Hans-Martin Milk: God’s Feet or the Mission’s Pack Donkey _ Namibia’s Evangelists

Hans-Martin Milk:

God’s Feet or the Mission’s Pack Donkey

Namibia’s Evangelists


Lives Legacies Legends, Vol. 15

September 2022

416 p., paperback, four colour laminated, 244 mm x 170 mm,

illustrations, maps, tables, index

ISBN: 978-3-906927-35-0

ISSN: 1660-9638

eISBN: 978-3-906927-36-7

eISSN: 2297-461X


The title of this book originates from the self-description of Namibian Evangelists in their own words. African evangelists of the Rhenish Mission Society (RMS) played a crucial but mostly overlooked role in shaping the spiritual and social networks that transformed indigenous communities from the early nineteenth century.

The author draws from a wide range of German, Namibian and South African archival sources that have been supplemented with a large number of interviews, to explore the history of the indigenous evangelists of the RMS.

African supporters were often the first heralds of the new religion at remote villages and cattle posts before the white strangers made an appearance. The Namibian evangelists’ familiarity with the traditional culture and the local vernacular endowed them with a credibility that many of the European newcomers found difficult to acquire.

By interweaving mission and church history between 1820 and 1990 with a biographical approach, the author brings a hidden chapter in Namibian history to life.

Hans-Martin Milk, born in southern Africa, grew up in Namibia and lived there until he left into Exile in the 1970’s. He returned to Namibia after Independence to teach in Kavango. During this time he started his historical research on the RMS and the Kavango.





1 Introduction

2 Evangelists of the Early Years

3 Evangelists as Sons of the Mighty

4 Evangelists and the Apocalypse

5 Evangelists as Harbingers of Hope

6 Evangelists as Wanderers Between Worlds

7 The Private Lives of Evangelists

8 Evangelists Facing New Challenges

9 The Era of the Evangelists Comes to an End

10 Closing Remarks



Nama/Oorlam-Groups in the 19th Century

Tabularised List of All Evangelists Between 1820 and 1990 354


Publisher: Basler Afrika Bibliographien

>>Hans-Martin Milk: „… der im Sturm steht wie ein Kameldornbaum“


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  1. Thanks dr. Khumalo-Seegelken, I read the original version some time ago and submitted my comments to Hans-Martin. He has done a job that is much appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Gerhard Toetemeyer


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