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September 16

Published on September 16, 2018 under prayer

The Himba are semi-nomadic pastoralists who live in the Kunene Region in northwest Namibia, maintaining much of their traditional lifestyle, in a harsh and dry land. The Himba believe in a creator god [Mukuru] who is very remote, and communication with this god only takes place through the spirits of male ancestors. The sacred fire (‘okuruwo’) represents those ancestors and is kept continually burning by the male clan leader, who sits by the fire during the day and talks to the ancestors about problems facing the family. The entire area in which the fire burns must be treated with extreme respect and only the door of the headman’s hut is allowed to face the fire. “There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up…God called to him from within the bush, ‘Moses!’ And Moses said, ‘Here I am.’”  Exodus 3:2-4. Pray God would call to the Himba and they would respond. It was also found that there are several Himba believers and even some Himba pastors. However there is a lot of syncretism and worship of ancestors as well as immorality. Please pray for the gospel to reach the Himba of Opuwo and set them free. Pray that those who profess Christ will live a Spirit-led lifestyle, characterized by love, peace and self-control.


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