Why Celebrate the Reformation?
Twenty years ago a Frontline Fellowship Mission team was approaching a remote village in Cuando Cubango province (what the Portuguese refered to as the ends of the earth) in Angola. The team heard the sound of enthusiastic singing. They immediately recognised the tune, even though they could not understand the words.
A Mighty Fortress is Our God
What they were hearing was: Ein Feste Burg Ist Unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress is our G
od), Dr. Martin Luther's great Battle Hymn of the Reformation, in Ovimbundu. This beloved Hymn, based on Psalm 46, is one of the favourite Hymns of the Persecuted Church, and one of the most translated Hymns in history.
A large banner was stretched across the road proclaiming 31 October 1517. It was Reformation Day! School children had posters and projects with hand drawings of Reformers, Dr. Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, William Tyndale and John Calvin.
Churches Under Fire in Nigeria
Boko Haram terrorists have destroyed over 180 churches in Borno state, in Northern Nigeria, in the last month. According to Human Rights Watch, the Boko Haram Jihadists have killed over 2,053 people since the beginning of 2014.
According to Rev. Gideon Obasogie, 185 churches have been torched and 190,000 people displaced by Boko Haram's Jihad, in Borno state, in the last month. He described the destruction of churches as "sad, heart-aching and potentially dangerous to the territorial integrity and common good of Nigeria… our church communities in Gulak, Shuwa, Michika and Bazza were ransacked by the callous attacks of the Boko Haram terrorists."
Burundi for Christ
Dear Friends and Family
Greetings in the wonderful Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our Mission team has had some really incredible ministry opportunities. Currently we are in a far out, deep rural area ministering in a very strong Muslim region of Eastern Malawi among the Yao tribe. This tribe is notorious for their involvement in the Arab slave trade and for their warring nature. The Christians in this area have been persecuted harshly by the Muslims; recently two churches were burned down.
Through Sickness and…un-Health
Renee and I are still trying to recover from a relentless bout of flu that has been troubling us for the last 3 weeks. We are definitely on the tail end of this now, but it is still stubbornly refusing to submit to the handfuls of medication that we have been throwing at it.