Impalila Island and Belize missions


Here is the vision that I, Pastor Jim Duncan, have had since 1961. One of my high school buddies, Bob Smith, and I got the "vision" to build a missionary radio station on Impalila Island in Namibia (then South West Africa.) One of the primary reasons for the location was that it was strategically located at the junction of three other countries, Botswana (Bechuanaland,) Zambia (Northern Rhodesia,) and Zimbabwe (Southern Rhodesia.)


God kept the vision alive for 40 years, and in 2001 my wife, Jenny, and I built an FM radio station in Belize - which we continue to operate - sharing the good news of Jesus to those who might otherwise never hear.  Was this station the fulfillment of the missionary vision - just In another country?  As I prayed and researched, God began to give an expanded vision for an awesome Belize/Africa connection.  You see all 4 countries are "cousins" to Belize. Three are British commonwealth countries, as is Belize. Each country's official language is English and they have a mixture of cultures with a mixture of languages. along with many other similarities.

I began to see this as a major channel of blessing from Belize to these 4 countries. In August of 2016 Jeff Ellsworth and I made our first survey trip. We spent several days surveying the needs and possibilities on Impalila Island, just across the Chobe River from Kasane, Botswana. We met with the island leaders and made a ministry proposal. We also did street ministry and prison ministry in Kasane, where dozens of children and adults were led in prayers of forgiveness and salvation.

In December of last year Jenny and I made a second survey trip. We again met with the Impalila leaders, and they have now offered us enough land to build a mission base and radio station.The land is located in the same village as the island’s only school, which currently has 280 students. Our vision is to begin developing the land, with buildings for the station as well as housing for staff and guests. We also plan to continue evangelistic ministry in Kasane, Botswana.

Perhaps the most exciting opportunity is an open door from the Impalila leaders to teach and disciple their youth. Our initial ministry “tool” will be the “Reach for Life” Bible - that was specifically designed to reach the youth of Africa. We will also be showing the Jesus Film to groups using a large outdoor screen and projector - as well as praying for miracles of healing and deliverance.

As Jenny and I were visiting the village with the Impalila leaders, one of the land owners told me that, not only would they give us the land, but that she wanted to be our “first student.” What an incredible open door. “Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His Harvest.” Matthew 9:38

Short term goals 

Salvations, healings, discipleship 
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Long Term Goals

Radio Station reaching at least 4 countries
Destiny Africa Missions reaching Impalila, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe with miracles, signs, wonders, salvation and deliverance

The vision was given to Jim Duncan many years ago.  It is now coming to pass.  The $10,000 will cover travel for Jeff and Shira Ellsworth to go to Africa with the team led by Jim Duncan.  Jeff and Shira will bring Reach for Life bibles and teach the local people in Africa how to use the bibles so they can continue on the discipleship program with their people on Impalila Island and prayerfully into the surrounding countries.  It will also cover our trip to Belize doing evangelizm and discipleship with our family. 


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