He will come to us like rain.
The Himba people wait for the rains that bring hope and life
when a stranger with fuzzy arms drives over their horizon.
Ombaka sits in the heart of Namibia, on the edge of the sprawling Etosha National Park. The terrain here is mercurial – brutally hot and barren in the dry months and bursting with life after the rains. When the watering holes are full and the acacia is in bloom, you’ll find zebras, elephants, lions, rhinos, and hyena dotting the plains. After the rains, it is picturesque Africa. On this harshly beautiful soil is where you will find the last semi-nomadic people of Namibia – the Himba.
Templeton and the team were led to the village by local pastor, Pastor Rizera. They had made the long trip for a very special reason. Pastor Rizera had been working to minister to this Himba village, visiting and delivering Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes to the children, but he ran into an obstacle in the course of his ministry. For the Himba tribe, and many other people groups around the world, the Bible had never been translated into their heart language, Himba. He painstakingly began to translate the Bible into Himba so they could understand. It was on this trip that Pastor Rizera and the rest of the team brought the village the very first scriptures in the Himba language. And they were delivered on a MegaVoice solar-powered audio Bible.
When the rains finally come to Ombaka, it’s with great ferocity. The skies open and all the dry places are flooded, even those at ‘the end of the road’. As the land cries out for rain, the hearts of the people cry out for the floods of grace. In a parched land, the MegaVoice audio Bible is quenching the thirsts of the heart.
“Let us strive to know the LORD. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land.”
MegaVoice is privileged to partner with Samaritan’s Purse, Wycliffe Bible Translators, The Seed Company, Namibian Bible Society, the Namibian Pastors Association, and the Ombaka Pastor’s Forum to make God’s Word heard and understood by the Himba people.