Bibles for Africa
Today, at Livingstone House, we have offloaded another 20 foot container shipment of 17 tonnes of Bibles and books by hand. This is the eighth container that we have received so far this year and another one is due in two weeks' time. Yet, as fast as we offload, sort out and designate these Bibles and books, the demand for these Scriptures in the field exceeds supply. In less than two weeks' time we are needing to load up 28 tonnes of Bibles and books for Zimbabwe. Today, as on most days, we have vehicles coming to load up with Bibles and books for Missions, ministries, churches and Bible colleges.
Evangelism and Discipleship
Our Congmataza Mission Team has safely returned after a successful five month Mission to Congo, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi, and Zambia. The team crossed 11 international borders, travelled more than 20,000 kilometres, and conducted more than 360 meetings in 6 countries. This included 7 Reformation FIRE Seminars and 15 Great Commission Seminars. We screened the Jesus film 36 times, conducted 14 outreach campaigns, preached 38 open-air Evangelistic messages, and preached 30 Sunday sermons.
Dear Friends and Family
Greetings in the wonderful Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Mission team has had some really incredible ministry opportunities. Currently we are in a far out, deep rural area ministering in a very strong Muslim region of Eastern Malawi among the Yao tribe. This tribe is notorious for their involvement in the Arab slave trade and for their warring nature. The Christians in this area have been persecuted harshly by the Muslims; recently two churches were burned down.
Dear Friends and Family
Greetings in the precious and powerful Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
"For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities - all things were created through Him and for Him."Colossians 1:16
Our Congmataza Mission team is, I am happy to report, in good health. Ryno is recovering from the wound in his shoulder and I am feeling much better after a course of antibiotics and typhoid treatment.
We have been on the road conducting this Overland Mission to Congo now for more than 2 months; we have already travelled more than 9,836km through 6 countries conducting 129 meetings, 6 Reformation FIRE Seminars, and 3 Evangelism Training Seminars.
In my last update to you, I ended by requesting prayer as we were about to enter Congo into a region where there is a long history of instability and violence. Thank you very much for praying.
We have had an exciting and fruitful time of ministry in DR Congo. Let me start by telling you how the border crossing went.
Dear Friends and Family Greetings in the precious and wonderful Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
"I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well." 3 John 1:2
This Africa Overland Mission has successfully been completed after 7 months. We have travelled 29,000km, crossed 14 international borders, travelled through and ministered in 12 countries, conducted more than 390 meetings, and distributed almost 3 tonnes of Gospel literature and Discipleship training material including Bibles, tracts, books, audio CDs, DVDs, posters, and MegaVoice solar-charged audio Bibles.
Last time you may have heard from us, we were just about to head into the Democratic Republic of Congo for an incredible ministry opportunity.
Conflict in the Congo has killed 4 million people in the last 8 years. For centuries, the Congo suffered at the hands of Muslim slave raiders. When the Belgians intervened, the Arab slave trade in the Congo was replaced with exploitation by some unscrupulous mining corporations. Since being granted independence in 1960, the Congo has been torn apart by a succession of civil wars, military coups, and unrestrained wholesale plundering of its resources by a succession of socialist dictators.
Frontline Fellowship was invited to minister at the first Congress of REDTCO ("The Gathering of the Children of God for the Transformation of the Congo")
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (which in its 45 years of independence from Belgium has never been a democracy) has been afflicted by corrupt dictators and a series of devastating civil wars. It is in a degraded state. The infrastructure is ruined, most roads are impassable, the jungle has overgrown much of the once efficient railway network, warfare has devastated the country leaving up to 3million dead and corruption is rife. Yet the churches which invited us are dynamic, growing and determined to see the Congo transformed by the Gospel of Christ.
An estimated 18 million rural tribesman live along the 14 000 km of the Congo River and its tributaries. Johan is a Frontline missionary with a naval background. For over 3 years he has been preparing to launch a mission to the Congo River Basin, ministering to the isolated villages and homesteads along the Congo River and it’s tributaries.
Early in May, Johan headed out for three and a half months investigative outreach to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So much had happened since he first presented his Congo River mission vision when he was taking part in our Great Commission Course last year.