Tribute to a wonderful partner
A moment dedicated to Pieter de Villiers
I personally met Pieter for the first time in 2002 when I recorded the Look, Listen & Live Bible story sets in Herero and the Good News program in Otjidhimba. At that time he and the team of youngsters he was training for outreach in Opuwo, Namibia, were using the GRN audio and audiovisual programs extensively.
My first sight of this missionary: Pieter was walking out of the church after he had preached in a service. Tomato sauce was spilled on his forearms and long sleeve shirt and he wore a big wooden cross around his neck. He must have seen the amusement/question mark on my face and smiled broadly explaining: He fixed sachets with tomato sauce under his cuffs specially for the sermon. When he shared about the crucifixion, he clapped his arms together so the sachets burst open and the tomato sauce spilled out ...
It was clear that Pieter and his wife, Ursula, had a love and passion for the Kaokoland and its people – a love that is not from this world and a passion that can only be understood if one knows something of God's overwhelming compassion and burden to change people's lives.
For almost two decades I witnessed this couple strategically and faithfully visiting settlements and cattle posts, investing in local people to develop a burden for their own fellow countrymen.
Every few months I would get reports of the Kaokoland Tape Project (started in 1998) and the Good News Namibia team reaching out and teaching people the Good News. New technology came and they adapted, using the newer, solid state audio players.
When the unexpected report came recently that Pieter passed on to eternal glory, I was still working on programs done by his team in Opuwo. A lifetime of choosing the simple life everyday for many years, dedicated to serve others and God's Grace, flashed back before me – a precious life, now rewarded.
May I never forget this example. (Dalene Joubert)