Missionary Stories

Thapelong, Cabbage, and the Divine

One of the most intimate settings in which we’ve been able to connect with our Basotho neighbors has been at our weekly Prayer Circle meetings, ThapelongThapelong gatherings are encouraged denomination-wide in the Lesotho Evangelical Church of Southern Africa (LECSA) and are seen by many involved in church-life as a vital expression of their faith. The LECSA church that we attend in the capital city of Maseru is very large and has many Thapelong groups organized by neighborhood.

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Graduation in July

The hard work has been completed and the day of new beginnings came June 29 when the Evangelical Presbyterian Theological Seminary held its graduation celebration on the Green Hills campus in Peki.

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Strategic Planning with LECSA in Soweto, South Africa

In mid-May I had the pleasure of traveling to Soweto, South Africa with members of Planning Commission of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) to assist with a Strategic Planning Workshop for church leaders and lay people in Gauteng Presbytery.

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Ascension and Pentecost, 2019

After a lifetime spent in either the Northern Hemisphere or the tropics it seems a little odd to be commemorating Ascension Day and Pentecost as temperatures are getting cold. (And even if winter isn’t technically quite here yet in Lesotho, nor in its full fury, things have definitely shifted from cool to cold; most conversations pretty quickly include the phrase “Hoa bata,” (it’s cold) and the acknowledgment that winter is here.)

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Imagine

Imagine a life very different from yours and mine. Imagine being a teenage girl living in an African nation that is beset with violence and extreme poverty. Your parents are good and loving people, but the circumstances of life are overwhelming.

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Joyful Noises in Zambia

One of the aspects of Zambian worship, which has most struck me during my term of volunteer service here, has been the very rich musical life of the United Church of Zambia (UCZ).

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Agricultural Freedom Through Seedballing

Planting trees has proven over time to have immense advantages ranging from its economic, environmental, and health benefits for individuals and the community at large. However, due to the realization of the concept of deforestation the earth has lost more than half of its natural trees.

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Greetings

How do you write, with any real understanding, about a place you’ve only known for three weeks? As of this writing that’s how long we’ve been here. Yes, it’s been a great three weeks, but at this point, we’ve only had an initial meeting, or a mere introduction, to this beautiful place full of friendly people. So how do you share with others what things are like when you’re just at the greeting stage? And yet, that is it. That’s one thing we can share for sure about Lesotho after three weeks: we’ve had good greetings!

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“U Sabi Dance O”

It’s funny to think about how long it takes to become accustomed to living in a new environment. Upon arrival and throughout my first few months living in “the provinces” (as my urban Freetown friends refer to the Bombali District) I truly felt as if I were struggling to adjust to living the “suffer-posh” life as friends jokingly call life here. The inconsistent electricity, water, internet access, and my daily use of motorbikes, packet waters, bucket-bathing, and mosquito nets were all so foreign to me when I first moved to Makeni, Sierra Leone.  

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!UNO!

It was a hot day. Well, let’s face it, in Ghana every day is hot. On this day, however, the electricity had gone out rending any cooling effect our fans might give - void. The house heated up as the day continued and to seek some relief, we made a move to the front porch.

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