I don't know if there is an international hail database but Maseru must be high on the list of places with hail. We have had 5 hail storms since March of this year. Last night's was quite the storm. I saw that it was getting dark and went outside to look to the West. I heard what I would have called the sound of a tornado had we been in the midwest. In about 3 minutes we had incredible winds and hail that ranged from pea size to marble with a few shooter marbles thrown in there. Couple of the MAF houses had windows broken out. Our friends about an hour from here had golf ball size hail last week. (I kid you not. They had some in their freezer they showed us). Although it is interesting, it is not good for thecrops as you can imagine. It is mid Spring here so many young plants are damaged including the young fruits (peaches and apricots). Unlike other areas of Africa, we have had good rains and we hope that there will be a good harvest this year. Remember, most Basotho are subsistence farmers and depend on each and every harvest to survive.
OK, so what's the "Heavenly Work" part of today's title? As you know, I am still not flying as the government has yet to pay the flying bill. So as I sit in my office at the hanger, I do still do medical work. In addition to the administrative aspects of LFDS I also see patients. Many are family members of staff or those that have come down from the mountains for other things.
Today I saw an older lady (65) for her hypertension and arthritis. She had not been taught about the need for daily medicine and so had been off her hypertension meds for 5 months! Needless to say her pressure was a bit high. Fortunately she had not had a heart attack or a stroke (secondary complications from uncontrolled hypertension is the second leading cause of death in women here). I treated her two problems, did some health education and then as always, asked about her spiritual life.
She lives in the mountains at a village called Lebekeng. There is a health center that our LFDS and PIH staff run. She shared with me that 'a long time ago in 1974 I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior.' As we talked about that and what she is doing now she shared that she is the pastor of her church called Rhema Living Church and that she has a project where she teaches and feeds orphans (and other vulnerable children). She was so passionate about her relationship with Jesus Christ and the work she is doing for the Kingdom. She shared with me about how there is no work for the people in that part of the mountains (except to farm) and that many kids go hungry as the families have no money for food. Then there are the kids that are orphaned. There is a good HIV/AIDS program at the Lebekeng government clinic in that village so once someone gets tested, they can be evaluated for the need for ARVs. After we talked some more, we prayed together, asking God to give her strength, healing, perseverance in her work.
I found it interesting that she named the church Rhema Living Church. I know there is some controversy between Evangelicals and Pentacostals over what the Greek word 'rhema' means, but in this case, I think she is getting it. The Word of God is clear on what we ought to do for orphans. How God conveyed that to her doesn't matter to me. What does is that she has a passion for orphans. God does call us to care for orphans and widows, as well as those that are weak, poor, and suffering injustice. I thank God for Me' Masemphe and her love for kids. It is just so interesting to me that for the past two weeks Sally and I are involved in a Bible study on 'Loving Justice.' It is so good to see what God sees as priority being done as ministry by Me' Masemphe.
I look forward to getting back to Lebekeng Village next month (provided we get flying again) to go and see the Rhema Living Church Centre for Orphans. May God bless His children...