Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Day 5 - Kuruman

Today's matches:

New Zealand 1 v. Slovakia 1
Ivory Coast 0 v. Portugal 0

Brazil 2 v. North Korea 1

Water, mountains and dense vegetation - this is how this beautiful green town, situated in the Kuruman Valley is described. Kuruman is the main town in the Kalahari region and is known as the "Oasis of the Kalahari". The town is blessed with a permanent source of water. Gasegonyane (little water calabash), commonly known as `Die Oog', or 'The Eye' delivers 20 million litres of crystal clear water daily to its inhabitants.

The mining and agricultural (cattle and game) activities support Kuruman's economy. Various minerals are mined in the area, eg manganese ore, iron ore, tiger's eye and crocidolite (blue asbestos). The richest deposits of crocidolite in the world are found in the Kuruman district and many people are employed by the mines, which also have had a significant effect on people's health over recent years, particularly the mining of asbestos which has now largely ceased.

The local people in Kuruman mainly speak Tswana and Africaans. The population is about 13,000

'God's eye has always been on his people. He sees all, hears all and understands all. The Eye of Kuruman continues to serve as a sign that God provides for his people as throngs of people stand and marvel as millions of litres of water flow from the heart of the soil.

As it brings new life to arid areas so we believe that God continues to renew his creation - even on the edge of a big desert.

Kuruman, home of missionaries, has shown how wonderful it can be when Christians work together. We thank God for the partnership with other Christians especially the united Congregational Church of South Africa'.

We pray for:

  • People working in the mines
  • Those working to encourage tourism to the Northern Cape
  • Good stewardship of the earth's resources
  • The local parish priests serving huge areas covering many villages