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ADRA STRIKES THE WEEKEND HUMBLES

Sabbath  16th June 2018

This last weekend ADRA Lesotho unleashed tears of joy like streams of Gilgead on the hills and valleys of Lebanon as they presented a Big Bass drum at Kolonyama community Pathfinder club and clothes to kolonyama less privileged and opharned villagers.

Kolonyama church through the leadership of Director Boitumelo Mofolo has sponsored a community based pathfinder club which is growing remarkably with the children excited about learning about Christ and some life skills from the club. This past Sabbath was a revival for this club that has close to a year being organized,  the children’s parents were invited to see and hear their children shine for the Lord. Meanwhile  Pastor L.  Thotolo walked on fire strengthening and encouraging everyone that ‘no matter what you are going through, the Lord will give you strength to overcome it.’

ADRA Lesotho delegates,  Ms K. Phoofolo and Ms I. Tabi who had played an essential role in support of this community club presented a bass drum as an incentive and reward for the good work the club is doing,  the church was overwhelmed by this generous gift but above all Director B. Mofolo couldn’t hold back her joy.

Junior Youth Director,  Mr.  Paseka Temana a special guest to this event gave an exemplary lead of service throughout the day even in handing over the clothes to the village chief.

We like to forward our gratitudes to Maluti Adventist Church Pathfinder club which graced this even with their presence in motivation of this growing club and bringing once again Kolonyama villages to a stand still.

Appeal: The Kolonyama community club in as much as they have the pathfinder uniform given to buy kolonyama church members, they are willing to take part in the upcoming pathfinder fare,  we hope and pray that any church or individuals could donate or sponsor those pathfinders to the pathfinder fare, an experience they will never forget for the rest of their lives..

contact:Director Mofolo @57242224

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THE REAL DESMOND DOSS STORY

On April 1, 1942, Desmond Doss joined the United States Army. Three and a half years later, he stood on the White House lawn, receiving the nation’s highest award for his bravery and courage under fire. Of the 16 million men in uniform during World War II, only 431 received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Among these was a young Seventh-day Adventist Christian who refused to carry a gun and had not killed a single enemy soldier. His only weapons were his Bible and his faith in God. President Harry S. Truman warmly held the hand of Corporal Desmond Thomas Doss, as his citation was read to those gathered at the White House on October 12, 1945. “I’m proud of you,” Truman said. “You really deserve this. I consider this a greater honor than being president.”

When Pearl Harbor was attacked, Desmond was working at the Newport News Naval shipyard and could have requested a deferment. But he was willing to risk his life on the front lines in order to preserve freedom. He wanted to be an Army combat medic and assumed his classification as a conscientious objector would not require him to carry a weapon. When he was assigned to an infantry rifle company, his refusal to carry a gun caused his fellow soldiers to view him with distain. They ostracized and bullied him. One man warned, “Doss, when we get into combat, I’ll make sure you don’t come back alive.”

His commanding officers also wanted to get rid of the skinny Virginian who spoke with a gentle southern drawl. They saw him as a liability. Nobody believed a soldier without a weapon was worthwhile. They tried to intimidate him, scold him, assign him extra tough duties, and declared him mentally unfit for the Army. Then they attempted to court martial him for refusing a direct order—to carry a gun. But they failed to find a way to toss him out, and he refused to leave. He believed his duty was to obey God and serve his country. But it had to be in that order. His unwavering convictions were most important.

Desmond had been raised with a fervent belief in the Bible. When it came to the Ten Commandments, he applied them personally. During childhood his father had purchased a large framed picture at an auction. It portrayed the Ten Commandments with colorful illustrations. Next to the words, “Thou shalt not kill” was a drawing of Cain holding a club and standing over the body of his dead brother Abel. Little Desmond would look at that picture and ask, “Why did Cain kill Abel? How in the world could a brother do such a thing?” In Desmond’s mind, God said, “If you love me, you won’t kill.” With that picture firmly embedded in his mind, he determined that he would never take life.

