“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”
Bad Times are Good for Spiritual Work
As I write this there are daily riots in the streets in almost every province of South Africa. The ANC controlled parliament are holding public hearings to demonstrate public support for their plan to change the constitution to allow “Expropriation Without Compensation” – basically, land confiscations. With such a blatant attempt to subvert private ownership of property, the rule of law and tear up constitutional guarantees, there is a growing lawlessness spreading throughout the country (See: Is South Africa Entering the Second Phase of the Revolution?).
We praise God for His blessing and protection of Joseph, Francis, Emma and myself who have returned from a packed and productive Mission around South Africa. We drove over 4,000km, conducted 45 meetings, including 4 church services, 3 school assemblies, a Biblical Worldview Seminar in Pretoria, a Bible College Consultation, a Youth conference, ministry at 4 Missions, 25 presentations and sermons and recording 20 devotions for Radio Khwezi.
Literature for South Africa
We also delivered Bibles and books to many different ministries, Missions and churches for Literature4Africa. All in all our team delivered and distributed over 2.5 tonnes of Bibles, books, Gospel booklets, tracts and audio visual materials to 18 venues in 6 Provinces of South Africa.
“From beyond the rivers of Cush, My worshipers, My scattered people,
will bring Me offerings.” Zephaniah 3:10
The Largest Shipment of Bibles Ever Smuggled into an Officially Islamic Country
We praise God for the safe return of our Missionaries from North Africa. By God's grace, John, Ben, Hunter and Abrie succeeded in delivering and distributing over 32,000 Bibles and 43,000 The Story of Jesus Christ full colour picture books to 130 schools and numerous churches throughout the remote and war-devastated Nuba Mountains of Sudan. You can read the various Reports from our Missionaries in the latest Frontline Fellowship News Edition 2, 2018, which is available online. Visit www.FrontlineMissionSA.org website.
“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
City Tabernacle Baptist Church in Brisbane is an historic church dating back to the 1850s and was established by a missionary sent out by Charles Spurgeon. It is one of the oldest churches in Queensland. The first Baptist Church building in Brisbane was opened in Wharf Street in 1859. The church then moved to the present site on Wickham Terrace. This impressive, classical Venetian style building stands in one of the highest parts of the city and was opened to the Glory of God in 1890. The first minister, Rev. William Whale, was sent out by Charles Spurgeon. For many years the Baptist Theological College met in the tower of this church and the local ministers’ fraternal used it as their meeting place. In the early 1900s a private school for girls was launched in the basement of the church. Today a company of the Boys and Girls Brigade meet in the basement of the church.
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
“That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in Heaven and of those on earth and of those under the earth and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:10-11
Latest Frontline News Available
The latest Frontline Fellowship News is available online. It includes John’s report on our Mission to the Nuba Mountains, my analysis: Zimbabwe Celebrates as Mugabe Falls, photo collages on the Biblical Worldview Summit and Great Commission Course, the Extraordinary Testimony of Michiah Lancaster and Frontline resources, including of our new book: Security and Survival Handbook.
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His Name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing Psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy Name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvellous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,” 1 Chronicles 16:8-12
Working for Reformation Today
This was my fourth Mission in four months. We have been promoting 2017 as Reformation 500 for many years, actually, since my Mission to Europe in 2005, so it is understandable that we have received many invitations to conduct Reformation 500 conferences in so many countries.
It seems that life, much like a book, is filled with many, many chapters. Some are filled with highs, while others with lows. Some drag out in mundane monotony, while others glide by in their exceptional noteworthiness. The past two and a half years working with International Students Incorporated (ISI) has been one of those latter chapters, filled with some of the most wonderful experiences for our family.
Sadly, our chapter with ISI is soon drawing to its close. Due to our plan to move to Cape Town later this year and with the academic school year coming to an end for our student friends, our time on staff has come to a close with ISI. We are so grateful for all we have learned from our partnership with ISI and the amazing community we have become a part of because of it.
Dear Intercessors and Supporters
"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations."Psalm 100:4-5
We are most grateful to Almighty God for His mercy, provision, guidance and protection throughout this last year. Among the many highlights were Missions to Kenya, Zimbabwe and Egypt, hosting the Eurochor during the Reformation events in Cape Town, invitations to participate in the KwaSizabantu Youth Conference, the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship Family Conference at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia and a record number of new publications completed.
"Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the good news of His Salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all…" 1 Chronicles 16:23-25
Eurochor in Cape Town
We praise God for a most blessed, inspiring and empowering series of Reformation celebration events and outreaches in Cape Town. Making this year's Reformation celebrations absolutely unique was the arrival of the Eurochor. With over 140 members drawn from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and Switzerland, this International Christian Youth Choir has thrilled audiences throughout the world with their multilingual, varied, colourful and captivating concerts.
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…" Hosea 4:6
Fifth Mission in Five Months
By God's Grace I have safely returned from another Mission to America. This was my fifth mission in five months. With a whirlwind of writing deadlines, printing projects and outreaches, it seemed that I had barely unpacked from the Mission to Kenya then I was racing off to the airport again to fly all across to the West coast of America, to Seattle and from there to Idaho. I left Cape Town exhausted and being squeezed into middle seats on the long international legs of this journey, bumped and jostled from all sides ensured that I arrived even more tired and jet lagged.
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