About Cape Verde

Cape Verde is a cluster of 10 islands and various islets, 9 being inhabited and one uninhabited as it is an active volcano.  It is on the western side of Africa 385 miles off the coast of Senegal.  The climate in Cape Verde is hot and humid, a typical tropical climate.  The economy is primarily based on agriculture although only 10 percent of the land is arable.  Due to severe and recurrent droughts that affect the islands, agriculture...is greatly affected.   The islands produce bananas, corn, beans, sugarcane, coffee, and some fruits and vegetables, but supply less than one-fifth of the country's needs. Much of the rest comes in the form of aid from the United States, Portugal, Holland, and other countries in western Europe.  There are 5 people groups in Cape Verde.  Legal and church weddings are uncommon in Cape Verde. Typically, a woman will simply leave her family's house to move in with her boyfriend. This often results in the woman becoming pregnant. After four years of cohabitation, a relationship acquires the status of common-law marriage. While polygamy is not legal, it is customary for men, whether married or not, to be sleeping with several women at once. Cape Verdeans are an extremely generous and hospitable people. Even the poorest take pride in presenting guests with a meal. It is considered rude to eat in front of others without sharing, and for this reason one does not eat in a public setting such as on the street or on a bus.  Although the nation is predominantly a Christian nation, there is a deep need for Jesus vs. Religion. Most Cape Verdeans are Catholic in name, but are greatly influenced by superstitions and African fetishism..

What's Happening in Cape Verde

We are excited at the reception we have had in Cape Verde. From our time there, we hope to see 6 Live School's start in Sao Vicente, one of the main cities. We went there without any coordinator, but by the time we left, we have the beginnings of a team. A wonderful Brazilian missionary is working in the 5 northern islands and our main contact is going to oversee the work of the southern 4 islands. The 10th island is uninhabited. God answered our prayers regarding...the need of a coordination team in Cape Verde.  Although many claim to be Christian, it is only by name.  This small nation needs the Gospel desperately.  Many still follow traditional beliefs and superstitions, partaking in the many fetishes to ward off evil spirits.  We know that God has great plans for Cape Verde and are excited about what is already taking place!.

**Our country statistics are provided by Joshua Projects at joshuaproject.net

Please Pray for Cape Verde

Pray for rain in the natural and spiritual realm. Pray for the development of solid coordination teams within these islands.