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New Year 2022

A new year...

As the saying goes, "new year, new luck", but our year began with the recovery from our Corona illness. Shortly before Christmas, the first one in the OM team started and then it went in turn. Fortunately, most of us had only mild to no symptoms, and we were all much better by the beginning of January, so that we were able to catch up on our much-awaited team Christmas party.
During this time, a young family from the OM training base in Pretoria also visited us. On the base, they all had also recently gone through covid infections. So they were in good spirits to come and visit us. It was a really nice time together. We had many good conversations about mission, cultures and God's incredibly exciting ways in our own lives.
Like a holiday. The time we spent together was totally relaxed. So the recovery was more or less incidental. In the picture you can see us all together at our Christmas party far up in the mountains of Lesotho.

 

 

New team members...

Barely two weeks later, Peggy and Andre came to us to plan their move to Lesotho. They have been OM missionaries for over 22 years and are still living Read more

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... and back again!

An intercultural year

This year 2021 is coming to an end in big steps and we look back with grateful hearts on all that we have experienced.

The year began a little uncertainly, as one moment we were told "the borders of Lesotho are open" and the next moment they were closed again. There were ups and downs of emotions, as we also had our daughter Emilia on the South African side with her host family. We wanted to take her to the airport at the beginning of the year and also say goodbye. And our daughter's wedding in Germany was coming up, and we really wanted to be there. So we had to manage to cross the border at least twice.

But whether "borders open or closed", Read more

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We're on our way...

... to Germany. 🙂

In case you didn't know, we will be in Germany very soon! Due to the upcoming third Corona wave in Africa, and the expected border closures in Lesotho, we have decided to come to Germany earlier than planned.

Instead of mid-May we will now land in Berlin already on April 3. We have already left Lesotho on March 30th and are now in South Africa to do all the necessary Corona tests and to apply for exemptions to enter Germany from a high risk area.

The first 14 days in Berlin we will spend in quarantine.

 

Some more info from Lesotho....

The Water project we were able to bring forward at the last minute (really on the last day before departure) so far that now fresh spring water arrives continuously at 4 water taps in the village. We hope that this will ensure the water supply even in the upcoming dry season in winter, at least provisionally.
As soon as we are back in Lesotho we will hopefully be able to finish the whole project.
We thank all who have so generously supported this project in prayer and financially.
This project has opened most doors and hearts in our village so far. We have been able to get to know many people personally and most of them have now understood that we do not go back to our home country after a few months of development work, as is often the case here in Africa. This has created trust and openness.

 

The last few months we've been able to Church Planting Ministry after the Corona restrictions in Lesotho were eased. The first workbook (Step One - Redemption), which we translated into the local language Sesotho, has proven to be a great success. But we would like to tell you more about this in person in a few weeks. As soon as the current Corona restrictions allow, we will be happy to come to your church, home group, prayer group or living room to share many stories and wonderful testimonies of what God is doing in Lesotho right now.
For now, just this... In the last three months, 5 more discipleship groups have been started in 5 villages. Through the workbook, many now feel able to invite their friends and neighbors to learn more about the Bible and hear what Jesus did for each one on the cross.

We are very much looking forward to seeing you all....

 

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