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Jim and Teresa Flora

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Fouriesburg 9725

Republic of South Africa

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Posted by: jflora | November 25, 2015

Prayers Again, Please…

I want to thank you again for praying for rain.  However, we need rain again already.  We are behind this year, and the rain has really helped the crops, but we could use another nice, steady rain.  Many villages are still without water.

On another note, I returned today to the village of Ha Nkaobee, where 9 people committed their lives to Christ last week. I returned for discipleship, and we started learning to share our testimony and learning the 2 Kingdoms Gospel presentation, talking about our need to share the story of Jesus and what He has done.  We had some new people this week, and as I taught the 2 Kingdoms, 5 more committed thier lives to Christ!  The journeygirls were in a different village, and watched today as one of the ladies they have been discipling shared the gospel with a woman who also committed her life to Christ.

Rain continues to fall in Lesotho…today it was a spiritual rain!

Until ALL have heard, Jim

Posted by: jflora | November 20, 2015


Thanks to all who have prayed for rain!  It has been raining here for the past 4 hours…a nice, steady rain.  God is SO good.  In addition to the rain, He also allowed us to share the gospel several times today, with a young man who teaches at one of the schools committing his life to Christ this morning!

The team from Second Baptist Griffin, GA heads out in the morning, and God definately used them here in the mountains.  During their time here, we saw 17 commit their lives to Christ…including the chief and his son in one of the villages we visited. This church hosted an IMB Base Camp a few weeks ago, and have put into practice here, what they learned there.  It was fun to watch them learn and progress throughout the week they have been here.  When someone would commit their life to Christ, one of them would look at the rest of the group and ask, “When does discipleship start?”  One of them would answer, “Right now.”  And they would begin to talk about what that person needed to do to begin a strong walk with Jesus. They have had an incredible week!  They saw people come to Christ, but they also saw others reject the gospel and remain steeped in deep darkness.  One of thise was the last lady we visited this afternoon.  She is old and probably does to have long to live.  She said she would think about the things that were shared, “and maybe later would forsake everything and follow Jesus.”  My prayer is that she does.  The team finsihed the day with hearts heavy for this lady.  Please pray that the Lord continues to work in the hearts of the Basotho.

Until ALL have heard, Jim

Posted by: jflora | November 19, 2015

Prayers, Please….

It has really been a long time since my last blog, and much has transpired since then.  We have seen many commit their lives to Christ, be baptized, and are on their way to being disciples who make disciples.  All of your prayers for these are appreciated.

But tonight, I am asking for prayer in a different area, and the situation is becoming desperate.  We need rain.  Normally the rains come in October.  This year, we are past mid-November, and we have had no measurable rain.  We have had a couple of dust settlers, but those evaporate in a few minutes.  The reservior is lower than I have seen it…there are several places where you can see land in the middle of the reservior.  For those of you who have been fishing with me back near the foot bridge (past Ha Suoane), the water is low enough that I can jump across the river there…and for those of you who have not, the water is usually about 150 yards wide under that bridge.  Crops are wilting as I type.  Many villages have run out of water.  As we are visiting villages, the number 1 prayer request is “pula”(rain).  What a testimony it would be for our God to show HIs power and glory to answer these prayers.

The predictions and forecasts on the radio are not giving much hope…rain sometime in February or March. Would you join me in praying that God will bring rain, both physically and spiritually, to a dry and weary land?

Until ALL have heard, Jim

Posted by: jflora | August 5, 2015

Welcome to Our Team!

In just a few short days, the Basotho team will welcome Leah, Steve, and Isaiah to our team as we partner together with Reclaimed to reach the orphaned and vulnerable children of the mountains. Please PRAY for this sweet family as they leave the US tomorrow headed for Africa! And…the Barnhills are coming home! These kids were so excited when I gave them the great news!DSC_0056

Posted by: jflora | May 16, 2015


I know the questions will be coming, with my wife’s recent post on Facebook of my hand. So, here is my story, and I’m sticking to it…

It was a beautiful day in the Maluti Mountains for a nice pony ride into a remote village to share the gospel.  As is usually the case, when the horses came, one of the men said, “‘Ntate Jim, you must ride this one.”  That means that they don’t think anyone else can ride it. Today, that meant me, too.

