RUNDU: Seventeen years after it was closed down due to alleged financial mismanagement, the Methodist Church of Southern Africa at Tsumeb is set to be revived.
The church closed down in 1995 due to alleged financial mismanagement, which led to most of its followers joining other churches.
The Methodist Church, which has been operating in Namibia for more than 30 years now, has now taken a decision to reopen the church in Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region and attempt to bring most of its followers back to the church.
To this end, the church has appointed Reverend Brian Mabone, who was previously based in Mozambique, to try and revive the once flourishing Tsumeb church. He will be based in the Kavango Region.
Reverend Mabone on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Kavango Regional Governor Maurus Nekaro.
After assuring the Reverend that he is “in safe hands” in the region, the Kavango Governor told Mabone that his doors are open to spiritual leaders for any discussions.
South African-based Methodist Church Bishop Litaba Mothibi, who accompanied Mabone, told Nampa on the sidelines of the courtesy call that apart from reviving the Tsumeb church, the Reverend also faces the daunting task of attracting the church’s followers who he said “have been in the dark” since the church’s closure.
Bishop Mothibi noted that they intend to apply for funding from the Methodist Church in the United Kingdom, which will be used for the reopening of the Tsumeb church, as well as the purchasing of a vehicle for Mabone so that he can be mobile.
The Methodist Church of Southern Africa operates in Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana.