Inland Mission

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San people

The San people of Namibia desperately need the hope and joy that only Christ can bring. A Training in Ministry Outreach team has just started amongst the San in Tsumkwe.

Who are the San people?

The term San is commonly used to refer to a diverse group of migratory hunter-gatherers living in southern Africa who share historical and linguistic connections. It is believed that the San have lived in the area of the Kalahari desert for thousands of years and may be the first humans to have occupied this region. Their language is known for characteristic “clicks”. Traditionally the San have lived in small family groups. However, in recent years, many San have begun to settle in larger groups around water sources.


What do they believe?

Generally the San observe the supremacy of one powerful god, while at the same time recognising the presence of lesser gods, and respecting the spirits of the dead. They have extensive oral traditions, and many of their tales incorporate moral lessons. Of prime importance is a ritual dance that serves to heal the community, harnessing a power which causes a trance and which is believed to heal both physical and psychological illnesses.

What is being done to reach them?

There was a Training in Ministry Outreach (TIMO) team living among the San in Tsumkwe, Namibia, from October 2015 to October 2016. Their vision was to reach the young people in that community, to raise up young disciples who would go on to become church leaders and pastors among the San. Unfortunately the team had to finish earlier than planned, partly due to visa problems.

Prayer Resources


If you are organising a prayer meeting or just looking for material to help you pray with more insight for some of Africa’s unreached people, why not download a printable Prayer sheet on the San of Namibia.


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