Botswana Synod is one of 5 synods comprising the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa. It is one of the largest Protestant churches in this nation of approximately 1.6 million inhabitants. There are about seventy local churches with membership varying between 100 an 2500. The various organizations responsible for the spiritual growth of the church are The Church School, Christian Youth, the various choirs, Soldiers of Christ and the Women's Fellowship. The Synod is engaged in various social and economic projects : Kgodisong Orphanage and Day Care Centre, poultry and garden project, Lephoi Centre for the Blind and Sedibeng Skills Training Centre.
Botswana Council of Churches is a longstanding partner of Global Ministries. It was founded in 1966 and has 35 member churches and Christian organizations, which constitutes most of the churches in Botswana. It is a non-profit membership organization, committed to the principles of equality, justice and peace. Although the Council started as a purely theological entity with few members, it has since broadened its scope and the membership has risen and continues growing across the country. Its portfolio of programs includes political education, information, youth work, children, refugee work and other issues relevant to women's status.Read more
The story of the Lord appearing to Samuel is not one normally associated with Christmas. And yet, I find it an appropriate one for those of us who have seen countless Christmases come and go. The "awe" and "excitement" of the season just doesn't have quite the sparkle as it did when we were children. Yes, we believe in Christmas and the importance of Jesus coming into the world. But after so many years, it is so easy to find ourselves no longer listening and waiting for the unexpected. The story of Samuel's encounter with the Lord, reminds us that God can speak to us at times and places we least expect. Christ's coming into the world in a manger at Bethlehem, is a mirror of God. Paul says, "God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself." Being transformed by the miracle of God's presence really can be an awesome gift that never pales, never ages, never loses its power!Read more
Graduation in May
On Saturday, May 12, seven students received the Preacher's Award certificate, seven received the Certificate in Theology, and six received the Diploma in Theology at our conference center in Palapype. In addition, eight persons were recognized for having completed a course in Pastoral Counseling. It was a wonderful occasion for all concerned with the graduating students, families and friends as well as for the academic staff.
Jim & Jayanthi Wilson - Botswana
"For with God nothing shall be impossible."
As we prepare for the coming of Easter, we pray and hope that you will be blessed by the miracle of life that comes through Christ Jesus. Yes, in countless ways, God has breathed new life into that which would almost appear to be deadRead more
James & Jayanthi Wilson - Botswana
Kagiso Mo Lefatsheng or Peace on Earth to you, our international friends at this special time, in preparation for the coming of Christmas.Read more
Oftentimes we bring our own preconceived agendas as to how and when we would like things to happen, particularly as it relates to doing God's work in the church. A myriad of emotions are called to mind - "The pace is too slow"; "why don't they wake up and smell the coffee?"; "If only they would...." The thoughts go on and go, don't they? The problem begins whenever we allow our myopic vision to take hold rather than allowing the one that God has in mind to take root in the building of the Kingdom. We need to be reminded over and over again that God's vision is not a "trend", nor a "fad" or a "whim." That is to say, "the word of the Lord endureth forever." Read more
Jim & Jayanthi Wilson – BotswanaRead more
Agnes Mothibidi (Mo-tea-bed-ee) has a dream — to complete her theological studies Kgolagano (Co-low-hah-no) College and to serve in the ministry of Zion Christian Church.Read more