It was one afternoon in the August or September of 1997. I had recently gotten my very first passport. My cell phone rang and on the other end was Keir Tayler of “Hand in Hand Ministries”.
“Dave, your name is down on the list for a mission trip to Mozambique!”
“Okay, let me check my schedule and I’ll come back to you” I answered
His emphatic answer changed my life!
“No Dave, it’s too late for that now, your name’s on the list and I can’t change it!”
It was to be my very first mission trip. Having worked as a volunteer on the Operation Mobilisation ministry ship, M.V. Doulos for 2 weeks in 1995, this first mission trip seemed so long in coming.
On the way to Mozambique I was blessed to sit in the front of the bakkie with Keir, a man with an incredible Damascus road, mercenary to missionary testimony. But that’s another story.
I determined to glean as much information about missions in as short a time as possible as I could. After all, it was Keirs 100th mission trip, a milestone that I have still to get to! As we drove the 800-900 kms to Zongoene, Mozambique, I fired away the questions. And so began an exciting chapter of my life. …
The mountain kingdom of Lesotho offers some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes anywhere in Southern Africa. Lesotho is a fascinating country to travel around by vehicle, with the mountainous terrain offering 4×4 enthusiasts hundreds of exciting rugged routes through the countryside.
There are no fences in Lesotho and the wildlife have the freedom to roam about where they wish, the most common are mountain reedbuck, rhebok, eland, baboon, jackals, meerkat and mongooses. …
The High Altitude Summer Marathon (HASM) is a road running event held annually in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The first race was run in 2003, under the name of the “Mokhotlong City Marathon”. It started as a 32.2km race initiated by Mr Kokolia Mokonyana, the Secretary General of the Lesotho Amateur Athletics Association (LAAA).
The event name has since changed to “High Altitude Summer Marathon” as has the races format, stretching the distances from 32.2km to 42.2km and the 21.1km and 10km races were added as developmental races.
The Lesotho based Letšeng diamond mine does it again. This time unearthing an “exceptional” 196-carat rough white diamond that stretches a dazzling 3cm (1.18 inches) across.
The company said it expects the diamond to produce top colour and top clarity polished diamonds and should therefore achieve a substantial per-carat price for the stone. “Offers for the stone, sold as a rough diamond, could come in at between US$7.8 million (R58 million) and US$11.8 million (R88 million),” London-based Panmure Gordon and Company analyst Alison Turnerat. …
Fishing in Lesotho is one of the more popular activities and not without good reason. As it offers plenty of excitement for the angler and can be undertaken at numerous sites around the mountain Kingdom. The areas are remote, with difficult access and very few people, as a result fishing pressure is very light and you will have unlimited kilometres of rivers all for yourself.
The trout river fishing season opens each year on the 1st of September and closes on the 31st of May. Water levels permitting, the best time to fly fish these waters is at the end of September to the end of November and then again from March to May. Trying to fish during the rainy season (December to February) is possibly the worst time to stalk the river banks, as most of the rivers are clouded with silt and the fishing is badly affected. …