2011 - July

Dear friends,

I pray you are all well and coping with the winter weather. Here in Ovamboland  it has cooled down somewhat but we are still enjoying daily temperatures in the middle twenties.

St John’s and the leader’s bible studies are the only ones that have so far resumed.  Unfortunately I  had to cancel Christ Church’s youth study because I did not have an interpreter for Saturday mornings and attendance was sporadic. Ifgenia, my interpreter has been ill for quite a while but fortunately my neighbour Rauna has been willing and avaiable to translate for me on Tuesday afternoons at Christ Church and Sundays after church at St John’s.

The prison bible studies were progressing well but have subsequently been stopped because the ladies are being punished for being uncooperative and misbehaving. It is unfortunate that the prison authorities have stopped  the one thing that could turn their lives around.

The CfN team arrived safely  on the 27th. This year they concentrated on  three of the five churches so as to have a greater impact.  Both the men and women’s  teams split into smaller groups and rotated between the churches. After a slow first day the number of people attending increased daily and ended with 25 and 14 ladies at St John’s and St Peter’s respectively. The Lord was gracious and brought a number of men and women to salvation. The kid’s clubs were also well attended and  the youth joined in.

Figure 1    St John's ladies on the last day.

On Saturday the 2nd July Christ Church hosted an ‘Open Day’ which was well attended by the  men, ladies and youth from various CEN churches. The ladies were shown how to use a sewing machine and some of the younger men put up Christ Church’s  Sunday school shelter.

Figure 2 Open Day -  everyone came together before the various activities began.

The girls played volley ball and the smaller children enjoyed finger painting. The boys enjoyed  the long promised soccer clinic, complete with soccer kits and goal posts thanks to the CfN team.

Figure 3 The boys playing soccer.

All too soon the outreach came to an end and it was time to say goodbye. Three of us were treated to a tradition meal of muhungu, chicken, beans and Ovambo spinach by the ladies of  St Peter’s on the last teaching day. It was a blessing for me to be able to share some of the highs and lows of ministry and life here with some of the team’s  ladies and benefit from their advice.

Figure 4 Traditional meal

Thank you all for your prayers, support and encouragement that has made all this possible.

Your partner in Christ,