The strategy utilized among the Basotho of Lesotho, Africa has not changed…engage US churches to engage Lesotho nationals. It is difficult for IMB missionaries to access the hundreds of mountain villages, and lowlands population without help. God has commissioned HIS church to Go and we are asking you to pray and see if God may be asking you to come and work among this unreached people group. Presently, we have 2 IMB career families on the field. We have 1 SBC Direct family working with the Basotho team. How could we possibly reach the 98% of the almost 2 million that remain unreached? An impossible task, but God…but God has given us the following churches to work alongside of us. God has given them a valley full of villages full of lost, hopeless, and confused people. People that He loved enough to give His only Son to provide eternal life. If only they knew of this gift! Please pray for:
FBC Perryton, TX in the Matsoku Valley
River Oak Church, VA in the Khubelu Valley
FBC Roanoke, VA in the Mabunyaneng Valley
Selmore Baptist/Ridgecrest Baptist, partnering together to reach those living in the Makhoaba/Senqu Valley
Broadview Baptist, TX in the Senqu West Valley
Calvary Baptist, FL partnering with another church to reach the Ntsupe Valley
FBC Griffin, GA and Edgewater Baptist, LA in the Senqunyane Valley
A South African church is coming to Lesotho in December to determine where God would have them serve.
Who will go? Could it be you?
There is a group meeting each week studying stories from the Bible. The goal is for each person in the group to learn the story in order to share it with others. For the past few weeks we’ve been learning the story of the Philippian Jailor. They were nervous about learning a long story compared to Zacchaeus that they had learned previously, but they were excited to try acting it out to help them remember. We assigned parts and had props to help. We decided which buildings would represent the places in the story. We were ready to begin. We walked through the story and had the actors learn their parts. As the teacher, I began narrating to make the story flow. After two times through the story, I asked someone to take my role and a lady began telling the story as the actors would jump in with their lines. Of course they love acting out the part when Paul and Silas are beaten and taken to prison, but the most favorite lines are when the jailor sees that all of the prisoners are accounted for after the earthquake and asks, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas respond, “Believe in Jesus and you will be saved; you and your household.” It was obvious that the group was learning the story. They were excited talking about what they liked, disliked and were learning from the story and would that then they would be able to share it with others because now they know it. Pray for this group to share the stories. Pray for those who hear the stories to commit their lives to Christ and tell the stories to others in hopes that the Gospel will spread exponentially!
In just 5 days a very exciting event is beginning in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. Proverbs 27:17 says: “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” – and for the next 5 days 70 leaders from all over Africa will gather for a “sharpening” time. During this week we will all participate in what we call a “SWARM”, which is when we all enter an area, walking down the streets of downtown, two by two, sharing “My Story” (our testimonies) and “His Story” the Gospel with those we encounter. Is it any coincidence that there are 70 missionaries due to attend, and in Luke 10:2 it talks about “70”?! This SWARM event is an opportunity for the participants to find God Prepared People (GPP), and Houses of Peace (HOP). Please pray now for this very important meeting, also pray throughout the next month that much fruit would result from this teaching time.
K & F were invited to a wedding in a community where they have been ministering lately. A young man, whom they have been discipling, shared boldly with the H**du guests.
The Lord brought K & F to a sari shop on the east coast of the island in a strong H**du town to start discipleship with a new believer.
A friend of K & F invited them to share with a doctor who was open to spiritual conversation. This meeting turned into weeping repentance as she placed her faith in Jesus.
Will you pray for K & F as they go into spiritually dark areas where the Gospel has yet to go?
- Pray for strength and stamina
- Pray against spiritual opposition
- Pray for them as they enter the last trimester of pregnancy for F
- Pray against discouragement as they encounter obstacles
In 2009, our family moved from the US to Africa soil to begin our career as missionaries. At that time, we were assigned to the Mokhotlong Province of Lesotho. Since that time, we have been working and working and praying and working and praying some more, trying to get relocated to a village called Makhoarane. FINALLY…IT IS GOING TO HAPPEN! We have been spending a lot of time on that side of the mountain range recently and there are now more than 40 believers in that village. We are exited, a little afraid, but KNOW that this is part of God’s plan for our family. Will you join us in praying that as logistics work with a builder, the house will be completed, and we can get moved there permanently. Thank you for giving to Lottie Moon so that His plan and our dreams come true!
