Here are links to All Over the World: Lesotho. This is a wonderful video, which features the work MAF does where we will soon live. The video is 30 minutes long, broken into three 10 minute parts. Check it out…
Part 1: http://youtu.be/vZmfNCmSPCo
Part 2: http://youtu.be/zBtYNPKGINA
Part 3: http://youtu.be/x-q6bV_x0j0
Carolyn and I will live in the capital city of Maseru. The city sits 5,000 feet above the sea and by Heading East the mountains rise quickly peaking at 11,400 feet. The average of these altitudes make it the most elevated country in the world, which is why people refer to it as the mountain kingdom or kingdom in the sky.
The MAF team has been present in Lesotho since 1980. Nine families and many nationals currently serve in the program meaning we will have many mentors and friends. MAF Lesotho is blessed to have a national pastor Sefiri part of the team, expanding the opportunities and effectiveness of the ministry. We are excited to see how God has orchestrated the uniqueness of this group to serve Him in Africa. MAF has a fleet of five Cessna 206 aircraft to serve the mountain people and this plane is sure a workhorse. It has the versatility of carrying a heavy load while flying in high terrain and landing on a small landing strips…exactly what we need.
Having a national pastor on staff has had a great impact on reaching the Basotho. I will include some wonderful stories from Sefiri soon…
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Lesotho (La-Sue-Two) is a small mountainous country landlocked by South Africa. Without the small airplane, nearly 75 percent of the population would be a great challenge to reach as there are very few, mostly impassible roads through the ongoing peaks and ranges. The country side is some of the most beautiful scenery I have seen photographed.
The Basotho shepherds are the most un-evangelized and unreached people in Lesotho. They live very simple lives and are taught their trade at an early age. Nearly one-quarter to one-third of these people are infected with HIV/AIDS, which is one of the highest infection rates in the world.
The government has asked MAF to come, serve, and help combat the challenging medical difficulties the people face. We are able to show Christ to the people in a physical and tangible way. This service has opened the door and people’s hearts to see that Jesus is Lord.
Carolyn and I will live in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho. We heard that many people speak English in the city, which will help our transition overseas. We will invest in learning their language, Sesotho, on our own. There is no official language study course. Sesotho is very different than any latin based language…there are even a few click sounds thrown around. Should be fun.
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Since the beginning of our MAF journey life has been full of surprise and change. In the last five years we have moved five times. Some moves were planned well in advanced. Some moves happened quickly, but it never seems to get easier…just faster. Two years ago we were 25 years away from applying with MAF, but God changed our timeline and allowed us to apply, interview, and begin deputation in under a year. During our application the doctors found an abnormality in my left lung, which potentially would end my dreams with MAF and my entire flight career. While I waited for the results from the doctor over the weekend, I had a chance to lay down my career at the Lord’s feet, but the results were healthy and I was able to continue.
I can keep going with this for awhile, but I think you get the idea. We experienced life does not occur at our pace, for our reasons, the way we think it will happen. God is in control. He knows what will grow us in His image. He uses change and surprise to refine us and forces us to rely on Him as we recognize we are not in control. This is another one of those moments and opportunities…
Carolyn and I have been redirected to serve Mission Aviation Fellowship in Lesotho, Africa (La-Sue-Two). In the change of course, God has revealed His presence in the details and we have a great excitement for this new location. Lesotho is a wonderful fit for our family and we believe God has prepared this Southern area of Africa for our service. Our timeline has changed because we no longer learn French in Quebec this January, but we are planning to travel in July/August of 2013. Overall, we will be serving in-country sooner. Check out our newest newsletter with more information here: www.maf.org/monson and I will be posting more information about MAF Lesotho soon…