This fruit reminds us of a prophetic picture that we have been living with for years…” a fire on every mountain and in every valley”!
Regions Beyond currently has 6 churches in Lesotho, a tiny mountainous country in southern Africa, where around 80% of the population rely on subsistence agriculture for their living.
In 2005 we received a prophetic word where God gave us a promise that he would give us “keys” that would unlock the gospel in our communities. A year later, as we taught farming in a remote village in the north of the country, eleven people responded to the gospel.
We quickly realised that the farming work was one of the keys God had promised us and later in 2008 we planted a church in another village after doing farming training there. This fruit reminds us of a prophetic picture that we have been living with for years…” a fire on every mountain and in every valley”!
All over the world this farming technique works and produces real results. We have records that show our farmers receiving yields up to 25 times the national average yield for maize, the staple food in Lesotho. Even in times of drought we have seen our farmers produce a crop where many others in the nation failed. Around the world this farming is known as Conservation Agriculture but for us it is far more than a set of farming practices. It involves fathering people, discipleship, changing our world view and approach to work, time and management. As people grow in faithfulness, we start to see transformation in all areas of their lives.
A number of families in our rural churches have seen amazing results because of their faithfulness to what they have learnt. One of our farmers, Joubere Maseko, has produced vegetables for commercial markets even during the worst drought in 30 years.
Please pray with us as we develop our farming work in the following areas:
• Connecting our farmers to markets for their produce
• Working with friends to process the produce to enable farmers to benefit from value being added
• Possibilities of links with an international university which will be involved in agricultural and social research in Lesotho
• Finding ways to move farmers from subsistence to commercial agriculture
As we take the good news about Jesus and our farming into communities, we long to see these communities transformed with people coming out of poverty and living for the glory of Jesus.