A road map of Lesotho stated, “Distances are not a measure of time.” Roads in Lesotho are unpredictable. Locations which appear close on a map may require navigating over washed out dirt roads, which becomes a battlefield for a car. The driver must control the vehicle with great skill or face disaster coming from a piercing rock or all-consuming mud. Perhaps, this is one reason much of Lesotho remains untouched from modern change. The MAF airplane becomes a vital tool in reaching these most remote places, which is why I had some hesitations about visiting Ha Nkau, a village in the Southern portion of the country. The best road in Lesotho passes besides the village, so I though, “Surely there must be a strong Church and amenities already there.”. To my surprise though, I was dead wrong.
After the aircraft knob was moved to prevent fuel from entering the engine, the propeller of my Cessna 206 fixed-wing aircraft attempted a few more slowing rotations until it’s momentum ceased. The four pastors and I gathered our things and began our short journey to the clinic located near the village. As we walked up a small hill we met a man carrying the most beautiful guitar I have ever seen. He made it using the few things he found lying around, but it sounded amazing and he was a wonderful singer. Meeting him and seeing the way people were working in the corn fields, I began to wonder about Ha Nkau. Perhaps, it wasn’t as modern as I once thought.
We arrived at the clinic and ate lunch before visiting the Chief. My perspective of Ha Nkau changed as I turned the water tap to wash the dishes. I walked outside and asked some women if there was water in their village. No water, no electricity, no churches, no large shops. Ha Nkau might have a nice road close by, but people live here just like they live in the furthest mountains. I was shocked and excited for the opportunity to meet with these people and tell them about Jesus.
After a visit with the Chief and reception of his blessings, we pressed forward into the heart of the village. I was grouped with two friends, Ntate Taelo and Ntate Monyayne, to invite people to watch the Jesus Film and share the Gospel. Ntate Taelo decided I would give a summary of the Bible. I thought I might fumble my Sesotho and was nervous about the idea of speaking so much, but when we sat down with the first family and I began to share, I was blessed by God to find all the Sesotho I needed. My friends and I had a wonderful time explaining about God’s power, love and desire for a relationship with every Basotho. Everyone in the village invited us to share with them and were very encouraged by the news they heard.
When the sun fell and the bitter cold of a Lesotho night set in, people gathered on top of the tallest hill in the village. The projector and speakers radiated throughout the village below until over one hundred people gathered to watch the Jesus Film in Sesotho. Several times during the video the Pastors paused to explain what was happening and gave personal invitations to those watching. In the end, most everyone wanted to pray to Jesus for forgiveness of sins and a new hope in the future with Jesus. I will be excited for our visit next month to see how the film impacted the community as a whole.
Chairs made of broken tree stumps supported me as I listened to the Chief explain his thoughts to the circle of men. “Which one of you will move to my village?” he growled as his finger pointed to each member of our group for seconds that felt like an eternity due to his intensity. “Pastors have visited us before, and there is no change. What we need is a pastor to live with and teach my people.” Please join us in prayer as the Lesotho Flying Pastors is looking to do just this. We hope during our travels of exploration the next several months to find “a man of peace”. We hope that God will provide us with a clear direction for a location where we can make long lasting impact and possibly a church plant.
You can help partner with us and make this long term impact possible. Donate to the Lesotho Flying Pastors through an MAF tax-deductible project by visiting
http://maf.org/donate/search and enter project #4998.