Category: Fun Fact Friday

Fun Fact Friday: Size and Language

Around 2.5 million people live in Namibia which is the size of the Southeast United States. For perspective, Metro Atlanta, GA has a population of around 5.6 million. There are about 30 languages spoken among the tribes of people. The main tribes in Namibia are Ovambo 50%, Kavango 9%, White Namibian 7%, Herero 7%, Damara 7%, Nama 5%, Caprivian 4%, Bushmen 3%, Tswana 1%, and others less than 1% each which include the Himba people (another unreached people group in Namibia).

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For this Fun Fact Friday I wanted to point your attention to an excellent photo essay and article produced by AIM and written by our Unit Leaders who live in the capital of Windhoek.  This article gives you a great perspective of the challenges and vision for Namibia going forward. It also features our friends in Tsumkwe.   Go to page 15 after clicking here and you will find the article.

Fun Fact Friday: Kwanzaa

Have ever wandered where Kwanzaa came from? It is not an African holiday but aspects are taken from several African Cultures.

Kwanzaa is celebrated by African-Americans from December 26th thru January 1st. Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chairman of Black Studies at California State University, Long Beach, created Kwanzaa in 1966. After the Watts riots in Los Angeles, Dr. Karenga searched for ways to bring African-Americans together as a community.

The name Kwanzaa is derived from the phrase “matunda ya kwanza” which means “first fruits” in Swahili. Each family celebrates Kwanzaa in its own way, but celebrations often include songs and dances, African drums, storytelling, poetry reading, and a large traditional meal. On each of the seven nights, the family gathers and a child lights one of the candles on the Kinara (candleholder), then one of the seven principles is discussed.

#1 Unity: Umoja (oo–MO–jah)

#2 Self-determination: Kujichagulia (koo–gee–cha–goo–LEE–yah)

#3 Collective Work and Responsibility: Ujima (oo–GEE–mah)

#4 Cooperative Economics: Ujamaa (oo–JAH–mah)

#5 Purpose: Nia (nee–YAH)

#6 Creativity: Kuumba (koo–OOM–bah)

#7 Faith: Imani (ee–MAH–nee)

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Fun Fact Friday: oral people

The vast majority of people who have ever lived are considered oral communicators because they were unable to read a single word. Today, over two billion people are considered oral communicators. In fact, 70% of these adult have no desire to read.

A West African man once said, “When we hear something we put it in our hearts. Our hearts are our books.”

Oral or non-reading peoples learn by hearing, understanding, believing and internalizing information that comes as a narration of an actual event. They teach by example. Their learning style is to repeat or retell what they have seen and heard. Stories, drama and music are perfect communication tools because they can become events.

The differing learning patterns between literate and oral people can create a communication barrier. Matching the learning style of the learner helps promote better understanding.

The Bible is 75% stories. Jesus taught his disciples by telling stories. Storytelling the Bible is simple, effective and powerful.

The San Bushmen are a completely oral people group. They sit around small fires and tell stories to pass on their culture and history.

Currently, we are both reading a book titled Building Bridges to Oral Cultures: Journeys among the Least Reached. Jeremy will be attending the Oral Bible Translation Conference October 1-4 in Richmond, VA. Claudia is unable to attend the conference but she is working through 10 lessons online by Scripture in Use about making disciples of oral learners.

Please keep us in your prayers. We are traveling and are recovering from a 24hr stomach bugs that caused all 3 of us to vomit with diarrhea.