The Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) celebrated the 5th annual Leeto la Thapelo (Journey of Prayer) event over the weekend of 29th-30th October 2016. This church-wide celebration was started to help bring the church closer together and strengthen the unity of the church. The two-day event was attended by church members in their thousands from all twelve presbyteries in Lesotho and South Africa.
On Saturday morning there was recognition of last year’s participants in the inaugural walk from Modderport, South Africa to Morija. This walk, which was repeated this year, traces the footsteps of the first missionaries who arrived in Lesotho in June 1833 at the invitation of the founder of the Basotho nation King Moshoeshoe I.
Also on Saturday morning there was a session for healing prayer where any and all were invited to come forward for prayer by the LECSA pastors and evangelists. This was followed by a service of worship. The sermon was preached by the LECSA Executive Secretary Rev. Nelson Khethang Posholi.
After the morning worship service a colourful fundraising event began as each presbytery and church association marched in their numbers with many, particularly the women, dressed in the colours of their presbyteries or in traditional attire.
Later in the afternoon the youth of the church enthused the crowd with their energetic singing, dressed in black and white as is the custom of all the LECSA associations.
The Saturday evening worship service of scripture readings, hymn-singing and sermons concluded with a service of Holy Communion and was attended by many thousands of worshippers. Afterwards, from 11am until 3am, there was another session of healing prayer led by the pastors and evangelists.
On Sunday morning the LECSA Moderator Rev. Tšeliso Simeon Masemene preached during the worship service. This was followed by a welcoming of the return of the Masoeling and Motjoka congregations into the fold of the LECSA.
The Sunday morning service was graced by the presence of His Majesty King Letsie III and Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso. Lesotho’s Prime Minister the Honourable Mr. Pakalitha Mosisili and his wife, ‘M’e Mathato, were present for the Saturday evening service of Holy Communion as well as the Sunday morning service. Special guests of the LECSA over the weekend were Rev. Moeketsi Machchamise and his wife ‘M’e Mamonki Confidence of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa.