Mark Behle, Global Ministries missionary in Lesotho, serves the Lesotho Evangelical Church. He is a math teacher at Masitise High School. A few words to know: The country is called Lesotho. The people are called Basotho. One person is called a Mosotho. The Basotho people speak a language called Sesotho. Lesotho is completely surrounded by South Africa. Only about 10% of Lesotho’s land is suitable for agriculture. Lesotho has the highest “low point” of any country in the world. The Maletsunyane River and Falls The inspiration for the design of the Basotho hat. The Basotho blanket is part of the national dress. Yes Yes, this is Lesotho! Maseru, the capital city, has about 300,000 people. The country as a whole has less than 2 million people. Traditional homes are built out of stone Animals are a daily presence in Lesotho. A herdsman and his sheep. Herd boys relaxing in the mountains. The Lesotho Evangelical Church (LEC) celebrated 175 years in 2008. Masitise Cave House Masitise LEC A painting showing Jesus healing the Basotho. Rev. Zacharias Ramonotsi & family Rev. Elsie Mohlatsane An LEC Service of Ordination Outdoor worship at one of the out-stations. Sunday morning worship at Masitise LEC Receiving the offering is a time of celebration and joy. Masitise LEC Youth Choir Women’s Fellowship groups. The Men’s Fellowship group leading a chorus. The campus of Masitise High School. Snowcapped mountains are not unusual during the winter months at Masitise. Day students arriving at school. Morning assembly begins each school day. Mr. Monareng, Headmaster of Masitise High School. A cold classroom! Helping students during a math lesson. Part of a very overly-crowded classroom of 80 students! A stack of exercise books to be marked for one class. A chemistry lesson in the science lab. Computer classes are very popular. Basic Handcrafts class. Home Economics class. One of the dormitory areas on campus. Inside one of the dorm rooms. A basketball game held at Masitise. A Sunday afternoon gathering of the Scripture Union group. Bible study is done in small groups. Scripture Union student leaders. A Scripture Union rally Hiking up a mountain Summer camp Bible study Canoeing on one of the dams in Maseru. Enjoying watermelon! Supper at Masitise is simple: bread & tea. Enjoying a lunch of papa, cabbage & sausage. One of the cooks in the kitchen stirring the papa A meal of papa and beans Attending church on Sunday mornings Staff houses at Masitise. A “line house” outside the school campus. Lebelang with his parents outside their home. The kitchen and living room in Lebelang’s house. Sebabatso lives with his brother at his grandmother’s home. The kitchen where Sebabatso cooks. The living room inside Keneuoe’s home. Collecting water is a daily chore for most people in Lesotho. Lemohang Lemohang Liketso Liketso Mothepu Mothepu Liekelitsoe Liekelitsoe Four former students from my first group of students. A beautiful summer scene in the valley where Masitise is located. A rainbow of hope for Lesotho’s future. “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Global Ministries is able to send missionaries, like Mark Behle, on behalf of Disciples and UCC because of your generous support of Disciples Mission Fund (DMF) and Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM). Thank you for sharing the story!