Sunday morning church in Morija. The church grounds are swarming with children from the Boarding School – church is obligatory. At least this Sunday. Actually, the whole country is swarming with school children, whenever, wherever you go. Lesotho may be one of the poorest, if not the poorest country in the world but has one of the highest literacy rates of them all.
Lesotho Evangelical Mission Church in Morija, built between 1848 and 1858 by the missionary artisan and artist Francois Maeder.
Francois Maeder was also responsible for producing many of the earliest sketches of historic personalities in the country including the first of Chief Moshoeshoe I. Apparently Maeder House and the historic Morija Church were the only two buildings that survived the burning of Morija in 1858 when Boer commandos destroyed Letsie’s (King Moshoeshoe's chief son's) entire village, the house of Rev. Thomas Arbousset, and other mission structures.
Arlette, Richard and Eliane enjoying an after church chat with church elders.
Chief Moshoeshoe I (1786-1870) founder of the Basotho Nation, was happy to receive the missionaries Thomas Arbousset (1810-87), Eugène Casalis and their assistant Constant Gosselin of the Paris Evangelical Mission Society (PEMS) and as such founded a tradition of learning in Lesotho.
Thaba Bosiu - the unassailable mountain retreat of the Basotho people under Moshoeshoe I during the difaqane - a period of turmoil in the interior of Southern Africa, originating from the expansion of the Zulu nation and subsequent tribal fragmentation and marauding.
Our friends from the Cévennes, Eliane, the Rev. Peter Koona Tefo (pastor of Thaba Bosiu Mission), Arlette and her husband Richard, he too a pastor.
L.E.C. church buildings at Thaba Bosiu.
The new church buildings of the Lesotho Evangelical Church, after a tornado had destroyed the old church structures in the 50’s.