OHAMEVA VILLAGE

OHAMEVA VILLAGE

A poultry project is one of the livelihood projects at Ohameva in Okongo region. The project is doing well and there is also a garden project .

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OTWITWI VILLAGE

OTWITWI VILLAGE

In Otwitwi village a livelihood garden projects is flourishing with various vegetables that are sold to the community. The project is doing very well despite the challenge of crocodiles in the river where the water is pumped for irrigation.

Malaria Gaurdening Group in Otwitwi village

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Malaria Desk

Malaria Desk

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) Malaria Programme

Namibia is one of the four countries supported by LUCSA Malaria Programme. Malaria is still one of the major challenges especially in northern Namibia. The programme’s focusses include institutional capacity building, reduction of malaria morbidity and sustainable livelihoods. The LUCSA Diakonia Desk conducted technical support visit in February 2019 to three villages that are implementing the project.

A  Malaria community group at Eengonyo in Eenhana region purchased a plot and built a grinding room with their own resources. They later bought a grinding machine and the programme assisted them with half of the costs of the machine. The profits of this project are ploughed back into the project by providing assistance to those who need malaria treatment.

Eengonyo Malaria Group, grinding projects

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Migrants Programme

Migrants Programme

LUCSA DIAKONIA Desk conducted Community Peace Monitors training in Jabavu Soweto in South Africa. The training was attended by 25 participants from Orlando, Mofolo, Zondi and Jabavu townships. Soweto is one of the townships in South Africa that is also affected by sporadic upraising of xenophobic attacks in 2018 due to misunderstanding between locals and business owners from foreign countries. LUCSA pro actively engages communities through community peace monitors to promote community dialogues, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence of locals and foreign nationals. Participants developed action plans for their communities during the workshop. Testimonies about the last xenophobic attacks were shared at the workshop by the victims. LUCSA   through member churches is promoting a peaceful living between locals and foreign nationals in South Africa.

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LUCSA and FELM signed agreement

LUCSA and FELM signed agreement

LUCSA continues to respond to human needs and challenges through capacity building in areas of gender justice at member churches’ level. The Communion Office had a privilege to welcome another partner in this regard, the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM) to collaborate with  LUCSA in the Gender Justice Programme and other future Diakonia response activities. FELM is one of the mission organizations in Finland working closely with the Finnish Lutheran Church and has worked in Southern Africa for the past 150 years mainly in the then South West Africa currently Namibia.  Its work currently covers Botswana, Angola, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

On the March 2019 LUCSA and FELM signed a bilateral memorandum of Agreement at the LUCSA Communion Office in Johannesburg. LUCSA Executive Director Rev Dr David Tswaedi signed on behalf of LUCSA and the FELM Director of Foreign Affairs Mr Tero Norjanen signed on behalf of FELM. The event was graced by the President of LUCSA Bishop Horst Muller and the Reginal Representative of FELM in Southern Africa Mr Illka Repo. The LUCSA President gave thanked FELM for extending their mission work in responding to challenges in the region. He wished this partnership to be a fruitful one and commended it to God in prayer.

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Fire Destroys large parts of the Moravian Mission Station

Fire Destroys large parts of the Moravian Mission Station

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05 JANUARY 2019

MEDIA STATEMENT:
Wupperthal Fire Disaster: Recovery plans well underway to restore the Moravian Mission Station

Plans afoot and extraordinary efforts been implemented to restore the town following the devastating fire

Yesterday a meeting took place in Wupperthal that was attended by various church leaders, the community leadership, officials from West Coast District Municipality, councillors and officials from Cederberg Municipality.

The meeting was also attended by officials and experts from the national and provincial government departments that took key decisions to implement recovery and rehabilitation plans in the aftermath of the devastating fire disaster.

Electricity Supply

The electricity supply and reticulation were restored late yesterday afternoon with the assistance of the electricity departments of the Cederberg and Matzikama municipalities.

Water and Sanitation

The Moravian Church has consequently also restored the water and sanitation services to the town that is managed by the church that was dependent on the restoration of the electricity supply.

Communication

The cellphone repeater servicing the Wupperthal Mission Station has also been completely restored to the town that will greatly assist the communication between the town that was hampered during downtime as it is located within mountainous areas.

