Population: 2 million (2012)
Main language: English
Major religion: Christianity
IFES movement: Intercollege Christian Movement of Botswana (ICMB)
Botswana is a country where there is freedom of religion. Although the main religion is Christianity, many follow local beliefs in ancestral spirits and some, who claim to be Christians, still consult mediums. Christians who do not want to take part in traditional rituals often experience discrimination from their families and friends.
- 39 groups in 39 tertiary institutions
- 2 staff members, no volunteers
- groups range in size from 30 to 200 members
- graduate ministry: 30 associates and 2 associates prayer groups
In the past few years there has been a great revival of the spirit of unity between the student groups and a deep desire for evangelism. All the mission outreach is student-led, with the general secretary giving guidance when needed.
A source of great encouragement has been a student-led mission to the rural communities. Students participate fully in organising, in prayer and in raising the necessary funds. About 150 people responded in 2013 by giving their lives to Christ. Students are determined to do more of these outreaches annually.
View from the inside
Otlaadisa Jacob Ramothudi, General Secretary of ICMB, writes: ‘There is need for a godly labour force in the market that can curb all issues of corruption; there is need for a godly leadership for the nation of Botswana. I strongly believe Christian values can be formed within the minds of students before they assume such responsibilities in society.’
Jacob is inspired by 1ª Timothy 4:12: ‘Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.’
- for resources and staff – there are a number of new graduates willing to support the movement but the financial situation within the country is a major constraint;
- that students will not be Christians in name only, and that they will have the desire to resource the movement after graduation;
- for wisdom in helping young people to develop the character needed to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS.