In September, a group of students from George Whitefield College went on a mission trip to Lesotho in Southern Africa. They shared the gospel at a primary school and worked alongside pastors in some of the rural villages. Crosslinks study partner Cecilia Mumbi shares her experience:
Kubake primary school has 154 pupils but only has one classroom block, divided into two using a locker. Grades 1-3 use one side of the room, grades 6 and 7 use the other side, whilst grades 4 and 5 learn from a small village hut. It was so heart-breaking to see kids come to school on a very cold day with snow on the mountains without jerseys or shoes because their parents can't afford them. We learnt that many of the boys weren’t there because they had to go through ‘initiation’. For six months the boys camp in one village where they are taught about life, growth and shepherding and, while there, they are circumcised. Most of the boys are kept away from school for the duration.
The whole experience was very humbling. It was a great reminder of how we are so privileged but take the privileges we have for granted. We are always wanting more than we have and sometimes waste what we have, while others are suffering and in need. The people I met are suffering and yet so content with the little they have. They give joyfully and sacrificially, which is an art we need to learn.
Some of the kids at the primary school had lost their parents at a very tender age and have been forced to live alone. By God’s grace the school has a feeding programme which enables the children to at least have a meal on school days. However, the pupils are expected to come with plates or a lunch box that they can get their food in but, as untrue as it may sound, some families cannot even afford this.
During the trip the gospel was faithfully preached and the response was overwhelming. We found people were thirsty and hungry for the gospel of Christ Jesus. We give thanks to the Lord that the adults and the children were receptive to the gospel.
The pastors in the villages we visited know that ministry is not about proving their academic knowledge but about delivering God’s word merrily even amidst diverse challenges. One pastor we met does not get paid by the church - he has just been given a field which he is supposed to make use of in order to take care of himself and his family.
Pray that God may raise up more people and churches who will support these mission trips through prayer, sending more workers and also financial support.
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