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Songo, Nsongo in Angola

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
219,000 Songo Christianity 80.00 % 17.00 % No No   

Songo, Nsongo in Angola

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Introduction / History
The Songo people's homeland is a region with a fertile savanna on a high plateau and a mild climate. They live on a semi-arid coastal plain and work in agriculture and fishing. Though they're a church going people, few are grounded in biblical truths that develop genuine, Christ-like witnessing believers.

Professing Songo Christians tend to be nominal and ritualistic and have little understanding of Scripture. Consequently, most are unacquainted with the great truths of the Bible, such as the necessity of the new birth, salvation by faith apart from legalistic works, and the all-sufficiency of Jesus. Without mother tongue Scripture, their faith has become largely formalistic in the 100-plus years since missionaries first introduced Christianity.

What are their beliefs?
Songo believers seek to address the social issues of witchcraft and drug addiction in the local communities. The first of these is a carryover from the traditional culture and religion. When something bad happens, such as natural events and illnesses, people generally blame a human for using sorcery. The drug problem has arisen from the availability of addictive substances to a segment of the population that seeks temporary relief from life's problems.

Polygamy has also been a long-held practice in the Songo group and is a disturbing element in the largely churched society. This practice is dying out, however, and is less of a concern than in the past. The high importance Jesus and the apostles attached to marriage runs counter to this aspect of Songo culture and testifies to its need of transformation.

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Country: Angola
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, East and Southern
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:North central, Cuanza River area south of MalanjeNorth central, southeast of Luanda, Malanje, Cuanza Sul, Bié, and Lunda Norte provinces.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Songo, Nsongo
People Name General: Songo, Nsongo
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 116076
Joshua Project People ID: 19052
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 219,000
Population all Countries: 219,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Sub-Saharan Peoples
People Cluster: Bantu, Central-South
People Name General: Songo, Nsongo
Ethnic Code: NAB57b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Songo (219,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): nsx    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity80.00 %(Evangelical: 17.00 %)
Ethnic Religions20.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent4.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian1.00 %
Roman Catholic75.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a significant presence.
Least-Reached: No
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1936-1999
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
None Reported
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Songo, Nsongo in Angola

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      Songo, Nsongo Angola    
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