Don’t give up!

 Don’t give up!

MASERU – For the past 43 years, Peter Sehlabo and his wife, ’Masieatile, have been zealously moving in Maseru’s suburbs with what they say is an urgent message.

Their message is simple; that this world as we know it, is on the verge of destruction to pave way for a new earthly paradise.

Over the past four decades, Sehlabo has knocked on people’s doors and stood at street corners preaching the “good news” to all who cared to listen.

“We are aware the world is hastening towards its end, all the major disasters happening are in fulfilment of Bible prophecy,” he says.

“People are in trouble. It is important that we preach this message of hope so that people can be saved. That is why we always make sure we go out to preach.”

At the age of 79, Sehlabo is now frail and struggles to walk.

“I no longer have the energy to go door-to-door but I still do all I can to spread the good news.”

Sehlabo, who was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in June 1974, is now using a trolley which he sets up close to his house in Qoaling. Those interested in the message pass by and pick up literature and sometimes converse about the Bible.

His wife, ’Masieatile, is a full-time preacher and spends an average of 70 hours every month in the ministry.

Over the last two weeks, the couple has been embarking on a special witnessing campaign – personally handing out invitations to people to attend the 2017 Don’t Give Up regional convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The three-day convention will begin at Setsoto Stadium next Friday.

The three day programme is divided into 52 parts and will be presented in a variety of formats, including brief discourses, interviews and short videos.

The major highlight of the programme will be a gripping three-part feature film entitled, Remember the Wife of Lot, that will be screened each afternoon.

A spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lesotho, Khotso Pitso, says the convention theme will emphasise why we should never give up in spite of challenges in our lives.

“Challenges in life can rob of us of peace and even cause some to think about giving up,” says Pitso.

“Our convention this year will benefit both Witnesses and non-Witnesses because it promises to empower individuals not only to keep enduring but also to cope with life’s challenges in a productive manner.”

“People are going through hard times and are in real need of hope,” he says. “We think people can benefit from the spiritual programme on offer at the convention, we want them to be encouraged and strengthened so that they do not give up.”

There are over 4 000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lesotho.

The religious group, which is well known for its house-to-house preaching work, has been active in Lesotho since the 1940s.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses recently stepped up efforts to preach to minorities such as those in the Chinese community in Lesotho as well as those in the Sesotho sign language community.

Staff Reporter

 

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