• Month of Prayer

    May 2017
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31 Days of Prayer for the least reached in Africa

Africa was once referred to as the “dark” continent. Through prayer God is in the process of turning this around. It is becoming a continent of LIGHT! More people are coming to Christ in Africa than any other continent with the result that more workers are being sent out than ever before! However, Africa and her people still have many challenges they needs to face - animism, violence, and corruption just to name a few. According to the Joshua project there still remain 990 people groups in Africa that have not heard the gospel.

We invite you to join us, and many Christians throughout Zimbabwe and indeed the rest of the world, as we join God in what He is doing in the nations! Every day in the month of May, we will be praying, focusing on a different people groups from Africa as we cry out to the Lord to save nations of Africa. But prayer is not our end goal, we know that when we enter into conversation with God and cry out for a nation, God can also use to go and bring the good news. Will you answer the call if God chooses you.

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The Shepards in Lesotho

Lesotho – nicknamed “The Kingdom in the Sky” - is a small, mountainous country, wholly surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho is also described as the ‘Switzerland of Africa’, due to its high altitude and mountains, often leading to extremely cold and snowy winters.

It is also on these mountains that the country’s largest unreached people group lives: the120 000 shepherds (or ‘herd boys’). The boys and men, ranging from 5 to 65 years, have little contact with villages and when they do visit they are viewed with caution and treated as thieves. A chief shepherd shared: “I’ve heard of missionaries going to my home village, but I have always felt left out.”

The shepherds live high in the mountains of Lesotho – caring for flocks and herds, which belong to wealthy owners down in the valleys. They live in marginalised, isolated communities outside the reach of the local churches. From five and six years old, these boys and young men work away from their families with no education or literacy skills.

RELIGION

Shepherds are deeply grounded in the ancestral cult and witchcraft. They are seldom welcome in churches and lack the literacy skills to be integrated into church services and ministries.

OUTREACH IDEAS

In order to tell them the good news of Jesus, outreach teams, particularly boys - could go and live with the Basotho shepherds showing them love as they share the gospel. For foreign missionaries, it is crucial to learn the language and the culture. At the same time one could begin to empower the shepherds by educating them. In the end, the system of sending poor 5-year-olds should be dismantled but one would need the support of the community and the shepherds themselves to make such a change in the culture. Thus, time spent living in the mountains is crucial for such a connection.

PRAYER POINTS:

  • That God would open the hearts of the shepherds to welcome missionaries and even more, Jesus himself into their lives.