They left the country finally in 1975 knowing there were 60,000 members of the church and 300 churches established, with the North Angolan Mission in existence. Archibald’s dream had always been to set up an independent indigenous church and although later the church split in three different ways, today there are still three thriving denominations, derived from Archibald’s work with the North Angola Mission. One of these is the Anglican Church.
At the age of 83 after his wife had died, Archie went back to Angola and was welcomed by a crown of 10,000 people at the airport. He stayed for nine months but by then Angola was sliding into civil war and so he was hurried out of the country.
Today still many Angolans look back with gratitude to Archibald, seeing themselves as his spiritual children. Bishop Andre himself was baptised by Archibald aged 2. In 1990, the first priest was ordained and the Church became part of the Diocese of Lebombo, Mozambique and then in 2002, Angola became a diocese in the Church of the Province of South Africa and its first Bishop was appointed in 2003. All this began from one man following the call to preach the Gospel.