I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
We were very hopeful at the beginning of the month as things in Namibia seemed to be moving in a positive, forward direction to obtain our work visas. Things have slowed again. We are praying for a breakthrough this week. We are holding on day by day. Hoping for meetings to happen.
We are pushing for an answer. Our leadership here in the US is also pushing. We are not free to share details but there is a push for an answer SOON. The window of waiting is closing and a door to GO is opening.
So we are pressing on toward the goal of returning to Africa very soon. We are ready to put our hands back on the plow in the field of Africa. The fields are ripe for harvest. Thank you everyone for praying. Your prayers have not gone unheard.
Yesterday March 21, Namibia celebrated it’s independence day. In 1990 they become independent from South Africa. At 29 years old this makes Namibia one of the youngest countries in the world.
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).
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.
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.