them for their needs to be met.
There are clear barriers of language and culture between the Chinese and the local population. Chinese workers also live separately from Angolans in specially-built compounds. Many hoped that they would transfer their skills to Angolans starved of education and training by the war years, but this has not happened.
* Pray for more tolerant attitude and closer working relations between the Chinese and the Angolans.
* Pray that the secularized Chinese will have the chance to hear and respond to the gospel in the more religiously tolerant Angola.
* Pray that Angolan evangelicals will use the many available Christian media resources to witness to the Chinese visitors.
(Written by Allan Starling of GRN)
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2015-01-12|
|People Name General||Chinese, general|
|People Name in Country||Chinese, general|
|Population in Angola||318,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||7 to 9|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Primary Language||Chinese, Mandarin (318,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||cmn Ethnologue Listing|
|Primary Dialect||Xinan Guanhua|
|Dialect Code||8839 Global Recordings Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Chinese, Mandarin|
Primary Language: Chinese, Mandarin
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1857-1981)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Christ for the Nations|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Traditional (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Changed Lives (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Fathers Love Letter|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus film: view in Mandarin Chinese|
|Film / Video||Light of Revelation (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Open the Doors See the Mountains (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Path to Truth and Life (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Story of Hope (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video: View in Chinese, Mandarin|
|Film / Video||The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.70 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|