News and Prayer

Suffering produces perseverance and perseverance produces character

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My power is made perfect in weakness - May 2019

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The night darkness caught us before descending the Okaanga pass. An ominous darkness of drought & death hovers over Kaokoland. The looming drought is one of the worst. Kaokoland’s people is weak and frail.

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Katikitiki of Okamanga confessed: I have backslidden, my faith is weak. We prayed for her, encouraged her and gave her a MP3 player God revealed Himself in the desert (Exodus 3) with bible stories.

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Ondije changed into a red desert with empty earth dams, but the death of Uakungamana’s son brought life to Ondije. With headman Uasuvisa’s permission, we preached to the funeral attendants (60-80). Jesus Christ destroyed death! “All who are in Otjinungwa their graves will hear HIS voice!” (John 5:28)

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Many greeted us as we arrived and came to our camp in the morning. We gave food parcels, MP3 players & Herero bibles to OvaHimba Christian women. We were on holy ground.

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We drove west into the desert to Omataurirwa in our quest for Tjise. Our OvaHimba guides spotted Tjise’s grandson. Great was our joy finding Tjise, who trekked due to grazing for her goats. 2 Himba ladies & 8 boys watched the Jesus-movie.

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We camped at the Kunene-river on Wednesday the 9th of May and showed the Jesus-movie to the Otjinungwa faith community of about 20 people. They are small & weak and grow slowly, we must come again.

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Ouhandjo west of Rooidrom is teeming with OvaHimba men & cattle. The gathering is about grazing & water. 55 OvaHimbas watched the Jesus-movie, some of them for the first time.

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Friday morning we brought God’s Word. The LIVING WATER is for free! We gave 4 Herero Bibles & one MP3 player. They pleaded: Please come again!

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Pray for the people of Kaokoland.
Pray that the Lord will make His power perfect in the drought, frailness & weakness of Kaokoland and His people.

Greetings in Christ
Erik & Hester van Zyl

Kunene for Christ – Easter Camp 2019

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It is Good Friday! The curtain in the Temple was torn in two! The crucified Christ opened the way to the Father heart of God through His blood! Through faith in Christ heaven breaks into our hearts! Rev Cassie Carstens of “The World needs a Father” blessed us with seven sessions of training & messages resulting in a life-changing Easter Camp. The theme: “Bring heaven home” is God’s command to every father.

Approximately 250-300 Christians from Opuwo, Outjo, Queen Sofia, Okangwati, Orumana, Ongondjanambari, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Swartbooisdrift, Windhoek... gathered on Seka’s farm, Okatumba, 35km outside Opuwo for the Easter Camp of 2019.

A lot of preparation and hard work preceded the camp and Uazamembo Mutambo, our chief in charge, did a great job. Clem and Kakarandua, in charge of the bush kitchen, prepared delicious food!

The men & the fathers and even the young daughters listen attentively: Fathers must represent Christ’s sacrificial love in their homes. “BRING HEAVEN HOME!” Fathers must solidify their children’s identity in Christ, give emotional security through love, confirm their love to their children and discipline their children with God’s authority.

Rev Jason Ngambue and his wife Miriam raised 16 children as if their own - a confirmation of rev Cassie’s message. Rev Cassie told Miriam: You must be an ANGEL! Rev Cassie “married” Uazamembo & Ingrid anew to confirm them as trainers in fatherhood & motherhood! What a joy!

From old to young realised that the fatherhood crisis in our society must be addressed with prayer and intentional action. Girls must only marry men who qualify as godly fathers and young men must turn back to God’s Word to seriously take up their godly calling as men & husbands.

We honour and thank God for this Easter Camp.

Our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who contributed & helped.

Pray that the Easter camp messages will bear lasting fruit.
BRING HEAVEN HOME!

Greetings in Christ
Erik & Hester van Zyl

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How can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? - Rom 10:14

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Thirty metres before the gravel turn-off to Otjandawe, an Ova Himba man/angel appeared and showed us the way. Late Monday evening (7 Jan) we met Mateusa at Otjandawe. On request we showed the Jesus-film for two evenings to about 90 people, only a few have seen it before. Mateusa, a humble man of God, pastors a big congregation over a vast area. Mateusa & his wife Vateelapo radiates the love of Christ and has led many to Christ.

We were privileged to minister the Word in their bush-church and gave 9 Dhimba (Zemba) NT- Bibles and 6 MP3 Dhimba (Zemba) audio NT-Bibles to them. Wednesday morning we departed after Mateusa’s youth choir bid us farewell with a beautiful song.

A long day of slow driving with bad roads, ended at our scenic campsite at Otjinungwa next to the Kunene River. We gathered a small group of believers in this remote area, who wants to serve God, but are searching for guidance.

Gathered together by rev Jason, we shared God’s Word from the parable of the sower. They want to bear fruit for the Lord, but need help. Under our guidance Dhimba NT Bibles they appointed three leaders, Martha, Miriam and Uatizapi and made a commitment to worship together on Sundays. Having only two Bibles, it was a joy to personally give Herero Bibles to 9 of them and one MP3 audio player with bible stories in Herero. We pledged to visit and serve them with God’s Word and after committing them in prayer to God, we departed.

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On our way back through the Marienfluss, we drove to the Ova Tjimbas of Ewo Randara. The previous day in the Marienfluss, on our way to Otjinungwa, God sent Raki Tjihange on our way. During June 2018 I gave a MP3 audio player with bible stories in Herero to his brother. Raki also listened and wants to learn more about the Lord. We showed the Jesusfilm to a group of 16 Ova Tjimbas.