However, there was another commandment that Desmond took just as seriously as the sixth. It was the fourth commandment. His religious upbringing included weekly church attendance, on the seventh day. The Army was exasperated to discover that he had yet another personal requirement. He asked for a weekly pass so he could attend church every Saturday. This meant two strikes against him. His fellow soldiers saw this Bible reading puritan, as being totally out of sync with the rest of the Army. So they ostracized him, bullied him, called him awful names, and cursed at him. His commanding officers also made his life difficult.

Things began turning around when the men discovered that this quiet unassuming medic had a way to heal the blisters on their march-weary feet. And if someone fainted from heat stroke, this medic was at his side, offering his own canteen. Desmond never held a grudge. With kindness and gentle courtesy, he treated those who had mistreated him. He lived the golden rule, “…do to others what you would have them do to you…” (Matthew 7:12 NIV).

Desmond served in combat on the islands of Guam and Leyte. In each military operation he exhibited extraordinary dedication to his men. While others were taking life, he was busy saving life. As enemy bullets whizzed past and mortar shells exploded around him, he repeatedly ran to treat a fallen comrade and carry him back to safety. By the time they reached Okinawa, he had been awarded two Bronze Stars for valor.

In May, 1945, Japanese troops were fiercely defending Okinawa, the only remaining barrier to an allied invasion of their homeland. The American target was capturing the Maeda Escarpment, an imposing rock face the soldiers called, Hacksaw Ridge. After they secured the top of the cliff, Japanese forces suddenly attacked. Officers ordered an immediate retreat. As a hundred or more lay wounded and dying on enemy soil, one lone soldier disobeyed those orders and charged back into the firefight. With a constant prayer on his lips, he vowed to rescue as many as he could, before he either collapsed or died trying. His iron determination and unflagging courage resulted in at least 75 lives saved that day, May 5, 1945, his Sabbath.

Several days later, during an unsuccessful night raid, Desmond was severely wounded. Hiding in a shell hole with two riflemen, a Japanese grenade landed at his feet. The explosion sent him flying. The shrapnel tore into his leg and hip. While attempting to reach safety, he was hit by a sniper’s bullet that shattered his arm. His brave actions as a combat medic were over. But not before insisting that his litter-bearers take another man first before rescuing him. Wounded, in pain, and losing blood, he still put the safety of others ahead of his own.

Before being honorably discharged from the Army in 1946, Desmond developed tuberculosis. His illness progressed and at the age of 87, Corporal Desmond Thomas Doss died on March 23, 2006. He is buried in the National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tennessee. For more information, please visit the Desmond Doss Foundation Desmond – Doss Council.

Statement: Seventh-Day Adventist Church in North America Regarding the Film, “Hacksaw Ridge.”

The story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the esteemed Medal of Honor, is one that has inspired generations of his fellow Seventh-day Adventist Church members. As powerfully shared in the upcoming film, “Hacksaw Ridge,” Doss’s strong convictions, his Adventist beliefs, and his unshakeable confidence in God come alive, and hold the promise of inspiring a new generation of believers.

While a graphic portrayal of the realities of war, “Hacksaw Ridge” paints a stirring portrait of the resolute manner in which Doss lived his faith, even while living through the horrors of the battlefield. The Seventh-day Adventist Church historically has strongly discouraged its members from bearing arms, and Doss embodied that philosophy. He became the first person to voluntarily enlist and then be granted conscientious objector status, the role in which he contributed to the often-heroic rescue of scores of his fellow soldiers.

The North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church appreciates the care and attention to detail brought to the telling of Desmond Doss’s unique, unparalleled story of faith by the filmmakers in the production of “Hacksaw Ridge.”

Communication Department is planning to have a movie night out to watch this movie. Ok i know some of you have access to getting it and watching it, but the idea is to do it together. The date will be announced soon. Keep watching this space.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ABOUT DESMOND DOSS
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Adventist Church Management System

It had only been two weeks since the message was rapidly and urgently spread across the Lesotho Conference territory that local church clerks from across Lesotho gathered together in the Lesotho Conference Head Office Boardroom for an intensive training on the Adventist Church Management System (ACMS). The scene was set for a training that would change the shape of the secretariat work from local church to local Conference.

