After the decisive South African victories over the Cuban and Communist forces in Angola during the battles along the Lomba River in 1987 and 1988 (Operations Hooper and Modular), the peace talks and cease-fire between the Cubans, Angolans and South Africans, early 1989, led to having Joint Military Monitoring Commission (JMMC) posts along the South West African/Angolan border.
Across the Border
This seemed like a God-given opportunity for Frontline Fellowship to preach the Word of God to the soldiers on both sides of the border. Accordingly, our field team travelled by helicopter, vehicle and foot to reach various JMMC posts along the Southern Angolan border. Taking full advantage of the cease-fire, we walked into Angola and preached the Gospel to the Angolan troops.
As the SADF troops stationed at the JMMC posts were from 32 Battalion (a volunteer unit formed from Black ex-Angolan refugees who had fled Marxist rule in their home country for freedom in South West Africa), we could communicate through Portuguese interpreters to both sides at the same time.
Although you would never know it if you just read secular newspapers or watched the evening news on TV, Christianity is the greatest movement in the world. When it comes to the incredible growth and impact of Christianity worldwide it could be called "The Greatest Story ever Missed!"
The Church of Jesus Christ is a worldwide movement with representatives in every country of the world. The Kingdom of Christ has more citizens than even the most populous nation on earth. It has many more employees and "customers" than Coca-Cola, Microsoft or General Motors. The worldwide assets of the church far exceed the combined assets of the "Fortune 500" companies. Americans alone give ten times more to churches and ministries than they spend on sports each year. Church attendance each month greatly exceeds the combined numbers of those who will attend sporting events throughout any entire year.1
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9 June is Pentecost Sunday.
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, 30 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!
13 January 1915 – Missionary Mary Slessor died at age 66 in Use Ikot Oku, Calabar (present day Nigeria).
28 January 1907 – Missionary to the New Hebrides, John Paton, died at age 82 at Canterbury, Victoria, Australia.
5 February 1812 – Adoniram Judson, Congregational missionary, married Anne Hasseltine. Together Adoniram and Anne Judson became America’s first foreign missionaries to Burma.
18 February 1781 – Henry Martyn was born at Truro, Cornwell, England. He became a pioneer Missionary and Bible translator to India and Persia.
22 February 1807 – The Abolition Bill was passed in the House of Commons by an overwhelming 283 votes to 16 against. It was the culmination of a 20-year crusade led by William Wilberforce.
26 February 1835 – Queen Ranavalona I of Madagascar, forbade the preaching of the Gospel. Ultimately many Christians were imprisoned, or martyred under her cruel regime.
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"Expect great things from God! Attempt great things for God!" – William Carey, 1792
Do you want to change your world?
If so, then join us for the inspiring and life-changing Great Commission Course (4-23 January 2019). The first part of the GCC will be held on the slopes of a mountain, near the ocean. The Biblical Worldview Summit (4-9 January 2019), will provide an ideal introduction to the Great Commission Course with the theme of Applying the Lordship of Christ to all Areas of Life. Participants of the GCC have come from as far afield as Australia and America, Britain and Botswana, Canada and Congo, Ghana and Germany, Sudan and South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Namibia and New Zealand, Malawi and Mozambique.
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.
"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.