Leader (South-West Angola) : Alfeus Kasupi (congregation in Okayo)
Partners : Gert and Jeanette Lubbe (Veritas) and SWAM
Projects :
(1) Sinking of borehole and installation of pump and equipment at Okayo
(2) Support for IERA church (training, medical help to clinics)
(3) Possible building and agricultural projects being investigated
(4) Angola mobile conference being planned

ANGOLA OUTREACH

angolaThe Angolan flag has red and black horizontal stripes with a bright yellow star in the middle. Black reminds us of our sins and red of the blood of Jesus, which resembles His offering, which makes us golden children. Some people search the star, luck and their worth in money, favour and in worldly entertainment. But through His Word, strength and guidance, everyone calling on Him will be saved, cleansed and become his golden child and star. angola
I, Mandie Krone had a magnificent opportunity to be part of the Kunene for Christ team who served the Christians and infidels in Angola. Where do you get a better Matric Farewell? Below you can follow my trip to Angola, but above all, Gods journey with us.

In planning for the trip, I realised that the journey without God, would be a futile exercise. I requested that a couple of friends pray for the us and the work at hand. The answers to your prayers will follow as the story unfolds. The Lord’s remarkable presence every day, was astonishing.

Jacob Schoeman, Kobus van Niekerk and myself, left Outjo in a drizzle. It was as if a sign of the Divine was upon us. Bede and Muhonge Jason Ngambue joined us at Omakange on our way to Ruacana. At the border, we handed Bibles to villagers and prayed that His Word will touch the hearts of the people and change lives forever.

angola Our first encounter in Angola was just the other side of the border.There was a Himba women lying under a tree, close to where we had lunch. I believe the Lord wanted her at that tree, at that exact time. When Bede asked me to tell her about the Lord, I realised how difficult it is. God is so great and 5 minutes so short a time to do it. I had to remind myself that in times like this, it is not me doing the work but I only sow the seed. God will do the rest. Please pray for this woman.angola

When we reached our destination, we were accompanied by Dhimba children, running in front of the vehicles, making us feel like celebrities. I was filled with excitement, amazement and unity with the children while walking to the camp site. The devil must have been envious and tried his utmost when we found 17 scorpions and a snake at our camp. No one was harmed. God is great.
We enjoyed supper with the local inhabitants and fell asleep with the sound of Dhimba worship.

angolaDavid is someone who had to walk 30 km to attend church. When the Lord touched his heart, he started spreading the Gospel. First his own family and then members of his community were converted. The evidence was obvious when 8 children and 9 grownups were baptised. Rev. Jacob Schoeman demonstrated through the story of Abraham, that God calls us to live our lives with Him.

After the service, we helped a boy who had eye infection. Please pray for his complete recovery. Also, pray that God will send a medical team to assist the Christians and help with plenty health related issues.

angola Apart from helping the boy, my eyes were also opened for I did not know what my role would be during the outreach. Regarding a sermon, I attended, missionary work consists of spreading the Word, but I cannot converse in either Herero, Dhimba or Portuguese, don't even ask me to be a cook! I turned the toast into charcoal! (Bede was the Master Chef). I really felt like a fifth wheel and was seeking my purpose within the group. Divine words informed me to only “Observe, Grow, be Sensitive, Listen and Learn”. I then decided on smiling for it has no language barriers.

After the church service, we departed to Alfeus’s kraal. While the children were playing ball games, the group repaired the only water pump in the area. We pray that God’s Word, Love and Living Water keeps on flowing from Alfeus’s kraal to a thirsty and needy Angola. The day ended with a meeting around a camp fire, under the stars, with the Dhimbas.

angolaAlfeus and David, two local Christian Dhimba inhabitants, joined our group in departure after listening to Psalm 121. Our help is from the Lord who made heaven and earth. The Lord helped us through police control points where passports were checked. We were also saved from hitting a stray donkey.

