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.