What you have heard me say in front of many people, you must teach to faithful men. Then they will be able to teach others also. 2 Timothy 2:2
The small room is built out of zinc siding and is used as a daily afterschool feeding location for over 200 children. On Monday afternoons, however, the pots are pushed to the side and the room is converted into a teaching hall. For over five years, two ladies have been teaching Bible stories there to mostly Damara speaking children. Each week, the children crowd inside the room, often times sitting way too close to one another in miserably hot temperatures. On many occasions the ladies questioned the validity of their efforts because so often it seemed that no one ever truly listened. But God….He said to remain faithful to what they have been called by Him to do, and so they did. Recently, God made it clear that all the lessons should be ones that would teach these children how to share Jesus in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods, although most of the children did not know Jesus as their own personal Saviour yet. The first lesson was complete chaos and extremely discouraging! One of the ladies suggested, however, that they continue teaching the exact same lesson every week until the kids begin to understand it. They also asked people to be praying at that same time every Monday afternoon that God’s heart for his children would not only be understood but also taken out into their community. As part of the training, the children report back each week about who they told last week’s lesson to and the results. Many are beginning to grasp God’s heart for His people. Last week, five children gave their lives to Jesus during the lesson! It is extremely exciting to hear these children practice the stories of Jesus and prepare to “go and make disciples”. Please join us in begging God to use these children to reach the nation of Namibia for Jesus.
Jesus said to his followers, “There are many people to harvest but only a few workers to help harvest them. Pray to the Lord, who owns the harvest, that he will send more workers to gather his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38
The young cashier quietly and efficiently rang up the cookie sheets that I was purchasing as I chatted to my friend about how I was going to throw away my old rusted ones when I got home. As I handed him the money, I spotted his name tag and commented that my firstborn’s name is also Jeremiah. I asked if he knew what his name means and told him that it means “God hurled”. I went on to explain that Jeremiah in the Bible was a prophet who God hurled or sent into the world to point the people back to God. I then added, “Jeremiah, you have been placed on this earth by God for a purpose. Do you love Jesus?” His eyes began to fill with tears.
As more and more groups are being trained in Windhoek, Namibia to share Jesus “as they go and make disciples”, people are reporting that stories like Jeremiah’s are common. Speaking about Jesus pours into the empty places of Namibians’ hearts. It may seem to be a strange thing to say, but Namibians appear to be waiting for us believers to tell them about Jesus! We are feeling an urgency to train “workers” for the fields in Namibia that are “ripe for harvest”. Every day many die in Namibia without ever knowing that their hearts were longing to discover Jesus’ great love for them and His salvation. Please beg God, The Lord of the Harvest, to raise up workers quickly! The Namibian fields are ripe for harvest today!
Each Sunday afternoon in the Parliment Gardens of the capital city of Namibia, people gather there for their usual picnics, yoga classes, casual strolls, and a good time with friends.
There is a new group that has begun to meet there on a regular basis which sits on a patch of grass to learn how to share Jesus more effectively, to pray for each other, and to encourage one another to continue telling others about Jesus. They are all in their late teens and early twenties, filled with excitement and enthusiasm as they are understanding Jesus’ call on their lives to go and make disciples for Him. They often travel back to their hometowns to share Jesus with their families and their friends, returning to the gardens on Sunday to report all that God has done through them. Max has led his two younger sisters to the Lord but is asking that we pray with him for God to send someone in their town to disciple these new baby believers. Rava asks that we stand with him before Jesus asking that he will know how to handle the opposition he is facing as he is sharing Jesus to his university teachers and classmates. Suama has been asked to start a Bible study by parents of her students she has led to Jesus. She needs God’s protection to go into these areas that are often times unsafe.
Hunga has started a youth outreach to the Himbas in his home town that is far from the capital. Twenty children gave their hearts to Jesus at the first meeting! He occasionally gets to come back to the park to share all that God is doing and to receive more training. He asks that we pray for God to supply all that he needs to be doing this youth outreach alone.
Please join us in praying for these mighty warriors of Jesus and praise God with us for all He is doing through these young adults who are true followers of Jesus.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:10-12
“‘If you remember my laws and commands and obey them, then I will give you rains at the right season; the land will produce crops, and the trees of the field will produce their fruit.
Namibia is experiencing its worst drought in thirty years. As the grass is depleted and the boreholes are drying up, cattle, sheep, and wildlife are dying. The clouds often begin building up in the sky only to dissipate before any rain has fallen on this extremely dry land. This physical crisis seems to be a daily reminder of the spiritual drought which is also evident in this country. The believers here are battle-weary and it has become a rarity to find those believers who are remaining actively faithful to all that God has called them to. Raising up godly leadership is almost insurmountable as Satan discourages and steals away any promising leaders. Please beg God to pour out His Spirit and move among His children in a refreshing and revitalizing manner that will cause these Namibian believers to mature and reproduce followers of Jesus. We also ask that you join us in pleading with God to “give us rain at the right season so that the land will produce crops, and the trees of the field will produce their fruit.”
