As we headed to one of the most remote villages yet - on our way to Botswana (the Koi San people), the gear box on “The Beast” blew - (the Mercedes Sprinter that we've converted into a 4X4 with 180 litres diesel capacity).
We could not move on and decided for the remainder of the journey that we would stay at EPUPA and minister to the community as it would (at this stage, if all goes well) only take about 4 days for the new transmission case to arrive. From E.L. to Johannesburg, through customs, then to Windhoek and then couriered to OPUWA where we had to drive approx. 3 hours to get the part and do some important re-stocking of fresh food etc.
The ministering team went out daily and touched many family's lives. Many people gave their lives to Christ and many were healed. One lady that Pastor Sean and the team prayed for was in a car accident 3 years ago and she could not bend over. She was in a lot of pain (in her back). The power of God overwhelmed her and she was healed and praised God (crying) as she bent over with no more pain.
The team went into the community, handing out many sewing kits to the ladies and shared with them the Gospel. They also handed out English Bibles (that almost everybody wanted and needed) but they stressed the importance of reading the Word out loud every day and applying it.
Pastor Coenie prayed for 3 men in the local "Arsenal Bar" and they got saved. (One of them was a police constable. Even he asked for a sewing kit). The ministry team prayed in the local markets and wherever they went in this small town, (even without an interpreter) lives were touched.
Pastor Sean and John did an interview with Pastor Amos as Pastor Coenie translated (The local Pastor that also spoke a bit of Afrikaans) and this was some questions and answers given:
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A PASTOR?
"I've been a Pastor since 1991."
WHAT DO YOU DO DURING THE DAY?"
I work at the Epupa Campsite." (This is amazing to see. Each time the ministry team goes to see Pastor Amos, he is hard at work in his green overalls from early in the morning until 18:00 and then he goes out and ministers to his people).
WHAT'S BEEN SOME OF YOUR HIGHLIGHTS OR TESTIMONIES OF WHAT GOD HAS DONE IN THIS COMMUNITY?
"One lady (as she also gave her testimony at the Sunday service) was healed from Malaria. The biggest thing I've seen God do is to take a man and make his stay with one woman (his wife) and pray with his family. I just want them to serve God and Jesus Christ."
HOW MANY INTERNATIONAL OR OTHER PASTORS COME INTO THIS AREA (EPUPA)?
"Lots of people come but not all of them teach Jesus Christ. Many times they come teach strange things. I don't like that. I only want them to teach Jesus Christ."
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES YOU FACE IN THIS COMMUNITY?"
Many men drink too much alcohol. That's the biggest problem."
WOULD YOU LIKE US TO COME BACK AGAIN EACH YEAR AND WHERE CAN WE ASSIST YOU?
"Please come again, yes. We need to help the people and teach them to pray and stay with Jesus Christ."
We started our journey back to E.L. and praise God for all the lives changed. Thank you so much for your prayers and support! We knew that this was just the beginning.
Matthew 28 (NKJV)"18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you;"