“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.”
What an adventure this year has been! And it’s not even half way through. It started with a bang shortly after the wedding of my brother, Chris, and my new sister, Hannah. I then attended the Frontline Fellowship Great Commission Course for three weeks. I learned abundantly, grew immensely, and was physically, emotionally and mentally challenged and stretched daily.
I experienced laughter and the beginning of eternal friendships, and experienced death and the loss of a friendship, but that was coupled with the comforting certainty of being reunited in paradise one day in the House of our Saviour. I thank the Lord for His endless grace and faithfulness, and for every moment I have experienced, every lesson I have learned, and every iota I have grown.
The Great Commission Course is an intense, action packed three-week baseline missionary course. Crammed with lectures, outreaches, Bible drills, hikes, documentaries, physical activities, assignments, PT, and much much more. I didn’t realize it was possible to fit so much into one day. There was definitely never a dull moment. At times it was tough, it was tiring, it was difficult, but I wouldn’t change that for anything in the world. We enjoyed it so much that Frontline struggled to get rid of us at the end of the course. Our group just kept coming back to the mission house to get together. We had become a family and we were not yet ready to part. In fact 4 of us, still haven’t.
I had been praying fervently for the Lord to reveal His will for me this year. Last year I was teaching Maths and Biology in a High School in Durban. My contract had come to an end and I desperately wanted to discern the Lord’s will for my life. I had wanted to attend the Great Commission Course since 2013 when my brother Chris attended it. Because of university I was unable to attend until this year. God is good. He knew that this year was going to be the course that benefited me the most. His ways are higher than our ways, and even when we don’t notice it, He has preplanned our steps from before the creation of the world. What a comforting and exceedingly exciting thought!
The verse that has been echoed through my year is Proverbs 16:9, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” And He definitely moved my feet into the perfect direction. My plan was to go and do a Discipleship Training School at YWAM University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. But His plan was different. He guided me into staying at Frontline Fellowship and doing the Missionary Apprenticeship Programme. And what a beautiful adventure it has been.
In the apprenticeship program we go on weekly outreaches, to evangelise at universities, in Muslim neighbourhoods, in malls, etc. We have now started a Bible study at the University of Cape Town Campus, where we gather together weekly with students to read the Word.
There are 6 of us that gather faithfully each week, with a few extra that come when they can. So far we have worked through the Creation in Genesis 1, the Fall in Genesis 3, the Call of Abraham in Genesis 12, and the Suffering Servant and prophecy of Christ’s death in Isaiah 53. This week we will move on to start the story of Redemption through Jesus Christ, starting with His birth in the Gospels. We have weekly lectures and meetings at Livingstone House, and are doing many assignments and book reports, preparing and delivering devotions at the mission house etc.
On the 30th of May, we held a South African History day, where we welcomed over 85 guests. Dr. Peter Hammond, author of Sketches from South African History, and Mr. Cuan Elgin, author of Bulala, ran the programme for the parents and young adults. I ran the children’s programme. We started with a devotion on David and Goliath. We didn’t just look at David being a brave hero, but instead we delved into discovering where he got the courage from and why all the soldiers around him lacked it. We related how David had faith in the Lord, and that He would fulfill all the promises that He had given. Furnished with this knowledge, David could step out fearlessly against Goliath. We discussed that, by being secure in our identity in Christ and having trust in His faithfulness, we are filled with courage and perseverance to face any giant that may confront us.
With this thought we then set off going through some examples of strong Christian Heroes in South African History that echoed this courage that is found in the Lord. We believe we are better equipped to mend the present and to succeed in the future if we learn from the past. We had children ranging from toddlers of 3 years old, to teens of 16, all having fun together and intermingling and helping one another. There was a great atmosphere throughout the day, and even though the weather tried to drizzle on our parade at one stage, it didn’t manage to dampen the excitement, or stifle the laughter.
I have thoroughly been enjoying my time at Frontline and have decided to do it on a more permanent basis. By God’s grace, I am now part of the full time staff at Frontline. I have taken on many more responsibilities. I have become very involved in establishing and running the Henry Morton Stanley School of Christian Journalism. I have written two article so far, “9 Stages of Genocide” and “Fearless Farmers”, both of which are available on the HMSSCJ website. Dr Hammond has interviewed me for From the Frontline Podcasts on these topics as well. Additionally, I have interviewed Author Cuan Elgin about his book Bulala, for the Salt and Light Radio Programme, and I interviewed our Frontline mission team that just returned from a three week intensive mission to the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, during which they smuggled the largest shipment of Bibles ever into an officially Islamic country.
On Thursday, 14 July, Dr Hammond, Francis Momberg, Joseph Cave and I are heading off on a two-week cross country mission. We will be distributing Bibles and literature at multiple Schools, Churches and Organizations. We will also be running a Biblical Worldview Seminar in Pretoria, and speaking at many schools and churches, doing devotions, presenting lectures, etc.
Thank you to everyone, who has made this year possible so far. Thank you for your on going prayers and support. I am eternally grateful.
By His Grace
Henry Morton Stanley School of Christian Journalism Researcher
Cell: 079 6130399