Since the arrival of the first missionary sisters in Lesotho; schools, health care services and pastoral care services were established and are still running to improve the spiritual and social welfare of Basotho nation. One of the challenges of the first missionaries was the language barrier because were fluent in French only while the official languages of the country were English and Sesotho only. They were only six when they arrive in Lesotho, but through their total submission to the service of God and their love to people they serve, they attracted many young Basotho girls to join them. These sisters did their best to make Christ known and empower girls and women. In 1965 when the province of Lesotho celebrated 100 years anniversary, there were still a good number of missionaries’ sisters from other countries living in Lesotho. In 1990 when celebrating 125th anniversary, they had all gone back to their countries of origin whiles others had died and are buried in the land of Basotho. The province has known its period of growth in numbers and works. Now as we celebrate our 150th years of presence in Lesotho, the number of the sisters has declined in a terrifying way. The majority of members are sick and old. As a result, very few are still working in schools and clinics. The presence of the sisters is hardly felt by the people. New members joining Holy Family sisters are few. Therefore it seems necessary to adapt ourselves to new forms of presence in order to meet challenges of today. We need to deepen our faith and to present Christian values in a way that speaks to the people today. We believe that every human heart is thirsting for God, and if they get a chance to hear the word of God properly proclaimed with conviction and authentic witness of our lives their faith will be strengthened. This is our most important challenge. God is the one who leads the conscience of those who accept his love. Therefore religious life is for the service of others out of God`s love. It is life given for loving service rather than individualism and self-centeredness. Only God can give us the freedom to say: ‘God and others first’. If we don’t dare now then when?
Through our experiences of the past years and the example of the cosmic life we have learnt that there is a life cycle for every living thing. For plants; there are stages for germination, growing, flowering and seed bearing. Seeds are either taken to other places or fall at the same place where they await for a new season to follow their live cycle again. Some flowers changes colors as they grow. Therefore, as Holy Family religious branch in Lesotho, we experienced all these stages and now we are awaiting a new season with a hope that religious branch will grow and continue the service of God. Though it is not easy to die and let new life germinate but the circumstances force us to practice love and total abundance to the service of God as our founder was.
It is our desire to keep our Charism alive, inspired by the Spirit of God Alone, we have our belts around our waist, our sandals on our feet and our staff in our hands, ready to respond to God’s Call which resonates urgently in those places where life is threatened by Human trafficking, prostitution, human abused, to women, children and man, stress and seriously threatened environment.
- We will continue to allow ourselves to be transformed by the emerging worldview, in order to live our mission of communion more effectively.
- We will continue working with Non-Governmental Organizations.
- Establish counselling centre for those who are vulnerable.
- Give courses of self-knowledge, Catechisms and Theology.
- Accept the Mission with faith even going to foreign missions.
- Assist the youth in their challenges.
VOWED FOR MISSION
- We continue understanding anew that the Vows are related and they are ways that help us to do away with individualism and looking down on nature.
- We go everywhere where our mission calls us.
- We live with just enough and do away with self-centeredness which makes us forget that the work we do is not ours, but of the Institute.