Be courageous!

Be courageous!

MASERU – EVERY Saturday between 3pm and 6pm, Motumi Makhasane, 55, takes his stand at his “preaching post” opposite the Ministry of Home Affairs’ headquarters in Maseru without fail.
With an almost quiet defiance, he stands next to some colourful posters advertising the Bible’s message. A few curious ones stop by and pick some free literature of their choice.
Sometimes he engages those with time to spare in deep discussions about the Bible and the future of humanity.
It is a routine that has been going on since the programme began in Lesotho in September last year.

A strong contingent of about 187 Witnesses are participating in the witnessing work at two main sites in Maseru. The other group works in central Maseru next to Pep Store.
The groups work in two-hour shifts from 7am till 7pm, seven days a week.
It is an extraordinary effort that has not gone unnoticed.
Makhasane, who is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, says the novel approach to spread the “good news of the Kingdom” has resulted in “exciting discussions” particularly with youths who worry about what the future holds.

“Young ones always have questions about their future and are keen to find out what the Bible says about that subject. The book, Young People Ask, Answers That Work, has proved to be quite a hit among youths,” he says.

While the “metropolitan witnessing” method has not substituted the Witnesses trademark house-to-house ministry, Makhasane says the new approach “gives people who are busy a chance to hear and see the Bible’s message”.

“When we can’t meet them in their homes, we meet them in town. Even when they are too busy and are not able to speak to us, they are able to see the Bible’s message which is carried on the display posters,” he says.

As part of his public preaching activity, Makhasane, who participates in the work with his wife, Makarabo, has also been involved in the last three weeks in a global house-to-house campaign to invite people to attend a three-day regional convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses at Setsoto Stadium.
The convention with the theme, ‘Be Courageous’, will run from November 9 to 11.

A spokesperson for Jehovah’s Witnesses, John Rametse, told thepost this week that the programme consists of 54 presentations which will include talks, audio dramas, interviews and short videos. An exciting feature film entitled, The Story of Jonah – A Lesson in Courage and Mercy, will be shown on Sunday.
“When you look at the news today, you can clearly see that people are battling anxieties and fears than ever before. It takes courage to face such pressures.
“The convention will highlight this theme of courage and we invite everyone to benefit from the practical advice found in the Bible,” Rametse said.

Staff Reporter

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