During the past few years of political problems and uncertainty in the country, the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA) has made efforts to bring about reconciliation and unity. Through its membership in the Christian Council of Lesotho (CCL) the LECSA has participated in numerous meetings with members of the ruling government coalitions as well as the opposition in a bid to bring political peace and reconciliation to the country.
Most recently, the LECSA held a prayer service for LECSA members of parliament. The service took place on the 15th of February 2017 and was held at the LECSA church in Morija. LECSA members make up about 45 out of the 120 Members of Parliament, including the Prime Minister Mr. Pakalitha Mosisili (leader of the Democratic Congress Party) and Mr. Moeketse Malebo (leader of the Marematlou Freedom Party) of the ruling coalition, as well as opposition party leaders Mr. Monyane Moleleki (Alliance of Democrats), Ms. Keketso Rantšo (Reformed Congress of Lesotho), Mr. Thomas Motsoahae Thabane (All Basotho Convention), Mr. Kimetso Mathaba (National Independent Party) and Mr. Selibe Mochoboroane (Movement for Economic Change). Of these, Mr. Mosisili, Mr. Moleleki, Ms. Rantšo, Mr. Malebo and Mr. Mochoboroane were present at the service as well as 35 other Members of Parliament.
Since the LECSA Members of Parliament represent 7 of the more than 25 political parties in the country, the church felt it was important to speak directly to them on the importance of peace, unity and reconciliation. It was vital that the members of parliament understood that if they took their church membership seriously, they must be representatives not just of their constituencies, but of the church and Jesus Christ. The biblical message of justice, love and peace must be embodied in how they speak and interact with one another no matter what their political affiliations may be.
During the service, the Members of Parliament were addressed by the LECSA Moderator Rev. Tšeliso Simeon Masemene, the LECSA Executive Secretary Rev. Nelson Khethang Posholi and the LECSA Deputy Moderator Rev. Jane Timothy Makakane. Other service leaders included Rev. Ephraim Mokoto Leeto and Rev. Bernard Mojaki Kometsi. Also in attendance were a large number of LECSA pastors and evangelists and the Chief of Morija Mr. Ranthomeng Matete.
After being addressed by the LECSA leaders, various Members of Parliament spoke to express their appreciation for the service and the words spoken to them. They requested that this kind of service should be held on a regular basis.
The service concluded with all attendees joining hands in a circle of prayer.