“For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.” Col 1:13

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Basotho Village Sees the Gospel

The beautiful village of Matsaile, Lesotho and the Basotho people is the focus of this month's blogpost.  Daren Davis and Jim Flora spent a couple of days there last month and had the pleasure of visiting with Justin Morgan and Korby Griffith who were just days away from completing their 2 year Journeyman assignment. Living among the people of this village gave Korby and Justin the opportunity live out the gospel every day. 

The kids living in this village absolutely love Justin and Korby.  As soon as we would step out of the hut each morning a small group of kids would begin making their way to greet us, laugh, stick "fight", and just have fun.  I am sure it would get old if living there day in and day out but for Daren and Jim it was fun to watch.  These kids were seeing the light of Christ in the life of Korby and Justin.

To become a man in Basotho culture one has to know how to protect himself by stick fighting.  These boys were always ready to show their abilities as well as practice.  Justin had to be careful because they could do some damage.  Pray that the men of Matsaile will desire to be strong in the Lord.   

For two years these two Journeyman got their water from this mountain spring and had to carry it back to their hut in a wheel barrow.

Thabang became their good friend.  They spent hours teaching him the Bible, helping him know how to teach the Bible, and how to live as a follower of Jesus.  Thabang watched them live out their faith in Jesus and it made a real impact on his life. To hear Thabang's testimony click here.

This girl may look like her hands are folded ready to pray but the truth is very few of these kids will learn that God wants to talk to them.  They will grow up learning how to communicate with their dead ancestors but God is not interested in them and is irrelevant. Pray they will realize the truth of 1 John 5:14 "This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Many of the elderly in villages are seen as a burden because they can no longer work like they used to.  Ladies like this one take care of the small children, teach them Basotho culture and tradition and therefore many barriers to the gospel are erected in the lives of these children.  Pray that the children would learn that God loves them, cares for them, and sent His Son to pay for their sins.  Pray that they would realize that God wants a relationship with them. 

The kids could tell there was something different about Korby and Justin.  Please pray that the kids of Matsaile would realize the same God who changed the lives of these young men can change their life as well. 

Jim Flora is a career missionary in the nearby Lesotho village of Katse.  He lives there with his wife and 3 daughters.  Pray for Jim as he considers how to continue sowing and nurturing the gospel seed in the village of Matsaile.  Pray that while Justin and Korby planted the seed of the gospel that others will come to water and that God will cause the increase. 
1 Corinthians 3:6

Daren cooking breakfast.

Korby, the one with the goatee, has returned to the US where he will be looking for work.  Pray for Korby as he adjusts to the US, renews friendships, and looks for a job.  Justin, in the orange shirt, will remain in Lesotho until the end of April.  Pray for Justin as he works with Jim and Teresa Flora.  Upon returning to the US he hopes to help college students learn how they can be on mission with God internationally. 

Pray for Thabang as he continues to shine the light of the gospel in the village of Matsaile.

As we arrived back in Katse we were greeted by Jim's daughter Rebecca riding this donkey. 

To learn more about the Flora family click here.

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