From Rev. Bill Bathman, the Chairman of the Board of Frontline Fellowship
The Frontline Mission team is on the road traveling north, moving by faith, full of hope and motivated by love - the trilogy Christian experience that Paul promised in 1 Corinthians 13.
As you know, this Mission to South Sudan is time-sensitive. The country has just recently declared its Independence. Over the past 16 years our Mission Director Dr. Peter Hammond has personally made 27 mission trips to Sudan, during which time he trained Chaplains, pastors, medics and teachers plus aided in planting churches, establishing schools and a Bible College. All of this was during the war and each of these ministries needs to be resupplied - now. The Missions team’s departure depended on having the funds to equip and prepare two vehicles. Oh, and while you're at it, factor in the 'rainy season.'
The roads have been bad. Just before the Tanzanian border we encountered trailer problems. The strut mountings broke. We were able to have them welded in a local village. This problem occurred on all the struts over the next four days and we had to be quite innovative, using our rig webbing to keep the axels from falling off. We were able to nurse the truck to mountain villages where there was electricity and welding facilities. During these repairs we were able to share the Gospel and distribute many Gospel tracts to receptive people.
Harassment at the Border
After arriving early at the Zimbabwe border, we spent six hours trying to clear all the goods which we were carrying. The border officials were, as always, a law unto themselves. There was just no way around paying duties even on the free literature as well as the Boxes with Love relief aid!
At around two o'clock we were finally free from the border and proceeded into Zimbabwe. This was also one of two of the hottest days since 1962. We safely arrived at our first venue later that evening.
SUDAN PROJECT UPDATE
by the Chairman of the Board of Frontline Fellowship
Dear Praying Friends
The Mission last month to Loziland, Zambia was tough but triumphant. In my Navy days we'd call it a "shake-down cruise." The crew learn to work together. You test men and material for the battle ahead. This past month John, Mike, Hunter and Daniel have been repairing and preparing to take two trucks with trailers full of vital supplies to newly independent South Sudan. This is a time-sensitive event at the birth of a new nation.
Container of Bibles and Books
By God's grace, our first Mission team is en route to the newly Independent country of South Sudan. The last week has been an incredible whirlwind of activity. On Thursday we received a 17 tonne , 20 foot container packed full of Bibles and Christian books. All our men received a thorough workout offloading each of the boxes of precious Bibles and books by hand.
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