All was fine, until my behind hit that little English saddle.  You see, I am slightly larger than your average Mosotho…well, a maybe a little more than slightly. As a result, sometimes the horses are surprised by the difference in weight.  It startles them.  You might even say it alarms them.  Sometimes they do things to get the unexpected weight off their backs. This particular horse did just that.  I was fine for about 3 or 4 jumps…I think that may have led to a false sense of security.  I had been here before and stayed in the saddle.  After those 3 or 4 “jumps,” I came to a very specific realization…it was no longer about staying on, it was about how I was going to hit the ground. I did not have time to choose where, or I would have avoided the rocks…I just had to choose how.  So, I took most of the fall on my forearm, then shoulder…on the rocks.  That is when I noticed that my right foot was still in the stirrup, and the horse was still fairly alarmed. She was taking off, and I was kind of following, right foot first.  It is funny how fast you think when these things happen.  My first thought was to kick the stirrup loose with my other foot.  My left foot was trailing behind, and I thought, “That’s not gonna happen.” She was beginning to drag me pretty good.  I looked at my boot…”I laced it too tight this morning.  It is not coming off.”  The toe of my boot was twisted in the stirrup..”That’s not coming loose anytime soon.  If these guys don’t get her stopped, she is gonna drag me a while.” Fortunately for me, they got her stopped after about 20 yards.  I am skinned up, bruised, and a little sore, but all in all, not in too bad of shape for being bucked off on a bunch of rocks and drug about 20 yards over a bunch more.  They took her away, and one of the guys said, “I am not happy with this horse.”  They brought me another one, we mounted up and went on to the village.  One of the Journeygirls told a Bible story, someone shared their testimony, and I preached.

It has been a really, really long time since a horse shucked me, but yesterday, one did.  I am fairly sure getting shucked hurts worse than it used to.

Until ALL have heard, Jim

Posted by: jflora | March 11, 2015

Little Victories…

A few days ago, I was driving down the road (for those of you who have been here, I was headed to Sephareng to see if I was preaching at a funeral the next day).  As I rounded a turn, there were 2 little girls on their way home from school, standing on the side of the road.  One of them looked to be about 4 or 5, and the other about 8 or 9.  As I approached in the truck, the little one yelled, “Ke ‘Ntate Makhoa!”  (pronunciation “Key En-tah-tay Mah-who-ah”) Loosely translated, that is, “That’s Mr. White Guy!”  They older one then said, “Ha se ‘Ntate Makhoa, ke ‘Ntate Jime!”  (pronunciation: “Hah say En-tah-tay Mah-who-ah, key En-tah-tay Jim-me”) Again, loosely translated, “That’s not Mr. White Guy, that’s Mr. Jim!”

Tonight I am thankful for little victories!  By the way, I did preach at the funeral, sharing the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ alone to about 150 people in a village with only one known believer.  There were two…this was one of them’s funeral.

Until ALL have heard, Jim

Posted by: jflora | February 25, 2015

Culture 101….

On the heels of several of our fellow servants traveling to Lesotho for cultural training, I would like to relay  a short story that illustrates just one of the many barriers and differences between cultures….

We are eating dinner one night, and one of our cultural helpers, Tsepo, is getting his food. He gets a spoon full of mixed vegetables. He is asked if he likes vegetable.  His response is that he “can eat them.”  Again, he is asked, “Do you like them?” He says that since we only had 2 other things on the menu that night (meat and potatoes), he could eat them.  “But, do you LIKE them???” he was asked.  His response?  “They don’t make me vomit.”  And I always thought I was supposed to eat them because they were good for me. I stand corrected in this culture,,,again!

