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.