Every Year our church goes on a Mission to a small town, Tyateyaneng just north of Maseru in Lesotho. We have a sister church there called “Cavalry Hope to the Nations.” The purpose of the mission trip is to encourage, to support and to help the local church and people supported by the local church. You can read a report back from a previous mission here.
We made friends with their pastor’s daughter when she was studying at the local Bible College and our children are dying to visit her home. It is not exactly on the beaten track, in fact it is one of the more remote areas of our world. Lesotho happens to be one of the poorest countries in the world, with an unemployment rate of about 80 %. It is also a country that has been hardest hit by the scourge of Aids and many children in the area have been left orphaned as a result. This is a part of the world where running water and electricity in your home are unheard of and pit loo’s are the norm. This year our family is hoping to join the mission and visit with the church is Lesotho.
The Church helps to provide a feeding scheme for about forty of the local orphans serving one meal a day, five days a week and for most of the children that is their only meal. So many of the local children were not in school that the church began a primary school for the children in the area. At the moment they have about eighty students many of whom are orphans and have no means to pay their school fees. You can imagine that this is a school that needs all the support it can get.
Every year my kids beg to go on the mission and every year there has been a reason why we couldn’t attend. But this year there isn’t, the only thing between us and a trip to Lesotho is our very dodgy vehicle, and we are praying that someone in our church would be able to lend the mission team a vehicle for the week. Provided we have wheels, we have decided it is time for us to head out and serve for a week in Lesotho this Spring. For years our kids supported the Lesotho orphans by baking every week and I think it will be a great life experience for all of us to meet the kids that they helped to support.
We are hoping to have a week long kids club, play with the kids and especially encourage the teachers in their fledgling school. And while they do need financial help to support them with their feeding scheme and they are a dozen or so kids that desperately need support with their school fees. My ever practical kids have decided to help them by bringing them a gift of school resources. I look at the school materials my children have, every possible tool and every possible opportunity and it would really be no effort for us to give a couple of school materials.
And this is where you, dear readers, come into the picture… And this is how a Reverse GiveAway works: I know for a lot of our readers it is that Back to School Time of Year and you are off to the store to buy fresh markers or crayons for the year ahead… We thought it would be great if we could take the teachers a school package. So if you would like to pop something that would fit into an envelope off to us… a packet of markers, or crayons, or a picture book/easy reader (It is an English Medium School but English is not their first language), an educational poster, flash cards or any kind of school supply that you can fit into an envelope… I pretty sure that none of these kids will have ever seen markers or even crayons… so if even ten of our readers could post some markers to us, to take with us, it would be brilliant!!! Maybe your kids would like to help my kids gather up a box of resources, one envelope at a time, for this little school in the mountains and we will take them the supplies as a gift.
If you would like to send us something towards our package then please leave a comment and I will get back to you with an address for you to send your gift. And what is a GiveAway without a prize, At the end of the week will pop all your names in a hat and pick a winner. I have a book for you courtesy of our sponsor:
I have blogged about this book before and you can read about it here. As usual I have to thank CBD, our GiveAway book suppliers for another great book.
If you would like to win this book, then go ahead and send us some school supplies. The GiveAway works in the usual way, leave a comment before the end of this coming Sunday, 22 August 2011, and we will draw and publish the winner next week! – I won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because I don’t want to be included in our own giveaway. I will however email you with an address to send your school supplies to.
Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Postage takes forever from here but eventually it should get to you! Good luck and get commenting!!!