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January 6, 2011

months ago a young masotho man named sefiri traveled by foot through the maluti mountains from village to village proclaiming the gospel. much like the picture given by jesus in matthew 10, sefiri would enter a village telling people the good news of jesus’ death and resurrection. in each village he was turned away. the people of one village threatened to stone him if he returned. but each time he simply left one village behind and went on to the next. at last he arrived in lilomong (roughly pronounced dee-low-mawng). the people were so eager to hear from God’s Word, to hear truth about this jesus, that they begged him to return and teach them more. we spent two days with the basotho living there.

while we were in lilmong. . .

. . . many heard the gospel. andrew was given the opportunity to address all those who gathered on our first morning there. our entire team was able to speak one on one with many who had come to listen and ask questions.

. . . we worked alongside the peppers to conduct a clinic for the people of lilomong. medical facilities are typically 2-3 hours away from these villages, and often are without the resources needed to treat patients. to have a doctor physically come to your village to see patients can truly serve those who would find it difficult to travel so far. we also spoke with many about HIV/AIDS – prevention, treatment, diagnosis, means in which it is/is not spread, etc. plus, what a picture of the Kingdom. a time in which both physical and spiritual needs are addressed.

. . . nomathemba and i spent a lot of time with the young ladies of the village. we listened as they shared their burdens with us and we sought to understand what difficulties they face as teenagers in lilomong. noma commented on how difficult it was to only be there for such a short time, recognizing their need for consistent discipleship.

pray. . .

. . . for the people of lilomong. pray they would seek truth from the scriptures. pray that God’s truth will be authority to them over the words of man. pray that they would no longer be bound to ancestor worship or to the influence of the sangoma. pray they will love the gospel and trust in Christ.

. . . for sefiri. pray for his encouragement and perseverance. pray that he would be able to invest in other young men who would be able to partner with him in his work.

. . . for the young girls of lilomong. pray for them as they struggle with sexual purity. pray as they strive to do well in school and to get jobs to sustain themselves and their families. pray that God would put people in their lives who are intentional about sharing the gospel with them and teaching them more about God’s Word.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Meg permalink
    January 7, 2011 2:09 am

    praying for this village today. i’m also praying for you, keely, and the students you went with, that you all would grow in prayer and trust the Lord to complete His work. i read this awesome verse this morning: “how beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’…The LORD will lay bare His holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.” (Isaiah 52:7, 10) love you friend. love these people. thanks for sharing.

  2. jtharp permalink
    January 11, 2011 4:03 am

    Beautiful photos, Kee! Could our worlds be more different?? But people are still people, and our God is God of both. Keep writing, friend! I’m excited to read more!

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