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NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into RUKWANGALI (part 6, final)
Fri, 27 Nov 2015
NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into RUKWANGALI (part 6, final)

When David Greeff (photo 4th from left) first came to Namibia with his family, his role was Distance Coordinator for the Northern regions. The main task was to establish groups of students studying the NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry. At that point, it was available in four Namibian languages. As he explored the North-Eastern regions of the country, he realised that a translation into Rukwangali was needed. And so David was tasked to manage the translation of the 29 book course into Rukwangali. Thank you so much, David, for driving and leading this important project!
Our highest praise goes to God who moved His people locally and from the ends of the earth to work together and serve Him with the gifts He has given them. May the 29 books be a great blessing in equipping Namibians to serve Him faithfully.

NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into RUKWANGALI (part 5)
Fri, 20 Nov 2015
NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into RUKWANGALI (part 5)

As our manuscripts piled up we realised that, although (fairly-well) proof-read, they were unformatted and a long way from being ready to print. Thankfully, the husband of an ex-CMS office employee who is a whiz with MS word was willing to help us. As it transpired, he was more than an MS whiz: as he formatted the documents, he picked up a number of problems and omissions that the proof-readers had not spotted.
Someone needed to make final adjustments and corrections to the documents. Alisan Greeff (CMS missionary based in Walvis Bay, photo) was willing to do the final checking of the study guides. We received permission from the Namibia Bible Society to quote the Rukwangali Bible passages. It was given on condition that passages were quoted word for word. Alisan began the laborious task of also checking the Bible passages and saw that most translators and proof-readers had translated directly from the English text, rather than transcribing from the Rukwangali Bible. So began many hours of final preparation of each book for printing.

NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into Rukwangali (part 4)
Fri, 13 Nov 2015
NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into Rukwangali (part 4)

After it was decided that translators needed a computer, we discovered Rev Lihongo had translated an additional rather large study guide, handwritten into three exercise books. What a waste it would have been to trash months of work and skill it represented - just because of the difficulty of reading his handwriting. But what could we do??? NETS did not have the money to pay a professional Rukwangali-speaking typist – even if we could find one.
But God had prepared three special ladies in Australia and New Zealand. Each took a book, learned to 'read' his handwriting, then typed his notes: letter by letter, word by word ... over months! All this when not speaking a word of Rukwangali! What an amazing job Judy, Diana (photo) and Wendy!
(to be continued)

NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into Rukwangali (part 3)
Fri, 06 Nov 2015
NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into Rukwangali (part 3)

...Jeke (photo), our then-coordinator in the North Eastern regions, did a lot of legwork finding people to be involved, who found others who could help, and so the project continued. Thank you to Jeke, Mr Sikukutu, Mr Nairenge, Mr Issala, Mrs Domingo and Rev Haitula. Our director, Rev Willem-Henri den Hartog met Bible teacher André van Niekerk in Rundu. He made Ignasius (and his computer) available to NETS as a translator. More »

As manuscripts came in, we needed proofreaders (again, with language and computer skills, computers, internet, and a willingness to work for a song). God sent us students at the UNAM northern campus, training to be Rukwangali teachers. Thank you to Joe, Angelinus and Dagobert. These are strong Christian men involved with Campus Crusade for Christ. Dagobert became a significant helper for us and has said how much he, personally, has benefitted from being involved.
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NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into Rukwangali (part 2)
Sat, 03 Oct 2015
NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into Rukwangali (part 2)

We continued to pray and God continued to provide people capable and willing to help. One such person is Tuli (granddaughter of Rev Lihongo - photo). A prov­idential meeting with her led to her becoming one of our go-to people for encouragement, advice and questions. Although a prominent employee in a government depart­ment and extremely busy, she sacrificially gave her time to help us. (story to be continued next week)

NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into Rukwangali (part 1)
Sat, 26 Sep 2015
NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry now translated into Rukwangali (part 1)

Great news at the end of a long process of 5-years! The 29 books of the NETS Certificate in Christian Ministry are now translated into Rukwangali. Come with us on a journey to learn how God used different people with various gifts to reach this important milestone. More »

David Greeff, CMS missionary was tasked by NETS to manage to the project. When he approached Rukwangali-speaking church leaders, they were excited about the possibility of the course in their language and were keen to be in­volved. One of the first to roll up his sleeves to do a trial translation was (aging) Rev Asser Lihongo (photo). Before long, David was presented with a hand-written translation of the study guide. The next task was to find a typist to digitise it. Eventually, Bernard, with the necessary language and computer skills, was found. Thank you, Bernard and Rev Lihongo! Unfortunately, Bernard couldn't read the handwriting so he start­ed translating from scratch. Well done to him, but it was apparent that any future translator had to type directly onto a computer. Thus, although there were many who had the theological and language skills to translate, those with a computer, the skills, the time, and the willingness to work for the pittance NETS was able to pay, became significantly fewer - none in fact.

We began to spread the net very wide. We discovered some people who came from the Kavango regions with access to computers and who spoke Rukwangali. Some manuscripts were completed, but feedback from proof-readers revealed that the quality of the manuscripts was not good enough because the translators were not mother-tongue Rukwangali speakers. With such setbacks, progress was painfully slow. (story to be continued next week) » Less

New NETS@night and intensive programme now available
Tue, 30 Jun 2015

Be equipped for serving the Lord in our NETS@night classes and through our one-week intensive courses (17-21 August) which will teach you both better knowledge of God's word and practical skills for serving Him in your local church. New classes begin on 29th July 2015.

Meet David Abrahams (3rd year Bachelor of Theology)
Sun, 17 May 2015
Meet David Abrahams (3rd year Bachelor of Theology)

"The biggest positive for me being at college is the opportunity to study God's Word on a daily basis to equip myself for working full-time for God in future. Being here at NETS ensures also that I grow more spiritually on a daily basis. The lecturers are very caring and awesome in the way they teach us. The biggest challenge for me is finances. I was used to earn a salary every month and now have to adjust to not having one monthly. This is an opportunity for me to test my faith in God and to trust Him to provide for me in His own way."

Meet Barry de Klerk (Board member and National Director of Evangelism Explosion)
Fri, 08 May 2015
Meet Barry de Klerk (Board member and National Director of Evangelism Explosion)

"I preferred to study at NETS because NETS is an institution where you are not only exposed to a diversity of theological convictions in the curriculum, but also interact with a diversity of backgrounds of students. NETS to me is what I would call 'unity in diversity'. What excites me as Board member is to see how the curriculum now addresses matters that are practical and relevant to what pastors need in ministry."

Gospel Show on Friday, 15th May and Volley Tournament on 16th May
Thu, 07 May 2015
Gospel Show on Friday, 15th May and Volley Tournament on 16th May

You are warmly invited to a weekend of fun, fellowship and worship! Please join us for a night of worship on Friday, 15th May from 6.30pm in the NETS amphitheatre. Each group or individual wanting to perform with an item please contact us at office@nets.edu.na. Entry tickets are N$20. More »

On Saturday, 16th May we will hold a volleyball tournament. Each team wanting to join us should register with the SRC Sports Officer Uaundja Karamata uaundja92@gmail.com

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