The training begun on Sabbath morning with the Sothern Africa Union Conference (SAUC) Executive Secretary, Ps Trevor Kunene, introducing to the house full of church clerks, pastors and elders one of the Associate Secretaries of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID), Ps Qedumusa Mathonsi. Ps Mathonsi was accompanied by his wife and a secretary from the Trans-Orange Conference, Sr Teresa Kwakwa.

The boardroom was filled beyond capacity, with some attendees sitting by the doorway, outside the hall. This, however, did not deter them. The team of determined, zealous and eager delegates sat attentively through the Sabbath services which highlighted the need to build strong relationships to foster the nurture and retention of all members in the local churches. The Clerks later got familiarized with the ACMS system and did practical exercises before they could log into their local church profiles where some begun the work with much zeal. To date we have over 340 members on the system from 32 of the 65 congregations on the system – both organized churches and organized companies. All thanks to the work of our zealous and gifted local church clerks.

The Lesotho conference is one of eight conferences in the Southern Africa Union Conference and has begun to catch up with other conferences which are already on the system – with the Cape Conference being the first to be fully uploaded and fully functional in the system.

Q&A

Where do our names go after we fill in the forms?
After we fill out our forms, the church clerk enters the details on the form into the system to create the database for our local church. Once that is done, the statistics of the local church feed into the conference, union, division and General Conference.

How secure is the ACMS System?
The ACMS system is very secure. There is a team of IT security experts who regularly monitor the servers in the General Conference building at all times. The system is not interconnected with other systems that may compromise its security. It is fully supported and monitored by the SDA Church.

Are you sure the names are not going to some secret society something like that?
The names are entered into a system that is fully operated and monitored by the SDA Church. There is no other entity or person privy to the information is the system.

What if I don’t want to give certain information?
The information is given voluntarily, however there is information that is mandatory for all members. Please check with your church clerk which information you may or may not be able to withhold.

Why must I give you my information?
The church is building a database that is going to be kept as accurately as possible to minimize chances of any human error in the reporting of statistics to the conference and other higher church organizations. It is also going to minimize chances of members losing their membership. Membership will never be lost, it will always be in the system under categories of active, missing, absent, deceased, censured and removed from membership. Once a member is found – if they had been registered as missing – the status is changed to active and the membership is adjusted.

Ps Lerato J Thotolo
Executive Secretary – Lesotho Conference

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Communication Department

We wish to inform you of the following changes that have occurred in the conference since the Lesotho Conference 7th Session which was held from 26-29 October 2017, at Maseru SDA Church. It is with joy that we present to you the following officers, executive committee members and departmental directors who will serve the Lesotho conference from 2018-2020, please find them below:

OFFICERS

President: Ps AC Bohale

Executive Secretary: Ps LJ Thotolo

Chief Financial Officer: Mr Thato Makau

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  1. SAU President (Ex Officio)
  2. SAU Executive Secretary (Ex Officio)
  3. SAU Chief Financial Officer (Ex Officio)
  4. LC President – Ps Chete Bohale
  5. LC Executive Secretary – Ps Lerato J Thotolo
  6. LC Chief Financial Officer – Mr Thato Makau
  7. Mrs Ma’mako Mafisa
  8. Ms Bokaako Ramapepe
  9. Mr Lekoetje Lekoetje
  10. Mr Chamane Mpholo
  11. Ps Sphiwe Phike
  12. Mr Sejela ‘Mekeleli
  13. Mr Matela Mojapela
  14. Mrs Malenkoane Hlasoa
  15. Mr Osbourne Tanekha
  16. Mr Senekane Fekefeke
  17. Adv Mafiroane Motanyane
  18. Maluti Adventist Hospital CEO – Mr Thabang Pulumo
  19. Maluti Adventist College Rector – Dr Amelia Ranotsi
  20. ADRA Lesotho Country Director – Mr Liau Mochaba
  21. Stewardship Director – Referred to Executive Committee
  22. Ministerial Secretary – Ps Peete Masitise
  23. Northern District Director
  24. Central District Director
  25. Southern District Director

