April 2017: Never Enough!
“There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, ‘Enough!’: the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire…” Proverbs 30:15-16
The land in Lesotho, at least here in the lowlands, never seems to have enough water. Lesotho had a dire drought last growing season. Back in late August the Mothers’ Union fellowship of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) was called upon to coordinate the distribution of donated food aid. 240,000 households benefitted from this assistance givens, both LECSA and non-LECSA members, in the worst affected areas of the country.
Something else we never have enough of is peace. LECSA held a walk for peace and justice in the town of Mafeteng followed by an outdoor worship service for the community. Mafeteng has for years been plagued by a series of murders involving members of rival famo music groups. Famo music, which prominently features the accordion, originated with Basotho miners working in South Africa back in the 1920s and its distinctive style is still popular today. Those attending the service joined hands in praying for an end to the violence that has troubled the area for so long.
LECSA’s annual Leeto la Thapelo (Journey of Prayer) event gathered thousands of church members from early one Saturday morning until Sunday afternoon. Prayer sessions were held where people were invited to come forward to be prayed for by the pastors. Saturday night these servants of God were kept praying from 11:00pm until 3:00am, so long were the lines of people craving intercession. One can never have enough prayer.
Many parts of our world yearn for more water. Many people yearn for healing prayer. And we all yearn for more peace in our world. More than anything we, like the Psalmist, yearn for more of God’s presence: “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…” (42:2).
Mark Behle serves with the Lesotho Evangelical Church. His appointment is made possible by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund, Our Churches Wider Mission, and your special gifts.