October Vet Mission : 30 September - 6 October 2018

This will be a combined veterinary, discipleship and maintenance mission.
To apply for this mission, please click HERE

Should you have any questions or queries regarding the October Mission, please contact Dr. Chris Smith: chrissmith.sa92@gmail.com 

December Mission : 30 November - 9 December 2018

This will be a combined medical, children's ministry, discipleship and maintenance mission.
To apply for this mission, please click HERE

Should you have any questions or queries regarding the December mission, please contact Banyane Makwebu: banyane@hotmail.com

Dear Friends of the Semonkong Hospital Trust,

We trust that you had a special time celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and we wish you every blessing from Him for 2016, may you know Him more every day!
2015 ended off on a very high note with our annual December Mission and at the start of 2016, we are maintaining the pace having already held two community participation meetings and two community gatherings, with a lot of development on the hospital front (to follow in the next newsletters). But first things first…


Once again we had a team of 120 people visit Semonkong, but this December mission had a number of exciting first events:

Community Gathering

We held our very first community gathering to kick off the Community Participation Process that will inform the masterplan for the construction of the hospital. It is our aim to involve the community and through this process foster ownership of the hospital. We plan to apply a labour intensive and gender equality focused construction model that will not only create employment, but also transfer skills. Attendance was good and the response from the community overwhelmingly positive. It is our prayer that we will be able to engage the community in an unprecedented level in order to achieve sustainable community transformation.

Local Team

We had more local team members on mission than ever before – 20 from Semonkong, for the first time also 10 team members from other parts of Lesotho and five Basotho living in South Africa that came home to serve the people of their country. It is so encouraging to see how God is raising up more and more local people.

Legal Clinic

Mr. Denis Molyneaux and his associates ‘Me Mateboho Tohlang and ‘Me Thapelo from Webbers Newdigate, the biggest law firm in Lesotho, joined us in Semokong to hold the first 3-day legal clinic. The clinic provided free legal advice, a service which is not available in Semonkong. We wish to sincerely thank Webbers Newdigate for this wonderful initiative and for giving of their time and expertise.

Bicycle Holiday Club
Francois Snyman and Johann Rust led our Bicycle Holiday Club, a brand new ministry specifically aimed at children who owns a bicycle. It was held over a three-day period in conjunction with the Semonkong Bicycle Club and the programme included teaching the children how to service and repair their bicycles, road safety and ended off with a bicycle race on the final day. The children thoroughly enjoyed these three days and participated with great enthusiasm. Francois invited the children for a Bible study session and subsequently they decided to have their own Bible study every week, before their cycle outing.

The other teams may not be new, but God did exciting new things in every team:

Maintenance Team

Previously, the maintenance team spent all their time doing annual maintenance work at the shed, our accommodation and base where our teams operate from. However, with Francois and family now living in Semonkong, he has been able to do most of these tasks throughout the year, enabling the maintenance team to tackle more substantial DIY tasks in the community.
In August the roof of a house belonging to five orphans blew off almost completely and our team were able to not only replace the roof, but also repair the doors and windows. The agricultural team joined the maintenance team and established a vegetable garden for them. We are looking forward to doing more exciting projects like these in future!

Agriculture Team

We had the largest agricultural team since inception in 2012 with 13 members. Three fields were identified, who’s owners have been working closely with us during the past year, and the team helped them to cultivate their fields.
In the morning the team worked in the fields and after lunch they would reach out to the communities living in the vicinity. New relationships were formed, they prayed for the sick and shared the Good News. Our prayer is that the people will see the love of God through the labour of our team and that He will heal and bless their land.

Evangelism Team
For the first time, the team was led by a local student pastor, Tsepiso. They reached out to parts of the community that we have not visited previously. Their aim was to befriend people, cultivate relationships, share the Gospel and invite them to watch the Jesus film. The team did an amazing job and the film was very well attended with many people seeing it for the first time.

Children’s Ministry
We are so excited to see how the Lord is working amongst the children and youth of Semonkong. The children have come to know our ministry and look forward to it during their school holidays. On our first day, more children attended than ever before and the spiritual growth among them is amazing to witness. Many of them have joined regular Bible study activities.
  1. Medical Team
The Medical Team was led by Dr. Chrismé Visagie. The team served in both the Government and Catholic clinics, supported by the sisters of the clinics and allied healthcare workers from our team. They treated between 20 and 30 patients daily, health education sessions were held by the medical students in the waiting areas and they also prayed with the sick. Furthermore, much needed support were given in terms of the general maintenance of the clinics with painting, mounting doors and counting tablets in the pharmacy.

We wish to thank each and every team member for their faith, dedication and hard work. Every family member and friend who covered us in prayer and/or supported us financially, without you, this mission would not have been possible. We praise God for expanding our reach into the community and for giving us so much favour and open doors in the community of Semonkong to do His will, for His Glory.

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At 2,600m above sea level, Semonkong has a harsh climate - even in summer.  In summer, the days are mostly warm at an average of  22C, but as soon as the sun sets, cool altitude air settles on the landscape and it's not uncommon for temperatures to drop to around 8C overnight.   In a single week during December one can expect frequent thunder showers, hail and then suddenly, brilliant sunshine!

Average temperatures during the year as recorded by the Lesotho Meteorology department for Semonkong over the past 20 years:

Jan 9C/23C     Feb 8C/22C     Mar 6C/21C      Apr 2C/18C    
May -2C/14C   Jun -5C/11      Jul -5C/12C      Aug -3C/14C   
Sep 1C/17C     Oct 4C/19C     Nov 6C/20C      Dec 8C/22C

Keep in mind that these are average temperatures and could be significant lower.  We have experienced temperatures as low as -9C in April in the past!

Please refer to our recommended checklists below and keep in mind that there are valid reasons for each item on the respective lists viz. general essential and medical checklist:
Should you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact our office.