We needed a new craft for the youth group that met at Happiness’ house twice a week. Maybe I can teach them to sew, I thought! I was SO surprised when we started the lesson – – most all the Pedi youth (girls AND boys!) already knew how to sew…and some of them were quite good at some very difficult stitches! Each youth pushed the needles in and out, in and out of the washcloths. They were sewing the washcloths into pockets that would hold a bar of soap. As each Pedi student completed their sewing task, they were given a new bar of soap to tuck inside their washcloth pocket. The sun was setting and it seemed the dust was rising when they finished sewing. The 67 youth and children sat in their chairs and listened intently as I reviewed the stories we were learning on the storying cloth. Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham…. The seeds of truth told through the pictures on this “Bible cloth” were planted again into their hearts. Pray that the evil one will not come and snatch away the seeds sown in their hearts. (Matthew 13:19). Pray that these Word-seeds will be sown into fertile heart-soil. Pray for the youth to hear and understand the Word and to produce a crop a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown (Matthew 13:23) God calls us each to ministry that is not just “so-so.” God calls us to more than just teaching youth a practical skill like sewing. God calls us to sow seeds of truth into the lives of everyone around us so that they will, in turn, sow into the lives of all those around them! God can do SO-SO much more than we can ever hope or imagine! (Ephesians 3:20). Ask Him to do it among the Pedi youth!
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.
On April 13th through April 15th we had over 30 students attend the ‘Deep Life Student Camp”. These were students from 6 different high schools on our island. These students were challenged on what it means to be a disciple, and trained in how to share their testimony (My Story) and how to share the Gospel (His Story). They were also challenged on what their roles were in making disciples. Each student left with a plan as to how they would use what they had learned to reach not only their families, but also other students in their respective schools.
During the meeting 9 students accepted Jesus as their Master and Savior, and decided to follow Him and fish for men. Another 25 were trained and went away excited about taking the Gospel to the over 800 students represented by these 6 different high schools.
Praise God for answered prayers of providing workers for the harvest. Pray for those trained that they would see much fruit in their schools, and many new believers in the future.
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
“Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us,” Psalm 100:1-3
Ancil R. is a church planter among the Antemoro of Southeast Madagascar. He along side his national partners are living Psalm 100 out through their ministry with Antemoro children and youth. Ancil has trained his national partners on sharing scripture through song. They have taught and encouraged youth to put the Word of God to song and trained them in sharing the gospel through those songs in their community. The youth meet on Sunday afternoons to worship, then during the week they craft songs and do evangelism. Almost weekly they are entering village schools to share the gospel through puppet ministry and music. They will even stop on the side of the road to do their shows, which draws a crowd with whom they can share the gospel. Please pray for Ancil and his national partners as they make a joyful noise to the Lord, that they would continue to serve him with gladness, and the Antemoro would hear God’s truth through their songs.
Ancil with his national team sing scripture to children at an Antemoro village school.
There’s a small church family located in a big village in the North West Province of South Africa that could use your prayers! Ledig (lee-duh) Baptist Church met for many years in a house, but now meets in a “makuku” or tin shack on their own plot of land. This church is mostly made up of women and children. It is very difficult to get the men to come to church. Every week the children/youth sing songs for the church. Every week the ladies lift up voices of praise. The offering is taken and a message is shared from God’s Word. Many Sundays special prayers are lifted for those with “matata” or trouble. There is a family spirit in this church.
I’m asking you to pray because the missionary family that worked with this little church for many years has had to leave. It is God’s time, but still painful. Pray for the women in this church to persevere in difficult circumstances. Most of their grown children are not following God. There are many issues; including joblessness , alcoholism, food insecurity and ancestor worship. Ask God to strengthen the women of this church to be the role models & teachers of God’s truth to their children & their grandchildren. Pray they will continue to share the Gospel in their communities. Pray for the young adults to take their places of responsibility in the church. Ask that the children will see that God’s way is best. Petition our Lord to raise up more godly leaders. Praise Him for His faithfulness!
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.
- “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.”