Merry Christmas Namibia!The vice president of the country, Nangolo Mbumba encouraged Namibians to particularly look after vulnerable people from marginalized communities, persons with disabilities and children that still need to study during the festive season to rewrite their examination during Christmas.
“I am talking about the old, the veterans, widows and widowers, orphans and anyone that you may come across facing or who faced insurmountable challenges. I ask that we support these individuals be it with a smile, a word of encouragement, food, clothing, shelter or simply showing them grace and recognition,” Mbumba said in his Christmas message addressed to Namibians.
The vice president also highlighted that Christmas is a time of spiritual reflection on the important foundations of the Christian faith. “It is when Christians celebrate God’s love for the world through the birth of Christ. For many people the world over, this time of year is a time for finding joy in celebrating what the birth of Christ means to mankind. It is a time that brings friends, neighbours and family members together.”
Mbumba emphasised that the true meaning of Christmas is to give one’s very self and to think of others and how to bring the greatest happiness to them. “It is a selfless time, where we forgive one another, take stock of what is important and strive to become better versions of ourselves.”
The vice president also urged all Namibians to celebrate Christmas with a sense of responsibility towards their loved ones and the nation at large. “We should keep the surging numbers of Covid-19 cases in mind.”
Mbumba further expressed gratitude to the men and women in uniform (the frontline workers – nurses, doctors, pharmacists, etc.), their respective families and every Namibian who has risen to the challenges brought by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. “We voice our debt of gratitude and our thoughts are with you all knowing most of you will be on duty. To those in hospital, we wish them a speedy and complete recovery. To those who have lost loved ones, our prayers are with them. With courage and resilience, we as a nation in the Land of the Brave will overcome. So, from my family to yours, we hope your holiday season is full of compassion, joy, peace, love and happiness.”