some more pics #2

August 22, 2016

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Some More Pics

August 22, 2016

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Hi New Hope!  Our apologies for not having wifi during the Agape Youth Bible Camp, thus, not being able to post any updates.  God has done some amazing things in the 2nd Annual Agape Youth Bible Camp.  Praise God for his goodness and faithfulness.  There are way too many things to share but some of the memorable highlights as stated by various N16 team members:  “Such a sweet time of fellowship, sharing , prayer, and loving these precious young children of Windhoek.”  “I was surprised that despite them having so little, many seem to have a depth to their faith.”  “Prayer times after the each worship service was increasingly intense, culminating in the final night of extended singing and prayer with many shed tears as the Holy Spirit was working in them.”  “So hard to leave these kids and to leave Africa.”  “The last night at the bonfire was filled with 5 amazing, powerful testimonies by our Chloe Yoon and then some of the Windhoek children.”  “many of the kids have deep dislike against another from a different tribe, so after the Unity/Racism seminar, we washed each others feet which was very powerful for many of them.”  “When you take these kids out of their local neighborhoods and give them a shower and 3 meals, they just seem like “normal” kids.  You easily forget where they live and the painful lives that they live back home.”  ….and the stories and blessings could go on and on.  We thank- you so much for your prayers during this entire process from the early planning to our last day in Africa.  Look forward to seeing everyone and sharing the amazing work that God is doing in Namibia!

In Jesus,

Namibia 16 team

 

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Day 5 and 6, all business

August 18, 2016

Hello dearest brothers and sisters,

It has been all business the last 2 days prepping all the materials (sermons, small groups, Purity and Unity/Racism seminars, structure and schedule) of the 2nd annual Bible camp. We have seen many of the same kids from last year and some have become Christians and many have grown significantly spiritually. One boy in particular named Reuben (on the back right of the below picture) was so so hungry to learn about the Word of God and constantly is asking us to explain and interpret the meaning of different scriptural text. Another boy named Phellepouss (in the back left of the below picture), was one of the poorest of the youth and doing the most poorly in school being many many grades behind. He often would come on Sunday service and the others would tell Steve that he really needs some food right away. Most kids eat one meal a day or every 2 days. Phellepouss sometime would not have eaten for several days. The first days kids were asked to recited memorized John 15:1-17, Phellepouss stood up and while many of the kids were laughing and doubting him, Phellepouss Perfectly recited the whole passage! All the kids roared in a cheer as Steve and Korean missionaries began to cry. Now Phellepouss’ demeanor is rapidly changing and he has been faithful in attending Sunday Service and God seems to be changing him.

A girl named, Taimi, was getting beaten every time she attended Agape Youth group service but STILL attend Sunday service faithfully and we somehow were able to convince her legal guardian to let her attend.

This will be a short post as we are packing to depart to a nearby campsite for the bible camp. We are not sure if there will be wifi there so will give an extended post when we return.

Thank-you New Hope,

in Christ,

N16 team

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Hi New Hope!

Most of the team spent the morning at Hope Village, in a poor area of Windhoek.  Many were return visitors and the kids immediately recognized us.  Once again, the kids seemed more hungry for hugs and affection more than food or water.  Just as last tim they all seemed much smaller than normal for their age and the kids that we recognized from last year did not seem to have grown.  But yet, they seemed very very happy.  Strange.  Timmy said that he felt a little guilty because they are lacking so much yet they still seem happy and smile.  A love gift of $500 was given to the orphanage.  Thank-you New Hope Fellowship.  Then part of the team again went to the homes of Agape Youth group kids to encourage them to sign up for the coming bible camp and to meet their legal guardian and their families.  A tiring but fruitful day.  IMG_1073.JPGIMG_1059.JPG  IMG_4407IMG_1032.JPG

A brief post…

The rest of the team arrived Monday after approximately 24 hrs of traveling. Peter, Linda, Timmy, Chloe, Jen Chon, Min-Jung now have joined the rest of the team. Shortly after arriving the whole team had a delicious BBQ at Pastor Park’s home. A very funny meeting entirely in K-eunglish (broken Korean + broken English). In the end, it seems that we all are more on the same page in planning for the Agape Youth Bible camp. Tomorrow, several team members will be heading to Hope Village orphanage to visit the 90 plus orphans that we developed some relationships with last year and then will go into the neighborhoods of many of the Agape Youth for house-visits.

Thank-you NHF,

In Jesus,

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Hi New Hope!

The team had a great day filled with 3 very different worship services.  First in the morning, Robert, Chris, Alex headed to the town of Samaria and spent an intimate service time with a group of Namibian toddlers approx. aged 2-6.  Most with runny noses, dirt and dust filled faces, No shoes, but still filled with happiness and fully engaged in the singing and the short message by Korean Missionary, Pastor Park speaking on Ephesians 5:18.  A familiar verse that New Hope just covered, on not getting drunk on wine, but to be filled with the Spirit.  Most of these kids seemed starved for affection and wanted an endless hug and physical affection.  A couple of 2 year olds with mohawk haircuts really took to Chris and were enthralled by our leather bound Bibles.  Many of the children were continually interested in touching our hair, especially Robert because it looked and felt so different to theirs.  Again we saw small toddlers with so little in terms of material wealth and food, and yet still had such earnest, joy filled smiles.

Then Robert, Chris, and Alex walked down the hill led by several kids to meet up with the other team members at Agape Youth group building at their new site called Max.  This is   new dedicated meeting place for the Agape Youth.  The “building” if you will was created literally with two oversea crate containers from Korea.  Roof and windows were added to make this new space new and bright space to hold a larger group of kids.

Along with the Hongs, Sharon & the kids were at the Max to help set up for the Sunday worship service.  Max (pronounced “Mox”) is where Steve preaches weekly to the Agape Youth kids.  Agape Youth kids’ ages range from 14 & up to 20 years-old.   Today about 60+ kids came. Regular attendance range from 50-80 youths.  Many of them have walked to the new meeting place from quite some distance away.   Today was the last Sunday to collect registration forms for next week’s Bible Camp.  This new site is further away from the old site.  Yet, many still walk to attend a weekly service.   It was amazing to see the worship team comprised of Agape Youth setting up & breaking down the equipment, and worshipping passionately.  Steve preached on Romans 3:23-24, he illustrated with mansion in the sky.  How do we get in?  Do we break in or dig holes to get through?  No!  Only with a special golden key can we open these doors.  What is that key?   Some rightly said Jesus Christ.  Steve pointed back to the scripture and said it is by justification, a precious gift given to us through Jesus who bore the full wrath of God against all past, present and future sins.  It was a powerful reminder and a great way to prepare the youth for the Abiding in Jesus theme.

  Kids were divided into small groups by age and recited John 15:1-17 from memory.  The cost of coming to camp next week is about $10 USD but free if you have memorized and recite the entire John 15:1-17.  This is no easy feat.  But, many have recited them perfectly!   What we notice time and time again is that these young kids without parental pressure, push themselves to memorize and to come prepared to be part of something they believed to be greater than anything else around them.

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