These young men represent a core group of born again Jesus followers in the country of Swaziland. They recently spent a week in the mountains of Lesotho, learning evangelism tools and discipleship lessons. Their passion for the Word of God is evident, their joy complete in Him! Will you join us in praying for these guys as they teach others to teach others….
“Satan dreads nothing but prayer. His one concern is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, he mocks our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” (Samuel Chadwick)
This is the month that a brand new discipleship group begins in a Pretoria home! This group will be training men and women on how to be a disciple who makes disciples! Already much spiritual warfare has been experienced by those preparing for this training. Ephesians 6 tells us clearly that we “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”. Therefore, we are commanded to put on our spiritual armor each and every day, and to “pray always” (Ephesians 6:18) for each other.
Will you do this now? Satan is working overtime to stop this teaching from beginning. Pray now for this group, that God would strengthen them and establish them for His glory. Pray for their protection from the schemes of Satan. Ask God to use this group to bring much fruit for God’s kingdom.
Praising Him today for His healing power! The young mother sought help for her critically ill son in every place she could think of…government clinics, government hospitals, the witchdoctor, and finally traveled over 2 hours to find the missionary. After explaining to her, the scripture in God’s Word, telling her that God hates charms, she put her trust in Him, cutting charms and strings from her son. She accepted Christ! She accompained her son to the hospital along with the missionary. The doctor confirmed the ruptured appendix and the boy was transfered to the capital for emergency surgery. Prayers were offered from all over the world on his behalf..and God healed Him, without surgery! Her comments when returning to her home village…”God has healed my son, and I have found LIFE!” PRAISE THE NAME OF JESUS!
*Burt and *Belinda have been working full-time in Kingdom work for the past twelve months. They are leaders in the work on the island. They have baptized numerous people, and they are currently leading two house churches. They disciple 10 people regularly and have participated in most of our SWARMS. We have loved seeing God change their hearts to be busy in broken and lost communities. They are faithful to share the Gospel to their family, neighbors and in communities where many people will not go because of the crime and drugs.
They have found creative ways to maintain their livelihood, while at the same time dedicating much time in the Kingdom work on the island. One of the creative businesses they run from their home is “Nature’s Creation”. They make natural, orgainc soap in their living room. *Belinda grows and uses plants, flowers and herbs from her garden (and sometimes ours) and she and her husband use all natural ingredients to make this incredible soap.
*Belinda is also an amazing cook and we regularly order food from her when we have fellowships, CORE meetings and leadership trainings.
They have been a blessing to us in ministry! Will you pray for them?
- Pray for setbacks as they work in many broken communities and have experienced personal hurts while helping people whom they are ministering.
- Pray for their livelihood. Pray that God would continue to sustain them and provide for them so that they can continue in the Four Fields work on the island.
- Pray that they would continue to trust in Him and walk through each door He opens, trusting that God will be honored and glorified in all that they do.
- Pray that they would remain faithful, fruitful & obedient!
Every rut, every rock, every turn made my brain feel like it was bouncing inside my skull. At the end of the longest day, my whole body felt out of sorts and I wasn’t sure if my head would stop hurting. I never felt like I was in such bad condition that I needed medical attention, but a few times I wondered, “What in the world are we doing!” You see, a few weeks ago our family spent two weeks traveling around the Southern part of Madagascar visiting national partners, new churches, teammates and taking care of a few errands. We we’re on the road anywhere from 4-11 hours in a single day with some days interspersed of little to no travel. The saying rang true for us that the people are “unreached for a reason.” The roads are terrible! There are a few nice stretches but others were nearly impassable. As you pray for the people of South Madagascar today, ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers from the fields. Pray more nationals would continue to evangelize and make disciples. We’re seeing the beginnings of a movement, but it won’t come without resistance from the enemy. Pray these national believers will be able to stand firm as each and their respective families are persecuted and face spiritual warfare like never before.