Friday morning I shared the gospel using the heart message & answering questions. “Although we do not believe, we are searching for God!” We gave one Herero Bible & one MP3 audio player to Wake Muhenje. We said farewell and know we will have to return!

Please pray for:
Mateusa and his congregation at Otjandawe.
The group of believers at Otjinungwa.
The salvation of Ewo Randara’s Ova Tjimbas.

 

 

 

Greetings in Christ
Erik & Hester van Zyl

Kunene for Christ leaders’ camp

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Late Friday afternoon (16 Nov), we were nearly at Omuravarava when Tjise Tjambiru, church Omuravarava leader from Okaanga, appeared on a donkey next to the road. Greeting us with news that the borehole at Omuravarava is broken, we downloaded our camping gear and went the 17 km back to Omietuhuerera to fetch water. After dinner we showed the Jesus-film in the church at Omuravarava.

In our bush kitchen Hester, Sukonaa and Rebecca prepared the most delicious food! Vetumbuavi and Uanyanekua gave a goat from their herd, which was soon cooked and grilled, a real favourite together with maize porridge. Praise God, hungry stomachs were accompanied by a spiritual hunger for the Word of God.

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Jesus’s teaching in Matthew 7:21-28 was the focus of the messages. Christian leaders from Swartbooisdrift, Okangwati, Ongondjanambari, Opuwo, Okaanga, Omuravarava and Omietuhuerera all Uazamembo came together to seek the Lord’s face. “Is your spiritual house built on the rock Jesus?” was the theme.The broad and narrow way, self-deception, false prophets, the character of God, sin, the crucified Christ and saving faith were discussed with question sessions after every message.

The Sunday morning service (18 Nov) concluded on a high note. Ratuako humbly confessed that as a Christian leader she preached about the narrow way, but walked on the broad way and requested prayer. Katangwe remembered a message Erik preached 20 years ago which God used in her life up to this day. This happened in 1998, when the Napier outreach team visited the Etanga School where Katangwe was then a learner. Katangwe and Ratuako came forward for prayer sitting among the leaders while Kakarandua committed them in prayer to the Lord.

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Please pray for all the leaders:
To keep a close watch on themselves and on their teaching and God will save them and those who hear them. (1 Tim 4:16)

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Greetings in Christ
Erik & Hester van Zyl

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The children of “Ondije Primary School” willingly helped us offloading the 160kg of enriched maize porridge (Monday 5/11). We thank God for Janneman Brand’s friends from the USA who donated a 1000kg of enriched maize porridge. We gave 488kg to Rev Jason in Opuwo, 192 kg to Kauhonekua in Okaanga and 160kg to Vetumbuavi in Omuravarava. These leaders will distribute the food to the needy.

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We try to fill hungry stomachs as well as hungry hearts with the “Bread of life.” Uanyanekua and Katika, church leaders of Omuravarava, accompanied us to the die ‘Himba Oral Bible Translation Celebration’ on Wednesday morning (7/11). Die Wycliffe Bible translators, in cooperation with the Bible Society, translated Bible stories in Herero following the Ova-Himba oral tradition making it available on MP3 solar audio players. It was a festive occasion with drama, dance & Ova- Himba Christians testifying how these stories enriched their lives.

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We then went on to visit Katetete & his wife Tjazaputji at Ongondjanambari. He and Tjohuku preach for the community on Sundays. We are grateful for being able to give 20 Dhimba (Zemba) NT-bibles, 4 Herero Bibles & 5 MP3 Dhimba (Zemba) audio NT-bibles to these believers. To God all the honour! Thursday evening between 80-100 people watched the Jesus-film. Friday morning Erik shared God’s Word, “Keep watch over all the flock...” (Acts 20), we prayed & said farewell.

Please pray:
That the Lord will give Katetete and Tjohuku wisdom & grace to keep watch over all the flock.

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Greetings in Christ
Erik & Hester van Zyl

 

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We honour God for the work that has been done in the Kunene region in cooperation and in support of Kunene for Christ. Gert and Jeanette Lubbe of Veritas went to train Uapeontjunda Tjambiru and his wife, Gerson, Tarere, teachers of Ondije Primary School, in Opuwo as Kunene for Christ facilitators for the Veritas course (4-5 Aug 2018).

Elouise Drotsche led a FRESH team to Opuwo to erect a security fence around Bede Njamba’s house. Marnus, Elouise, Schalk, Gerrit, Ruan, Dawie, Chantelle, Lorinda, Hester and myself were part of the team. The Cape outreach team ((Tableview/Bloubergstrand & Grootte Kerk) also gave money for this project (7-9 Sept 2018).

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Gerson Kuvare and Ludwig Uakuramenua, as well as Gatty Tjivikua, reached out to the Hungua Primary School where they showed the Jesus film to 400 children. They donated 5 Herero & 6 English Bibles, 3 Living Balls as well as stationary. They also visited some Herero homes with prayer and God’s Word. (19-20 Sept 2018) Ernst Hewicke and Estelle Krone, teachers of the Outjo Primary School, organised a Scripture Union Camp on Pieter Krone’s farm, Arcadia. The Lord blessed this camp which were attended by 80 children. Build on Christ the Rock, was the theme of my messages for the camp (21-23 Sept 2018).

Please pray:
That God’s kingdom will come day by day in the Kunene region!

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Greetings in Christ
Erik & Hester van Zyl

 

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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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