We spent the night with a family, filled with joy and open hearts. In the morning, they joined us in our church service. Bibles were handed to them. Jacob told us the story of two sculpturers, who realised the wonder of one’s thumb. Then God the creator of the thumb, revealed Himself to them. After the church service, we sang to them and afterwards translated the song. We then started packing our vehicles and after quite a while we went to say goodbye, we found them still reading from the Bible. This family survives on selling charcoal. Their Godly sincerity is a real eye opener. Their community are mainly witch doctor worshipers. Ancestral spirits are alive and well. This family chose Jesus. Please pray for this family in spreading the Word in their community.

angolaWe stretched our legs next to the ocean on our way to the next destination. Bibles were also distributed at this coastal town.

angolaIn August, the previous group visited the Ovakuvare people. They live in a very secluded area. I thought that we were going to tell these people about Jesus and they will be saved. Alas, I had a rude awakening and realised it’s a process. A process where we sow and God lets it grow. Many years ago, these people were aggressive and dangerous. When we arrived, one lady came running towards us filled with excitement. Here I discovered how important it is to visit the same people again. A bond has developed and trust grows over time. This was evident from the previous visit in August by Jacob and his team.

The chief in that area, together with his wife, joined us the following morning and granted us permission to stay for the night. We conveyed our mission and purpose of our visit and told them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The inhabitants make a living through planting vegetables over a large area. Cattle breeding is also a major part of African farming. It was fascinating to see the children all excited while playing ball games. Child labour is the norm in Angola rural areas and they very seldom get the freedom to play at leisure. I pray that every child will be touched by the love of Jesus Christ and experience His Spirit.

The following day we payed a visited to the headman. Under a tree, in his and his family's presence, we spread the Gospel. Slightly nervous, I observe that the people looked bored and not really interested.

When Jacob inquired whether they would want to hear more of this God, I cringed and held my breath. I expected the chief to decline. Once again, I was humbled by the greatness of God. It is not us doing the work. The chief gladly excepted the offer to hear more about this wonderful God. They prefer that their people stay on the straight and narrow.

Back at the campsite, Bede and I went and visited one of the Ovakuvare people. Bede’s main aim was to find out how they experienced the Jesus film. After an invaluable discussion, Bede closed with prayer while two teenage boys stood there laughing. One elderly man, watching them, reprimanded them and I think they will never forget it. He picked up 3 rocks and asked them who made these. There is a God and they must listen or else these people will never come again. This old man’s reaction was proof that God was already at work in his heart. We pray that God will touch each person in this community.

We spent the evening with 2 German tourists who stopped and came over to meet us. I believe in divine intervention. They carefully listened to our outreach work and please pray that they will grasp and understand Gods work.

The day we left the Ovakuvare people, I was heartbroken. Although they know about Jesus and his crucifixion, there was so much more to share but our schedule did not permit to spend more time with them. Please pray for this community that God will touch each one of them and to let them grow in the Spirit and get confirmation in their commitment to Jesus.

angolaThen we travelled into the wild, barren Africa. In the rural areas, fuel is a scarce commodity! In one little town, we experienced a power outage with the result we could not get fuel. Humanly speaking, the situation became a crisis. God has the power to intervene and low and behold, before we left town, the power turned back on and we could get diesel for all our vehicles. We serve a wonderful God!

angolaThe next crisis came when we soon ran out of water. Again, God did not let his children down. Amazingly we came upon a windmill with beautiful clear fresh water. God is good! It was astonishing to observe how focused the group was unto God. Materialism, convenience and entertainment is not part of their being. I realised that I still have a lot to learn.

angolaWe travelled the whole day in search of a specific town, but to our amazement the “town” only consisted of 4 and half a house derelict in an open area. Jacob decided to visit a nearby fountain. There we discovered a school and small community. Jacob informed us that on the way, he talked to God enquiring whether they were on the wrong road and wasting their time? God then changed his doubts into joy and jubilation when we discovered the school being still open. This meant that there were people and children to serve. God is truly in command.

angolaWe could take relief at the fountain with a welcome cooling down. That evening we played the Jesus film to the 40 people of the community. We had an interruption when the unruly devil tried to capture the generator supplying the electricity. God does not allow his work to be hijacked and the film was completed.

angolaThe next morning we met the teacher and he told us the school have 120 children and 2 teachers, whom received their last salaries two years ago! The school itself consists of a kraal and 2 blackboards. We handed out some Bibles and identified this community, in dire need of both resources and mission work. This should become one of our focus points.

