Chinese, general in Angola

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Introduction / History

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.

Where Are they Located?

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.

What Are Their Lives Like?

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.

What Are Their Beliefs?

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.

What Are Their Needs?

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.

Prayer Points

* 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  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-01-12
People Name General Chinese, general
People Name in Country Chinese, general
Population in Angola 318,000
World Population 8,903,100
Total Countries 52
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7 to 9
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per
Alternate Names
People ID 19206
ROP3 Code 115066

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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
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chinese, Mandarin
Primary Language Chinese, Mandarin (318,000 speakers)
Language Code cmn   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Xinan Guanhua
Dialect Code 8839   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Chinese, Mandarin

Primary Language:  Chinese, Mandarin

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1864-1986)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1857-1981)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1874-1983)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
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World Bibles
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 (
Film / Video Creation to Christ (
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus film: view in Mandarin Chinese
Film / Video Light of Revelation (
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Open the Doors See the Mountains (
Film / Video Path to Truth and Life (
Film / Video Story of Hope (
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video: View in Chinese, Mandarin
Film / Video The Prophets Story (
Primary Religion: Non-Religious
Major Religion Percent *
40.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.70 %)
1.05 %
Ethnic Religions
15.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
43.95 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
40.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
5.0 %
Roman Catholic
55.0 %
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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