A Photo Update

151217_151938_DJI00614This is our hanger with the new extension. Four airplanes now fit inside and we have a lot more space for passengers. My dad came and helped renovate for 2 months. It has taken a lot of work, but it’s been worth it!

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This is my office. I found an app on my Ipad that works with an external GPS so I have a moving map even in remote locations.

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This is Bobete Clinic. Most of our flying is medically related. We support the staff and patients at remote locations like this one. These women have gathered to learn about caring for their newborns.

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This is Kuebunyane clinic. My heart is drawn to this location as it is one of the most isolated places we fly. There are three villages nearby and many more up to a 6 hour walk away.

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This is a typical Basotho home. Smaller Rondovals are used for cooking, while these will sleep the entire family. The floor is a  mixture of mud and dung. The walls are stone and mud, while the roof is a combination of reeds and grass.

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This young boy is in charge of the flock for his family. The animals are the main wealth of any family, so this is a HUGE responsibility. The boys may travel several days journey away from the village and live in isolation for extended periods of time, even in the winter.

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The boys are wearing a traditional blanket. Even in the summer it can get very cold at night. The gray blankets were given to many people in this community from a church in Maseru and transported by MAF.

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Even I can look the part! It brings people a lot of joy and sparks a fun conversation when they see a foreigner dressing like a Mosotho. I have a hat (mosetla), blanket (kobo), and stick (molamu). I love building relationships with the Basotho and my attire helps me fit in and its quite practical in the mountains.

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We found my Mosotho long lost brother!

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The Basotho sure can walk! Horses are still the preferred way to travel in the mountains, but walking is the norm. These women have been walking for many hours, but are almost home. I was able to share some laughs with them and share the Gospel.

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During one of our mountain visits, we talked with people and gave many the Gospel of John. This boy was very excited to have a picture taken with his dog and booklet. The books cost about 40 cents and when I see that the people have read the booklets I find a way to bring them the whole Bible.

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This is the chief of Kuebunyane. He has always be welcoming to hear and learn more about Jesus and the Bible. I brought a study that teaches how to grow  and strengthen our relationship with God. The Chief has asked us to help the community build a church.

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During these visits we like to show the Jesus FILM at night. During this past year we showed the film 11 times in remote locations. In 2016 Pastors will be staying in the villages for extended periods of time. I expect we should show the film 30+ times.

160109_110906_70D_8964Most Saturdays we host a Bible study for 14-17 year old boys. Tsepo, our great friend, is a young missionary to his friends and family. We are so proud of him and his joy in inviting his piers to study the Word. Carolyn plays a wonderful role of loving these boys.

160110_103701_70D_8983This is our church Salt and Light. We are in the final stages of completing this new building project. Today was sunny and without a roof everyone had their umbrellas. We now have the roof up and only have a few more things left. Every Sunday Tsepo invites his friends to church and typically we have 5 or more that come every Sunday.

IMG_6824.JPGIn December we took a flight to visit a missionary in the mountains for Christmas. Carolyn has been a huge support to our family, enabling us to live in Lesotho joyfully. She has built special relationships with several Basotho and of course our crazy kids. Caleb (5) Chloe (2).

 

 

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By Matthew Monson Posted in Africa

3 comments on “A Photo Update

  1. Wow! What a great peek into your lives in Lesotho! Your priorities and your caring shine through. It is so easy to see that personal relationships and sharing the Lord are giving you and those you meet much joy. May God bless your family always.

  2. These photos are awesome! It’s so powerful to see how the Lord is working through your family, and being able to see faces and landscapes really helps me visualize where you are and who you’re working with. I’ll continue to pray for you all as you serve!

  3. Thanks for sending these pictures and descriptions! How neat to actually see where you guys are and a bit more into your daily lives. Love you guys!

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