- Bryan & Dana
From the Kalahari Desert to the Sossusvlei Dunes to the Skeleton Coast – Namibia is a large dry land in southwestern Africa. Namibia is rich in diverse landscape, wildlife and natural resources.
The Kalahari Desert isn’t really a desert, but the world’s largest expanse of sand. The Skeleton Coast got its name because it was littered with the rusting shipwrecks and the bones of whales. Sossusvlei in the Namib Desert has the world’s tallest sand dunes. Although Namibia has the lowest rainfall in all of southern Africa, seasonal rain brings flowers and grasses.
Native to Namibia are the San Bushman. It became a German colony in 1884, but gained its independence in 1990.
Windhoek is the capital of Namibia. It is situated on the central plateau in Namibia and surrounded by the Eros Mountains, Auas Mountains and Khomas Hochland Mountains. It is about 1,720 meters (5,590 feet) above sea level. Windhoek has an approximate population of 353,182. Life expectancy is 49 years of age.
Almost all of Windhoek residents use one of the 11 major languages as their home language. English has become the official national language, as well as the language of instruction in schools and most broadcasting. English is the language of political correctness, highest prestige and greatest promise of advancement. Therefore, it is the language most people hunger for.
About 91% of Namibians claim to be Christians, however, it is estimated that only 68% are evangelical believers. While only 5% of Namibians claim African traditional religion as their first religion, most others still hold to its roots and revert to its practices. Followers of other world religions make up only 0.5% of the population. Estimates made from available information and observation suggest that less than 3% of Namibians have experienced personal salvation through faith in Christ. Traditional Christianity stands opposed to believer’s baptism, the preaching of repentance and the need for salvation through personal faith in Jesus Christ.
Response to the gospel is high, but so is the response to most other faiths and alternative lifestyles. Alternative lifestyles have given rise to unwanted pregnancies, increases in AIDS infections, and an increase in crime. The city also has an unusually high suicide rate. At present, various evangelical groups are working in the country and in Windhoek, but are few in number. Therefore, they are not strong enough to produce a church planting movement which could be sustained by one or all combined. There are few second-generation evangelical church leaders to give leadership to the Church. The Church is weak. Members are often opposed by family members, traditional church leaders and spiritual forces. Thus, there is a definite need of a strong evangelical church planting movement in Windhoek.
Our ministry team focuses primarily on outreach Bible studies to students and adults. We also focus on church planting, counseling, teaching, training, and human needs involvement.
1. Pray that God would break through spiritual strongholds so that Namibians would be able to hear and respond to God through Jesus Christ.
2. Pray that God would protect his workers against spiritual, physical and emotional attacks to enable them to faithfully serve.
3. Pray that God would raise up Namibian leaders who will sustain and grow the work of ministry.