It is very simple living in rural Namibia. No electricity or running water is available. At Amana water is being carted from a central pump station 3km away from the living area. The cart consists of 2 cows pulling a sled through thick sand. The whole process takes about 3 hours for 400 liters of water enough for cooking, drinking and basic cleaning for 3 days. Cooking is done on the fire. No refrigiration is available.
Subsistance farming maintains their livelihood. They will plant mahango - a local grain, and maize during January and harvest it in the month of May. Sometimes they will also plant some vegetables like pumpkins. The ground will then lay empty for the rest of the year as there is no water for further crops. The grain is dried and stored for use during the year. Grain is crushed by hand daily for cooking using a large wooden pestle and mortar, and lots of skill.
Their present livestock consists of small flock of chickens around the home for slaughtering at very special occasions. There are also a few donkeys, cows and goats which get taken to a watering point once a week. For food they graze the surrounding areas.
Born in the village of Mukekete in 1981 Brother Theo grew up on his family ground until he was 11 years of age. In 1992, after the death of his mother that year he moved to Oshikati. In 2012 he returned to take up his inheritance, a 400 ha (988 acres) piece of ground.
After being born again in 2012 the Lord started working new desires in his heart. That which was once a barren, rural life suddenly became a possibility for God's work in the north of Namibia. The more definite vision for Amana was born in 2015/2016
Read br Theo's personal testimony here
Amana: a spiritual teaching center. The vision is to spread the truth about who Jesus is, and that this true gospel of the kingdom be preached in the northern part of Namibia. This will be done through bible studies at the center and through mission work. Our desire is to bring people to Christ and to know the truth that His name may be glorified.
Amana and the surrounding area has plenty of good quality hard wood
This project will help us generate extra income to support our mission work.
Equipment that can process large logs fast, safe and without the need of mains electricity. Only fuel driven equipment and generators or solar power can be utilized.
The idea is to produce and supply fresh vegetables, fresh flowers as well as small livestock and crop production. This project will also help us generate extra income to support our mission work.
Biggest hurdle: Water!
We will need a borehole for irrigation to produce crops year round.
Needs: Seeds, fertilizer and training
Normal agricultural needs for a larger variety of crops than that which is currently being locally produced.
Some of the plan already started happening:
SALT in Namibia - in 2017 SALT for Namibia was introduced to us by brother Llewellyn. Since then we have identified that the Amana Community will be one of the communities in Namibia who will benefit from this spiritual teachings for saving groups. This will open doors for us to reach even further to other places with our mission work.
In 2018 we finally decided to move from Rundu with our family to stay at Amana permantly and support the mission work at Amana and its vision. We first went on vacation. On our way back we had a car accident and lost two of our children. Everything was in pieces in our home.
Our trust is in the Lord because only He can will fix those pieces together!