Pray for the unreached San people

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” that can be heard in their pronunciation. Traditionally they have lived in small family groups however in recent years, many San have begun to settle into 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 can be used to heal both physical and psychological illnesses.

What is being done to reach them?

There was a Training in Ministry Outreach 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 can go on to be church leaders and pastors among the San. The team had to finish earlier than planned, partly due to visa problems but now missionaries have returned to share the good news.

Prayer from AIM’s Daily Prayer:

Please pray for a new translation project led by the Namibia Bible Society to translate scripture into the language of the San people. Pray for the team that is being assembled and will start soon. Pray for hearts to respond to God’s word in the mother tongue as missionaries and disciples take newly translated scripture and stories to the villages. 

The San are a diverse group of migratory hunter-gatherers living in southern Africa who share historical and linguistic connections. Many have left their traditional way of life and have moved to live in cities. Pray that as they do, they will hear the gospel and be saved. Pray that they will be brought to life and joy in Jesus. 

Pray for continued good relationship between AIM missionaries and the Namibian Minister of Marginalized People, that he would continue to allow more workers to come into the San region, and that more workers would be called to come. Pray for new relationships to be formed with the “gatekeepers” amongst the San, and that Christ would be known by many more in Namibia.

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