What a blessing, during October 2019, to have trained new otLIVE instructors who have ministry and influence in Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Zambia and South Africa!
Please pray with us for the impact of otLIVE in our region. May many come to know and love the Lord and His Word – as otLIVE is taught in Southern Africa.
Below is a glimpse into the ministries and testimonies of some of these new instructors:
Leonard Ntinda from Destiny Discovery Ministries in Namibia
I see so much potential for otLIVE. Our ministry ‘Destiny Discovery Ministry All by Faith Church’ has a focus on church planting in the unreached villages of Namibia and Angola. And by ‘unreached’ I mean that there is no church in the village. My aim is to go where people don’t go – and many of these areas are reachable only by bicycle or motor bike.
So far we have planted 26 churches in villages in Namibia and 6 in villages in Angola – and by that I mean that we have trained and sent pastors to those churches where there are at least 100 people. There are also many other smaller ‘cell’ churches – who as of yet do not have a trained pastor.
otLIVE will be an excellent tool to help in the training of these pastors whose home language is Oshiwambo. These pastors will then go back to teach the people of the village. It gives a clear, easier and quicker way to understand the Bible – that will work for old and young alike. otLIVE will help to clearly teach the story of the Bible. Our devotions and study of the Bible will completely change; and church will improve as well. This material is such a help!
My vision is to see a church, a pre-school and a borehole in every village. Some people travel 10km to fetch water. But where there is a borehole, people will gather and there we can teach them the Word of God. Many children don’t go to school as some villages have no schools. So we are establishing pre-schools and teaching them to read.”
We also have plans to reach villages in Zambia and Zimbabwe – and have just recently sent a team to villages outside Bulawayo.
Anastacio Mutisse – Gaza Province in Mozambique
“I am currently pastoring two churches that I have planted. One is in the village of Xai-Xai and other is in Zimilene. In Xai-Xai, we rejoice that we finally have a church building structure that we are slowly building out of local clay bricks. The church in Zimilene really grew out of ministering to the sick people in the area.
Personally, I haven’t really been an Old Testament reader, but now I am motivated. I have never taught on the Old Testament before. otLIVE will be a wonderful way to start! My vision is to build up 40 Old Testament sermons to preach – based on the hand signs. I am also regularly invited to different churches and I will have the opportunity to teach otLIVE to them.
I also have a secular job as a pastor and am a father of five children. One of my biggest struggles is teaching the Word of God to my own children. I come home late and tired. But I am going to use otLIVE strategically with my own kids and practice the hand signs together with them in the mornings.
Mozambique often feels like a lost island in Africa. The official language is Portuguese, but we also speak Shangaan. Most of the material and ministries are in English. There is a desperate need for Portuguese material. I am so excited about using otLIVE.”
(We praise the Lord that otLIVE is already translated into Portuguese.)
John Heita Pastor from Foursquare Church in Namibia
“OtLIVE has ignited in me a new passion to go back and read my Bible – especially the Old Testament – and it will also impact my leaders. I will start with my family and practice in my home. Then I will train my church and Sunday School leaders and invite other pastors.
I come from Ohangwena, which is in the far north of Namibia, close to the Angolan border – even there we have the opportunity to influence many different cultures. There is such a need for otLIVE – even in the villages and surrounding towns. The majority of people are not interested in the Old Testament and they don’t understand the whole story of what God wants to say to His people. As a result, people abuse Scripture and use it out of context. But I do believe that people are getting hungrier for the Word at this time.”
Team from Beacon of Hope
Also attending the otLIVE training, were a team from Beacon of Hope, an organization working in AIDS prevention education in schools in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa. Beacon of Hope will be conducting a trial of otLIVE in some schools.
As the team members commented:
~ otLIVE helps with understanding the plans, mercy and love that Almighty God has for each one of us. What a lively and passionate way to share the Old Testament and to understand the Gospel from the Old Testament story.
~ otLIVE really ignites passion for God’s Word and encourages you to read the Scriptures daily.
“I teach at Asikhule Bible School in the Midands of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Many of my students are local pastors from the area. There is such a need for otLIVE. We all need to understand the big picture of the Bible – which is so important in avoiding the tendency to take verses out of context. I also love the otLIVE hand signs – they really make the material sink into your heart and mind – and you start to own what you are learning! I so appreciated the care and energy that went into this training.”
Kevin Julius from Johannesburg Bible College, South Africa
“If you really want to grow in relationship and understanding of God – and also help others to understand the Bible and grow in Christ – then otLIVE is a must! After doing otLIVE, I am deeply encouraged to read the Bible more and draw closer to God. It really gives you a deeper passion for God’s Word.
otLIVE will be a blessing to the students I teach, the church I pastor and the churches within my network – as together we learn the big picture of God’s redemptive story. I look forward to teaching otLIVE. It will appeal to anyone regardless of age. The hand signs are fun and creative and really make it ‘stick’.”
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