Until ALL have heard, Jim

Posted by: jflora | February 16, 2015

All in a Day…

This past Friday, we had a long day…a productive day, but a long day.  It all began when the alarm went off at 4:30, then it went something like this:

1. Pick up 20/20 participant at 5 AM for transport to Maseru (the capital of Lesotho) for 10 AM flight back to Johannesburg…check!
2. Drive to Maseru, arriving in time to check-in for the flight…check.
3. Drop Teresa off at JB and Liz’s for a visit with Eliza Joy…check.
4. Drop off 20/20 participant at Moshoeshoe 1 International Aiport….check!
5. Drop off Tsepo for assessment on Mokhotlong land transfer…check!
6. Pick up Hans On students and head to immigration to check on residence permit and get 6 month VISA for Hands On students…check!
7. Actually get VISAs for Hands On students…check!
8. Go make copies for my residence permit (not quite ready to pick it up yet)…check.
9. Get copies certified as accurate copies at the police station…check.
10. Take copies back to immigration…check!
11. Told to return after lunch at immigration…uh-oh!
11. Lunch…check!
12. Teresa restocking groceries while I am doing this…check!
13. Teresa visits with National Nursing Director on importing BGR Buckets…check!
14. Teresa pays fees for Lesotho Nursing licence…check!
15. Return to immigration…check.
16. Pick up 2 year residence permits…CHECK!!!!
17. Return to pick up Teresa…check!
18. Head back to the mountains…check.
19. Stop to refuel…check.
20. Pick up land assessment for Mokhotlong land aquisition…CHECK!!!! (one step closer to relocating to Mokhotlong!)
21. Drive home…arrival time: 11:30 PM
22. Shower and bed…Check!
23.Give thanks to God for safe travel, residence permits, and progress on the Mokhotlong land aquisition…TRIPLE CHECK!!!
                                                                              Until ALL have heard, Jim
Posted by: jflora | February 9, 2015

Panel Discussion…

The past week and a half, Teresa and I have been leading cultural training for our Cluster.  That means new missionaries are sent to Lesotho where they learn about Africa and Africans…and there are a ton of things to learn!  This week I have said several times that the basis for nearly all false teachings can be attributed to one of two things: 1.) A misunderstanding of who God is, or 2.) a misunderstanding of the scriptures, or both.  Today’s panel discussion took us one more step toward the truth of that statement.

We had several pastors and  priests on the panel discussion today.  One of them kept using scripture without any reference to the context of the scripture…no consideration of to whom it was written, when it was written, or what the verses just previous said in providing insight into the meaning of the scripture.  What it revealed to our new missionaries is that people will go to any length to use the scriptures to “prove” what you want to prove or accomplish.  It can mean whatever I want it to mean, as long as it suits my purposes.  Welcome to Africa.

Until ALL have heard, Jim

Posted by: jflora | January 29, 2015

Gentle Reminders…

Many of my fellow missionaries on this continent have a saying.  When things don’t go as planned, when things don’t work like we think they should, or sometimes just don’t work at all, they say, “T-I-A.”  That is pronounced “TEE-EYE-A.”  If you have been on volunteer trips to this continent, you have probably heard someone say, “T-I-A!”  That is an acronym for…”This is Africa.”  Since returning 6 days ago, I have had some “Gentle Reminders” that TIA.  Here are just a few:

1. 8 places to wash you hand in the men’s restroom. 2 hand dryers. 1 works.

2. Just because you think you have everything you need to get what you need doesn’t mean the requirements haven’t changed.

3. When a tool is needed for a particular job, it will often break halfway through the job.

4. #3 is especially true if it is your tool and someone else is using it.

5. Your journeygirls and Hands On students “must” move out of their house because much needed repairs are about to be completed…2 months later, waiting on carpet.

6. EVERYONE knows you are home.

7. 6 places to wash your hands in the men’s restroom. 1 hand dryer.

8. The one hand dryer doesn’t work.

9.  No paper towels.

10. 8 places to wash your hands in the men’s restroom…no water.

Just a little fun tonight!

Until ALL have heard, Jim

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