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Travelling to Lesotho

Is Lesotho part of South Africa?

No. Although Lesotho is completely surrounded by South Africa, Lesotho is an independent country. In fact, Lesotho is actually a constitutional monarchy, meaning that the king (Letsie III) is head of the state, however does not partake in any political activities.

How many people live in Lesotho?

Currently, the population of Lesotho is roughly 2.2 million people.

What language do people speak in Lesotho?

A majority of Basotho speak Sesotho  while English is the second language. The population has clusters of other cultures such as Xhosas, Zulus, Amaphuti, Indians, Chinese as well as a few Europeans. 

What are the religious beliefs of the country?

Over 90% of Lesotho identifies as Christian, half of which identify as Roman Catholic. 6% of Basotho identity solely with African Traditional Religion, 1% Hindu, 1% Muslim, 1% Baha’i and 1% atheist. 

Are there many wild animals roaming around?

It depends on what kind of wild animals you are referring to. Throughout Lesotho there are many livestock that roam the land. However, most of these animals are accompanied by a shepherd and his dog.
There is the odd jackal but they usually live in the further more remote areas away from humans. The only wild animal you need to be aware of is dogs. Many dogs are stray and have not been brought up as pets so we strongly advise that you do NOT try to pet them.

Getting to Lesotho

Do I need a passport to enter Lesotho from South Africa?

Yes, to cross the South African border  to exit the country and enter Lesotho, you need a valid passport. 

What kind of vehicle do I need in Lesotho
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Any vehicle will get you into the country and around most towns and/or cities, however if you are looking for an adventure in the mountains, best to drive a 4×4. 

Many of the villages we currently minister in requires a 4×4 vehicle.   

Can I fly to Lesotho?

There is an international airport in Lesotho (Moeshoeshoe I), however, this airport only fly’s to and from Johannesburg.

What is the terrain in Lesotho like?

Lesotho’s terrain is mountainous with plateaus throughout the land.
Lesotho’s lowest point is 1,400m above sea level. This makes it the highest lowest point of any country in the world. If you are asthmatic, it is therefore highly recommended that you bring an asthma pump with you. 

Do I need any vaccinations to enter Lesotho?

It depends on the country that you are travelling from. The best thing to do would be to consult your nearest travel agency or travel clinic. 

Going on a Mission Trip

What kind of short-term mission trips are available?

1. General trips: 
These trips involve both ministry and maintenance and are for any church looking to get involved in the work we are doing throughout the course of the year. 
Please note, you are welcome to book as many trips as your church/organisation would like to throughout the course of the year.

2. Church-planting trip:
 This trip takes place annually. It consists of many partner churches coming together to launch churches in the various villages that the mission’s team has been working in over a period of time.

3. Follow-up trips:
 These trips are very specific and generally for smaller teams from churches and/or mission’s champions who have helped establish a church through our annual church planting trip. 
These trips are shorter than a general or church-planting trip based on the time-frame of the church’s missions champion and companions he/she brings along.

Where do I find more information?

All the information and resources you need can be found on our Send A Team page.

Follow this link to find it: Send A Team

How many people are able to come on a missions trip?

As many as we can accommodate. We have our own accommodation for teams but there are plenty of other options to house larger teams, including camping and the Semonkong Lodge

About Lesotho Mission

Why did you choose to work in Lesotho?

Because God called us to many years ago and every day he shows us that to serve the people of Lesotho is to serve him.

What is your statement of faith?

1. THE BIBLE

We believe that the Bible is inspired by God.

(2 Timothy 3:14 -17; 2 Peter 1:20 – 21)

2. GOD

We believe the Godhead is eternally co-equal and co-existent in three persons, not three but one, not one person but three, namely Father Son and Holy Spirit.

(Genesis 1: 26; Mark 12:29; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19)

3. JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Thus we uphold His absolute deity as well as His complete humanity; two natures but one undivided Person.

(Luke 1:30-35; John 1:1; Hebrews 2: 9-16; Hebrews 1: 5-12; Philippians 2: 5-8)

4. RESURRECTION

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that he ascended into heaven where He is now seated at the right of God, in the position of power and authority. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead.

