LET THE EARTH HEAR HIS VOICE
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
"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
New Publications Produced
We praise God for a series of vital publications completed and received back from the printers in time for our field teams to deliver throughout South Africa and across the border to donate to Bible Colleges, Missions, churches and Evangelists.
Today we are moving mountains of Bibles and books. Just three weeks ago we received the joyful report from the field: "Jordan crossed!" signalling the successful delivery into Zimbabwe of over 30 tonnes of Bibles and Christian books. God's provision, protection and perfect timing were evident throughout the mission.
STRENGTHENING PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
TO SURVIVE A TSUNAMI OF VIOLENCE
Bad times are good for spiritual work. Our biggest enemy is apathy. Opposition can often make us stronger. When things are dark the light shines brighter. Amidst tremendous upheavals and violence, God's people are standing firm and persevering in Africa.
A Time of Violence
Xenophobic mob murders against foreigners and brutal murders of farmers in South Africa. Islamic Al-Shabaab terrorists massacred over 140 students in Kenya, specifically targeting Christians for beheadings. There have been attacks on churches and murders of pastors in Tanzania and threats by the Minister of Home Affairs to deregister churches who resist incorporating Shari'a changes to the Tanzanian constitution. Vicious attacks on Christian communities and bombings of churches in Nigeria by Boko Haram Jihadists. There have been beheadings of Egyptian Coptic Christians and Ethiopian Christians by ISIS terrorists, shouting "Allah Akbar". These are only some of the recent high profile examples of a relentless war against Christians intensifying in Africa.
Africa Overland Mission
Please pray for the Frontline Fellowship Mission team involved in a 7 month, 11 country Africa Overland Mission. Tonnes of Bibles, Gospel booklets, Discipleship training materials, audio visual materials, and Manuals have been prepared, printed, packaged, pre-positioned and are being transported by this team for a series of Evangelistic outreaches, Discipleship Training Seminars, Great Commission Seminars and Reformation Conferences.
Bibles for Africa
By God's grace, a 17 tonne shipment of Bibles and books was received just in time for the Livingstone Bicentennial. Most of the Bibles received from this 20-foot container will be distributed in English speaking countries where Dr. David Livingstone pioneered the Gospel, a century and a half ago: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Tanzania.
Biblical Worldview Seminar
Despite incredibly cold weather (for South Africa), including snow blocking the national roads and mountain passes and torrential rain, which caused flooding and rock falls which blocked our return route, our Biblical Worldview Seminar in Riversdale was well attended and blessed with warm fellowship.
Snow and Icy Conditions Fail to Dampen Enthusiasm
Coming in the midst of the coldest and wettest week in a very cold and wet winter, we drove through pouring rain and past snow capped mountains to the venue 300km East of Cape Town. I had expected that the torrential rain and freezing cold conditions would drastically diminish participation on the course. However, I was pleasantly surprised that, from early in the morning until late at night, the participants came promptly and enthusiastically, often with their blankets to wrap around during what sometimes seemed like an arctic survival course. (Indeed we have received reports of thousands of vehicles stuck in snow on our national roads, homes flooded and people frozen to death and drowned on this freezing weekend.)
Shipments, Missions, Seminars and Summits
The last three months seem to have been a marathon race of Missions and meetings. Receiving, off-loading, sorting and sending out shipments of Bibles and books. Sending off Mission teams to Zimbabwe and Zambia, and travelling throughout South Africa to conduct a Great Commission Seminar, Biblical Worldview Summit, church services, film ministry, lectures at Bible Colleges, tent evangelism, outreaches, speaking at Missions Conferences and on radio programmes. After a series of Missions to Mpumalanga, Gauteng, North West Province, travelling by road and later by air, I headed off for the series of flights needed to begin my speaking tour in the United States.
Mission to Mpumalanga
By God's grace, I had the privilege of being invited to conduct a Missions Conference in Mpumalanga.
The Message in the Music
The first meeting was a Youth Rally where I had been asked to speak on The Message in the Music. Before I had even taken the podium to begin the presentation, the music group, which had led the praise and worship, filed out, carrying their musical instruments with them! A missionary's job description is to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.
March for Life
On Wednesday we took part in a march for life in Cape Town. 1 February marked the 15 th anniversary of the Legalisation of Abortion on Demand in South Africa. Since president Nelson Mandela signed the Termination of Pregnancy Bill, over one million South African babies have lost their lives through abortion, legally, with taxpayers money.
National Day of Repentance
Each year Frontline Fellowship missionaries and staff have joined with our sister Mission, Africa Christian Action in conducting a funeral procession march through the city of Cape Town. We carried little coffins, flowers, crosses, placards, banners and Christian flags. We were preceded by a hearse. A six meter billboard trailer with the words: Abortion Kills Babies and banners with:Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Proverbs 31:8andChoose Life so that you and your children may live.Deuteronomy 30:19brought up the rear of the procession.
Mission to Zambia
Our Mission trip to Zambia coincided with intense rainfall and there was flooding in many of the areas visited. I had to drive through muddy, potholed roads and rivers, swamp areas and lakes, where thousands of homes, and many churches, were under water. However, none of this dampened the tremendous enthusiasm for the ministry and on numerous occasions, large numbers of people made public commitments to Christ at the end of the service.
My hosts organized a VIP reception which whisked me passed customs and immigration procedures. I was received by the Minister of Home Affairs, Minister Lameck Mangani. The Honorable Mangani expressed interest in Frontline Fellowship assisting with the training of police and prison chaplains and supplying Evangelistic and Discipleship materials for prisons.
Missionaries Mobilised through the Great Commission Course
By God's grace, Frontline Fellowship has completed the Great Commission Course in Cape Town. Pastors, evangelists and missionaries came from Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Canada, South Africa and the USA to participate in this uniquely practical, hands-on missions training seminar.
At the end of the Great Commission Camp, 19 participants came forward to be prayed for in a Commissioning service. Each of these were going out on various short or long-term mission outreaches, including to Bangladesh, Nigeria, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Spain, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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