It is hard to believe that it has already been two years since I left my home, family, and friends in New York to Namibia. So much has happened in those two years, many adjustments and change filled with much joy and difficulties. I thank the Lord for God’s grace has sustained me through all of this.
Namibia is a country in Africa with an estimated population of 2.5 million and 32 people groups and 30 languages, with English being the official language. Namibia is a country with one of the highest gaps between the rich and the poor, which has left many Namibians living in poverty with very high unemployment rates. 89.9% of people are reported to be professing Christians, but Christianity there is plagued by the watering down of the gospel due to syncretism with tribal religions and the health wealth and prosperity gospel.
This is the Havana informal settlement where much of our ministry is done. As you can see, most of the kids live in poverty, in homes like this with no electricity or running water. However, poverty goes deeper than just lacking material possessions, many of these kids live with very little hope for a future coming out of a destructive cycle of broken families with no fathers. Here, sexual promiscuity, stealing, lying, and violence are the climate in which these kids grow up.
Agape Youth was founded in 2015 by WLAF in collaboration with New Hope due to a need that was apparent when King’s Kids started growing up and needed more in-depth teaching and discipleship. Although another youth group existed at the time in Windhoek, it was targeting the rich kids, which left very little outreach to the poor youth in Windhoek. Therefore, Agape Youth was born to reach the poorest of the youth in Windhoek and Namibia, so that God would show Himself to be great by spreading the gospel through them.
Regular worship services are held at Max with attendance of around 90 to 100 members.
First Step 2005
We continue with a new year of First Step 2005 meets on Saturdays and is a ministry targeting the youngest kids in Agape Youth with the goal of building into them foundational truths through the New City Catechism and times of praise.
This year another Koinonia Group was added to AY, they meet for members to gather together for Bible reading and prayer. Currently, there are three Koinonia Groups that are meeting weekly. It is our hope that these groups would someday grow into care groups where kids could meet to encourage one another.
The Purity Seminar
The Purity Seminar happens once a year and is a time for Agape Youth to be trained on the biblical view of sexuality, marriage, and for the kids to commit themselves to follow the Purity Code.
Students who complete the program make this promise of purity and are presented a ring/neck chain.
This year 36 students completed the program.
Agape Ministry Apprenticeship (AMA)
We are super excited about this new program in Agape Youth, Agape Ministry Apprenticeship. After four years of growth as a ministry, it became clear that there was a need to raise up pastors and leaders from within Agape Youth in order for the expansion and sustainability of this ministry. Therefore, the vision for Agape Ministry Apprenticeship was born. Vision: Agape Ministry Apprenticeship (AMA) aims to disciple young Christians to become leaders in the church by equipping them to live out faithful Christian lives, accurately interpret the Bible, and minister to others fully reliant upon the Lord in prayer.
- Qualified students are selected to complete this program
- Namibian Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS) certificate course book studies. Must be completed within 3 years.
- Includes ministry internships
- Candidates are paired with mentors for discipleship and teaching
- New candidates will be added every 6 months. First to start the apprenticeship is Angeline and Dericks.
Vocational Carpentry Ministry
A new ministry started this year is Vocational Carpentry ministry, youth are selected for discipleship and vocational training.
The training includes computer studies, carpentry skills, and business, beginning each day with prayer and Bible meditation
The Annual Agape Youth Bible Camp
The Annual Agape Youth Bible Camp has been a critical component to the growth of Agape Youth since the beginning. New Hope has been the main driver of this annual camp. Short-term missionaries from New Hope come every year and run the Agape Youth Bible Camp, ministering to the kids and giving them the personal attention and love that they need. For these four days, Agape Youth kids not only hear but feel the love of God from their family from New York. The fact that they come every year, reaffirms the love and message that we share with them.
We are thankful mainly to the Lord who gives us the grace to be able to be part of His movement amongst youth in Namibia. We know this is the work of the Lord because lives are being changed with the gospel of Christ. We know that it is God’s ministry and God’s movement and that He is the one who has sent us and put it into your hearts to support this ministry. God is the one who loves these kids. God is the one who is most glorified in their lives.
1. Pray for the Lord to pour out His Spirit among the youth in revival.
2. Pray for many of the young kids who have joined this year and others who have been around on the fringe may be genuinely saved and indwelt by the Spirit.
3. Pray for many kids to experience the healing power of Christ from pain, abuse, neglect, poverty, hopelessness, and bondage to sin.
4. Pray for many kids to be given a purpose in their lives to surrender all and serve the Lord in the gospel.
5. Pray for God to raise faithful and humble leaders from within Agape Youth.
6. Pray that God would clarify and intensify our vision for the Agape Youth Movement. Pray that WLAF would be led by the Lord with a clear vision into the future.
7. Pray that God would convict the hearts of some New Hope and others to commit their lives to join this ministry full time.
8. Pray for unity among short-term missionaries, long-term missionaries, and student leaders.
9. Pray that we would learn how to serve Agape Youth in wisdom without hurting them in the long-run, especially in the area of giving.
9. Pray that we would serve in the strength God supplies so that God would receive all glory.