(Daniel 12: 2; Romans 8: 34; Mark 12: 3; Mark 14: 62; 1 Corinthians 15: 3-4, 20; Philippians 2:8-11; Acts 2:33; Luke 22: 69; Hebrews 8:1; Revelation 20:11-15)

5. LORDSHIP

We confess the Lord Jesus Christ and no other, as Head of the Church, and as our Lord.

(Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 1:18-24)

6. THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ will manifest Himself in glory, majesty and power and in physical Presence. This is the second coming of Christ and the blessed hope of the Church.

(Matthew 24:30; Luke 21:27; 1 Corinthians 15: 51-53; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 22:7; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

7. THE FALL

Every individual has sinned and is guilty before God. Man by nature is depraved and incapable of saving his own soul.

(Romans 3:10, 23; Ephesians 2:8-10)

8. REDEMPTION

The Lord Jesus Christ, by his death, resurrection and ascension, has made available to all mankind the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. These blessings are made personally real to the individual, not by works, or by any personal merit in themselves, but by faith alone, which is accompanied by repentance. (John 3:16; Romans 8:8-16; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 3:4-7; Titus 2:11)

9. THE NEW BIRTH

We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit in the New Birth, which makes a repentant sinner a child of God being baptized by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ.

(John 1:11-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:22-25; 1 Corinthians 12:13)

10. THE CHURCH

We believe that the true Church consists of the community of true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, who by faith have had their sins forgiven and have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit. We believe in the fellowship of all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, recognizing that the true Church is not confined to any one denomination.

(Hebrews 12:23-24; 1 John 1:7; Ephesians 3:3-10; 1Corinthians 1:9; Ephesians 4:3-6; 1 Corinthians 10:32)

11. BAPTISM

We believe in the baptism by immersion, of believers only.

(Matthew 29:19; Matthew 3:13-17; Acts 10:47; Hebrews 10:22; Acts 8: 36-39; 1 Peter 3:21)

12. THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe in the breaking of Bread as commanded by our Lord Jesus Christ and as practiced by the Early Church.

(1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32)

13. SANCTIFICATION

The scriptures teach of a life of holiness and we are to obey the command “Be ye Holy for I am Holy.” Believers are sanctified (i.e. set apart) for God’s purpose at conversion. Continuation in sanctification is the will of God for all believers and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word and through faith and submission to the Holy Spirit.

(Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:16; Hebrews 6:1; Philippians 3:11-14; 1 Thessalonians 5: 23-24)

14. BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Baptiser in the Holy Spirit, and that this baptism, as a distinct experience from the New Birth, is promised to every believer.

(Matthew 3:11; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 1:4-8; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 11:14-16; Acts 2:32-33; Acts 15:7-9)

15. DIVINE HEALING

We believe in the Gifts of healing and that God still, in our day, heals the sick.

(Mark 16:16-18; Matthew 8:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:9; James 5:14-15)

16. SPIRITUAL GIFTS

We believe that God has never removed the gifts referred to in 1 Corinthians, chapters 12, 13 and 14 and that whenever the Holy Spirit moves on the Church in power, these gifts are manifested. We believe it is contrary to the Apostolic command for any to: “Forbid to speak in tongues”.

17. THE PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS

Each believer has full and equal access to God through our Lord Jesus Christ, as a believer-priest.

(1 Peter 2:1-9; Revelations 5:9-10; Revelation 1:6)

18. THE MINISTRY

The ascended Christ has given various ministries to the Church and each of these exist for the strengthening of, and is essential to, the welfare of the Church, as set forth in the bible.

(Ephesians 4:11; 1 Cor 12:28 & elsewhere)

19. MIRACLES

We believe in miracles, both as recorded in the Bible, and as being possible in the present day.

(John 14:12; 1 Corinthians 12:10)

20. JUDGEMENT

We believe that both the living and the dead will be judged, it being understood that the believer’s condemnation was borne by our Lord Jesus Christ in His redemptive work.

(John 5:24,28-29; Revelation 20:11-15)

21. MARRIAGE

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female and that those two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one man and one woman and that intimate sexual activity is to occur exclusively within that union.
(Genesis 1: 27; Genesis 2: 21 – 24; Hebrews 13: 4; 1 Corinthians 7: 3 – 5)

Which denomination of church are you associated with?

The Assemblies of God Group of churches within South Africa

Find them at: https://assemblies.org.za

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