We are serving in the Evangelical Bible Church with a congregation of around 200 (mainly Herero people). The church is involved in many & varied ministries including an After School Program for children & youth & an HIV / AIDS home based care ministry. Weekly Bible Studies & Prayer Meetings are held along with the usual Friday night for youth. The Sunday School annual camp us coming up in a few weeks time with 70 kids & 10 teachers already signed-up.
The Sunday service goes for around 2.5 hours & is spoken in both English & Otjiherero. The singing is full of praise & in typical African fashion there is no musical accompaniment, yet four part harmonies fill the meeting space. Many of the songs we actually know from our own time in youth group back in Australia. Fortunately for us, Otjiherero is a fairly phonetic language so we can sometimes join in those ones as well, even if we are unsure what we are actually singing about. The song is chosen from the songbook, someone then starts us off & everyone joins in (with gusto!). In fact, if the singing is not enthusiastic enough for the leader it is stopped, the congregation reminded of how great God is and how worthy He is to be praised properly, and we start again. There is both a youth & adult choir who often sing ‘items’ each week.
The church is based in Katutura in a black community on a large block of land. As is typical in most of Windhoek, there is no grass or gardens just dirt & stones surrounding the buildings. There are bars over every window (as is usual in Windhoek) and security grills on every door. The church was designed by a Swiss man back in the 1960s and is made up of hexagonal shaped sections joined together. Covering the wall at the front of the church is a painted mural depicting a water scene and green bushland.
We have been warmly welcomed into the church & relationships are slowly being formed. The Bible is being faithfully taught & guests are being introduced & welcomed each Sunday.