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Madeleen in Rwanda

Posted by Henk Olwage on October 27, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Madeleen had been in a village in Rwanda, with Peter & Diane Salmond, who work with YWAM. 

She's back at the YWAM base in Kigali. 

Pray with her, that our Lord may make perfectly clear His purpose with her in Rwanda, and also lead her in her understanding as to what she should do after her time in Rwanda. In Kigali, she's mostly working with children and uses every opportunity to try and come to a deeper understanding of the country she'e been interested in so long. 

This time, a bit farther North

Posted by Henk Olwage on August 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The oldest World Wide Web is the community of disciples of Jesus, held together by love. 

The Love Africa Conference, organized by OM (Operation Mobilization) took place in August 2012 and we were blessed to attend it, in Kabwe, a Northern town of Zambia. With participants from many parts of the world present, their flags all around the room, the focus was nevertheless on Zambia.

It was an excellent time for prayer and networking two things which are important in the Kingdom of God. 

The The vision and work of 'Good News in the Omaheke'

Posted by Henk Olwage on June 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)


What are now game farms and cattle ranches, had once indeed been vast, wild hunting grounds, where people hunted to survive. But  today, the Omaheke is inhabited by a variety of people, counting inter alia two complete tribes who call it their home. Visitors interested in culture find little common ground in this bewildering human landscape.

The common ground there is, we find in Jesus Christ. He helps us to open our eyes and appreciate, to value and see possibilities, instead of perpetuating the mutual hatred there is in the world. Once people follow Him, there is common ground as vast as the hunting grounds of the past, waiting to be explored.

This is how we started and where we find hope to continue.

Our vision is to build a self-renewing team of friends and volunteers that can make a difference in the Omaheke. What sort of a difference and why? The changing world came upon sleepy Omaheke in a rush. Our town is bursting its seams, with nearly half of the inhabitants being unemployed. Distant Gam and Eiseb, until a few years back lonely land of wide valleys between dunes, is now being populated - but still wild and beautiful. Nature has to accommodate people. People have to accommodate other people. People have to have hope.

Building a team of co-workers and equipping them to address these needs, ensures that there will be hope. And brings variety together in one common purpose.

Practically speaking, it means that we are reaching the farthest corners of the Omaheke with all good that the Good News brings. We sometimes do it on rather less than a shoestring, that's why we established Omaheke Gospel Trust, with no other purpose but to allow people from elsewhere to participate and our team to be able to function. While some of our team have already planted churches in Mbukushu, far North of the Omaheke, and we have touched people in other parts of the world, right inside Gobabis is the test:

What can we do that is Good News to the diverse community of poor people that is half of town? How can we be Good News in the sense of bringing diverse groups together? How can we impact upon the next generation? How can we make this Biblical word come true - "when God's people move through the valley of Baca (unhappiness, gloom), they make it a fertile place with springs of water"?

So we established the Omaheke Gospel Trust, as a way of being good stewards of every kind gift we receive from God's people. 

We also established the Good News Center within reach of many people. Here, we care for children, always improving our programs and quality. "We" include quite a few people who were destitute till a few years ago, but have now become talented community workers, even project managers. The Center runs an early childhood development program, pre-school, after school, home-based care group, computer center, carpentry center and intensive gardening, with other activities being planned. In this way, a registered welfare organization had been born, Light for the Children Foundation, Namibia 427.

Our staff, consisting of owner-worker members from six different cultures (and more, when we have volunteers from abroad) shows what we stand for: it is possible to unite, to take upon ourselves a responsibility we ourselves have formulated, and to be a force for change in die Omaheke and beyond. 

As I said, we think both in spiritual and practical terms. Our spirituality is a 'spirituality of the road'. We therefore welcome, and need, co-travelers who can help us with whatever contribution they can make.

If we can do all these things on a shoestring, think what we can do with stronger support!

The Winter Harvest in Omaheke

Posted by Henk Olwage on June 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A large group of excited men, each with a bundle of blankets, had been waiting this morning at the roadside near our centre in Epako.

Harvesters, waiting to be picked up to take part in the harvest. A most-needed income for a lot of hungry families. Hopefully some of the gleanings will also find their way to Light for the Children centre, where meat isn't a daily or even monthly sight - since this harvest is not about about maize, but about kudu. 

"Follow Me, and I will make you hunters of men" somehow doesn't have the right ring about it, but that's what our Lord Jesus would probably have said, had he called his disciples from among those men at the roadside in this cattle country and hunters' paradise. 

This time of the year, wintertime in Namibia, is actually also outreach time. 

So we're expecting our faithful family in Christ from Heidedal in Bloemfontein to come within a week's time and a group representing our support cell from Pretoria to arrive a little sooner. We'll mostly work around Gobabis itself, but also go out into the Region a few times. This means drawing up programs, arranging events, and for all of us - praying and interceding: for their preparations, since we've learned that unexpected things tend to happen in the week before an outreach. We have to pray that their coming will fulfill God's purpose. 

When the game harvest is over and the men back home, we also need to know that the Kingdom of God had advanced in people's lives.

To contribute to these outreaches, visit the 'donate' tab on this page. 



Gam church being strengthened

Posted by Henk Olwage on April 16, 2012 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Gam was elephant land, wilderness, with the only inhabitants being small groups of San hunters roaming wide valleys. 

In 1992, the first groups of Herero pastoralists came from Botswana and now there is an outpost village with some 6000 people and a school with 800 learners. 

Claudous Kandjou is managing the regular contact with the church we planted there, where we put up a roof in 2011 and enrolled the leaders in extension Bible training. He travels the 450 km gravel road to Gam in his dilapidated little Nissan, most of the time a lonely road with little help in case of trouble. 

Our mission in Mbukushu-land (Eastern Kavango Region)

Posted by Henk Olwage on April 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (1)

An example of spontaneous church planting:

Brother Twanu Thinyemba took the work further, after it was started first here in Gobabis by migrant workers,then taken to Mbukushuland, and assisted by our team from Gobabis. 

Meanwhile the congregation had spread to include several smaller groups in about 9 villages!

In 2010 friends from South Africa helped us build a roof structure at the main village, Kahanga.

Meanwhile, Twanu has relocated to Kahanga to better minister to the church. 

What are our urgent physical needs?

Twanu needs help to finish his house, so he can bring his wife and children to Kahanga. 

We dreamt a roof, now we dream a bigger roof (since it's filled to capacity) and walls! 

Why can't the Mbukushu's themselves do all this? Because as a body of Christ, we either have to give direct help to very poor family in Christ, or realistically empower them. This way, we don't hinder the work of the Gospel but may be blessed to take part in it.