The Tswana people living in the North West Province of South Africa are a friendly, easy-going people. They have had a Bible in their language for over a hundred years. They have access to the Gospel. Still, they are considered “unreached,” as less than 2% of the population are true believers of Jesus Christ.
Most Tswana people remain entrenched in ancestor worship. Their culture demands they spend their lives striving to please the “living dead.” The ancestors are the ones believed to hold power over life & death, blessings & curses.
We serve a God who says, “I, I am Yahweh, and there is no other Savior but Me” (Is. 43:11). Stand with me against the “god of this world who has blinded the minds of the unbelieving” (2 Cor. 4:4). Pray for a mighty movement of God’s Spirit among the Tswana of South Africa!
There’s a small church family located in a big village in the North West Province of South Africa that could use your prayers! Ledig (lee-duh) Baptist Church met for many years in a house, but now meets in a “makuku” or tin shack on their own plot of land. This church is mostly made up of women and children. It is very difficult to get the men to come to church. Every week the children/youth sing songs for the church. Every week the ladies lift up voices of praise. The offering is taken and a message is shared from God’s Word. Many Sundays special prayers are lifted for those with “matata” or trouble. There is a family spirit in this church.
I’m asking you to pray because the missionary family that worked with this little church for many years has had to leave. It is God’s time, but still painful. Pray for the women in this church to persevere in difficult circumstances. Most of their grown children are not following God. There are many issues; including joblessness , alcoholism, food insecurity and ancestor worship. Ask God to strengthen the women of this church to be the role models & teachers of God’s truth to their children & their grandchildren. Pray they will continue to share the Gospel in their communities. Pray for the young adults to take their places of responsibility in the church. Ask that the children will see that God’s way is best. Petition our Lord to raise up more godly leaders. Praise Him for His faithfulness!
The Sekhukune Bapedi are an unreached people group living in Limpopo Province, South Africa. They are a sister tribe to the Tswana of South Africa. For several years, IMB missionaries along with partners from the U.S. have been working to strengthen existing Baptist work in the area. Recently, believers in a remote village were trained to share their faith with others. The Baptist pastor in this village was encouraged by the new enthusiasm of his church members.
PLEASE PRAY for a Pastors’ Summit being held in Diphagane (dee-pa-ha-nee) on Saturday, Sept. 12th! First, ask that the pastors in the area will make every effort to attend the Summit. Second, pray that the presenters will effectively communicate the heart of the Father for the lost among the Sekhukune Bapedi. Finally, ask that these pastors will carry the vision of “making disciples who make disciples” back to their people & their churches.