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.