Hambuindja of Aminuis, Thusnelda
Prophet Thusnelda Hambuindja was born in 1923 in Namibia but grew up in Francistown, Botswana. Her father was a Namibian and a member of the Lutheran Church. He was transferred to Botswana for his job, which was to work on the roads.
At the age of thirty, Thusnelda was baptized at St. John’s Apostolic Faith Mission (SJAFM) under the leadership of Prophet Jacob Mokgwetsi Motswaosele (nicknamed Mokaleng) of Matsiloye in Tati District, Botswana. In 1960, she returned to Windhoek and joined the “faith of St. John’s” (Pöllitzer 1978:48) of Petrus Tjijombo.
After her arrival she worked with Prophet Petrus Tjijombo of the SJAFM for sixteen years (1960-1976) until 1977, when she founded her own independent church, St. Jacob’s Apostolic Church. As in the ministries of the two above-mentioned prophets, the emphasis of her ministry was on ritual purity and healing. Pöllitzer reported that a shield in her garden declared “No smoking.” Smoking, drinking alcohol, and dancing were prohibited in her church. In her house were images of Catholic saints and pictures of Jesus. A table was arranged as an altar. She never attended any school but could read. She had prayed for people’s healing since her childhood. She claimed that even bishop Peter Tjijombo had been healed of sickness by her prayers. 
Gerhard Buys and Shekutaamba Nambala
- This story is taken from Buys & Nambala p.186-187.
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This article is reproduced, with permission, from History of the Church in Namibia, an Introduction - 1805-1990, Gamsberg Macmillan, Windhoek, Namibia, copyright © November 2003 by Dr. Gerhard Buys and Dr. Shekutaamba Nambala. All rights reserved.