Thank you!

Witness Season 2021 in support of Ministry of Hope Lesotho has come to a close, and I cannot let the end of the season pass without sincere thanks to all who stepped up to make it happen. Thank you to the International Missions Committee, especially Dawn Bingham and Steve Parrot, who were so encouraging. Thank you to Pastor Craig and Pastor Leslie who checked in regularly and made ideas generated outside the church building happen inside the church building. A huge additional thank you to Pastor Craig for handling the many AV requests and requirements needed to make our Witness Season events occur remotely. I also want to thank Caroline Goodman for editing, filming, and planning all the components of our social media posts and Pano Stathakis for taking charge of the collection bins. Thank you to Robert and Holly Bannan, Carrie Coleman, and Shannon Hutcheson for helping to get Witness Season information to First Pres’s children and youth. Thank you to the Witness Season 2021 committee members who volunteered their time, ideas, edits, and insights: Jennifer Biber, Eunice Knouse, and Cesily King.

I also wouldn’t have been able to connect our congregation to the wonderful videos and pictures from Ministry of Hope Lesotho without the help of Timothy Palmer Curl, who sits on the charity’s US Board. Additionally, the willingness of the US Board President, Sally Harwood, to travel to Spartanburg and speak in-person at our worship services and Come One Come All Sunday School class on February 28th helped link what our committee was trying to do with real people and a real place in a way that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.

Finally, and just as importantly, thank you to the many members of our congregation who gave money and supplies to Ministry of Hope Lesotho and pushed us beyond our stated monetary goal, all the way to $38,277! These funds will improve the grounds and the building of Ministry of Hope Lesotho and make the home shared by the vulnerable children and the staff that care for them more comfortable and functional. In a year of disconnectedness and separation, First Pres united together, and in a very real way, sent light out into the darkness.

“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 (NIV)

Thank you all,

Holly Hoenig

Witness Season 2021 Chair

Combined Adult Sunday School - February 28, 2021 (10:00 a.m.)


“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58:10 (NIV)

With this verse from Isaiah guiding our work, the Witness Season 2021 Committee has dedicated our efforts this year to supporting Ministry of Hope Lesotho (MOHL). MoHL is a home for abused, abandoned, and impoverished infants, children, and youth in Maseru, the capital city of the Kingdom of Lesotho, in southern Africa. Begun in 2009, MoHL has cared for more than 150 children in its first decade, providing them with a home, nutritional and developmental rehabilitation, education, family reunification when possible, and adoption placement. As some may recall, our church was introduced to Ministry of Hope Lesotho through one of its co-founders, Nancy Dimmock, a First Pres supported missionary. We have raised money for this organization before, during Witness Season 2012, at which time we were introduced to a dedicated group of staff and supporters who are fighting the good fight and doing the hard, overwhelming work every day of caring for and rehabilitating these children. That work is still occurring, and it is occurring out of a three bedroom, one bathroom house rented from the government. Ministry of Hope Lesotho regularly houses 30 or more children, and as one can imagine, the building and grounds are in great need of repair, upkeep, and enhancement. Our goal for Witness Season 2021 is to raise $25,000 to help Ministry of Hope Lesotho make these needed changes to the physical building and grounds.

In preparing to write this introduction for Witness Season 2021, I found that the NRSV translation of our Bible verse from Isaiah uses the word “gloom” instead of “night”, as in, “your gloom be like the noonday”. The word “gloom” really resonated with me after the year we have all experienced. What a blessing it would be, on an individual and congregational level, to be lifted out of our gloom through service and help the children at Ministry of Hope Lesotho grow in the noonday sun. Witness Season runs through the month of February and will culminate on Witness Season Sunday, February 28th, with some special guest speakers. I urge you all to look for upcoming information about Witness Season 2021 in your Sunday School classes, in worship services, online, and in the mail. You will be able to send your contributions by envelope to the church office, or online at: fpcspartanburg.org/give. Please prayerfully consider how God may be calling your light to rise in the darkness to assist First Presbyterian in its Witness Season project to raise $25,000 for Ministry of Hope Lesotho. Now, more than ever, we realize how much we are all part of the same human family in Christ.

Sincerely,

Holly Hoenig

Witness Season 2021 Chair

Donate Supplies for Ministry of Hope Lesotho!

In addition to our goal of raising $25,000 we would like to bless Ministry of Hope Lesotho with much-needed items for the children in their care. Drop off one or more of the items listed from 9am-1pm Monday through Friday or on Sunday mornings under the porte-cochere at the Family Life Center. There are marked bins for your donations. Thank you!

Supply List:

  • School Supplies
  • Art Supplies
  • Vitamins and First Aid Supplies
  • Books
  • Linens for crib-sized and twin beds
  • Bath towels and wash cloths