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Gideon & Pam Petersen

Career Missionaries from 2000-2013, serving the Himba people of Namibia, and the Training Department of Adventist Frontier Missions.

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Pam Petersen January 01 2013, 12:27 pm

It was a world where paper was unknown, and my way of relating to words was suddenly irrelevant. At first, I struggled to find myself.

A Year of Blessings

Pam Petersen December 01 2012, 5:25 pm

I will forever remember 2012 as our year of reluctant transition. It was inevitable. We had been preparing for it. Yet, January 1, 2012 arrived abruptly. We reluctantly left our desert home in Namibia and stepped into a foggy maze of transitions. Now, looking back on the year, we can truly see God’s hand leading us through the maze. The path was filled with twists and turns, yet never led to any dead ends. As we moved forward, groping in the mist, suddenly and unexpectedly the sun would shine, showing the way forward and warming and energizing us. We would skip down the path, truly enjoying ourselves. We can truly praise God for a year of blessings.

God’s Dream

Pam Petersen October 01 2012, 5:19 pm

Help! How do I pack my life into a 50 lb. suitcase? My mind whirled. There was so much I would need to leave behind. Books! I wouldn’t be able to take any books. I love reading. How would I survive without my books? I couldn’t even take my South African comfort food.

Himba Homecoming

Gideon Petersen September 01 2012, 5:12 pm

“Oh, there’ll be joy when the work is done . . .” was the song on our lips as we departed from Windhoek, Namibia at the end of June. Kapitango gave a thought-provoking report to the Himba Project Steering Committee of the work he is doing. He did not hold back but shared from his heart the need for a partnership with the wider Church. The Church leadership accepted this with open arms and made a commitment to partner with Kapitango. And so we left that afternoon with a song on our lips and joy in our hearts—so different from when we had arrived at the beginning of June with fear and trepidation.

Help! I Can’t Read!

Gideon Petersen August 01 2012, 5:06 pm

Squiggles . . . squiggles . . . more squiggles. Standing with our bags by our side, a feeling of lostness washes over us. How can anyone read this script?

My Opuwo Experience

Lois Brink July 01 2012, 5:01 pm

I had answered a call to come to Opuwo in northern Namibia for two months to help teachers establish a Montessori preschool. I have experience running a Montessori preschool and had come to train the teachers and help them make Montessori equipment for the school.


Pam Petersen June 01 2012, 4:58 pm

Have you ever tried to do a big puzzle without looking at the picture? A thousand small pieces, and half of them look alike. Where do you start? You try joining this piece with that, and nothing seems to match. Your frustration mounts—that feeling of hopeless defeat that makes you want to quit.