This month a church planting boot camp was held in the mountains of Lesotho, with particpants from South Africa, the highlands and lowlands of Leostho, Swaziland, and the US attending. More than 220 were present, participating in small groups learning an evangelism tool, 10 discipleshp lessons, Acts Study, Persecution study, and team building activities. Today, two days after the boot camp was completed, a group of 4 young men from the capital of Lesotho, took what they had learned to the streets. 2 accepted Christ! Praising Him for His faithfulness and asking you to PRAY that the young people who attended continue to GO and TELL!
It is almost impossible to imagine a people who have never heard the story of Jesus. In the Maluti Mountains, of Lesotho, Africa there are literally thousands of villages living in darkness. In June of 2017, IMB missionaries will make a huge effort to dispel the darkness by providing evangelism and discipleship training to approximately 200 young adults from Lesotho and Swaziland. Teams from America will come and help train these potential “church planters” to take the gospel, to disciple, to worship in Spirit and in Truth. Will you PRAY that the God of all Gods makes Himself known among these people? June 23-28 Church Planting Boot Camp 2017
The Basotho team of Lesotho, Africa is asking you to begin praying for a meeting that is scheduled to be held in June 2017. Teams of Americans from more than 5 different churches, will lead a week long BOOT CAMP FOR NATIONAL YOUTH called Super Winter. National believers from the lowlands and the highlands of Lesotho will gather in Katse Village and will learn new church planting strategies. They will then have the opportunity to put these strategies into practice before leaving the week long boot camp. Will you join us in PRAYING that God reveals Himself to the youth of Lesotho? Ask Him to shed light upon the darkenss of tradition and culture that leads them away from the truth of Christ Jesus!
She is just a little girl, only 7 years old, or maybe 6 she isn’t really sure and no one seems to know. Her mother died last year. Her father, just out of prison has hurt her, many times. The pain is not only physical and severe, it is emotional and lasting. She traveled hut to hut, begging for a simple meal of papa and a safe place to sleep. A Mobile Mom, working in her village, heard her story and has played a part in the rescue of this little one. Her father, now returned to jail, her remaining relatives refusing to provide care for her, she presently is being fostered through our orphan care program. As you pray to the Giver of ALL Good Things, thank Him for loving this little girl and providing a way for her to experience true love in a home that walks in obedience to the Father’s call to love the least of these.
We met “King George” almost 3 years ago. He carefully climbed the mountain path to see what the white people were doing in his village. At 94 years old, George had a lot of culture and tradition to overcome to accept Christ. After months of listening to the teaching of the Bible, George accepted Jesus! The next two years, he faithfully attended the tent church down the road and could be seen dancing during worship, holding tight to his walking stick. King George was baptized last February and his baptism can be seen on this year’s Lottie Moon videos. A few months ago, King George became bedridden-and today…
King George is no longer struggling…he is now worshiping at the feet of Jesus!
Asking you to PRAY for George’s family. They have agreed to allow the funeral to be led by the national Baptist pastor. We pray that George’s family and the people of Ha Khunong learn about Jesus, not just through the life, but the death of King George.
No mother, no father. For months we watched her sit alone, sad, thin, dirty…Since she became the focus of a Mobile Mom in the Matsoku Valley…things have changed!
In May of 2015, the Basotho team started a new program to help battle the orphan crisis that Lesotho is experiencing due to the AIDS epidemic. Lesotho presently is listed as having the second highest AIDS rate in the world. The orphans, living in the mountains of Lesotho, are suffering nutritionally, educationally, physically, and most importantly spiritually. We have now trained more than 25 Mobile Moms to help us combat these problems. More than 100 orphans are serviced through our Mobile Mom programs. The women are trained to go into the villages seeking the orphans and vulnerable children. They assess the homes for safety and needs. They spend time with the children tutoring them, helping them, and most of all loving them. After 6 months of assessing the Mobile Mom program…you can see the results in the face of the child in the picture! PRAISING HIM for these women! PRAISING HIM for the impact the moms are having upon the lives of the children, the homes they live in, and the village they come from. Asking you to PRAY for the children we serve as we tell them the STORY of Jesus!
The realization of this year’s failed crops yield has added more stress to the young mothers of the villages in the mountains. There are no jobs. No money. No food. Many have turned to working the fields for others, gathering the “no good corn” and using it to make the homebrew, joala. When someone comes to their home for a drink, they purchase the joala with a handful of corn or beans, enough to feed her children just a little to keep away the pains of hunger for a little while longer.
What would you do if you were in the same position as this young woman? In America, even though we become frustrated with income tax, inflation, and poor wages, we have opportunity. Sometimes I feel guilty opening my pantry in the presence of a national, visiting in my home. More than likely, they have never seen such a bounty. I often wonder why God allowed me to be born into a family where my father provided, my mother loved, and I had the opportunity to hear the gospel at a young age and accept Christ.
I really don’t know what to do? Our resources are limited, the needs are great.
In my heart, I rest in the knowledge that God is in control, and I wait upon Him to give us His wisdom on how best to help these people.
Asking you to PRAY for the Basotho of the mountains. PRAY that God makes Himself known among this unreached people, and that they learn to know Him as the PROVIDER.