To provide effective and constant empowering assistance to ELCRN’s development and self-reliance projects as well as partnerships.
To be a self-reliant and future-oriented program that shapes a sustainable ELCRN through successful projects and partnership relations.
Dear international Christian families from United Evangelical Mission (UEM) and over the world,
Dear American companions.
It is a pleasure to take note of your interest in visiting the website of the Program Management Office that may be regarded as the window through which an insight of the life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) could be observed. At some point in the midst of the sudden appearance of COVID-19 in Namibia during the first 3 months of 2020 and the unexpected position it forced the entire universe to take in, no one was prepared for what was yet to come. Looking into the year that was, we moan the sudden passing of loved ones, parents, young citizens, pensioners and servants of God through COVID 19. However, as Christians, we all keep on holding to the HOPE and TRUST into God, Creator of heaven and earth in the midst of a second wave and continuous uncertainty.
COVID 19 did not only bring grief but it also prevailed an opportunity for reflection to every human being, every family, every government and every church. It brings us back to the conversation of Matthew with the Lord towards the end of his ministry when he asked Him the following:
“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?
In response to the above, the King answered to him: “TRULY, I TELL YOU, JUST AS YOU DID IT TO ONE OF THE LEAST OF THESE WHO ARE MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY, YOU DID IT TO ME.“
Sure, Mathew asked this question when he found himself on a soul-searching journey at a time when deep-thinking was necessitated. Do we realize that we are on the same journey today and that we need to consider what Matthew did?
Now that we have been blessed with a new year with all its challenges, let’s allow ourselves to breath in the rejuvenated air and find methods how to adapt to the changes that COVID 19 has come with a positive mindset.
May God enable us.
OUR CORE VALUES
- TEAM WORK:
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace”.
1 Peter 4: 10
“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind and you will be blessed because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just”.
Luke 14: 13-14
“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another”.
“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
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LOVE AND FAITH
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FOOD PARCEL DISTRIBUTION
Over the past 10 months our German partners from the United Evangelical Mission (UEM) amongst others, circuits Dusseldorf, Twiste-Eisenberg, Tecklenburg/ Wesel, and Dortmund committed themselves to join efforts with their Namibian partners, circuits Mariental, Otjiwarongo and Usakos as well as the Evangelical Lutheran Church Aids Program (ELCAP) to distribute food parcels and protective gear to the most vulnerable communities in Namibia. Not only did they provide for the immediate need, but they also engaged in activities like zoom meetings and exchange of spiritually uplifting messages through electronic media.
GIBEON CARE GIVER CENTER
MAKING PARCELS FOR CHILDREN
TO TAKE HOME.
CIRCUIT MARIENTAL GIVING FOOD PARCELS TO HOUSEHOLDS IN MARIENTAL GEBION, MALTAHOHE, KALKRAND, GOCHAS AND STAMPRIET.
SOFIMA BUSINESS SERVICES commenced as a project many years ago but with the assistance of the Solidarity Fund and the devoted commitment of their German partners, Neuss-Gladbach, this project rapidly grew into a business over the past five years. SOFIMA was one of 113 producers chosen by the Ministry of Industrialization and Trade through a competitive process to produce face masks to schools and educational institutions. This was her first major challenge which she successfully passed and delivered about 20 000 masks in a period of one month.
Many local businesses and parishes/ congregations from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) as well as other denominations also enjoyed the services delivered by this potential business when they confirmed about 3 500 young Christians in the midst of the pandemic. The 19 primary hostels of the ELCRN as well as the Martin Luther High School were amongst those benefiting. In addition to that, SOFIMA also produced 3000 masks for the ELCRN-UEM COVID 19 ROLLBACK program.
January 2021 kicked off at a high note with the further production of masks for parishes who postponed confirmation of young Christians to full membership.
COVID 19 ROLLBACK PROJECT
MASKS MANUFACTURED FOR GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
The DESK FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT of the ELCRN with the assistance of UEM committed herself amidst the impact of COVID-19 to train 260 volunteers from
various parishes and congregations on the prevention of the Covid-19 pandemic. They were sent into their communities over all six circuits of the church to do diaconia work and to empower their communities on how to deal with social issues in general..
ELCRN COVID-19 Response Project has been undertaking voter education and monitoring compliance with health protocols during the campaign activities of candidates and parties as part of ELCRN's contribution to safe and successful Regional and Local Authority Elections under COVID-19. DFSD deployed 100 community volunteers as accredited Election Observers.
VOLUNTEERS AT WORK IN THE FIELD
The Westmont High School is a newly established Government school in Windhoek that opened doors in 2016 and cater for learners from the Otjomuise area, “7de and 8st laan” as well as for Havanna and Okahandja informal settlements. Many of these learners come from difficult and trying circumstances and therefore need a place of care and safety which Westmont High is striving for. The Grade 8 to Grade 12 learners were first schooled in tents which was eventually replaced with proper classrooms in 2019.
The Westmont High Water Fountain Project received a generous donation from the Jochen Schuler Foundation and installed a 5000 Liter Water Reservoir to supply enough clean drinking water and hand wash facilities to 527 Learners, 22 Teachers and 1 Support Staff Member. This gesture also grand us with clean and cool drinking water especially during the summer.