Category: Namibia

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).

Packing

When we originally went to Africa July 2015, we took 6 trunks weighing 50lbs each. We had no idea of what would be available to purchase. We packed everything we thought we would need to survive. Now with 3 years of experience in Africa, we know we can purchase most things. We could take 9 trunks because there are 3 of us. So we are literally weighing what to take on the airplane and what to purchase in Namibia.

We are also repacking our American household things. These things stay here in the States for home assignments and eventually for when we are done serving in Africa. There are things we saved for some reason but now somethings don’t seem important. We have taken several loads to donate. Soon all of these things will return to storage.

What did Jesus tell his disciples to take on their journey?

He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”
Luke 9:3‭-‬5 NIV

Wow, I don’t think I have the faith to get on a plane with nothing. Our world has changed a lot since Jesus spoke these words to his disciples. The first missionaries of the modern mission movement packed things in a coffin. They were going not expecting to return. Going literally cost them their lives. Wow, I don’t know if I would go thinking it would definitely kill me. We pray for safety. We have redone our wills to include Anastasia.

Please continue to pray.
Pray for our work visas to return to the San people. Pray for fellow future teammates who will join us on the field. Pray for our unit leader to find housing for us this coming week. Pray for a future vehicle so we can travel to remote villages in the Kalahari. Pray for our future language helpers.

Desert Tracks

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.

Kroger and Language

Last weekend, I ran the 10K Bridge Run in Savannah, GA. While we were in Savannah, we were going to shop at stores like Joann Fabric and Lifeway. After the race, we headed that way.  We found ourselves at a stoplight across from a Kroger. It was a “Super” Kroger too. We live in Statesboro, GA even though a college town, it has very limited grocery stores. So we decided to go inside quickly to see what we could find. Claudia said, “let’s go down the toy aisle and see what “Little People” they have.”  I go down one aisle and she goes down the other. All of a sudden I hear a scream. “I found it, I found it, oh my gosh come look,” yelling Claudia. Her reaction was like she found a hidden pot of gold behind the toys. So I rush over and she is smiling from ear to ear with the Little People grandparent set in her hand.  She was so happy. She took the photo below and shared it on our family What’s App group immediately.

Our language coach wanted us to collect a full 3 generations of dolls, a family from baby to grandparents for our language lesson games.  We have been looking for almost 2 months now for the grandparents. She had found them online but they were $40+. Kroger had this one set hidden in the back for $5.99. People all the time ask us what is like to be missionaries. We are those crazy people scouring grocery stores looking through the kids toys for things that will help us communicate with our neighbors.