About Us I 3 Measures, YWAM Namibia

What We’re About

 The Three MeasuresKatutura, Namibia: Three Measures Community Development

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.” Matthew 13:33

The Kingdom of God is revolutionary and its reach is unlimited. When present in a community, it should not simply transform a part, but should

permeate every aspect of that society. Every community is made up of three measures:

(1) the physical, (2) the social and (3) the spiritual.

 Local Ownership & Initiative

Baptism: Church Planting

Three Measures is committed to see sustainable programs started. As far as possible Namibians must have ownership over any programs started.  Three Measures will seek to organize and participate with members of a community in assessing their needs and planning their actions. Once the

community has taken initiative to begin a project, Three Measures will assist them in fulfilling those plans through training and consultation.

There may be cases in which Three Measures will initiate a program, in these cases there must be a clear exit strategy in place before the project commences.

 Restoration Plea

Pastor Training: African Pastor Teaching the Bible

The Restoration plea is a call for the church to get back to New Testament Christianity; a laying aside of the doctrines and traditions that have led the people of God away from what it was in the beginning and a turning to the Word of God as the only basis of our faith.

We believe that the Gospel message is a simple message, one that was originally entrusted to (and understood by) average and basically uneducated men. Three Measures is committed to bringing the Gospel only; not our own cultural version of it, littered by man-made traditions and/or creeds. In order to be successful we must teach local Christians to study the Bible for themselves and to simply do what it says.

Vision Statement

Three Measures is a church planting/community development ministry targeting the rural, underprivileged and unreached areas of Namibia. Our vision for community development is to enable local Christians to transform their communities physically, socially and spiritually. In addition to development, Three Measures has a focus on helping Namibians begin New Testament based churches.

Primary Goals

 Katutura

Three Measures will spend 5 years working closely with other Youth With A Mission (YWAM) ministries in the Damara location of Katutura. During this time we plan to implement a Community Health Evangelism (CHE) program as the basis for our community development program. Through CHE, we plan to:

  • Help organize a committee of community members to identify local needs, plan solutions and manage projects.
  • Provide training for local leaders who will then train others in the community.
  • Help organize locals to form house churches for spiritual development.

Outside of CHE, we intend to meet with young Christians on a regular basis. These Christians will be discipled and trained to begin house churches. Our house church model will be roughly based on Ralph Neighbour’s cell model.

 Kaokoland

During our first year, Three Measures will plan 3 Restoration Seminars in or around Opuwo for rural pastors in the Kunene region. These seminars will be the beginning of our community development efforts in the region.

Recent Posts

Update: Baby Kiara, Paul & Joseph

There is much news to tell! First of all thank you, thank you, thank you! We have been quite blessed by your generosity in giving and in praying for these dear families. I have been able to take 12 care packages to the families already! This includes things as small and simple as a lunch package to things like a week’s worth of groceries. Usually we don’t really engage in a lot of relief work, since the need is so overwhelming and never ending, instead we have focused on development, but in bringing these relief packages to people we have been able to really show them that they are loved and not alone.

Baby Kiara was discharged from the hospital yesterday. Her stay in the hospital went without any complications, but her burns are still healing so she will continue to go to the clinic every other day to have her bandages changed.  Her mom lost her job when the accident happened because she had to stay in the hospital with her. This family now really needs to find a stable job for Yomanda. Also pray for Kiara, she used to be a very friendly and smiley baby but since the accident she seems to be very reserved and quiet.

Baby Paul was discharged a week ago, even though his hand was still open and oozing. I took a care package with a week’s worth of food for the whole family, including loads of baby food and formula, the day after he was released. I learned after that, he was taken back to Usakos to go and stay with his other grandmother while his parents recover. You may remember that both his parents were also badly injured when their shack burned down. I don’t know if I will ever see this baby again, but he is on my heart constantly, please continue to pray for him and has family.

Baby Joseph is such a little joy! He has a great smile, and runs out the door when he hears the food cart coming! He was due to have a skin graft surgery this past Friday, but after they had him sedated in the operating room the doctor noticed that he had sores all over the inside of his mouth, these had been caused by pneumonia. His surgery was then canceled. His mom did not find out until after he had been in recovery for awhile. So she sat crying and praying, only to find out over 4 hours later that he hadn’t had the surgery. So for now he is still just in the hospital recovering from the lung infection and waiting. This family has been in the hospital for 14 weeks now, and there is no end in sight. Pray for this family!

Since Paul had been sent home a new baby filled his spot in the room. Baby Lawrence was born with water on his brain. He had surgery yesterday to put a stent in to drain some of the fluid off of his brain to relieve the pressure. His mom also is a teenager and has been through so much with her little one. He is three months old. This baby is a sweet heart, he loves to smile and chat and is a very happy baby. Please pray that he heals well from the surgery, that the stent does what it is supposed to and that his brain heals and develops well. I have interacted with many young mothers in the last few years and it really stands out to me how much this young girls loves her child. She lavishes love and attention on to him.

Again, thanks so much for all the support and prayers! In the last ten days I have seen some terrible things in that hospital, but I have also seen young mothers love and care for and fight for their babies. I have also experienced so much concern and care for these families from people all over the world. A local mom’s group has also now taken these families into their hearts and have made several care packages themselves. For now we have no further need for any more money or things, thanks so much again to all of you who have prayed and given!

 

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