January 2016…New school uniforms, new school supplies, new teachers…the new school year has begun in Namibia! As Namibian children across the country head back to school, we ask that you join us in praying that Jesus would open their hearts and minds to His great love for them. Also, would you please pray that Jesus would show Himself in new ways to them so that they might come to know Him as their Lord and Saviour? Finally, please ask Jesus to protect these children from Satan’s plans to destroy them in any and in every way that he can.
There are many countries today that are experiencing war of some kind and the devestation it causes to its people and its economy. Namibia, however, does not fight in a military conflict but rather faces the tremendous battle of being a country with over 15% of its population fighting HIV/AIDS infections.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Due to the impact of HIV/AIDS on Namibia, over 54% of its population is under the age of 25 with many children being orphaned by the disease. Please pray for God to reveal His strategy for reaching these young Namibians with the good news that God has made a way for them through His son, Jesus, to experience an abundant life. Also, please ask God to raise up many godly young people (an army) who will understand the urgency of sharing Jesus with their families and friends.
I love Namibians! I wish that I could write that statement in such a way that you could truly see all of the emotions that these words evoke in me. Because I immensely love Namibians, I long for all to personally understand and experience Romans 10:9 which says, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” We are thrilled to see Namibian believers being trained and going out to share the good news of Jesus with others, but many people die every day without ever being told about Jesus.
We read in Romans that there is an urgent need for sending people with the good news of Jesus to those who do not yet know Him. “Sending” involves prayer, funding, and those willing to go. I love Namibians! Please ask God to show you your part in getting the good news of Jesus to each one of them.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they havBe not heard? And how can they hear withouč someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Romans 10:14-15
- “Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” Then the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”Exodus 4:10-12
“My name is Ravalleli #Anta-A Haraeb. I am a Namibian Damara. I was born with a clef plate 20 years ago. I blamed God for creating me incomplete, for all the struggles and hardships I have had to go through. My mom raised me alone as a single parent . I always thought God made a mistake with me and did not have me in His plans. I came to know Jesus through YWAP (Youth With a Purpose) and one day as I was reading my Bible, I came across John 9:1-3 and Psalm 139. God used these verses to tell me that He loves me and that He sees inside of me. He also told me that I have to go out and make disciples for Jesus and be about His Kingdom. I told Him that I am not qualified because people have difficulty understanding what I am saying because of how I speak. God replied, “I will open their ears and they will hear. I will speak through you and my Spirit will be with you.” Through our young adults T4T Group (Training for Trainers), I have been prepared to share Christ boldly and I really love doing it. I have learned that it’s Christ’s blood that makes me qualified. God became my Father and Jesus became Lord of my life. I am grateful to have Jesus and God on my side.”
The Herero people of Namibia have an approximate population of 250,000 and less than 2% of that population are believers in Jesus Christ. As a people group, they remain heavily steeped in traditional ancestor worship and mystical ceremonies. Recently, Hunga, a 19 year old Herero/Himba man, joined our young adult Training for Trainers (T4T) group. A few weeks into the training, he reported to the group that he had dreamt that he was speaking to his people, the Hereros, about Jesus and was being persecuted because of it.
“But when the Holy Spirit comes to you, you will receive power. You will be my witnesses–in Jerusalem, in all of Judea, in Samaria, and in every part of the world.” Acts 1:8
Hunga began to feel a strong urging from the Holy Spirit that he needed to go share Jesus with the Herero from his home town, so during his university break, he headed to Opuwo in northwest Namibia. He was given permission to speak in the local high school and six students asked Jesus to be their Lord and Saviour! Please continue praying for the Herero of Namibia to have receptive hearts to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Also, please ask God to protect Hunga in every way from Satan’s plans to discount him from sharing Jesus with his people.
Perhaps the non-crushed 5 liter water bottles were spotted, but whatever the reason, I felt somewhat irritated when I saw that my recycle bag had been torn open and my trash was now strewn down the street. I got a box and stuffed all the loose trash inside and quickly forgot about the incident. Two days later, a stranger rang the bell at my gate. As I walked towards the gate, I asked if I could help her in some way. She answered by saying, “Hello! My name is Ansie and I work in a house down your street.” She shifted her feet hesitantly as I approached her. She took a deep breath and said, “I am one of the people who dug through you trash on Monday and I found some God papers there. I was wondering if you could help me. You see, my boys are messing up their lives and I didn’t know what to do until I found your God papers. Can you help us know Jesus?”
You will search for me. And when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me! Jeremiah 29:13
Is it not amazing how God uses anything to draw His children to Himself?! Please pray for Ansie and her sons as they’re discovering the power of Jesus to rescue them from their sins and to give them new lives in Christ. Also, please continue asking the Lord of the Harvest for more and more workers to rise up in Namibia to reach out to all those who are seeking Jesus.