|A Macedonian Call|
Do you want to be involved in transforming lives and discipling nations?
Every week, sometimes daily, we receive Macedonian calls from various African nations. Here is one I received last week: “After many days of reading your programmes and activities on your website coupled with weeks of fasting and prayer, we the executive members of the Inter-African Christian Mission have decided to invite you to conduct a city wide conference to equip our pastors and church workers and crusade to win the lost and dying souls in to the Kingdom of God. This invitation is based on your long time experience, faithfulness and tireless efforts in obeying the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this achievement on your part has brought an unspeakable joy and gladness on our hearts for such a remarkable and tremendous work you have done over the years in making others to know to know the true Light of God. It is our prayer therefore that our Heavenly Father continues to give you more wisdom, strength and grace to perform the task He has called you to. We hope you will prayerfully consider this our Macedonian call to bring light and joy to our country.”
The week before I received this letter: “Kindly send us two missionaries to come and speak at our Leadership Conference.”
Although we have conducted many hundreds of meetings this year, including dozens of Leadership Training courses across the border, we simply do not have enough trained missionary field workers to respond to the many requests that we receive.
At our Field Planning meeting yesterday it was decided that I would need to make this Macedonian call known to our friends and prayer supporters.
By God’s grace we have already had numerous blessed field trips to the Congo, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe this year. But it has not been nearly enough. A couple of very important planned mission trips to desperately needy areas at this time of the year are at the moment on hold for no other reason than lack of funds for fuel, or, in one case, a co-driver.
I cannot believe that it is right to cancel such long planned mission trips merely for lack of funds. Obviously the financial downturn and recession has had serious ripple effects. Mission giving is way down. Many prayer supporters are out of work and badly affected by the recession.
Others are very distracted with the elections and their own economic woes. However it was decided I needed to make these needs known, without compromising the security of the planned missions.
If you have missionary field experience and would be available for short term missions with Frontline Fellowship in Africa, please do let us know. We need more trained, competent field workers who are willing to work in dangerous and difficult areas to assist in leadership training, literature distribution, serving suffering churches and helping to disciple nations.
There are many pensioners, pastors, widows and orphans who are praying for the desperately needed materials which we could deliver - if we had more funds for the increased fuel costs, and suitable field workers to assist in carrying out these missions.
This Sunday is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Please make the persecuted in Africa a matter for focused prayer. You can find more updates and resources for praying for the persecuted onwww.frontline.org.za website.
Yours for the fulfillment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond