Missionary Centre for Mission Animation, Bible Apostolate, Communication, JPIC, Formation, Renewal, Resources, Pastoral-Cultural Research and Dialogue.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him,
and without him not one thing came into being.
What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.(...) The true light, which enlightens everyone,
was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own,
and his own people did not accept him.
But to all who received him, who believed in his name,
he gave power to become children of God, who were born,
not of blood or of the will of the flesh
or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us,
and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son,
full of grace and truth.
From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
The law indeed was given through Moses;
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
This page was last updated: January 3, 2015
Divine Word Missionaries
Vicariate of Francistown
Lefoko - means word in Setswana - the national language of Botswana. For us, however, it is more than just a word, it is the WORD that became Flesh and was called Jesus - the eternal Word of the Father; the Word that created everything, and is still at work today; a powerful Word that can change human life, that can heal, forgive, guide and inspire; a Word of immense Love of God saving this world. It is a Word that wants to be known, proclaimed, shared, listen to, used and lived - a Word of Life.
The name “Lefoko Centre” has, therefore, a deep and intended meaning, becoming a programme – a special place of the Incarnate Word, a place of meeting Him, of study and learning about Him; a place of missionary animation and spreading of the Word having the power to create, change, heal and sustain life and to give life to all ready to receive Him. Obviously the centre has to be Biblical.
Lefoko Centre wants to be a place of a "new" style of “doing mission”, especially the mission of Primary Evangelisation in the contemporary African context, a place of teamwork, prayer, reflection – a kind of think-tank exploring new, more effective and deepening ways of our missionary work. The basic catechesis rooted in the WORD, Christian Catholic Formation preparing for the personal relationship with Christ, for the Christian life and for the participation in the Church, and on-going formation for lay, religious and clergy shall be the main focus of the centre’s creative ministry.
The three animals and the man are ancient symbols of the four Gospels. Matthew - man (a San dancer reminding about the poor and underprivileged); Mark - lion (reminding about the integrity of creation and our responsibility towards it); Luke - bull, John - eagle.
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