The official opening of the John Calvin Chapel of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) on the campus of the National University of Lesotho (NUL) took place on Sunday the 11th of October 2015
For many years the LECSA held services on the campus as part of a United Congregation with other Protestant churches. After a while, the church started using a classroom to hold its own services for the many LECSA students on campus. Then in 1999 the church acquired a small site to put up a chapel. Construction began in 2008 and the major portion was completed in early 2010. However, additional work to complete the interior continued until recently. Rev. Merriam Maitumelleng Fotho is the current NUL-LECSA Chaplain.
After an official unveiling of a plaque and opening of the chapel, the morning’s worship service was held at the university’s sports ground to accommodate the many people in attendance. The LECSA Synod Moderator, Rev. Tšeliso Simeon Masemene, gave the sermon which emphasized the importance of working for peace and justice. He used as his text Psalm 16:8 (“I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken”).
The John Calvin Chapel is named in honour of the Reformed Church theologian since he was a great advocate of education and NUL is the highest institution of learning in the country. The LECSA is also a church of the Reformed tradition.
Among the many speakers was The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Lesotho Dr. Pakalitha Mosisili, a LECSA member who reminisced about his days at NUL back in the 1960’s when he was part of the United Congregation on campus. His fellow classmate at that time, Advocate Joseph Teboho Moiloa Moiloa, the LECSA Deputy Moderator, also shared memories of those times together.