Finding the Father’s Heart in Lesotho, Africa

Written by Mike Verkaik

Ministry Team from Holland Christian

As I write this I am riding through the streets of Lesotho. It is 6:45 AM and the streets are crowded with taxis and people, thousands of them.  As we crawl down the street the walkers pass us by, all heading to a small entrance in a fence leading to another day in the factory.  It is a powerful picture of daily living in Lesotho.  As an ambassador for Oceans Ministries I’ve had the privilege of leading this group of students from Holland Christian. Over the last two weeks we have been immersed in the culture and lives of the Basotho people, and built relationships through shared experiences and hands on projects.

Last night I listened to students share what they were taking away from their time spent in Lesotho and at Beautiful Gate.  Here is a short list of the ways their hearts have been opened to the heart of the Father:

  • Prayer – How powerful prayer is. How many ministries were birthed through prayer. How the people of Lesotho rely on it.
  • Trust – Having courage to step out and surrender our fears and insecurities to our Abba Father who has shown Himself trustworthy.
  • Freedom – To worship. How we are led and to be who our Father created us to be. Importance of resting in dependence on Him.
  • Joy – True joy, not happiness.  Joy experienced through relationships with the people they dwelt with.

Though every trip and team is different one thing remains the same – The Father pours out the River of His Holy Spirit in life transforming ways that will leave us forever changed for His Kingdom! Here are a few pictures high lighting our trip:

We shared our stories of God’s healing and faithfulness in chapel.
We helped with the building of Abba’s Play House.
We experienced a powerful anointing and freedom to worship.

The children of Beautiful Gate taught us joy and that we are no longer orphans but sons and daughters of the King!