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A visit with Veritas to Kaokoland March 2018

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It is very dry! Up in the mountains of Okaanga temporary cattle posts were built for bony cattle & goats. OvaHimbas from Ondije, Okozarowe & Onjuva moved there due to pasture in the mountains. On the evenings of Monday & Tuesday, the 12th & the 13th of March, we showed the Jesus-film to more than 60 people.

Tuesday morning Jeanette began with the 1st Veritas Bible reading session with OvaHimba Christians. Tjise, Kauhonekua, Kazondundu, Kondendje and Namajehi attended faithfully.

Wednesday afternoon Jeanette facilitated the Veritas course with Mr Uapeontjunda Tjambiru and his wife, Tarere, from Ondije’s School. Thursday morning she finished off, but Gert and Jeanette will come again to do the whole Veritas course with them.

The Christian leaders of Omuravarava were waiting for us in the mountains. We went searching and up in the mountains at Onwaa we found headman Tjavara’s children, who would send them a message from us. God is good, it started to rain! That evening the Jesus-film was shown to 11 young people. Vetumbuavi and his wife Uanyanekua, Katika and Vekeura, all from Omuravarava came to our camp on Friday morning. They remembered the Veritas appointment. The morning and the evening they listened attentively to Jeanette. Until Friday evening they sat under a shelter while it rained. They had a hunger for God’s Word!

Saturday morning Erik gave a farewell message from 2 Timothy 3. Preach the word; be urgent in season, out of season;...

Please pray:That the seed of God’s Word will bear fruit a hundred fold among the OvaHimba believers.

Greetings in Christ
Erik & Hester van Zyl

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Boardmeeting & Visit to Horeb

Kunene for Christ had their first board meeting for 2018 on the 27th of January at our home in Outjo. We are grateful for all the contributions and aid from different bodies & individuals, assisting & helping us doing the work of the Lord in the Kunene Region.

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We visited Horeb at Swartbooisdrift from 5 to 6 February 2018. Elouise Drotsche who works for FRESH Namibia and is also a board member of Kunene for Christ, went with us. In Opuwo we handed out clothes to Rev Jason Ngambue for distribution to people in need. We distributed Dhimba New Testaments & Megavoice MP3 solar power players loaded with the Audio Dhimba New Testament to Christian leaders. Bede will help us to distribute the Dhimba New Testaments. We delivered spectacles at the Otjimuhaka clinic for the Himba & Zemba people whose eyes were examined by optometrist’s end of last year at Swartbooisdrift. We took measurements of the structure at Horeb for FRESH Namibia, who wants to upgrade the place and build a home for Bede at Horeb as place of ministry.

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Womens' Conference: Warmquelle

12 & 13 August 2017

Erik en Hester attended the women’s conference at Warmquelle that was organized by Bettie Swanepoel. Between 120 and 150 people attended the conference. There were several speakers - Erik preached the Word of God twice. We were grateful to take along enough food for the conference due to generous donations. Headman Ripanga (Jan) Kasupi from Ganamub were there and on Sunday also visitors from Sesfontein. Bettie wants to make this an annual event. To God all the glory and honour. May every seed that was sown bear rich fruit!

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Sunday morning, the 9th of July, a day of jubilant joy! The Ova Himba Christians of Omuravarava worshipping the living God in their own church building! A dream came true, their own place of worship!

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Dancing, singing, preaching, baptism, Holy Communion and thankfulness gave meaning to this special day!

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The Dutch Reformed church of Omuravarava was officially inaugurated after the service, led by Pierre Vlok, leader of the outreach team. Hester revealed the cornerstone and Katika, Himba church leader, addressed us with heartfelt thanks. Vetumbuavi and Uanyanekua, church leaders and a married couple, started planning and praying three years ago. Tears of gratitude flowed from their cheeks!

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God’s grace and power enabled the Napier/Riviersonderend-outreach team to do the nearly impossible.

How did they do it? Sunday, 2nd July, the 4x4 truck broke 70km from Omuravarava. Dirk went trice with a bakkie and a trailer to fetch all the building equipment and tools from the truck. In the meanwhile Pierre and his team worked strenuously to keep up with their building schedule. With God’s grace, power, prayer, hard work and perseverance the team, together with local Ova Himba Christians, finished the task.

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Hester and I are grateful to the Lord that two of our children, Magdaleen and Frederick, could join us on this outreach. To God all the glory, honour and praise for the work this team accomplished.

Pray for the Christians of Omuravrava, that the Holy Spirit will build them up to maturity in Christ!

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Greetings in Christ - Erik van Zyl - Kunene for Christ

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In the early morning many prayers of gratitude & hope reached the throne of God (Revelation 5:8). The previous evening, on Good Friday (14 th of April), “The Passion of Christ”- movie focused many hearts on Jesus Christ, who was cursed and crucified for us. The Easter weekend is all about the crucified and risen Lord Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life!

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Easter camp expectation fills the air! God is among us and He will speak to us! Many prayers, planning and hard work prepared the way for this Easter Camp. Seka made his farm at Okatumba available and supplied water and even showers. Uazamembo was the “chief in charge”. The preacher is Koos Greeff, well known to the people of Kunene for Christ. This is his 7 th Easter Camp as guest preacher.

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On Thursday we started pitching the tents. Friday people came from Stellenbosch, Windhoek, Okararara, Outjo, Sesfontein, Omarawarawa, Okaanga, Okangwati ... OvaHimbas, Zembas, Hereros, Damaras, Whites.... from different nations and languages, redeemed by the blood of Christ! The "personel" in the bush kitchen had to work very hard to fill 250 hungry stomachs! Hester was supervisor, Clementine the CHIEF COOK and Kakarandua second in charge - the kitchen ran on all cylinders! The well prepared meals were mouth-watering!

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A hunger for God, together with filled stomachs and refreshed bodies, prepared God’s people for the main dish, Koos Greeff’s messages from God’s Word! His theme, AD FONTES - Latin for “Back to the Fountain”. His sermons were evident of a deep knowledge of the Bible and a daily walk with God! The minor prophets Amos, Hosea, Zechariah ...... called us to repent! Back to the fountain of God’s Word with Jesus Christ as the centre!

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Maria and Winnie had the privilege of teaching and leading the small kids in worship through song & dance during the services. I got tired by just looking at them! Saturday afternoon Hester and Kakarandua led all the ladies, young and old, participating in making bible bookmarks. Kakarandua then led the ladies in a bible-study sharing God’s Word in practical matters.

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Resurrection Sunday was a fitting climax to the Easter camp! Jesus Christ is risen and He reigns as KING! We celebrated through song, worship and by listening to God’s Word and many choirs. After a delicious Sunday lunch, Koos concluded Easter Sunday with Ad Fontes! Until late Sunday evening different choirs still celebrated the Lord’s resurrection!

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At Monday morning’s prayer meeting we concluded with Isaiah 53, where the passion of Christ is portrayed as a prophecy 700 BC. We prayed that the crucified and risen Christ may be the heart and focus of our lives. After breakfast we packed up and many willing hands cleaned up the camping site within a few hours. Monday evening everyone was back home again.

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We honour and thank God for this Easter Camp. Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone who helped in whatever way. Pray for Seka who wants to develop his farm for kingdom purposes. Pray that God will provide for him. Pray that the Easter camp messages will bear abundant fruit in many lives to God’s honour.

Greetings in Christ - Erik van Zyl - Kunene for Christ