On our way, we discussed the challenges in empowering our Angolan friends to carry Gods message to the far outposts. To fulfil these wishes, we believe motorbikes will be the ideal means of transport. We also pray that God will guide us in the planning to provide in spreading the Word.

angolaAfter we left the school, we travelled the whole day over mountains and valleys. Our “speed” averaged 9 kph, but of utmost importance was that we had a blessed journey. We set up camp next to another fountain in the river and were again blessed with rain which again prove God’s presence and grace. That evening, I took a moonlight, starlit bath in the river like a genuine Tarzalina, all in the presence of singing frogs.

The next morning, we left with all eyes focused on the fuel gauges. The first village was without fuel and one vehicle developed battery problems. With the careful planning of our group leader, Jacob Schoeman, and a spare battery at hand, we were soon on our way. God was in control once again, when the battery fitted the vehicle perfectly.

We drove the whole day on unmapped roads. Even the GPS was oblivious to the existence of these roads. Unfortunately, one of the vehicles ran dry. Jacob, Alfeus and Bede then left for a town in search of diesel. During the August visit, this town did not have any fuel. The shocking reality was if this town did not have any fuel, they had to do the purchase in Namibia.

angolaMuhonge Jason Ngambue, David, Koos and I stayed behind under a tree and congregated in prayer asking to be supplied with fuel. Muhonge Jason Ngambue told us that he noticed fear in the faces of the people on our last visit. They were frightened by our every move and we realised that we had to humble ourselves in prayer, so that the Lord will help us in winning their trust. The Angolans are still fearful from the aftermath of the war and are a scarred nation. God provided the necessary fuel. It was very special to receive it from His hands. The group, willing and able, took to the roads to Alfeus’s kraal.

Jacob observed a burning desire in the people, to get to know God better. We must pray for God’s guidance and how to serve these communities in a more meaningful and sustainable way. We would want you to pray for our future planning. The next morning the men paid another visit to the borehole pump which, again broke down. Muhonge Jason Ngambue delivered a sermon from Isaiah 9. At Alfeus’s kraal we greeted him and David. We left and travelled the whole day and night and could get into my own bed at 3:00 in the morning.

angolaIt is so easy to reminisce about things and tasks that I did on our journey and focus on that only but I realize that I should instead focus on what God did. God opened hearts, God protected us, God used us, God proved to me how dependant I am, God helped me to understand mission work better and God will complete the work He started. The job is not finished... God will still provide aid, help, carers and lastly everyone calling His name, will be saved.

Mandie

Professor Jurgens Hendriks' report on the work in northern Angola at Kinkuni:

NetAct ( the Network for African Congregational Theology) organized a group of professional people from South Africa and Namibia to meet with the Leadership of IERA (the Reformed Church in Angola) and representatives from their seminay, to finalize the rebuilding of the twice destroyed seminary at Kinkuni. Kinkuni is a rural village 560 km from Luanda and 10 km from the town of Sanza Pombo in die Uige province.

NetAct helped Angolan seminaries with curriculum development. EIRA asked Netact and the Dutch Reformed Church in 2011 to assist them in planning and rebuilding the seminary at Kinkuni as a skill-training seminary. A number of meetings were subsequently eld, one at Kinkuni (2011) and the others in Windhoek (no visas needed for the parties who met).

The team could solve the remaining problems, especially about supplying water to the terrain and seminary. The different buildings phases and organizational issues, a timeline and a division of work and responsibilities were discussed.

The docter in the group wrote that it was a privilege to be part of the team visiting Kinkuni. He have great respect for the people of Angola and in particular for the pastors who faithfully serve their communities today and through the difficult forty year period of conflict. He truly believe in this project and what it hopes to achieve and, to be part of the training to be done at Kinkuni in the future.

Let us pray for this big project.

roadThe road to Kinkuni in Angola with Jacob's Uri driving along.
boreholeIn the south of Angola SWAM helped financially to establish a borehole for Alfeus at Okayo. The Outjo farmers helped with the job.
people groupJacob, ds. Danie Pretorius from Vaalpark SA, Gert and Jeanette Lubbe of Veritas and Vlam and Hanerine Beukes from Springbok - the team working in the north of Angola.
people groupThe group of pastors who attended the Crown Financial Ministries' training in June 2012.
young peopleYoung people on a tour in the Uigi Provence in Northern Angola in June 2012.
campCamping site at Kikuni, Northern Angola June 2012
pastorsSome of the pastors accompanying the youth.
groupJune 2012
transportVery nice transport vehicles.