On the last day of 1899, Chinese revolutionaries abducted Sidney Brooks, a 24 year old missionary of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The Chinese tortured Sidney for hours and then murdered him. The greatest century of Christian advance ended with a vicious backlash in China.
1900, the last year of the nineteenth century, was a year of momentous upheavals and widespread murder of missionaries in China. There had always been hostility to foreigners and foreign religions in China, and in the late 1890’s, the Society of Harmonious Fists, or Boxers, began organising a systematic campaign to eradicate Christianity from China.
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For a Christian not to be Spirit-filled is a downright sin. If you are not filled with the Spirit then you are living in sin. God commands us in Ephesians 5:18: “Be filled with the Spirit” and if you do not obey then you sin by neglect (James 4:17).
By indifference to the Word of God, by apathy to His commands, by spiritual laziness and carelessness, by a sluggish and lukewarm response to God’s great command to be filled with the Spirit, the church has been filled by the world, by the flesh and by the devil with sinful, half-hearted, lukewarm, semi-saved, half-saved, pseudo-saved and even unsaved poor imitations of the real thing.
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Thursday, 10 May is Ascension Day
"All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. For the Kingdom is the Lord's and He rules over the nations." Psalm 22:27-28
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…" We are not called to make converts, or "decisions", but disciples. We are to make disciples, not only of individuals, we must start there and of families, which is vital, we are not only to disciple congregations and communities. The Great Commission commands us to make disciples of nations - all nations!
"The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue.
It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner." William Cameron Townsend.
From the Battlefield to the Mission Field
William Cameron Townsend was one of the most influential mission leaders in the last century. Born in California in 1896, raised in a Presbyterian Church, he was inspired to join the Student Volunteer Movement after hearing missionary John Mott speak at Occidental College in Los Angeles. In 1917, as William Townsend prepared to join the army and participate in the war, he was challenged by a missionary on furlough to make the Great Commission his priority and go to the mission field instead of the battlefield.
Does God Speak My Language?
He departed for Guatemala, August 1917, with a Bible Association that sold Spanish Bibles in the field. He had almost completed his first year of service in Guatemala when one of the Kaqchikel Indians approached his table, looked at the Spanish Bible and asked "If your God is so smart, why doesn’t He speak my language?" Cameron was shocked to learn that although this man lived in Guatemala, he was one of the 200,000 Kaqchikel people who spoke no Spanish. The cutting comment of this Indian so troubled Cameron, that he dedicated the next 13 years of his life to translating the Bible into their language.
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
"…Praise the Lord, call upon His Name; declare His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth." Isaiah 12:4-5
From the Ends of the Earth
Participants for this year's Great Commission Course came from as far afield as America, Canada, England, Kenya and New Zealand. Participants wrote that they came to the GCC: "to be empowered, so that I can empower others.", "to learn to be more effective.", "to gain courage and boldness" and for "duty and desire to glorify God."
Today there are numerous attempts to hijack Christmas from its Christian origins and to replace Jesus with some secular Santa Clause. The original Saint Nicolas, on which Santa Clause is based, was a dedicated Christian who was generous to the poor. That was the inspiration for Santa Clause. However, today Hollywood has built up a huge mythology of a secular Santa Clause that is far more acceptable to secular humanists and atheists than the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Christmas at the Battlefront
On Christmas Eve 1914, a spontaneous cease-fire was observed across the whole of the Western Front. The Christmas Truce of the First World War, a singular event unprecedented in the history of warfare, initially received widespread media coverage in the New York Times of 31 December 1914, followed by British newspapers, such as the Mirror, The Illustrated London News, and the Times, which printed front page photographs of British and German troops mingling and singing Christmas carols.
Do you want to change your world?
lf so, then join us for the inspiring and life-changing Great Commission Course. The ﬁrst part of the GCC will be held at a campsite in a forest, by a lake. The Great Commission Camp (30 December - 4 January 2017) will provide an ideal introduction to the GCC with the theme of Reformation to the Remotest Regions.
"Expect great things from God! Attempt great things for God!" – William Carey.
Missionary Boot Camp
Join other Christians who are dedicated to making Christ's Great Commission their supreme ambition - at the foot of Africa in Cape Town. This is a uniquely practical Missionary course for all who desire to be more innovative and effective in cross-cultural Evangelism and Discipleship. The last Command of our Lord Jesus ought to be our first concern.
Frontline Fellowship pioneered Missionary work in war-torn Mozambique and Angola in the early 1980’s and in Islamic Sudan since 1995. Frontline Fellowship smuggled over 500,000 Bibles and Christian books in 24 languages into Sudan, and has trained many thousands of pastors, teachers, chaplains and medics in Restricted Access Areas.