Demolition of Damages Buildings

An agreement has been reached yesterday and approval has been obtained from the Moravian Church including the affected homeowners that the gutted buildings to be demolished in the interest of public safety as the extent of the damages were severe and beyond repair according to the assessments conducted by professional structural engineers.

On Thursday 3 January 2019, Mxolisi Dlamuka the Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Western Cape, issued a directive and given authority to demolish the historical buildings and structures that are posing a danger.

The West Coast District Municipality will be leading the coordination relating to the demolishing of the damaged heritage building. Some machinery already arrived in the town and additional specialised plant, equipment and excavator have been requested to commence with the demolition work.

The rubble waste will be transported the landfill site of the local municipality in line with the developed waste management plan.

The burnt clay and straw material will also be used to fill the landfill site. The brick and mortar material will be crushed and recycled.

A team of experts have been commissioned to conduct an assessment for houses that had asbestos and to carefully implement the removal and disposal in line with environmental health requirement prior to the demolition work of the buildings.

The Moravian Church already cordoned off the affected disaster site in the interest of public safety.

Education

Mr Brian Schreuder, the Head of Department of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), granted approval for the commencement of the school to be delayed by one (1) week due to the demolition and recovery work that will be taking place in the coming week.

The T-Courts will be converted into hostels for the scholars and emergency funding has been applied for as the school hostels have been completely destroyed.

Identity and Documents

The Department of Home Affairs already started with the preliminary process to reissue an identity documents after the blaze destroyed the identity documents of the victims and will arrange for transportation to the various government offices.

Emergency Housing

The Department of Human Settlements of the Western Cape Government also conducted assessments on the need for emergency housing for the fire victims.
A suitable site has been identified within Wupperthal and spatial planning and design efforts are underway.
The Cederberg Municipality is procuring and will provide a tent and temporary toilets for the emergency housing site.
Donations:

Donations

The Moravian Church wish to thank the public, churches, organisations and businesses for the overwhelming support to provide relief efforts to the Wupperthal fire victims.
Members of the public who wishes to deliver donations to the town are advised that access to the town is restricted.
It is encouraged that donations to be delivered to the Clanwilliam Traffic Department situated in Hospital Street where a donations management centre has been established.
An appeal is made to members of the public to reduce the travelling to the town and limit the impact of causing any further disruption to the town.

For enquiries regarding the needs of the fire victims contact can be made with:
Aubrey (AJ) Van Rooy Brandt:
Cell: 076 686 5816
E-mail: kkpp.mediationpractice@gmail.com

Bank details:

Bank: Standard Bank
Account Name: Moravian Church in SA
Account Number: 072 906 189
Branch Code: 026209 Kenilworth Centre
Please use reference: Wupperthal Fire

Donations

As from Monday 7 January 2019 the Wupperthal Moravian Mission Station will be restricted due to heavy vehicles, machinery, plant and equipment that will be moving into the town to commence with demolition work.
The police authorities will be establishing a control post that will only permit emergency and essential vehicles and residents access and egress to the town.
Strict control measures will be implemented and motorists including tourists are encouraging to avoid visiting the town or to make use of the road/(s) to minimise disruption on the nearby roads.

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Media enquiries:

Wilfred Schrevian Evan Solomons Johannes - Cell: 084 711 7709
Reverend Martin Abrahams, Vice President, Moravian Church of Southern Africa - Cell: 083 372 6789
Petronella Horne, Media Liaison Officer, Cederberg Municipality - Cell: 076 982 4529

10 JANUARY 2019

This needs list has been compiled for the purpose of sourcing donations for the victims of the Wupperthal Fire Disaster and to enable the Moravian Church to provide adequately in their daily needs and functioning. In assisting this objective and to ensure efficient services to the victims, the undersigned has conducted a community site visit and meetings with the local donation management volunteers in Wupperthal on 8th January 2019. To promote inclusivity and effective assessment of real needs, the undersigned had engagements with available community leaders and local victims who were available at the time of the assessment.

It is worth noting that despite the sad emotional disposition of many victims and the rather traumatic circumstances which exist after the fire disaster, the needs assessment was successfully executed, and the analysis reflects the following results:

  1. Alternative storage facility to free the primary school: An urgent need for financial and practical assistance is required towards the refurbishment of the old local glove factory. Renovation of the facility will free the primary school for local children and which is currently being used as donation management centre.
  2. Basic office and storage amenities for the new donation management centre.
  3. Fresh vegetables, fruits, food and beverages for the daily beneficiary food scheme operated at the centre. Including the need for refrigerators, plastic cutlery, foam cups and plates.
  4. Toilet paper and toiletries for males and females (adults and children).
  5. Underwear for males and females (adults and children).
  6. Food hampers for distribution.

Financial donations are to be deposited into the Moravian Church in South Africa

Bank details:

Bank: Standard Bank
Account Name: Moravian Church in SA
Account Number: 072 906 189
Branch Code: 026209 Kenilworth Centre
Please use reference: Wupperthal Fire
Swift Code for international deposits: SBZAZAJJ

Other donations can be dropped off at your nearest donation drop off point. Please refer to the attached list of drop off points or contact me on the provided number below.

Thank you for your assistance and please contact me should you have any questions or need further information.

Mr AJ Van Rooy-Brandt
Moravian Church Donation Management Coordinator

Tel: 076 686 5816
Email: kkpp.mediationpractice@gmail.com

 

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Youth Meeting 2018

Youth Meeting 2018

Youth under the age of 30 make up some 70% of the population in Southern Africa and face many challenges related to education, unemployment, gender justice, health and climate change.  So, are youth pessimistic or optimistic, afraid or hopeful about the future? 

Seven young adults representing several member churches of the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) met recently at Outlook Lodge at the Lutheran center in Bonaero Park, Johannesburg to start planning for an all LUCSA youth conference in 2019. (LUCSA, with 15 member churches across ten countries in Southern Africa, is a sub-regional expression of the Lutheran World Federation)

The youth unanimously and energetically agreed to work with the Lutheran World Federation theme for 2019-2024 “With passion for the Church and the World.”  

The committee worked on a draft programme that will include reports on youth activities from member churches, as well as Bible studies, presentations and discussions.  The conference will focus on what it means to be “Young Reformers” promoting revival in the church, Lutheran identity, diakonia, gender justice and care for creation.  The LUCSA INFOHUT program which teaches computer skills and life skills including information about HIV & AIDS will be a key part of the programme.  

LUCSA member churches will be invited to send two active youth representatives, a young man and a young woman, to participate in the conference.  Invitations will also be extended to the LWF Youth Desk in Geneva and to a Lutheran youth representative from the Lutheran Communion in Central and East Africa (LUCCEA) and the Lutheran Communion in West Africa (LUCWA). 

The LUCSA youth are enthusiastic and committed to establishing a Youth Desk in the Communion Office and to building strong relationships between youth in the member churches and making a lasting difference in their respective churches and in the region. 

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LUCSA council meeting

LUCSA council meeting

The LUCSA Council meeting was held from 3rd -7th September at the Outlook Lodge in Bonaero Park.

The Council is made up of the heads of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in 10 Southern African Countries and 5 in South Africa, 4 women 3 representatives that are elected from these member churches on a rotational basis.

LUCSA Council,Partners and Staff

The meeting started at 16:00 on 3rd September 2018 and this was attended by the President of LUCSA Bishop Horst Müller, the deputy president Bishop Dr Joseph Bvumbwe, Bishop Gilbert Filter, chair of Programme Committee for Education, Theology and Ecumenical Relations, Bishop Chemist Faindi, chairperson of the Programme Committee for Mission and Diakonia, Mrs. Kidi Tshukudu, chair of Standing Committee for Finance and Administration, Mrs. Lynette Burger, women representative, Rev Zelda Cossa, youth representative and the Executive Director Rev Dr David Tswaedi.

The meeting started with a devotion in the morning and in the evenings and these were held in the Chapel.

On the 4th September 2018 during the Opening Service, the new members of the Council were inducted by the LUCSA President Bishop Horst Müller assisted by the Executive Director Rev Dr David Tswaedi. They were Rev Martin Abrahams from MCSA, Bishop Absalom Mnisi from ELCSA, Bishop Eduardo Sinalo ,Mrs. Esther Mathulwe and Miss Emanuela Ndawanapo from EILA. They also each received copy of the LUCSA Constitution.

The sermon was delivered by Bishop Ernst //Gamxamub from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN).

