Missionary Stories

Update from Kenya

Dear Partners,

I am grateful to God for the opportunity given to me to share some of the highlights of the activities I organized for the first semester of this year 2020. As the head of the Department of Theology, Interfaith Relations and Ecclesial Leadership Development, I succeeded to organize several activities but also I participated in several meeting across the continent. In this Newsletter, I am going to give the highlight of few activities.

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Update from Ghana: Coming back Home

In mid-March, Debbie and I spent three days in Accra, Ghana’s largest city and capital.

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Will it ever be the same?

This is a question that I have been asking myself a lot these days.  When I reflect on how much life has changed in the past 3 months it‘s a little daunting to think about.  What used to be “routine” has changed.  We have now created new routines.

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COVID-19 Update from Lesotho

lesotho_mark_knowles_covid.jpgLesotho was the last country in Africa to have a confirmed case of COVID-19, on May 12th, and, as of May 25th, it still only has two confirmed cases. Interestingly, within those dates, Lesotho also saw its Prime Minister resign and be replaced, and the country (largely) emerged from a six-week lockdown, so it has been an eventful month, to say the least.

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The Golden Jubilee Celebration Begins

The week of March 8, 2020, the Church of Christ in Congo (ECC) began its 50th Golden Jubilee celebration. The theme for the celebration was “Live and Grow in Love” (Ephesians 4:1-16). From the 8th to the 15th of March, ECC organized a series of activities at the Century Cathedral and the Protestant University of Congo to start a year of celebration.

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Theology in Action

I am grateful to God for the opportunity to share some of the highlights of the activities I helped to organize for the last semester of 2019. The Department of Theology, Interfaith Relations, and Ecclesial Leadership Development of the All Africa Council of Churches successfully organized the following activities:

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Making Hope Real

As we consider God’s blessings, we are in awe of His immense goodness toward us. The greatest gifts to us are His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, and the constant presence of His Holy Spirit working in the Church and in our lives.

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Living out Presence

As I walk into the Dzake Clinic, I am greeted by patients waiting to be seen.  I take my seat at the Triage table and start to check in my next patient. He is a beautiful 12-month-old named Samson. His Grandmother has brought him in because he has been vomiting and not able to eat for a day.

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Exam Time!

The semester comes to a close, and then comes the dreaded examination week. Dreaded by whom? The students dread exam week, but at least for this lecturer, it is a dreaded time as well. Well, maybe I should say the preparation of the examinations is the dreaded part.

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Leeto la Thapelo 2019

January marked a year since we arrived in Lesotho. And as we’ve revisited our memories from the past year, one event, in particular, stands out: Leeto la Thapelo. Leeto la Thapelo, which literally means “Journey of Prayer,” is the biggest event of the year for the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA), our partner organization.

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