GREAT COMMISSION COURSE
Our last month has been crammed full of interesting events and outreaches. Participants from as far afield as Arizona and Zambia, California and the Congo, Canada and New Zealand took part in our Great Commission Course. The GCC involved prison ministry, film evangelism, mass literature distribution, door to door, one on one, personal evangelism, hard physical work, setting up a large tent in a township with inadequate tools, intense times of prayer, some inspiring visits to Christian heritage sites and mission stations in Cape Town, soccer evangelism on a muddy field and midnight hikes, in the forest, in the river or over the mountain with backpacks filled with Scriptures in Arabic.
CONFERENCE IN KWAZULU
Immediately following the conclusion of the GCC, I flew off to KwaZulu/Natal to be the keynote speaker at a pastors conference and church family camp. The theme was Revival and numerous young people made commitments to Christ, others stood to commit themselves to full surrender to the Lordship of Christ in all areas of life and others came forward to make themselves available for missions.
SPEAKING UP FOR THE PRISONERS IN ZIMBABWE
Timothy represented Frontline Fellowship at the University of Pretoria Missions Week, then travelled down to KwaSizabantu Mission to give a report back on our mission to Sudan and collect our latest book, the Discipleship Handbook, from their printers. The day after Timothy unloaded the nearly one ton of Discipleship Handbooks, I was able to introduce the book at a Women of Destiny Rally in Cape Town. Then I was flown up to Johannesburg to take part in a one-hour debate on National TV prime time, The Big Question, on the human rights abuses and the ongoing lawlessness in Zimbabwe. The audience and thousands of phone-in viewers voted overwhelmingly for our position that South Africa should do far more to help the prisoners suffering in Zimbabwe.
STANDING FOR THE RIGHT TO LIFE AT PARLIAMENT
Straight after that I was called upon to give a submission to the Health Portfolio Committee at Parliament. My submission, both written and verbal, was accompanied with a PowerPoint slide presentation arguing for the right to life of pre-born babies to be respected and protected by law. We urged that the abortion legislation in South Africa be scrapped.
NATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY OUTREACHES IN THE MALL
On National Women's Day, we organised outreaches and displays at five shopping centres to campaign for more respect and protection for women by combating the exploitative industry of pornography. This was the tenth year in a row that we have organised the National Women's Day outreaches. Book tables with photo displays were set up in the shopping malls, balloons with pro-family slogans and Scripture verses were distributed to children, chocolates and literature to the women, and many interesting conversations and witnessing opportunities resulted. This year we also had eight American missionary volunteers join us for these shopping mall outreaches.
NEW DISCIPLESHIP HANDBOOK LAUNCHED
Launching our new Discipleship Handbook has also provided more opportunities for ministry and to call people back to what is of the greatest importance - our relationship with the Lord. At home meetings, church services, rallies and mission conferences, we have been receiving a tremendous response to this new Discipleship Handbook. This is my third discipleship book in the series which began with Faith In Action in 1989 and Putting Feet To Your Faith in 1998. We also continue to receive a tremendous response to the Biblical Principles For Africa book, including personal letters from the Presidents of Zambia and Malawi. Please pray with us that the Lord will also use this Discipleship Handbook to equip pastors, chaplains, teachers and evangelists throughout Africa to make disciples, teaching obedience - to enable us to love God more wholeheartedly, to serve Him more effectively, to obey Him more consistently and to worship Him more acceptably. The Discipleship Handbook is packed full of some of the most practical, important and helpful lessons that I have learnt in the 27 years that I have been a Christian, and the 25 years I've been involved in missions. I pray that the Lord will make it as much of a blessing to those who read it as it has been for me to research and write it.
ANDREA and the AUSTRIAN ALPS
The Discipleship Handbook is the first book that I've dedicated to a family member, to my eldest daughter, Andrea. Andrea recently had the opportunity to travel through to Austria for a family wedding, to visit relatives there and to learn some German while working on her cousin's farm.
CHRISTOPHER CELEBRATES 9 YEARS
On Wednesday we had the great joy of celebrating Christopher's 9th birthday. I know that many of you have been praying for Christopher since he was born with kidney failure. The doctors at the time gave him no chance of survival. Christopher is a daily testimony of God's miraculous answers to our heartfelt prayers. Please do continue to pray for all of us as we have so many writing projects, outreaches and field trips coming up.
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making requests for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the Gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:3-6
Yours for the fulfillment of the Great Commission
Dr Peter Hammond
P O Box 74