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Tondoro is a settlement in the Kavango West region of northern Namibia, and the administrative centre of the Tondoro Constituency. It is located 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) south-east of Nkurenkuru, and it is inhabited primarily by the Uukwangali people.
There is a Catholic mission in the village, called the St. Laurence Mission. It was founded in 1927 by Father Weilhöfer of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and it is still [update] staffed by them.
The staff of the mission consists of five sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict of Tutzing, and they staff a girl's hostel and a clinic. The Mission serves 35 communities spread along the Kavango River. They use two deacons to assist them in serving this vast number of people. The Deacons are Dc. Moses Kandjimi Murangi, and Dc. Erwin Masambo Musunga.
The outstation communities are: Canchana, Desi, Ekuli, Gcarhuwa, Kahenge, Kukuwa, Kamupupu, Kaparara, Katara, Katope Island, K.M. Sekondere, Makambu, Matava, Mbambamusi, Mbome, Mburu-uru, Mpengu, Mukekete, Musese, Nambi, Namutuntu, Nepara, Ngandu, Nkurenkuru, Nzinze, Simanya, Sitopogo, Tjara, Tuguva, Yinsu.
Grootfontein is a city of 23,793 inhabitants in the Otjozondjupa Region of central Namibia. It is one of the three towns in the Otavi Triangle, situated on the B8 national road that leads from Otavi to the Caprivi Strip.
The Missionary Society of Saint Paul the Apostle, better known as the Paulist Fathers, is a Roman Catholic society of apostolic life for men founded in New York City in 1858 by Servant of God Isaac Thomas Hecker in collaboration with George Deshon, Augustine Hewit, and Francis A. Baker. Members of the society are called Paulists, and identify themselves as such by the use of the initials C.S.P. after their names, for the Congregation of St. Paul. The Society's mission is to evangelize—preach the gospel or give information with the intention of converting people to Catholicism—the people of North America in a manner suited to the continent's culture.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) is a Lutheran denomination based in Namibia. It has a total membership of over 772,398, mainly in Northern Namibia. Formerly known as the Evangelical Lutheran Ovambo-Kavango Church, it played a significant role in opposition to Apartheid in Namibia and was part of the Namibian independence struggle.
Nkurenkuru is a town on the south-western banks of the Kavango River. It is the capital of the Kavango West Region of northern Namibia, located 140 kilometres (87 mi) west of Rundu. It is also a former mission station of the Finnish Missionary Society.
Namacunde or Namakunde is a town and municipality in Cunene Province in Angola.
Rupara is a settlement and a former mission station of the Finnish Missionary Society in the Kahenge Constituency in the Kavango West Region in Northern Namibia. It is located 76 km west of Rundu, and 57 km south-east of Nkurenkuru.
Andara is a village in Mukwe Constituency in the Kavango East region of north-eastern Namibia. Located 200 kilometres (120 mi) east of Rundu, it is inhabited primarily by the Hambukushu people.
Nyangana is a village in the Ndiyona Constituency in Kavango East Region of north-eastern Namibia, situated 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of Rundu. The Roman Catholic mission of Nyangana is located in the village.
The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission is a Lutheran missionary society formed on January 19, 1859, in Helsinki, Finland. It is one of seven organisations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF) that conduct missionary work. Its first deployments outside Finland were made to Ovamboland, an area that today is cut by the Angola-Namibian border.
Mupini is a settlement and former mission station of the Finnish Missionary Society in Kavango East, Namibia. It is located along the Kavango River about 18 km to the northwest of Rundu and 62 km east of Rupara.
Mpungu is a settlement and a former mission station of the Finnish Missionary Society in the Mpungu Constituency in the Kavango West Region in Northern Namibia. It is located ca. 40 km south-west of Nkurenkuru and is inland as opposed to other former Finnish mission stations, which were located along the Kavango River. Today, a tarred highway from Ovamboland to Kavango connects Mpungu to other places in northern Namibia.
Anamulenge is a settlement and former Catholic mission station in the Omusati Region in the north of Namibia in the Ombalantu tribal area. It is the centre of the Anamulenge Constituency.
Okatana is a village in the Oshana Region in the north of Namibia in the Uukwambi tribal area. It is the centre of the Okatana Constituency.
Shambyu is a Catholic mission and a village in the Shambyu kingdom in Kavango East, Namibia. It is located 34 km east of Rundu.
Omupanda was a mission station of the Rhenish Mission Society in Oukwanyama in southern Angola, located 10 km to the south-east of Ondjiva.
Oupyakadi was a Roman Catholic mission station in southern Angola, located ca. 50 km to the north of Ondjiva. It was located on the borderland between the tribes of Oukwanyama and Evale.
Humbe is a town and commune in the municipality of Ombadja, province of Cunene, Angola.
Simson Shituwa was one of the first seven Ovambo pastors, whom the director of the Finnish Missionary Society, Matti Tarkkanen ordained into priesthood in Oniipa, Ovamboland, on 27 September 1925, with a permission granted by the Bishop of Tampere, Jaakko Gummerus.
Matias Shikondomboro was the first Kavango native to be ordained a Lutheran pastor.
Marja Ilmatar Väisälä was a Finnish teacher of mathematics and natural sciences, who in 1950 founded a private school in Swakopmund in what is now Namibia, where she taught the children of Finnish missionaries. She also discovered two asteroids, 1718 Namibia and 2437 Amnestia, at the Turku Observatory in 1942.
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