09 Jun Unexpected Adventure
You’ve got to leave the country now,” says Neo our translator as the sun is setting over Hakoali. “They will close all the borders tomorrow. There’s no way out.”
For a brief moment it’s so silent you could hear a pin drop. Then Luke simply says, “Ok. We leave now.”
Within an hour we found ourselves on the dirt roads of Lesotho, Buks the bakkie loaded, driving off into the sunset. It felt a bit like a typical movie scene where the main character has a stash of money and fake passports hidden somewhere when he/she has to flee. Except we had wet clothes from the washing and only dry rusks for the road.
Ok, so let’s backtrack to a few hours earlier. We had received news that we should leave Lesotho because of the political instability. Voting day was coming up and we were advised it’s best we leave. Accommodation was arranged and plans set. But blessed are the flexible for they do not break. We had to leave a day earlier than planned.
So off we went, excited to spend a weekend in Lady Brand. If you’ve ever been there you’d know it’s not the biggest place. During our time there we stayed in a prayer house and got to meet some exceptional locals who love Jesus. We were thrilled to be switching lights on and off (we don’t have electricity where we stay) and to be have running water and hot baths.
Lady Brand has a few hidden gems and during the weekend we explored all it has to offer. We walked everywhere (things really aren’t that far apart) and attended an Anglican Church service and even ‘n Kerk Basaar. It turned out to be something like a team trip.
We returned on Monday after praying if we should go back. The results had not yet been released and there was no knowing what the reaction would be of the people. In faith we packed our things and left. We felt Holy Spirit say we should be with the people.
With no issues we entered the country again and received another 30 day visa. By Tuesday we were already with the people in the field harvesting maize (a whole new experience for some of us).
As our time in Lesotho dwindles down we realize the importance of being fully present and engaged in the moment. One thing we should be generous with is our time.