Faith on the march

Faith on the march

Staff Reporter

MASERU – Makeiso Kuenane has always been a spiritual woman.

From a very young age she would go to church and sing hymns.

But she had questions about God and religion, questions which remained unanswered.

Now at the age of 79, Kuenane, from Marabeng in Berea, says she is convinced that finally, she has found God and the answers to most of her burning questions.

“I have always been curious to find what the Bible says. I had a thirst for spiritual matters,” she says.

After two years of intensive Bible study, Kuenane was among the 147 people who were baptized at last weekend’s regional convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Setsoto Stadium in Maseru.

Her decision to embrace her new faith, however, did not receive universal endorsement from her relatives and friends.

“They were worried and could not understand why I was changing my faith which had been part of my life all these years,” she says.

“But I made that decision after much careful thought and I am determined to please God at all costs.”

But for Malikeli Jamela, from Semphetenyane in Maseru, taking up her new faith had its own challenges.

At 90, Jamela, who was born in 1926 in Qacha’s Nek, was the oldest among those who were baptized. The youngest was an 11-year-old.

Jamela had been studying the Bible since 2003 but because of limitations brought about by age, her study of the Bible’s basic teachings, a key requirement to qualify for baptism for Jehovah’s Witnesses, took much longer.

“I took a decision to get baptized a long time ago but because of my age I could not make much progress because I was forgetting a lot,” she says.

Last Saturday, Jamela too was finally baptized in a make-shift pool specially made for the convention.

Even at her advanced age, Jamela says she finds joy in the door-to-door ministry, a trademark of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. She says she preaches to neighbours in nearby houses in Semphetenyane.

The Setsoto convention, with the theme, Remain Loyal to Jehovah, saw a peak attendance of over 7 500 people drawn from all the 10 districts of Lesotho.

Delegates were on Saturday treated to a gripping film titled, Hope for what you do not see, which featured the story of Job in a modern-day setting.

The film had a simple message about how individuals can remain loyal despite severe personal tragedies.

Sunday also saw the release of another film, O Jehovah I Trust In You, which highlighted the Biblical story of King Hezekiah when he was being besieged by his enemies.

The other highlight of the convention was a public discourse with the theme, When will loyal love triumph over hatred?

A spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses, Khotso Pitso, said the convention had emphasized the need to remain loyal to God as well as to marriage mates adding “it’s a lie that men cannot remain loyal to their wives”.

Youths were also told to shun “improper entertainment” such as violent video games and music which erode loyalty.

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