“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, and His mercies never come to an end.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)
I am writing from Lesotho, Southern Africa to testify how the love and the faithfulness of God has sustained me during this global pandemic. I grew up in Pitseng, in the rural area of Lesotho, and was raised by my mother after my father abandoned us. It was not easy, but the love of God and His faithfulness kept us. I know that God is love; His love is unmeasurable and incomparable; His promises are faithful; He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Lesotho was in full lockdown from March to May 2020 and then in partial lockdown from June to July 2020. It was a very tough time for somebody who is asthmatic, as people with asthma are vulnerable to picking up the virus. I am thankful to say that I remained healthy and did not have breathing problems. I never went to the hospital for nebulization as I had done in previous winter seasons. The love of God and His faithfulness kept me healthy.
Hebrews 13:8, says: “God will never leave us nor forsake us.” During this pandemic I have seen His presence with me because I had food and was healthy, I decided to look for sponsorship in order to feed people who were jobless due to COVID-19: the poor, underprivileged people with disabilities, the elderly and orphans. I wrote a successful proposal to Friends of Lesotho and with the funds given for this project I was able to buy food parcels for these people. They were fed and happy which gave me courage and strength because I shared the love and faithfulness of God with others.
I have a son who is studying and running a little business of helping people to order cars abroad. He also helps people to sell their cars, so during COVID-19, the business is down due to lockdowns. I contacted people to help my son by helping me to pay his rent and buy food and other basic needs, and my requisition was honored. I had shown love by giving food parcels to the poor, the elderly, and orphans. God then demonstrated his love and faithfulness once again by taking care of my son.
My mother is also asthmatic and has breast cancer. Lesotho is a country that is surrounded by South Africa and is dependent on South Africa for everything. My mother had been going regularly for check-ups in South Africa before COVID-19. During the lockdown, my mother was unable to go for these check-ups. Once again, because of God’s love and faithfulness, my mother is still alive, though no checkups for six months.
The nature of God is love and faithfulness to his children, and He showed that love to us in many ways: by supplying all our needs and by healing and protecting us from all sicknesses and diseases. Let us hold on to His love and faithfulness and then we will receive new mercies and agape love.
Monica is an Assistant Librarian at Lesotho College of Education in Lesotho, Southern Africa. She is a new ACL member for 2020.