We have settled into living with George Jeremia and family very easily and well. We just thank our Father for this blessing. Our team is working well together and it has been very interesting getting to know everyone. One of the constants here is the constant change. From year to year there is constant new developments and where we had a landmark last year, this year it is gone, or another building has popped up and our landmark is obscured.

Today saw us at the first church for ministry. St Lukes, at Omungwelume, has always been the furthest church and therefor often neglected. There are now churches further but today we were at St Lukes and had a number of firsts for those of us who have been coming here for some years. This was the first time there were any men to minister to, the first time there were more than 15 women (we counted almost 30), the first time there has been significant numbers of children and youth – close on 90 combined. Most of the youth attended with the children and then most of the children attended with the youth.

Michael Simmons spoke to the men, all 4 of them, and there was much discussion afterwards. Marion Edmonds-Smith spoke to the ladies and they had a great time with singing, talks, testimonies, a reminder of how we had been praying for years for leaders here and also the history of how Lukas and the other pastors came to leave ACSA and join REACH NAM. Kathy Noland led the children and Sphelo Mlungu the youth. Both had very responsive participation and were ably assisted by others of the team. The pastor here is Robert Nakwatumba and assisted by Meme Victoria it would seem that there is much progress from previous years. The children and youth numbers was the most noticeable change.

For this trip 42 Bibles were donated and we were able to make these available and soon there was a stream of people buying the Bibles (we buy them for N$175 and then sell them for N$50). We buy them from the Namibian Bible Society at R175 and sell them at R50. To see people finding the money and with great appreciation being able to but their own Bible is certainly a very special moment. One lady asked for 8 so that she could take them and sell them to her neighbours. A short time later she returned with the money she had sold them for. Praise God for these Bibles and the difference they will make for His kingdom!

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 Michael teaching the men. 

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The record number of children intently listening to Kathy. 

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 After Marion taught the ladies, Meme Victoria gave a testimony of the work we have been doing and what a privilege they have had in us coming to them. You really have to be here to feel the passion and gratitude of the people.

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Muriel spoke about the road that the team had walked in prayer for men and a leader in particular, showing how God had answered this prayer in Lukas and the other pastors who left the ACSA denom here and joined REACH NAM. Lukas then also told the story from his side.

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Here we have the youth listening to Sphelo. Just look at that group! We have never seen these numbers at this church before! In the doorway is Tate Joseph, the 107 yr old who has been coming tou our presentations here for about 3 yrs now, and he walks there.

Tomorrow it is our plan to minister at Christ Church Ondangwa. Here we will also be starting a first, the first time that we will have ministry to the women who are in formal employment. They have typically been missed out since we normally meet at 12h00 so this time we have an additional time for them at 17h00. Please pray that this will be a great opportunity for the Gospel as these ladies mix with many others and have time and place to make much impact for the Kingdom.

  • We give our Saviour all the glory for safe and event-free journey from Cape Town to Ondangwa
  • We praise our Saviour for the wonderful day of ministry we had today, for lives impacted, many new friends made and the Name of Christ lifted high.
  • Pray that as we get more into the daily rhythm of ministry, we won’t become casual about what we are doing and also the exhaustion won’t mean less or hurried preparation.

30 June

I often find our time in Namibia to be an amazing blur of activity and before one knows it we are days into our time here. We have now visited four churches and tomorrow is Sunday with us visiting, and preaching, at two churches.

But let’s catch you up on what our God has been doing over the past few days.

On Thursday we visited Christ Church Ondangwa. We arrived for a 12h00 start but apart from Denys Nandi, one of the pastors who has been involved in these churches here for decades, there wasn’t really anyone else. He said that the people had been invited. After waiting a few hours, we went to have a small bite to eat and returned just after 16h00.

By then a number of people had gathered and ministry got going. Here follows a few pics of this:

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Here we have Kathy getting the younger children’s attention, with able help from Caitlin and Dawson.

