Here is the latest report from pastor Michael Legodi and Central Baptist Church in Francistown, Botswana: "Greetings in the wonderful name of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. It is a delight to share with you the news of our work in Francistown. We thank the Lord our God for continuing to be gracious to us, even after the relocation of the only faithful family that had remained here in Francistown. The Kanyantas were the leaders of this church plant for quite some time in the absence of a missionary pastor, but employment forced them to return back home to Zambia. Their departure has left a huge gap. The missionary pastor now remains alone with the task of discipling the few that profess Christ and doing the work of evangelism. But God had it all planned. “For God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor His ways our ways, declares the Lord” (Is.55:8).
We are setting up a few ministries aimed at reaching the lost in our city with the gospel, seeking to be outward focused and increase our efforts of evangelism, while trusting the Lord to give fruit.
At present we are praying and planning to begin a meeting for young people on Friday evenings. We are arranging a number of activities that will attract the youth in Francistown, with the priority of preaching the gospel in all the activities.
The Kanyantas were doing well with “Bible Club,” gathering more than twenty children on every last Saturday of the month. Now this program has been handed over to Keneilwe Moyo and my wife.
Every Saturday we embark on house to house evangelism. This ministry is entering a new phase since a committee has been set up to monitor the progress. We have been encouraged by the responses we have seen so far. Some people who were reached are now regular attendees on Sundays. IHS and SOS children’s village still remain our preaching points. The pastor visits these places every Tuesday and Friday respectively.
On Sunday our gathering is often between 15 and 20 people including the children. Pastor has been preaching through the Gospel of John, aimed at declaring the gospel to the lost. We intend to begin our afternoon service this month, God willing.
The pastor continues with Discipleship/Membership class. So far four brothers have begun with this class and we pray that they may be true disciples of our Lord.
The following are our prayer requests:
- Pray for the brethren that are seeking membership of the Church.
- Pray for our outreaches, that the Lord grant us boldness and build His own Church.
- Pray for the Church plot.
- Pray for the entire mission station that we experience growth and particularly for the pastor, for God’s protection and wisdom in preaching the gospel.
- Pray for the administration of the Church and that the Pastor may find faithful men to work with.
Your servant in Christ,