You want us to come where? After figuring out where Diphuduhudu was on the map we responded to the request made by a local church from a village called Diphuduhudu. This village has a small population of no more than 900 people and it is located approximately 150km out of Gaborone. It was a privilege for us to spend some of our Easter weekend with the people of Diphuduhudu.
Our team was represented by Oliver, Mukani, Shepherd and two of our “Rookies” from the Tsholofelo programme (Caroline and Chanda) and they proved to be geared up for the event as they went right into their programme after travelling three hours from Gaborone. Pastor Lee and Angie (the leaders of the church) have been ministering in Diphuduhudu since 1996 and have witnessed a number of exciting changes in their church and the village at large over the years. It was clear from their comments that our visit was special:
” We are so excited today that we have the King’s Foundation team who have dedicated their time to come and celebrate and express God’s love through sports during Easter’s and we hope this won’t be the last visit to out small village. We don’t have a lot of people coming this side because of our roads (which are not in good working condition) so we end up missing a lot of things.” Pastor Lee
We had a great time engaging the community (not just children) and enjoyed teaching on the significance of Easter along with the hope we have been given through Jesus’ death and resurrection. All of our activities were adapted to fit the event and the theme of Easter. We were also able to talk to community members regarding village life and the specific issues they face in Diphuduhudu. These discussions will help us in the future when we return and as we visit other isolated villages in Botswana.
“The children, and older youth, enjoyed the activities and the drama – the pictures they’ve drawn are evidence of this. Your visit will not easily be forgotten. In these days it is so important to lay down the best foundation, the King’s Foundation in children’s lives.” Angie May