DEPARTMENTAL DIRECTORS

  1. HIV/AIDS Coordinator – Mrs Nkholongo
  2. Chaplaincy Ministries – Ps Ntholeng Molefi
  3. Children’s Ministries – Mrs Matemoho Khatleli
  4. Communications – Mr Khombelwayo Mlotshwa
  5. Family Ministries – Ps Mohaulise P Chobokoane
  6. Sabbath School/Personal Ministries/Global Mission – Ps Tsebang J Khoeli
  7. Health Ministries – Mr Lithathane Nkhasi
  8. Ministerial Secretary – Ps Peete Masitise
  9. Ministerial Spouses (Shepherdess International) – Mrs Mamichele H Masitise
  10. Music – Mr Koantlane Molefi
  11. Publishing – Mrs Matemoho A Moeti
  12. Stewardship – Yet to be appointed
  13. Voice of Prophecy – Ps Ntamane E Moeti
  14. Women’s Ministries – Mrs Phumzile M Sesioana
    1. Associate – Mrs Mamahali Molefi;
    2. YAWM – Ms Boitelo Liaho
  15. Senior Youth Ministries – Mr Makhetha Nteso
  16. Junior Youth Ministries – Mr Paseka J Temana

We, further, wish to inform you of the actions taken by the Executive committee in its Special seating on the 12th November 2017.

The committee took action to affirm the 7th session Mandate for this term (207-2020) as adopted by the Conference in session. It also mandated relevant departments to form subcommittees to aid them in rolling out the strategic plan of the conference.

The committee also took action to fill vacant departmental directors and associate directors as mandated by the session in order to allow the departments to begin planning for the next year. Below are those appointments:

  1. Education – Mr Ts’epang Majara
    1. Associate – Mr Pilane Seitlheko
  2. Spirit of Prophecy – Johny Mahao
  3. Childrens Ministries Associate Directors – Mrs Malehloenya Nkhasi (North) and Mrs Mamoshoeshoe Matiea (South)

The committee also undertook the task of deploying pastors. We note that while some remain in the zones where they were in the previous term, some have moved to new territories and we pray that they will receive a warm welcome as they offer spiritual and administrative leadership in those zones. Please find the pastoral deployment report at the bottom of this page.

Due to the movements that have occurred in the deployment of pastors, the committee also appointed new district directors and deputy directors as below:

  1. Northern District – Ps Sphiwe Phike
    1. Deputy – Ps Thapelo Mashoabathe
  2. Central District – Ps Tsebang J Khoeli
    1. Deputy – Ps Liau Mochaba
  3. Southern District – Ps Ntamane E Moeti
    1. Deputy – Ps Bataung Masunyane

We wish these newly appointed leaders well and we ask that you will pray for and support them in all their work.

The Lord has been faithful in leading the Lesotho Conference in the past and we pray that He will, by His Grace, empower the new leadership to take the work to the next level as we work towards finishing the work and hastening the second coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Wishing you God richest blessings!

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The correct equations, but the wrong interpretation. The result was sadness, pain and discouragement. That’s how the story of the Seventh-day Adventist Church begins.

The Film is launched exactly 172 years later on the same date of the great disappointment. The Communication director has a high definition ‘Tell the world’ movie that he has prepared to be watched in a movie night event at Maseru SDA Church on the 5th of November 2016 at 7pm.

Based on true events, Tell The World shares the compelling story of a small group of farmers from the northeast region of the United States. They set the foundation of an organization that has been at the forefront of issues such as health, education, communication and Biblical interpretation.

The film begins with a startling discovery made by farmer and former militia member William Miller, played by Bill Lake. After years of study, Miller concludes that Jesus will return in 1843. His sermons along with the Biblical and historical evidence were so convincing that thousands of people sold everything, confessed their sins and waited for the event with high expectations. Eventually they settled for a specific date: October 22nd, 1844…Lets come.

