Prisoner to pastor
Sometimes you know a party is going to go with a swing as soon as you walk through the door – there’s glasses of drinks ready on a tray, there’s an array of snacks and special decorations and the place in buzzing with anticipation – you know you’re in for a good time. At the weekend we travelled to Maseru in Lesotho to welcome a new church in to our family – ‘Justice and Mercy Church’. It was just like that party – all we needed was somebody to pop the cork and the place would fizz!
The leader, Tankiso, spent a long time welcoming all of us who’d come from other places to celebrate – Ladybrand, Fourisberg, Clarens, Bloemfontein (yey!), the other church in Maseru, and Rehobothe. Each church whooped and shouted their response – it was such a laugh. Then he showed us some of his moves to give us some ideas then off we went.
This church felt a bit special – Tankiso said it was all a work of faith – the beautiful little building, the delicious lunch they served us all, the fact that he is a “crazy giver – just ask my wife!” (Don’t you sometimes think that that is the main thing..?)
I know that in Tankiso I’ve met a real man of faith. Here he is with his family. We’re looking forward to having them to stay in Bloem. His wife runs a clothing business which might explain why he has singlehandedly raised the style level of the leaders of Regions Beyond (no names mentioned… ha ha!) But seriously: he looked sharp. Who would have thought that this guy used to be in prison, and was not even sure he could carrying on living? I can’t wait to hear more of his story one day….