After 30 hours of travel, on three flights, touching three continents (from Phoenix to Seattle to Amsterdam to Cape Town), we finally made it to our long-long-long-anticipated destination: the stunning and draught-stricken country of South Africa. Jeremy impressed us with how well he did on all three flights and layovers, and he didn’t take long to adjust from jetlag. With only 50 liters (13gal) allotted per person, per day, what we have had to adjust to are 60-second showers (using buckets to catch excess which we reuse for toilets and gardens) and overall careful, minimal use of water. Nonetheless, our feet have finally been planted firmly on (extremely dry) African soil.
It is a joy to be here with the family and with friends at Frontline. On our first Sunday here (the 18th), Hunter was given the opportunity to preach about Jesus being our victory over the spiritual battle. Since then, he has been preparing for more teaching opportunities here, such as an overview of early Christian responses to Islam at the Reformation Society meeting tomorrow and a podcast or two with “From the Front Line.” The three of us are beginning to settle into a delightful rhythm here, and we are eager to see what will unfold in the days and months to come.
From Castles to Cars
Our home in Phoenix is set to close tomorrow, March 1st. The inspection, appraisal, and walk through have all taken place and our buyer seems pleased with the results. It’s surreal to think, come tomorrow, that our little castle will no longer be truly ours. While there were a few bumps along the way, we give all glory to God that the sale of our home has gone as smoothly as it has. This, now, is truly an end to a beautiful and unforgettable chapter in our lives.
With all the hustle and bustle that comes with a family of eight living on the same property, our need for our own vehicle (and soon) has become quite apparent. While we have all been making the most out of arranging plans around each other, the reality is, we are usually one or two cars shy of getting to our various appointments. Cars are a little more costly in this country. With Craigslist no longer an option and several more hoops to jump through like road worthy certifications and such, we are estimating our need will be approximately $15-17,000 for a reliable, second-hand family car. Please join us in prayer for provision for this necessary purchase.
Indeed, for the first time, we are thrilled to be sending you this update from across the globe! No longer residing in “the Combs Castle” of Phoenix, AZ, we now bid our first, happy greeting from “the Combs Cottage” in Cape Town, SA! Thank you for all of your prayers and support that brought us here. We honestly would not have been able to make this journey were it not for God’s provision through you! For this reason (and so many more), we praise God for you, and will forever be grateful for your friendship.
Now that we're here in my hometown of Cape Town, after many years of dreaming, praying, and planning, I can't think of a better way to sum up our "Wizard of Oz" theme than by quoting our friend Dorothy, "There's no place like home. There's no place like home." (I just wish our venture here could have been done by a simple click of the heals, as well!)
From Hunter’s Desk…
For the past couple weeks, I’ve gone with Abrie and a couple of missionaries here at Frontline to do evangelism at the University of Cape Town (UCT). We’ve gotten into conversations with Hindus, Muslims and a couple of struggling Christians. Our first conversation with the Hindu students was strange. One student explained to us how he thought that Ganesh (the elephant-headed god) had the same story as Jesus, saying he gave his life as a sacrifice for his people’s sins and was beheaded, then was resurrected when one of the gods put an elephant’s head on his body. It was an unexpectedly bizarre conversation, but we were glad to be able to point them to the One True God and to give them Gospels of John.
Although these young people were from various (Islamic, Hindu, and Christian) backgrounds, they were friendly and open to the Gospel. I am looking forward to the opportunities that the Lord continues to open for ministry at UCT.
Right now seeking opportunities in South Africa to reach the nations for Christ. We are focusing our efforts on wining Muslims to Christ, who are living or studying in Cape Town. Our strategy is to win those coming from closed access Muslim countries with the Gospel, so that they can go back to their families and reach their own people with the Gospel. We have an opportunity in South Africa to reach Muslims from all across the continent of Africa and the Middle East. South Africa boasts the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere (Nizamiye Mosque) and was home to one of the world's leading Muslim apologists Ahmed Deedat until his demise in 2005.
Our vision is to reach Muslims for Christ and to equip believers to take part in winning Muslims for Christ. Frontline Fellowship has been working for the last 35 years to serve the persecuted church throughout Africa and bring leadership training and biblical discipleship materials to churches throughout the continent. We have worked in many countries impacted by persecution at the hands of Islam. We believe that the only way to bring true transformation to the Muslim world is through the light of the Gospel.
·God would open up doors for the Gospel among Muslims
·God would open the hearts of university students to the Gospel
·God’s continued provision (particularly for a family car)
·That the container would be delivered without any complications
Thank you so much for the part you play in helping us invest our lives in the work of the Kingdom.
Much love in Christ,
Hunter, Andrea, and Jeremy
Although we made it to South Africa, we took a step of faith moving here and are still seeking to raise funds to cover our moving, and monthly living cost, so that we can be established as missionaries in Cape Town.
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