One of our field teams was preaching the Gospel to a crowd of two hundred Caprivians near Katima Mulilo. They all seemed to be responding very positively until one of our workers spoke out against witchcraft. Suddenly the whole hail was filled with a rumbling sound as many angrily murmured and complained.
Our evangelistic outreach was in response to the urgency of the situation, as SWA/Namibia geared up for United Nations military occupation, the return of SWAPO terrorists, exiles and refugees, and UN-supervised elections. Throughout that vast land we found much fear and uncertainty about the future. Some were optimistic and full of faith for what lay ahead. Most were overcome with a sense of helplessness and stunned despair. Many compared the situation in South West Africa (with UN Resolution 435) in 1989, with that of Zimbabwe! Rhodesia (with the Lanchester House Agreement) in 1979.
During a recent trip to Namibia I found a crime wave in Windhoek, and a reign of terror in the Northern territories of Caprivi, Kavango and Ovambo.
South West Africa (now renamed Namibia) has been an increasingly important part of my life since I first visited it in 1974. Over the past years I have spent several months each year in SWA/Namibia both as a soldier and as a missionary. Having energetically ministered to all sections of the population in almost every town and corner of the vast territory, I grew to love its harsh beauty and its diverse people.
“Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?
Show us Your mercy LORD, and grant us Your salvation”
A Need for Bible-based Churches
From the beginning of our ministry in Namibia, we heard many people complaining of the lack of Biblical, Christ-centered churches available for them to fellowship in. Apparently, many of the older churches have lost their zeal and effectiveness and many of the newer churches would struggle to be classified as a church by Biblical standards. Many are preaching as foundational truth what the Bible condemns as dangerous, sinful, or heretical. People are being promised many material items in the Name of Christ, but the Biblical warnings of obsessing over riches are not mentioned.
250 Muslims have formed the “Islamic Movement of Namibia”. They also elected Imam Es al-Seppe as their leader. He said, emphasis would be given to the “proclamation and spreading of the teachings of Islam among the non-Muslim population”. Until 40 years ago, when the first Muslims came to Namibia, Islam was virtually unknown there. It received a boost when a number of Namibian students converted to Islam in a youth camp in Lesotho in 1979. The Islamic World Congress has called on all Muslim organizations to support the Islamic mission in Namibia.