Pray for Botswana on Sunday, October 12, 2008
Lectionary Text and Prayer for Botswana: Matthew 22:1-14
Modimo yoo motla otlhe (God of power and might)
Help us to remember what it means to be called as ambassadors in the precious name of Jesus; to share the Good News by making our actions a reflection of your goodness and caring, in all that we say and do in this world. In particular, let us not become so wrapped up in our own lives that we should forget the 25 percent of Botswana’s population who are living on less than one US dollar a day; and where rising fuel and food prices consume an overwhelming portion of a person’s financial resources. Give us the courage to do something more than to be thankful for our own blessings, and work to give hope to all who live in this world. “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)
(Prayer by Jim and Jayanthi Wilson)
Global Ministries International Partners in Botswana:
Botswana Council of Churches
Founded in 1966 with 36 member churches, the Council exists to serve the churches, to enable them to serve God and God’s people, especially those in need. It is a national body which is affiliated to the All Africa Conference of Churches and to the World Council of Churches. Among the many projects which it is involved in, include evangelical and developmental work among the Hambukushu people on the western side of the delta in Ngamiland and assisting children in especially difficult circumstances (street kids) in the capital of Gaborone, through rehabilitation, re-education and reintegration into society
United Congregational Church of Southern Africa – Botswana Synod
Kgodisong Centre was started in July 2001 by the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) in Kanye, a partner denomination with Global Ministries. It began as an initiative to address the escalating number of orphans in Kanye. According to national records from the Department of Social Services 51 600 orphans are registered countrywide. Approximately 5,000 of these are registered in Kanye alone. This alarming figure is by far due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic followed by road accidents and other factors. These children at risk in the local community are provided with a safe environment for learning, nutritious meals along with varying other assistance each week day.
Kgolagano Theological College
Since its beginning in 1975, Kgolagano is the only ecumenical theological institution in the country, both in terms of staffing as well as student body.
Although the major focus of its programme has always been the promotion of theological education for the pastors of Botswana. Kgolagano cannot and does not ignore the life issues facing the people of the nation. It has an active, grass-root HIV/AIDS awareness programme as well as an educational empowerment programme for individuals incarcerated in prison.
Global Ministries Missionaries in Botswana:
Jim and Jayanthi Wilson are missionaries with the Kgolagano College of Theological Education in Gaborone, Botswana. Jim serves as a tutor of theology at Kgolagano College of Theological Education. Jayanthi serves as the coordinator of the College library.