Frontline Fellowship tot Namibiё
Augustus tot Oktober was ek deel van ‘n groep van 5 op ‘n sendingreis na Namibiё, Zambiё, Tanzaniё, Malawi, Zimbabwe en Swaziland. Ons doel was om kerkleier by konferensies te leer hoe om die Bybel in waarheid en konteks te preek en toe te pas. Ook om kinderbediening te doen en Bybels en love boxes uit te deel. Hiermee dan ook ‘n bedanking aan die gemeente vir almal wat vir ons gebid het.
Die grenskruising na Nambiё was vreemd genoeg die moeilikste van al die grense om te kruis. Nadat ons vir die ongeskikte grensbeampte gesing en ‘n gratis t-hemp gegee het, is ons deurgelaat. In Windhoek het ons by Kanaal 7 ‘n boodskap gedeel. Hulle is ‘n Christelike radiostasie wat uitsaai in al Namibiё se verskillende moedertale met die leuse: “Hom verkondig ons…” Kolossense 1:28.. So bereik hulle baie mense in Namibiё wat op geen ander manier met die Evangelie bereik word nie.
Hier het ons sendingvoertuig bietjie probleme gegee en ons kon sien hoe God voorsien toe ons gasheer aangebied het om vir ‘n diens en enige ander nodige herstelwerk aan die kar te betaal. Voor ons vertrek het na die volgende bestemming het hulle vir ons ‘n pot heerlike heuning van hulle eie bye gegee.
Practical work, Prison ministry and Prayer groups
In Swaziland, we spent some time helping around the house at our hosts’ beautiful place in Southern Swaziland, an area in great need.
Abrie and Tobie went to do prison ministry; it didn’t go as planned since a prisoner escaped and they were not allowed to go in. Talita and I attended a Bible Study group were we studied the book of Haggai and had good fellowship with the women. They were are all very positive about the future of Swaziland and made the conclusion that like the Israelites in Haggai, they must first build up the house of God and then focus on the rest of the needs.
A lady at the Bible study group told about three women she met who works for the Hosea Project reaching out to the prostitutes in the city. It’s very hard to get them out of prostitution because they get R 2,500 – R 3,000 a night. Many of them have children in school and live classy lifestyles, they did not receive education so nowhere else will they get a job with the same “salary”. The people from Hosea Project do need our prayers. The men attended a prayer meeting were Abrie got to share about Sudan.
“Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. Let the sea roar, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell in it; Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together” Psalm 98:1 & 7-8
The lake of Malawi was beautiful, we were astonished by what we can see of God’s Glory in creation. Once again I realized how wonderful and important it is to have a relationship with God. If we walk in His ways then the work we do, no matter how big or how small, will be to His Glory.
Tanzania’s Interesting Border Crossing
Although we all had to sleep in the car the border crossings here went much easier than expected, the vehicle were not even looked at. We prayed a lot for Tanzania’s border crossing beforehand.
We got to ride on a ‘took-took’ to our hosts house, it was great fun. Upon arrival, a very friendly Malawian man greeted us. Then he took our hands and did not leave until we were seated on the couch. They served us food and were very hospitable. Poor Abrie and Daniel suffered dysentry after this.
We packed everything we needed into the bakkie and left the trailer behind. That made things easier. The pastors who would be with us at the conference, held in a rural area in the mountains of Tanzania, all met up here.
Crossing Borders into Zimbabwe
The border crossing into Zimbabwe was unexpectedly organized. In the que, Abrie made his usual jokes and we met Christians who invited us to come visit them if we’re ever in Zambia again.
Before we went through to Zimbabwe we had to dip our shoes in very filthy water which will “supposedly” prevent sicknesses from spreading. Then they wanted to look through some of our bags, so Abrie just grabbed the closest bags, sending Daniel and I with it to the search-through station. I was given Tobie’s bag, as the official was looking through, he gave me very strange looks about all the male clothes and supplies in my bag.
‘Missionary’ Paul’s Encouragement
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phillippians 4:11-13
We went to a rural area next to a National Park. As a team we did the Discovery Bible Study on Philippians. Here Paul is such a great example to us. How, in the midst of being persecuted, he rejoiced in Christ. I wished I could have the same attitude Paul had. Then in Phillipians 4:8 we read how Paul encouraged them without doubt that they, as God’s children, will receive strength from God. We received the same encouragement!
God's Guidance on the Roads
We thanked the Lord that everything went well at the border crossing from Namibia into Zambia. A lot of Moringa trees, which is very rich in nutrients, are grown in Zambia. They sell it in all kinds of health products like tea. We stopped at Ngonye falls. A local kindly took us to the best view, it was beautiful! Seeing God’s hand in creation was so humbling and continually grows us in faith.
Late that night we arrived at the “backpackers” lodge. We found out they do not host people anymore for the safety of the children in their orphanage. The guard called for someone to help us. We realized we’re at a mission station when two assemblies of God’s missionaries gave us tent-houses to stay in. The hosts’ sons are friends with Daniels’ family in South Africa. We thanked God for giving us that place to overnight.
The road we took to Kabwe was extremely rough. The trailer broke a bit and we lost a few things along the way, including Abrie’s toolbox and fishing rod. The sugar jar broke (even though there were two cloths and a plastic bag tied around it) so sugar and glass got a bit scattered throughout the trailer. Our team was tired at this time, the Zambian heat, not much sleep, a bad road and the mess with the trailer took its toll. We took courage from knowing this: “God will provide for all the work He wants us to do.”
South Africa - Frontline Fellowship
With Frontline’s vision to Glorify God and work for Reformation in Africa we were able to go on this mission; our main goals were:
- Working with the Church leaders, encouraging them to preach from the Bible in context and training them to do the Discovery Bible Study.
- Reaching out with love; teaching and encouraging women and children from the Word of God.
- Distributing literature, including Bibles in African languages, the Biblical Preaching Handbook, Old Testament Survey and John’s Gospel from New Testament Survey
- Distributing love boxes.
The praying, planning and packing beforehand was already part of the mission and we could see God’s hand in it. We received wisdom in what to pack for distribution and teaching. Operation Mobilisation donated us Bibles in African languages and we received them just on time. Supplies were given to pack 40 love boxes. Fitting all the food in the kitchen was fun and we had enough food with to donate some. Especially in Zimbabwe, the people were in need for food. Even though we gave away a lot, the rusks lasted us over half of the mission!
It was good to pray for the border crossings, countries and people beforehand. Operation World was very useful to get to know more of the background, needs and statistics of the countries. Later we saw God heard our prayers when we unexpectedly met and got to encourage one specific woman we prayed for before going on the mission.
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth..." Acts 1: 8
Dear family, friends and fellow believers
Soon I will go as part of a team of five on a mission to seven countries in Africa: Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Tanzania; where churches and schools have expressed a desire for further Biblical training and literature resources.
We will visit different churches, ministries, schools, colleges and conferences; Proclaim God's Word to them and encourage those who already believe in Christ as our Saviour to stand firm in the Faith and to apply the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life.
We will deliver and distribute over two tons of Christian literature, including Bibles in different languages.
Abrie and Daniel will hold Biblical Preaching Workshops for pastors on how to preach and teach through the Bible in context; we will specifically be encouraging and training pastors to preach through the Gospel of John.
Talita I will present Bible stories and lessons to women and children, give Evangelism and “Animals in the Bible” presentations at school assemblies and be the team cook.
We will deliver "Boxes of love" for destitute pensioners who lost their life savings due to the economic collapse in Zimbabwe. In each box we distribute are many precious items of food, medicine, literature and other treats.
Afrika Sendingwerk Gebedsbrief
“Maar julle sal krag ontvang wanneer die Heilige Gees oor julle kom, en julle sal my getuies wees in Jerusalem sowel as in die hele Judéa en Samaría en tot aan die uiterste van die aarde.”
Liewe familie, vriende en medegelowiges
Binnekort vertrek ek as deel van ‘n span van vyf op ‘n sending na sewe kontreie in Afrika: Zimbabwe, Namibië, Zambië, Malawi, Swaziland, Botswana en Tanzanië; waar medegelowiges ‘n begeerte bekendgemaak het vir verdere Bybelopleiding en Christelike hulpbronne om mee uit te reik in hulle gemeenskappe.