The Botswana Story
“… the heart can be touched!” This statement resonates with our time in Botswana. In 1996, my wife, Mimi’s, heart was touched, when she learned about a need the Deaf people in Botswana had. Through the urging of God and Dr. Joyce Vick, Mimi had a heartfelt calling and desire to go as a missionary to this needful country.
Mimi was instrumental in assisting the Ministry of Education,
Sign language teaching and training, as well as establishing Bible studies for the Deaf. From what we have learned, the very first Deaf person was lead to the Lord by Mimi in the country (Ishmael Thebe). After a few years God called the very first Deaf Pastor, Emelang Moikotlhai, and through that calling and the efforts of Mimi, the First Deaf Bible Baptist Church of Ramotswa was founded in 1998.
Mimi, though she had been to the States a few times prior, came to the United States to raise support for a much needed Church building, and for the ministry as well.
“… the heart can be touched!” In 1999, I had accepted the call of God in my life to become a missionary. I moved to Tennessee to pursue this calling in 2000. While working one day I had met a man, who was from this country of Botswana, which was little-known to me, and we talked for about 2 hours on the Knoxville circuit City sales floor about his home country. I would never meet this man again, but he impacted my heart for his country, and later that month I accepted the call of God to become a missionary there. A few months latter, I would meet this amazing missionary from that country, my wife Mimi.
After our marriage, we immediately began deputation, so that we could quickly get back to the place my wife had served for so many years and the place that God had driven a desire into me for. In May of 2001, I would visit this country for the first time.
My survey trip was a bit unusual as compared to most missionaries, since I was visiting a work in progress. Immediately off the plane we got to work, and I would over the next month meet some people that would impact my life forever.
After visiting, a few over 200, churches Mimi and I would raise enough support to make our move to Botswana together. Through the years we would raise up two more ministers of the faith (Corela and Tshenolo) and establish woks for the hearing as well as the deaf.
“… the heart can be touched!” These words have become a tag line for our ministries, and Botswana is no different. Not only were we touching hearts there, but the people we encountered touched our hearts as well. The duel impact of serving the Lord is just that. People do as much for you as you do for them.
There is still much to be done in the country of Botswana, and though we are not there physically, we are there spiritually, emotionally, and financially. Our pastors are under-supported, and in need of funding. if you would like to help support these men who literally sacrifice all to serve the Lord, please fill out the form bellow and in the form for country write Botswana, and we will send you the information on one of these faith men!