“Walalapo meme!” (Oshiwambo greeting resembling something like, “Hey! How are ya?”) (:
After a little over a week in Windhoek, Namibia I feel like I’ve hardly skimmed the surface. You can’t pinpoint culture or language. It is incredibly diverse. The cleanest city in the world, it is so beautiful. It might shock you to hear that temperatures get down below freezing at night and only up in the 70’s during the day. I’m sitting here with a scarf and a hat on in July…in Africa. Crazy, right?!
I have been so blessed by the missionaries here in Namibia and by the family that I stay with. The family is made up of a mother, father and two daughters who are my age. Uncle Jilberto (the father) is from Angola and Auntie Eunice (mother) is from South Africa. The girls, Ndeshi and Mavis, are such a sweet blessing to learn from and talk with. Each night we meet as a family for Bible study and prayer. Their faith is so encouraging to me. This family and other believers I have met here take every opportunity to thank the Lord for the things I take for granted each day; safety in driving that day, food for the day, family, peaceful sleep each night, breath, life and the joy they receive from Him. The words “I need Thee every hour…” have taken on a whole new meaning.
I work Monday through Friday from 8-3 at an informal school for orphans and vulnerable children. The kids need to be loved and told they are valued, just like any other child. Pray for strength each day to love them more and share the Father’s love with them.
I am praying for each of you as you are praying for me. I pray that the Lord will bless you and keep you in His favor and that the enemy will not steal any of your faithfulness in coming to Him for your needs and for mine. I can feel the prayers and appreciate them more than I can express.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
They shall build up the ancient ruins;
they shall raise up the former devastation;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
the devastation of many generations.