The Hunters’ and Teachers for Africa Report from Namibia
 


May 9, 2008

FROM OUR HOME IN AFRICA TO YOURS:
A personal update on life with the African Hunters

We love living here in Namibia. The weather is great, the people friendly, the government is a stable free democracy and it one of the safest places we have ever lived. The only downside is that we are so far away from our children, grandchildren and friends. We live on a 2,500 acre farm just North of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. In Windhoek we can get almost anything we could in the USA. The grocery stores are similar to those at home with a european twist. Phones, water and electric are all at a first world standard in most places in the country. Its sort of like living in the Southwest, a dry climate from May to November with a sporadic rainy season in the summer from November through April. This year we had great rain and the fields on the farm are high with grass. We have about 100 Inguni cattle and 100 Boer goats on the farm and the income from these helps support the Youth With a Mission base. The farm has good housing for our staff and we have built a campsite where we host camping and retreats to many different groups. This also brings in income which supports the ministry.

In Katutura, the old black township outside of Windhoek, we have two day schools that YWAM operates for the poorest of the children, Beautiful Kids Preschool and Community Hope Primary School. My Wife, Suzanne and I founded Community Hope Primary School in 2005 with 10 students. Now we have 67 students with grades 1-4. We have local and international teachers and volunteers that minister to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS that God has placed in our care.

I also run a pottery studio at the base. I use it to teach pottery to local and international interns and we sell the pottery to help support ourselves and Community Hope School. Every year we do "Empty Bowl" fund raisers, selling bowls we make with a meal to raise money for Community Hope Primary School. If you would like to host one in your community or church please let us know.

We would love you to come and visit. We have a nice guest house available at the farm.


OVERCOMING THE UNEXPECTED:

We are in the middle of pouring a new cement slab in what was the kitchen of our home here on the YWAM farm in WIndhoek, Namibia. On Monday and Tuesday we broke the 8" concrete walls out between the kitchen and living room only to find that the floor levels in the two rooms were 4 " off level with each other. The only way to fix it was to break out the old kitchen floor and pour a new one. All done by hand of course, the "African way". I now have a huge pile of building rubble in back of the pottery workshop. Funny how unexpected problems show up and need to be solved, the story of missions or maybe just life.

 

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Ray, Romeo and Abed breaking down the dividing walls with a sledge hammer
Ray Gumbo, one of our staff from Zimbabwe smashing up the old kitchen floor
Abed, a local Namibian from the Owambo tribe, is pouring the new kitchen floor



GRADUATIONS, BIRTHS AND MOVES:

photo of Christian Hunter Our eldest son Christian, is moving from Boston where he has been doing his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital to Baltimore where he will be doing his Cardiology Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His friend and mentor, Pellet, will be moving with him to insure that the new hospital is up to standard. You will notice that Pellet is wearing a crash helmet. That is because he is supervisors, among many other things, all the crash carts at BW intensive care unit where Christian works.

photo of Sarah Hunter Sarah, our eldest daughter is graduating on May 14th from The University of Wisconsin with a degree in textiles and fabric design. Congratulations Sarah! Sarah and her husband Dave live in Madison, Wisconsin. Dave is on the faculty of UW. For her senior thesis she has designed custom bicycle pants that can be used to both ride and work in.

photo of Jonny Hunter Jonny (#3) is also living and working in Madison. A graduate of UW as well he makes bikes on the side and works with his brother Ben (#4) in their catering business, The Underground Food Collective. If you live in the Madison area and need some great food give them a call.

photo of Fara Lee Hunter Fara Lee (#5) is working for her brother Ben, and attending Madison Area Technical College. Fara lived in Namibia with us for 10 years before taking the plunge and moving back to the USA.



John Hunter
Director
Teachers for Africa.


Teachers for Africa is a program on the training campus of YWAM Namibia.
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Christian J. Hunter, M.D., Ph.D. in his Boston clinic at Brigham and Women's Hospital
Sarah sewing a project for UW
Jonny Dec. 2008 at Ben's for a back to Africa breakfast with Mom, Dad and the Madison family
Ben and his 2nd child Silas 2007.
Grace and Nan having "tea" in Swakopmund, Namibia Jan. 2006
Fara at Swakopmundt on the Skeleton Coast of Namibia 2005