Hey guys! Thanks for taking a minute to check out our trip! If you don’t know both of us, we are Heather and Lauren! We both attend Mercy Hill Church and our husbands work together at this church as well. We are trying to raise $4800 in the next two months so that we can go on a short term mission trip to Lesotho, Africa in November with First Baptist Church in Roanoke. We decided to raise the money together since many of the people in our community are the same! Below is all the information about the people we want to serve and how we can be used in the week we are there. Thank you for considering partnering with us financially so that we can share the love of Christ with people who have never had the chance to hear it.
In November we are heading to Lesotho, a landlocked country in Southern Africa. There we will be sharing the life changing news of Jesus Christ with the Basotho people with the help of missionaries currently living among them.
Traditionally, the Basotho are ancestor worshipers, the traditional African religion. They believe life is a continuum which includes the “unborn living, the living, and the living dead” and people transition from one phase to another as they pass through this world. Ancestors are their bridge to God, however, they believe God is the uncaring creator that put them here and left them alone. Only ancestors have access to God and control what is presented to Him for arbitration. The Basotho must appease the ancestors to ensure a happy and prosperous life. The ancestors plead with the Basotho through dreams and mediums (witches and witch doctors) and if their pleading is ignored the Basotho are subject to the wrath of the ancestors in the form of sickness, catastrophe, or death.
The Basotho are deeply spiritual. They believe that every moment of their everyday lives is at the mercy of the ancestor gods. They live in a society based on the fear of the unknown and are afraid that changes will anger the ancestors who will seek retribution against their families or property.
How do we fit in?
The mountains are remote and physically difficult to reach. The missionaries are doing a great work, but their numbers are few (6 missionaries in the entire kingdom of Lesotho) and the need is great. In many villages the people have never heard the name of Jesus, and the Basotho generally remain unreached with the gospel.
We will be joining with a church in Roanoke, VA to take the name of Jesus into the remote Mabunyaneng Valley. We will hike into the mountains to share that Jesus has made a way for them to move from the darkness of sin to the forgiveness and light that comes from placing their trust only in Jesus. We will be doing discipleship with the new believers from previous trips, helping them to grow and teaching them to share their new faith with their friends and family.
We will go into the school, sharing Bible stories with children who have never heard about David, Daniel, Noah, or Jesus.
We will lead church services in the Valley modeling how these new believers can join together to grow, serve, and share the good news of what Jesus has done.
God is at work in the Mabunyaneng Valley, the Basotho people are open to the gospel, and we are asking God to use us to share the light of Jesus, replacing fear and hopelessness with the awesome power and freedom found only in Jesus.
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