The author, who was born in South Africa, but who is now the Program Officer for the Diocese of Western Newfoundland, was part of an international, ecumenical observer team that visited Namibia from 1-18 July 1989 "to watch the unfolding of Namibian independence under the United Nations' Resolution 435". "It is quite clear that the time immediately following independence will be critical for ensuring the continuation of the peace process. The challenge to the church is to be ready to fulfill her ministry of reconciliation so that the deep hurts of the past do not contaminate the rich hope of the present and rob the Namibians of their hard won freedom. For Namibia to be truly independent, she must be released from her economic dependence on South Africa. Namibians in partnership with non-governmental organizations such as the Primate's Fund could open the way to decolonization by participation in creative projects aimed at the development of Namibia's potential for the benefit of her people".