2017 Angola Trip Report

Dear friends,

Our St George’s Angola team is now (mostly) back in the UK. Hannah and Debbie are spending some time traveling in Namibia and Zambia, and Dave is staying on at the hospital (CEML) in Lubango for two weeks.

It’s been an amazing trip, on so many levels. We were able to do far more than we had imagined. There is much to be thankful for. God is indeed faithful!

Thank you so much for your support and prayers. It was a massive blessing to be sent with the support of the church.

Here are some of our highlights, and thankful prayer points:

  • Spending time with the Angolan church – we helped out with the children’s work at a local Anglican church in Lubango (São João Baptista) the day after we arrived. We played lots of parachute games, and shared the story of Jesus calming the storm. It was amazing to see the children singing wholeheartedly to God, and having fun. It was also an encouragement to see the way their beautiful Sunday school leaders care for the children, and faithfully teach them about Jesus. The following evening, we also got to hang out with around 20 of the 18-30’s from the church. Singing songs in both English and Portuguese was like a glimpse of heaven! We led a bible study on Colossians 3:12-23. It was wonderful to hear what they had to say, and see their passion for God’s word.
  • The welcome and hospitality shown by the missionary community during our stay was amazing, and we all soon felt very at home. Seeing the way they do community is both beautiful and challenging - a picture of the church in the book of Acts.
     
  • The Spiritual Life Conference (SLC), which brought together missionaries from different organisations from all over Angola, was INCREDIBLE!
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  • The kid’s program, based on Genesis 1-3, went really well. It was great to see the children growing in confidence each day, and there was a really sense of joy. They loved learning / singing ‘God’s love is BIG’! The parents of the children were so grateful to have an enthusiastic group to look after their kids.
  • We had a time of all together worship each morning, and there was a real sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit and people meeting with Him.
     
  • It was such a blessing to be able to connect with so many of the missionaries and to hear about their varied work through which they share Jesus and serve others: from healthcare, to engineering, to teaching, to stone masonry, to flying planes, to bible translation, to agriculture, to IT, to church planting…. there is certainly room for all skills, if you ever feel called to go!
  • Just before SLC, one of the missionaries, who became a great friend during our time became unwell and required IV's. After lots of prayer, she got better, and was able to make the conference.
  • Afternoon 'all age' activities (including a 4x4 obstacle course/ egg and spoon race) were lots of fun, and again reflected the beautiful way they do community and include everybody.

  • Lucy and Debbie had the opportunity to help out in the clinic at the farm the day before the conference (in place of Sarah when she was poorly). The whole team also visited the missionary hospital, CEML, in the city and had the opportunity to see first-hand the vital work that goes on there. Alex also gave blood for someone needing emergency surgery.
     
  • After losing 3 suitcases in transit to Angola, they were thankfully returned just in time for SLC. Thanks be to God, and to the MAF pilot who collected them from Namibia!
     
  •  Praise God for safety on the roads, and (mostly) good health for all.
     
  • We are also thankful for the opportunity to visit some beautiful landscapes close to Lubango, and marvel at the beauty and vastness of God’s creation.

Continued prayer points:

  • For the team as they process their experience and re-adjust to UK life. Pray that God would show us how to respond to Him and to the needs overseas now that we are home.
  • Health and safety for Debbie, Hannah and Dave as they stay in southern Africa for a couple more weeks.
  • For the missionaries in Angola returning to work after SLC- that they would remain refreshed and spiritually revived. May God continue to protect, strengthen and sustain them.

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.
— Psalm 67:1-5