Welcome to Namibia, the country in Africa with the highest percentage of "Christians" (90%). Namibia is a large territory on the southwest coast of Africa bordered by South Africa on the south, by Botswana on the east, and Angola on the north. The narrow Caprivi Strip extends Namibia's boundaries to the Zambezi River and shares a short border with Zambia.
Despite Namibia having the highest percentage of "Christians" (90%) for any country in Africa liberal theology and indigenous cults have resulted in nominal commitment, much unholy living, and deep divisions within the church.
AEF (Africa Evangelical Fellowship)/SIM entered Namibia in the early '70s, working with youth of the Herero people group in and around Windhoek. The Herero had been reached with the Gospel many decades earlier, but today are considered unevangelised. In 1981, AEF/SIM and the church began work among Angolan refugees along the northern border.
Opportunities among young people are especially promising. Qualified missionary teachers have an open door to teach in government secondary schools. The tragedy of HIV & AIDS is devastating Namibia. The mission and church together are developing ministries to help those affected.
SIM Partner church
SIM partners with the Evangelical Bible Church (EBC) which established a National EBC Council, making it a church for the whole of Namibia. Thus far the EBC is found mainly amongst the Herero, Luchazi, and Hambukushu people groups.
Congregations are established from the border with Angola in the far north to the border with South Africa in the south. About 20 churches have been established in the north through the efforts of church evangelists with support from mission personnel. Other churches are at various stages of development.
SIM also partners with the Church of England of South Africa (CESA) with 8 organised churches and 15 developing ones. SIM missionaries are involved in theological training in the Namibian Evangelical Theological Seminary in Windhoek and the Evangelical Bible Institute near Rundu. There are also programs of Theological Education by Extension (TEE) in the Afrikaans and Oshiherero languages.
SIM enjoys a partnership with AIM International in all its work in Namibia. Opportunities for more workers to join the SIM/AIM Namibia team are promising, especially for those who desire to work among the youth.
Qualified missionary teachers have an open door to teach in government secondary schools. The tragedy of HIV/AIDS is devastating Namibia, and the mission and church together are developing ministries to help those infected and affected, many of whom are young people.
The Damara, Nama, Mbukushu and San are considered partially reached. However, the demographic which SIM considers the most unreached by the message of Jesus' love and forgiveness is the emerging generation of youth.
If you would like to be a part of what God is doing in Namibia, contact our representative in your state or check out the opportunities online.
CIA World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/wa.html
Lonely Planet http://www.lonelyplanet.com/Namibia
Travel health http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/namibia.htm
Foreign Affairs advice http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Namibia