For your edification, inspiration and for intercession, here is a small selection of remarkable, written responses that we have received by mail, or e-mail, from friends and supporters and from the field, in recent months. Please continue to lift up these people and countries in prayer. Please continue to intercede that our publications, outreaches and courses may continue to renew minds, transform lives, change hearts and disciple nations.
New Sudan Video is So Powerful and Inspiring
“Wow! This is powerful. Thank you so much for the video on the Nuba mountains. We would love to put it out soon, on our prayer for Sudan newsletter.” – E.
Come Back to Uganda
“Thank you for remembering us by sending us a good man. We love him. Tell him to come back again and again. Uganda was very blessed with him. We enjoyed his messages. He left us in hunger for God’s Word.” - Pastor M. J., Uganda
“Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity, for you I have learned much of life's philosophy.” – M. S., Uganda
The “peace talks” and negotiations between the Cubans, Angolans and South Africans had led to the unusual situation of having Joint Military Monitoring Commission (JMMC) posts along the South West African/Angolan border by January/February 1989.
Preaching to the Enemy
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 SWA), 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
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.
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.
There is no doubt that the harvest is very large and the workers are far too few. However, I have become increasingly concerned about how ill-prepared most mission volunteers are on entering the field. Also disturbing is how little discernment is evidenced in all too many cases.
Frustrations in the Field
Over the years, I have tried to give an honest and balanced report on the problems, frustrations and difficulties of the field, without unduly glamourising missions. Of course one wants to encourage and inspire fellow Believers to wholehearted commitment to world missions, but, even from the earliest years of Frontline Fellowship, I have felt the need to also issue words of warning and caution as to the real dangers and difficulties involved. The Lord warned us to count the cost and much of what I have heard in different missions conferences seem to be setting up well-meaning people for inevitable disappointment and even disaster.