10 Years ago, September 2009, John Mark Clifford joined Frontline Fellowship as an IT/Audio Visual worker. Those who observed this quiet, reserved young man could not have predicted the dynamic Missionary into which he would develop.
Cross Border Missions
One key turning point was John’s participation in the 2010 Biblical Worldview Summit and Great Commission Course. Soon we saw John participating in cross-border missions to Zimbabwe and he became a Trainee Missionary.
Taking a Stand
In 2011, I asked John to produce and present The Message in the Music lecture at the BWS. This was another key turning point, as his presentation soon became the most controversial and discussion generating subject at the camp. John learned that to be faithful to the Lord often means being unpopular with the world.
Shipments of Spiritual Ammunition for Spiritual Warfare
We praise God for three shipments of precious Bibles and Christian books received in the last month. First, we received a 20-foot, 18-tonne container of Bibles and books from Eagles Nest Ministries. Then just a day later, a 30-foot container of over 22 tonnes of World Missionary Press Gospel booklets (over two million Gospel booklets, each 50-pages all Scripture, in 15 languages – English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, Chichewa, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Sepedi, Sesotho, Shona, Tswana and Yao). Then a designated gift enabled us to buy, from the Bible Society, 790 Bibles in indigenous African languages, including: Afrikaans, Chichewa, Ndebele, Sesotho, Shona, Seswati, Tswana, Xhosa and Zulu. All told, over 40 tonnes of literature to offload, sort, categorise, designate and distribute. Many pastors, evangelists, teachers and missionaries have already come to our Literature4Africa stores to resupply their ministries and obtain essential spiritual ammunition for their outreaches and discipleship projects.
“So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
The latest Frontline Fellowship News is now available online. It includes:
BIBLES and BOOKS to SUDAN with LOVE;
SUDAN in CRISIS at a CROSSROADS;
MUGABE’S Zimbabwe LEGACY;
Teaching in Remote and Restricted Access Areas;
South Africa Mission;
Prayer poster for the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.
Missions in the Mall
We praise God for another successful series of Missions in the Malls. Approximately 30 volunteers and mission workers were mobilised to distribute over 3,000 leaflets and a thousand balloons with Scripture messages on them, in three different shopping malls around the Cape Peninsula on National Womens Day, Friday 9 August. We have been conducting these Missions in the Malls every year since 1995. We read in Acts 17:16-17, that the Apostle Paul was greatly distressed to see that Athens was full of idols, so he reasoned in the market place day by day, with those that happened to be there. “Does not wisdom cry out and understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors.” Proverbs 8:1-3
This week, on Tuesday, we offloaded another container of 18 tonnes of Bibles and books, in pouring rain and freezing cold. Strikes in the harbour had delayed the offloading of our container for over a week and when it was finally delivered at 6am on Tuesday morning, it was in the middle of a storm. Our team had to improvise a tent over the container to enable us to keep the literature dry while offloading in the middle of wind and rain. Today, pastors, teachers and evangelists from far and wide are descending on the Mission stores to re-supply their various outreaches and ministries.
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
By God's grace, so far this year, we have completed the Biblical Worldview Summit, Great Commission Course, March for Life, missions to Uganda and Sudan and across South Africa, including ministering at the Ministers Conference at KwaSizabantu Mission with a record 2,500 participants from 29 countries. Our missionaries to the Nuba Mountains of Sudan managed to deliver the largest shipment of Bibles and books ever delivered to an officially Islamic country that we are aware of. Over 118,000 Bibles and books in English and Arabic, were delivered to over 130 schools, churches and Bible colleges throughout the remote Nuba Mountains region of Sudan. We also completed the six year Bible Survey, publishing the New Testament Survey book and Audio MP3 Boxset. Many of these have been donated to colleges and pastors throughout Africa.
Mission to Sudan
We praise God that four Frontline missionaries, John, Abrie, Ben and Daniel, are returning from a successful time of ministering in the remote Nuba Mountains of Sudan. By God's grace, they were able to distribute another shipment of 40,000 Bibles and 50,000 Story of Jesus picture books. They were also able to deliver and distribute: 20,000 note books; 2,000 copies of Faith Under Fire in Sudan; 2,000 copies of Chaplains Handbook; 2,000 copies of Biblical Principles for Africa and 2,000 copies of Greatest Century of Missions books, to schools, churches and Bible colleges throughout the Nuba Mountains region of Sudan. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17
The Nuba Mountains is an island of Christianity in a sea of Islam. An initial report from one of our missionaries in the Nuba reads: “Antonov bomber planes, MiG aircraft, tanks, scorched earth campaigns from the Islamic Arab North and crippling poverty all describe the dire situation of South Kordofan of Sudan. Despite the aggressive adversity the people of Sudan are facing, there is hope as people are turning to God. His Word is rapidly spreading and the Gospel is taking root in the hearts of thousands of people.
Back to the Bible Mission
This year, Back to the Bible Mission celebrates 29 years. The Principal, Professor Shai Mulder and his wife Dr. Elreza Mulder, have been leading Back to the Bible Mission for the last 19 years. With over 110 students from over 20 countries, including: Ghana, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Benin, Tanzania, Somalia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe, there are something like 50 denominations and up to 60 languages represented at the Mission at any given time. Since 1990, Back to the Bible Mission has sought to fulfill the Great Commission by training pastors, evangelists and missionaries in a balanced, Biblical, body, mind and spirit programme of discipleship and evangelism.
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” 1 Chronicles 16:24
We praise God for His blessing and protection over Tobie, Alieske, Daniela, Erik and myself, who have returned from a packed and productive Mission around South Africa. We drove over 4,300 km, conducted over 60 m
eetings, delivered about 2 tonnes of Bibles, books, Gospel booklets and AudioVisual materials to 24 locations across the Orange Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape, to 5 schools, 6 churches, 2 colleges, 2 Mission stations, 2 conferences and 2 seminars.
KwaSizabantu Ministers Conference
Over 2,500 participants took part in the Ministers Conference at KwaSizabantu Mission 4-6 March. Delegates came from as far afield as Angola, Armenia, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, the Congo, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Romania, Russia, from throughout South Africa, Swaziland, Switzerland, the United States of America, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Theme of the conference was: Revival – God at Work.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
Biblical Worldview Summit
We began our year with the Biblical Worldview Summit (BWS) with over 100 participants, some coming from as far afield as Germany, Nigeria, the Congo, Mozambique, the United States of America and from all over South Africa. The six-day BWS programme included: 12 speakers, 20 lectures/presentations, 13 hours of practicals, including 15 different activities, Bushcraft and Survival Skills, obstacle crossing, problem solving, team building. Also Bible Drill, Just a Minute Debating skills, games, 4 Devotions, 4 films, 4 outreaches and a night hike, a Variety Concert, a Bible Exam and 5 hours of discussion and prayer group activities. Each morning (expect Sunday) began with energetic Physical Training (P.T.).
“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
1 Peter 2:4-5
Africa Reformation Overland Mission Team Returns
Since our last Prayer and Praise Update, two months ago, much has happened. We praise God for the safe return of our Africa Reformation Mission team who travelled over 15,000km, conducting over 117 meetings across 7 countries, including: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Swaziland, Botswana and Namibia. You can read the reports of Abrie, Daniel, Alieske, Tobie and Talita on our www.FrontlineMissionSA.org website and in the latest Frontline Fellowship News, which is available online.