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With so many cameras available, figuring out how all the specifications and options translate into your everyday use is complicated. But every person needs to know atlist how to capture a good photo for either home use, work, projects, religious and many other purposes. Communication department has organised another powerful one day training for Adventists in Lesotho. This will cover the Basics of Photography, the details of shutter speed, ISO, and aperture, as well as how those settings affect your photos. Light and composition in general, how cameras work and make sense of what that means in terms of choosing a camera to buy and how that choice affects your photos. After the theory, trainees will also go out and capture images using basic devices, phones or tablets and come back for a further analysis of the practical experience. Participants may bring any device that has a camera as this training empowers participants to use the simplest to produce the best possible images. Weather you were there the first training or it is your first time, you are welcome as we will take the training with the simplest and more effective approach.

Communication Department seeks to empower church member with this powerful training, Let us all come in numbers. Lunch will be provided. The cost will be only 200 per participant.

For more info please contact Communication Director:

Elder K. Mlotshwa

communication@adventist.org.ls

Cell: 5886 5566

Work: 2232 7382

Home: 2231 5565

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Adult Youth Convention Lesotho Conference - YouTube

In collaboration with SAU, Lesotho conference hosted an adult youth convention at a 106 year old ‘Emmanuel SDA Mission’ This was powered by Stewardship Department (SAU). Pas. Thula Nkosi graced the event with powerful presentations and youth from that event will never be the same again.

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What a day at Sekamaneng SDA Church.

We have a powerful message as a church, different from the world, the question that remains is how do we communicate it effectively, why is cant our good news attract more ears and attention? It is time to improve communication internally and externally and hasten the soon coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ. The Communication team has an interesting approach, book us for your district now.

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Everyday one is confronted with questions of dismay, dispaire and disdain. The world over, people are worried about what is happening to our world. There are question about issues of life, our society is falling part at the seems; the political arena is riddled with greed, dissatisfaction and lust for power; world economies are collapsing; religion is no longer a source of hope because of “church-preneurs” taking the religious world by storm. what is happening to our world? What can we do to change it?

Despite the fact that we are so disdained by all this, its nothing new to us.  Someone foretold of its arrival thousands of years before it happened. It was foretold with such precision that when we read about it r watch it on TV it seems as if it was written yesterday for today’s news.

in Matthew 24 Jesus is telling to his disciples and in verse 3 they ask him an interesting question, “…“Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” In answer to this probing and profound question, Jesus tells the disciples an interesting tale of events that to them must have seemed far fetched.  He tells them about the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem, that this would usher in the final events of earth’s history.

In AD 70 the temple was laid waste and many of the disciples saw this firsthand.  They believed that it was the beginning of the end.  I believe this is the same conviction that pushes some New Testament writers to write in the manner in which they wrote, Paul speaks of the second coming of Jesus as if he will see it in his day, Peter, John and others likewise.

Jesus tells of wars, famines, moral decay, pestilences, natural disasters, false prophets and false christs, he tells of how the powers of darkness will try to dissuade even the elect of God and lead them to believe contrary to what he has taught.  In our world today we see the exact fulfillment of these events.

  • Wars are raging boisterously today, all over the world. Despite talks of peace, war continues to rage.
  • Famine even in this postmodern world is still going strong, in some regions of the world it has become the norm.
  • Pestilences still ravage the world population in an unprecedented manner, we talk of ebola, HIV/AIDS, swine flu, avian flu, and many others.
  • Moral decay is breaking our society at the seems, unruly children, immoral spouses, same sex marriages, crime and corruption, our society is broken.
  • Natural disasters continue to increase in frequency and strength, our world is on the verge of complete collapse.
  • Religious indifference has paved way for the cropping up of false prophets who use trickery to gain popularity and some even resorting to enjoining strange spirits in order to appear genuine, the religious world is also broken.

BUT THERE IS HOPE! Amidst all this, there is hope, Jesus says that when we see these things we should know that his coming is near, that the end of the world is imminent.  I have hope, a blessed hope, that Jesus is coming, he is even at the door.  This world will be saved. I too will be there. I pray you will be too.

Titus 2:13; Heb. 9:28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:9-11; Matt. 24:14; Rev. 1:7; Matt. 24:43, 44; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-54; 2 Thess. 1:7-10; 2:8; Rev. 14:14-20; 19:11-21; Matt. 24; Mark 13; Luke 21; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 Thess. 5:1-6.

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