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Nababeep Outreach
by Greg Owens on June 7th, 2012

On June 12-20, 2010 I was privileged to partner with Peter Pass and South Africa Care Missions (SACM) to travel to the Northern Cape province to a region known as Namaqualand (nah-MAH-kwah-land). Along with a team of 20 other individuals from various churches in the Cape Town area, we traveled the eight hour journey to the rural town of Nababeep (na-BA-beep); a quiet mining town just outside of Springbok nestled between the beautiful desert mountains. It’s not a tourist destination and most people don’t come to this town unless they have a purpose for being there, but it was our purpose that drove us there: to share the love of Jesus to the people of Nababeep.

We worked with Pastor Peter Diomi and his wife Nadia, such a wonderful godly couple. Pastor Peter is a missionary from the Congo that felt the call of God to live in Nababeep even though he didn’t know anyone or couldn’t even speak English or the local language, Afrikaans. But he has overcome those challenges and God has used him greatly as he pastors Nababeep Assembly of God, a church that was planted by Peter Pass. We joined forces with this lively church to tell this community of God’s love and His desire to have a personal relationship with each person.

During the week the team did door-to-door evangelism, going into each house and talking with the people. I was amazed at the friendliness of the local people in welcoming us into their homes and their openness to hear the Gospel. It’s awesome to see how God can take people that are available and interested in hearing about Him and completely transform their lives.

I was given the opportunity to be a guest on Peter Diomi’s radio program on Radio NFM 98.1. This is the only radio station based in Namaqualand and even though it has only been in operation for 5 months, it is a very popular and influential station with the communities in the area. I had a great time speaking and freely sharing the Gospel with the people listening. I heard many comments and received many favorable responses from people who listened to the programs. I know that my American accent piqued the interest of many listening, but I’m thankful for all the ways God uses to get our attention.

Each night we hosted services in a tent in the center of town (when weather permitted) and God did some amazing things. I was asked to speak several times along with Evangelist Solomon Langeveld from Kimberly as well as Tamryn Klintworth from Cape Town. I spoke one evening for a youth service on how Jacob loved Rachel more that Leah and how Leah longed for Jacob to love her. She tried to earn his love by giving him sons, but that didn’t work. Finally by the time she had her fourth son, Judah, Leah decided to put her focus on praising God instead of trying to earn the praise of Jacob and it was through Judah’s lineage that Jesus was born. Even though we may feel unloved or rejected, the Bible says that God sees us and is right there with us. Many teens that night came forward to receive Jesus’ love and forgiveness and many found healing for the pains and hurts they had experienced. It was a wonderful night!

At the end of the week, 95 people made first time decisions to receive the Lord into their life! Praise God for his faithfulness!! I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the people in Nababeep. They are some of the nicest people I have met and I know that God has brought us together for a purpose. I look forward to continuing work with Peter Diomi in sharing the love of Jesus Christ to all the people in Namaqualand.

Thank you for your prayers and financial support of World for Christ. Even though you weren’t able to go on the trip, you are a part of what was done this week and God will reward you for your faithfulness. Please continue to pray that God will open up opportunities for us to go into all the world telling people that God loves them. God bless you.

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