The Shepherdess Association was formed in America in 1984 by Mrs Marie Spangler and Ellen Bresee and Lesotho adopted it in 1998 with the pastoral spouses, some of whom have passed on. We can talk of people like Mrs Nkutha, Mrs Mekeleli, Mrs Nkhethoa and Mrs Maqache.
To help Ministerial spouses understand their role and to recognize their unique spiritual gifts; and provide support for growth spiritually, mentally, physically and socially for effective ministry.
To see that every pastoral spouse play a supportive role in ministry within her area of giftedness; and further encourage the Lesotho Chapter to be viable/active.
REACH UP TO GOD
- To have increased organized earnestness in intercessory prayer, study of the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.
- To encourage Shepherdesses to live a life devoted to Christ.
- To ensure all Shepherdesses receive the Shepherdess Journal.
- Implement internship programmes for new Shepherdesses.
REACH IN WITH GOD – FELLOWSHIP
- Create unity.
- To enhance unity and fellowship among shepherdesses.
- To enhance unity and fellowship among church members and pastoral spouses.
- Enhance unity and friendship among pastoral families.
Encourage Continuing Education (Self- development)
REACH OUT WITH GOD
- To meet the physical/material needs of the under-privileged communities.
- To find ways of reclaiming our PKs (Pastors’ Kids) and pastoral families who have wandered away/discouraged in ministry as well as widows/widowers and orphans.
SHEPHERDESS INTERNATIONAL AND ADVENTIST WOMENS’ MINISTRIES (AWM)
The two organizations are related in that they primarily serve women, but totally different in their mission.
AWM is for the laity. Shepherdess (Pastoral Spouses), as part of the Ministerial Association, serves the spouse and families of those church workers in professional ministry.
In the picture above, the Lesotho Shepherdesses visited Mrs Makhalanyane in Clocolan during the weekend of 27 May 2017 to offer her their support and encouragement.
Lesotho Conference held a Shepherdess Meeting at the Lesotho Conference office on 12 November 2016.
The guest speaker was Evangelist Andrew Kheswa. Presentations were made on the Health and Wellness Book, Financial Planning, and introduction to Adventist Women’s Ministries and the future plans of the Lesotho Shepherdess Association.