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Cabo Verde Travel Guide: Discovering God's Wonders in Paradise

Journey through the captivating geography and rich culture of Cabo Verde. Nestled off the northwest coast of Africa, this island nation, comparable in size to Rhode Island, beckons with its diverse landscapes and tropical climate. Delve into the essence of Cabo Verde, where the fusion of European and African influences has shaped its unique identity.


Geography of Cabo Verde

Cabo Verde, an island nation situated off the northwest coast of Africa, and is roughly the size of the U.S. state of Rhode Island. This archipelago comprises 10 volcanic islands, showcasing a tropical climate distinguished by two seasons: the dry season from November to July and the wet season spanning August to October. Its varied landscapes encompass volcanic terrain and sandy beaches, offering a captivating blend of natural beauty. Temperatures range from 65°F to 75°F in December through February and from 70°F to 85°F during June to August.





Cabo Verde Scripture

May the glory of the LORD endure forever; may the LORD rejoice in his works— he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke. (psalm 104:31-32)

Reflection Questions

  • If you had to sum up the essence of your faith in a short phrase, how might you explain it to someone from this country?

  • Cabo Verde’s location off the west coast of Africa shaped it’s cultural blending of European and African Influences. How might this uniqueness be reflected in Christianity on the islands?

  • C V has few natural resources and a largely rural population. How might the faith of Christians here speak to living simply and gratefully?

  • What might the experience of Christians in C V teach you about expressing joy and perseverance in hardship?


Faith and Culture in the Cabo Verde

Language

The official language of Cabo Verde is Portuguese. However, the majority of the population speaks Cape Verdean Creole, a Portuguese-based Creole language, as their primary language.


Religion and History

  • 77% Roman Catholic

  • 10% Protestant

  • 2% Muslim

  • 11% No Religious Affiliation

Cape Verde was discovered by the Portuguese in the 15th century. Unsettled at the time. They brought Roman Catholicism.


No Religious Affiliation

Apostate or Deconversion

Someone who at one time was a believer but later fell into unbelief is known as someone who has experienced apostate or deconversion. The experience is often gradual, not due to one specific reason. While the result isn’t necessarily atheism and is not usually influenced by an atheists, they are often grouped into the athiest category. Some people experience a sense of liberation and freedom when stepping away from religion while others feel a loss and mourn lack of sense of community – one of the reasons that the Sunday Assembly was born. Sunday Assembly is unbelievers gathered for worship because the practice of routine is valued above God.


9 Reasons behind Apostasy – Though not Guaranteed


  • Homes where only one parent participates in religion or it’s not enforced

    • Duet 6:7 says parents are to be involved in the religious education and formation of their children, not just drop them off at church

  • Going to college and having one's faith challenged or encounter new ideas that contradict your religious beliefs

    • Teach youth to think critically about their faith

  • Meeting people of other cultures and religious beliefs

  • A misfortune – like an unanswered prayer or the loss of a loved one

    • Our world experiences suffering (Book of Job) because of sin in the world, yet God is attentive to our cries, Christ suffered for us

  • Relationships, whether romantic or a colleague or friend

  • Politics

    • Specifically, if they lean liberal. They often interpret the stifling side of right-wing politics as impacting their beliefs

  • Sex

    • They have homosexual or bisexual tendencies

    • They feel guilt or shame for their urges

    • If their desire is condemned

      • God created these urges, but it can cause us individual harm

      • God does offer forgiveness and grace even in this

  • Satan & Hell

    • If it was strongly emphasized in their home/church it can lead to overwhelming resentment

    • Not to be used as a motivational force to make kids be good, it corrupts God’s Word and His mercy

  • Religious colleagues, clergymen, or acquaintances who act counter to their beliefs

    • Church needs to be a safe place to express doubts

    • As Christians we need to support, encourage, love, admonish, and forgive one another


Witnessing To SBNR

  • Pray for the conversation

  • Acknowledge that the person to be upset with is Satan not the person. They are in Spiritual Warfare and don't even know it.

  • Ask them about their deconversion – what led to those things?

  • Acknowledge we live in a sinful and broken world

  • Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn it, but to restore it


Cabo Verde Cultural Etiquette

  • It’s considered to rude to eat without sharing, so they don’t eat in public places like on the bus, etc.

  • Touching or patting someones head or hair is not appreciated

  • They open on island time with a relaxed laid back schedule



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Exploring Cabo Verde


Historic Cidade Velha

Begin your journey in Cidade Velha, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest European settlement in the tropics. Explore the historic architecture, visit the famous Pelourinho Square, and learn about the island's colonial history.


Hike to the Summit of Pico do Fogo

Head to Fogo, an island dominated by the active volcano Pico do Fogo. Embark on a challenging yet rewarding hike to the summit for breathtaking panoramic views of the volcanic landscapes. Don't miss the opportunity to explore the volcanic craters and lava fields.


Enjoy the White Sands of Santa Maria Beach

Relax on the pristine Santa Maria Beach on the island of Sal. The turquoise waters and white sandy shores make it an ideal spot for sunbathing, swimming, and water sports. Experience the laid-back atmosphere of this coastal paradise.


Discover the Cultural Rhythms in Mindelo

Visit Mindelo on the island of São Vicente, known for its vibrant arts and music scene. Explore the local markets, witness a live performance of traditional Morna music, and immerse yourself in the cultural rhythms of this lively city.


Sail to the Deserted Ilhéu de Sal Rei

Take a boat trip to the uninhabited Ilhéu de Sal Rei off the coast of Boa Vista. Experience the tranquility of this deserted islet, surrounded by crystal-clear waters. It's an ideal spot for snorkeling, birdwatching, and enjoying the serene beauty of nature.


Grow in Your Faith in Cabo Verde

Every time time that you travel there are opportunities to grow in your faith. Some ideas you may consider include:

  • Sing praise to the Lord on a moonlit beach

  • Read the Psalms overlooking the mountains, resting in His promises

  • Pray for mercy and reconciliation, against crime, leaders, poverty


Conclusion

As you explore Cabo Verde, may your heart be stirred with a desire to delve deeper into its wonders.


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