THE Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (Felm) says that it is shocking to hear – in today’s world – discriminative messages that divide people based on skin colour, race or background.
In a message read during the low-key 150th mission festivities held at Omandongo in the Oshikoto Region on Sunday, Felm’s executive director Rolf Steffansson, said that the partnership and mutual love and respect that developed for over a century and a half between Elcin and the Finnish missionaries is very unique in the world.
“Together we have entered on a journey where we have shared the Word of God,” said in a message sent to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (Elcin) as it commemorated 150 years since the Finish missionaries arrived in the former Owamboland on the 9th of July 1870 where they sowed the seed of what is today Namibia’s biggest Christian denomination.
Felm was unable to send a delegation to attend the festivities because of the restrictions on travel due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.
In his message, Steffansson described the Namibia-Finnish relations as a “unique kinship” built on the firm conviction that “God shows no favouritism”.
“In today’s world, love is increasingly being challenged. We are shocked by discriminative messages that divide people based on colour, race or background,” he said adding that Elcin and Felm have a very urgent calling to reach out across borders and to go beyond the mighty sea to share the liberating and inclusive message of God’s love.
The sermon at the main event at Omandongo in the Onayena constituency was delivered by Bishop Veikko Munyika, the head of Elcin’s western diocese.
Presiding bishop Shekutamba Nambala delivered a detailed statement on Elcin’s history.
The event was among others attended and addressed by King Phillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo of the Ondonga Traditional Authority.