The 25th of May 2013 was Graduation Day at Morija Theological School (MTS), an institution of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA). The day dawned bright, clear and crisp on a beautiful late fall morning. The ceremony began with a procession led by the board members and faculty.
Board members conferred degrees on the graduates as they were called forward by the director of the seminary, Reverend Bernard Mojaki Kometsi, who graduated from MTS back in 1992. Rev Kometsi did his master’s at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis (USA) and is currently working on a doctorate in Old Testament Studies from the University of South Africa.
This year’s graduates, two from the theological school and four from the bible school, are:
Mr. E. T. Mantutle (Theological School, from Maphutseng Parish, Maphutseng Presbytery)
Ms. T. J. Tjalo (Theological School, from Khubetsoana Parish, Morija Presbytery)
Mr. J. K. Nathane (Bible School, from Qoaling Parish, Thaba-Bosiu Presbytery)
Mr. P. F. Molahlehi (Bible School, from Mapotu Parish, Hermone Presbytery)
Ms. R. E. Libate (Bible School, from Masianokeng Parish, Thaba-Bosiu Presbytery)
Mr. C. T. K. Matsoarelle (Bible School, from Moyeni Parish, Masitise Presbytery)
The graduates were cheered and supported by many relatives and friends as well as church members from their home parishes who came to celebrate with them. Interspersed amongst the speeches were hymns by a men’s chorus as well as performances by a primary school cultural dance troupe.
These words from 2 Timothy 4:2 come to mind as these graduates go out to serve the church in pastoral ministry: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.” Please pray for more men and women, young and old, to feel called by God to “Preach the Word”. We thank God that in this just completed academic year there were nine 1st year students in the theological school and five in the bible school. Pray also for the MTS faculty to teach and guide these future shepherds of the flock with “patience and careful instruction.”
The Kingdom of Lesotho is often referred to as the Mountain Kingdom. As we rejoice with those parishes soon to be receiving new pastors, an appropriate verse for such an occasion comes from the book of Isaiah: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’” (52:7)