Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia- ELCIN

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia- ELCIN

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Re: The Covie-19 pandemic and Namibia

The evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) is in solidarity of prayers and meditations with all Christian brothers and sisters locally and internationally in combating the global pandemic of Covid-19. Namibia is also affected.  However, we thank God that so far only 16 Covid-19 cases have been officially, noted in Namibia. Eight people of the sixteen have been discharged and other eight under medical supervision and observation. We believe these eight people, too, will be released soon. In the face of this pandemic, ELCIN remains vigilant and recommends all her members to adhere to the set up health regulations. When necessary, ELCIN is also prepared to be robust.

ELCIN Bishops.- Bishop Nambala & Bishop Munyika

ELCIN Bishops.- Bishop Nambala & Bishop Munyika

You might have heard what ELCIN has decided to do. But this is to officially inform all partners that due Covid-19, ELCIN resolved to put aside some of the major events which were planned for the year 2020, among others:

  1. Ordination of new pastors scheduled in June 2020, has been postponed until further notice.
  2. 150 years Mission Festival scheduled in early July 2020, has been postponed to unnamed date in 2021.
  3. All Pastors’ Conference scheduled in August 2020, has been postponed to 23 – 26 November 2020.
  4. ELCIN further resolved to minimize and discourage congested gatherings at worship services and at all other church related coming together such as baptisms, weddings, memorials and funerals.
  5. All members are encouraged to hold worship services at home (Mt 18: 19 – 20). Above all, all church members and Christians in general are admonished to keep the spirit of constant prayer and surrendering the whole pandemonium situation to God, for God to intervene, (Ps 46: 1; John 17:11)

We apologize to all invited friends, brothers and Sisters for the inconvenience causes as the above mentioned festival are no longer possible to take place as planned before.

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe – ELCZ

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe – ELCZ

I hope you peacefully went through the Lenten period. In Zimbabwe we are in our fourth week in lockdown. The lockdown has been extended to the 3rd of May. We have suspended church services. Pastors use Zoom, Whatsapp or virtual conferences.

Twenty five (25) persons were diagnosed positive and three (3) have succumbed to the COVID 19. It seems people are under a house arrest. Already many are in a scramble for food. Some are now breaking the law of confinement in search of food These face the wrath of the law from law enforcement agents. The government has promised to feed the nation, but this has not happened yet. Long queues at food wholesalers are a common sight, this development however is exposing people to Covid 19.

Essential service, such as health providers, security and some government depart-ments are working. Small to medium enterprises are not working and this will have a ripple effect on the economy. Since the rapid testing kits are now in the country, we could see an increase in the numbers of those infected. We suspect that come 3rd of May, we could have the lockdown extended.

We are operating from home. We encourage our people to adhere to the precaution-nary measures put in place. We continue to post comforting messages and messages of hope.

Thank you for your prayers

 

 

Bishop Chemist Faindi ELCZ

Bishop Chemist Faindi ELCZ

ELCZ worship before COVID-19 lockdown

ELCZ worship before COVID-19 lockdown

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Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Angola – IELA

Iglesia Evangélica Luterana de Angola – IELA

In Angola are still under lockdown until 25th April 2020, but there is clear likelihood that this will not end there. Any way we will keep in touch, updating. We are, also, praying for you. God is taking care all of us.

Thank you for your prayers

Bishop Tomas Ndawanapo, IELA

Bishop Tomas Ndawanapo, IELA

The buildings are closed, we are the church and we are open- Onduna, Kunene province Ondjiva

The buildings are closed, we are the church and we are open- Onduna, Kunene province Ondjiva

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mozambique

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mozambique

Mozambique is quarantined until April 30/2020.

We are no longer conducting common services in the congregations. The least we are able to do is to communicate through SMS, phone calls, WhatsApp, audios and videos.  We have organized a WhatsApp group in the three Districts of the church, viz., South, Central and North. We are, using a rotating schedule of responsibility for the activities of each District by weekly follow-up.  Doing morning devotions and Sunday sermons by video or audio and then have them sent to the groups. We allocate a week per district between the three districts

    • The Central District
    • The Northern District.
    • The Southern District.

Therefore, this is our work strategy in this moment of quarantine at home.  As for the number of Coronavirùs patients, it rose to 36 patients.  It is this information that I make available to you right now.

Thank you for your prayers

Bispo Eduardo Sinalo da IELM

Bispo Eduardo Sinalo da IELM

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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.

End

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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