Equatorial Guinea gained its independence from Spain in 1968. Spanish remains the official language of the country and is used as the language of government, education and commerce. Two-thirds of the country speaks Spanish. The Spanish in Equatorial Guinea is spoken with a Castilian accent.
The bulk of our ministry and daily life will be done in Spanish. Mike will teach seminary classes and disciple pastors in Spanish. Erin will do HIV counseling and operate medical clinics in Spanish.
Equatorial Guinea has eight recognized languages. While Spanish is the official language, 85% of the country is of the Fang ethnic tribe. Fang is the first language of most people and is the preferred language in daily interactions and social settings.
In order to get to know the people and to relate with them on a personal level Mike and Erin will need to learn Fang. We will begin Fang lessons as soon as we get settled in Equatorial Guinea. To see a few Fang words go HERE. To hear the Fang language go HERE. Also, did you know, Fang was the African dialect used by Shakira in her hit 2010 World Cup song Waka Waka.