The meeting continued with the report by the Executive Director. Fraternal greetings were given by LUCSA Partners. Rev Dr Elieshi Mungure sent greetings on behalf of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). Rev Michael Schultheiss gave greetings on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission (ELM) Rev Kevin Jacobson on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)  Rev Dr Christine Keim sent greetings on behalf of the German National Committee (GNC/LWF)

There were presentations made by the LWF Council members Bishop Dr Veikko Munyika from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) the LWF report, Rev Elitha Moyo from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe (ELCZ) on Gender Justice and Mr. Khulekani Magwaza from Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) on Climate change.

On 5th and 6th September 2018 the different programme committees went into the breakaway rooms to discuss issues around the programmes and possible amendments to the LUCSA Constitution.

The meeting adjourned on the 6th September 2018 with the closing service led by Bishop Chemist Faindi from ELCZ.

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A Step on the Way to Reconciliation

A Step on the Way to Reconciliation

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Commemorative service marking the repatriation of mortal remains from former German Southwest Africa

(LWI) – On Wednesday, 29 August, Germany gave back to Namibia mortal remains that it had taken out of the country during the colonial period (1884 to 1919). To mark the occasion, a commemorative service was held by the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) and the Council of Churches in Namibia in Berlin’s Französische Friedrichstadtkirche.

Immediately after the service remains were handed over to the Namibian government representatives in an official act by the German Foreign Office and the Namibian embassy. On 31 August they are to be received at a state ceremony in Windhoek, Namibia.

Ernst //Gamxamûb, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia – a member church of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) – and head of the delegation of the Council of Churches in Namibia, gave a joint sermon with Petra Bosse-Huber, EKD bishop for ecumenical relations. In it, Gamxamûb recalled the history of Namibia and Germany, which had been “born of a very bad experience and reality.”

Learning from the past to write anew the future

Bishop Gamxamûb urged the congregation: “Let us therefore learn from our past to write anew our future, characterized by the following values: human dignity, respect, equality, good cohabitation, empowering one another to exercise peace and justice.” When visiting a UNHCR camp in Botswana in 1980, he said, he had had an unforgettable experience. He heard Namibian refugees singing a moving lamentation, which they did every evening: “When I die here, let my bones be returned home.”

“Let us therefore learn from our past to write anew our future, characterized by the following values: human dignity, respect, equality, good cohabitation, empowering one another to exercise peace and justice.”

— Bishop Ernst //Gamxamûb, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia

Bishop Bosse-Huber declared: “This day moves me greatly. We intend to do something today which should have been done many decades ago: namely, to give back mortal human remains of people who became the victims of the first genocide of the 20th century, to their rightful descendants.”

Keeping memory alive and overcoming wrong

At its Twelfth Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia in May 2017, the LWF adopted a Public Statement on Reconciliation with respect to genocide in Namibia.

It says: “We are encouraged to know that the governments of Namibia and Germany have taken up this pain and are committed to a process of telling the truth and doing justice in view of what they both call today a genocide against the Herero, Nama, and other indigenous people. We are grateful for the role of churches and civil society groups that have promoted and continue supporting processes of reconciliation and healing of memories.”

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13th Assembly and 36th Anniversary

13th Assembly and 36th Anniversary

From August 23 to 26, 2018 the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi (ELCM) gathered in Lilongwe to hold its 13th Assembly and to celebrate its 36th anniversary.

The assembly was officially opened with a worship service and sermon by Bishop Joseph Bvumbwe based on the theme “May God bless the works of our hands” taken from Psalm 90:7. The bishop explained the meaning of Kilimanjaro as Kilima (journey) and Njaro (impossible) saying that for the church “mission impossible” was possible with God’s power and accompaniment.

Some 200 lay delegates and 70 pastors from 9 Deaneries were in attendance.

The assembly received a consolidated report highlighting the work of the church and its departments over the past four years including 60 feeding centers for vulnerable children, the mobile clinic service, income generating activities such as small-scale bakeries and improved sustainable agriculture and crop storage techniques, malaria and HIV prevention, environmental protection and climate change adaptation encouraging fuel efficient stoves and tree planting programs.  The report also mentioned the introduction of the INFOHUT project by the Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) which trains young people in computer technology and life skills.

The historic church assembly adopted a new constitution allowing for expansion from one to three dioceses and ordination that “shall no longer be based on gender.”

At the celebration international and regional partners were warmly welcomed with speeches, choirs and dance including displays of the Diaconal and congregational work of this growing church.

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