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The older youth, essentially high school children, were inside the church with Sphelo and Michelle.

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This is Marion with the ladies who normally cannot come due to work commitments. This group grew as the time passed. This was a first and was at their request. What a privilege to be asked to add this to our programme.

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The metal structure in the front is the new pastor’s home. This houses both the Christ Church and St Peter’s pastors. The brick building behind it is the next-door neighbour.

Most of the team found this to be a difficult day but we are about our Saviour’s work. Other than the long wait to get started, once we got going it was a good time. The new ladies group was very responsive including the younger girls. Please pray for this group as they are the ladies in business have potentially have many contacts who seldom will attend church to hear of the saving love of Christ.

On Friday we went to one of the new churches, New Jerusalem, at Ongha. For us all this was a world of difference. Since our visit last year, the church structure had been almost doubled in size. Herewith some pics:

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Due to shortage of space, Kambauh, the pastor, had arranged for everyone to be inside the church building. As you can see, it is already almost completely full. Kambauh shared with me his 5 year plan; to build a new church in 3 phases of 7 x 14 m brick buildings. From the offering they set aside money each month to buy cement and from that the youth are taught how to make bricks, of which there are already nearly a 1000! There has been a long negotiation with the headman for property but to no avail. Eventually Kambauh, with his family fully in support, told the headman that he is donating his entire property to the church. He now lives as a missionary on the church property. The headman is still processing this. Please pray that he will not only allow this property transaction to remain but especially that he would be converted by Kambauh’s testimony.

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Part way through our programme we stopped for a break which was refreshed with tea, coffee, water and sandwiches. In the image above, you will see the crowd enjoying this and to the right of the tin church you ca see where the first phase on the new church is planned.

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Here Sphelo is teaching the youth with much vigour. Kambauh kept telling him that he wanted him up here with him.

Our time here was really special. This church structure was at capacity for the duration of our time here except that Kathy and Michelle took about 70 little ones out. The church didn’t seem any emptier when they left. Our speakers for the day were Kathy, Morne (his first talk in a Christian context and he did very well), Carol and Sphelo. Near the end one of the ladies stood up and thanked us for coming to them and noted with gratitude that we only wanted to speak about Jesus and the Bible and not churches and which is better or worse! Again, I need to say that our team is really doing an amazing job of clearly presenting the Gospel and regularly lifting high the Word of God, that it is Authoritative, without error, complete, sufficient and effective. Praise be to our God!

At this point I just need to say that the old idom of an army marches on it’s stomach is still true and Muriel, with a little help, is managing to keep this part of the Lord’s Army marching extremely well.

Today saw us at a new church called Genesis in a village called Onamutai. We found out that this is on the property of Lukas Katenda’s homestead. Here pastor Petrus Hamunyela ministers to a growing congregation.  As usual here are some pics:

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Here we have the congregation enjoying Sphelo’s talk. Very little sitting around when he speaks.

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Kathy and Michelle teaching the little ones. These children are the next generation and it is such a blessing that we are able to impact them for Christ. Please pray that all the pastors and others will give them the attention they need to start them on the right road with Christ as their King and Lord.

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The church is the metal building on the right, the tent was hired for an event last week when a couple of hundred people attended.

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At the end of the service is normally time for the paparazzi, and this can go on for 30 minutes without too much trouble. Everyone wants a photo of themselves with the visitors.

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 Kathy interviewing the pastor.

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This is Lukas’ homestead and on the right are some of the congregation having refreshments after the service.

Today was probably the longest day for us but at the same time a day filled with many amazing things. We started just after 11h00 and continued until just after 16h00, with an hour break for all to stretch. After the service there was the photo session, then another meeting with a number of ladies who has some deep questions, following by much socialising and eventually a time of refreshment that they had prepared for us. We left there at about 17h30.

There is a deep desire to know the Scriptures and to follow God’s Word. Many of the questions revolve around how to be a better Christian, how to do what God’s Word teaches, how to stop doing the practises we have grown up with etc.