Africa Overland Mission Update - April 2013 PDF Print E-mail

AFRICA OVERLAND MISSION UPDATE - APRIL 2013

Dear Friends, Family and Supporters

Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

I trust all is well with you.

Much has happened since our last update and I am sure you are waiting in anticipation to hear more from us about our Mission activities in Mozambique and Malawi.

Ministry Overview
We have already travelled more than 8400km on this Africa Overland Mission. We are in the second of 11 countries to be ministered in, and we have completed the first month of 7 months that we have planned to be away on this Mission.

In Mozambique we held 12 meetings including a Great Commission Seminar, 4 Devotions and 5 lectures. In Malawi so far we have held 48 meetings including a Biblical Worldview Seminar, 3 Great Commission Seminars and a Muslim Evangelism Workshop.

Dr. David Livingstone
As many of you know, this year marks 200 years since the birth of Dr David Livingstone, the best friend that Africa ever had. We have the amazing privilege to "walk" in his footsteps and have been commissioned by Frontline Fellowship to trace some of the historic sites which dot the African continent.

Malawi is rich with the history of Dr. David Livingstone, as he spent a considerable time here and is directly responsible for the birth of Christianity in this country. We have visited a few magnificent cathedrals, hospitals and schools that trace their roots to this great hero of the Faith.

We were privileged to stand in the shade of the enormous fig tree dubbed "Dr. Livingstone’s Tree" where he sat more than 150 years ago negotiating with the local chiefs to sign a treaty to stop the slave trade. What giant footsteps he leaves behind for us to fill!

Renee successfully presented motivational presentations on the life of Dr. David Livingstone during some seminars.

Ministry
We have had many opportunities for ministry, some planned and others more unexpected. We thank God for every opportunity granted to us that we can share with others the light that has been given to us.

We have been able to show the Jesus film on four occasions and in different areas, each time preceded by Evangelistic preaching urging those present to realise that they are lost and in desperate need of the Saviour.

Literature Distribution
We have distributed a number of Discipleship books and English Bibles to those who are able to read English as well as Chichewa Gospel booklets to all the pastors, Evangelists and church leaders. We also made a stop at The Bible Society in Blantyre, where we purchased a number of Chichewa Bibles for distribution where the need was greatest.

Generally, I insisted that those who were in need of a Bible should earn themselves a Bible by reciting the 10 Commandments in order. Those who wanted an English Bible needed to recite the 10 Commandments in English, so that we could ensure that they were able to actually read the English Bible.

Muslim Stronghold
In our previous update we asked that you remember us in prayer as we were soon to enter a Muslim stronghold where we were going to do some ministry. Thank you for remembering us in your prayers! It was a very successful time of ministry where we were able to do a Great Commission Seminar and a Muslim Evangelism Workshop for the pastors, Evangelists and church leaders, as well as screen the Jesus film two nights in a row!

Muslims Respond to the Gospel
Many responded to the Gospel and we were told that many of those who made public commitments in response to the Gospel were in fact Muslims! We praise God for the work He is doing there.

We urge you to continue to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who are making a stand for Him here against overwhelming odds.

Muslim Fear
After the first night that we were in this Muslim stronghold area, we were told in the morning that many of the Muslims were kept up the whole night phoning and warning each other to keep watch over their mosques. They were afraid that we had come to burn down their mosques and had therefore posted guards to keep watch! Praise God that the enemy shudders at His presence!

Upcoming
Tomorrow I am to preach at a Church here in Malawi, then we head to a Bible College where we will conduct a 3-day Great Commission Seminar.

Border Crossings
Within the next two weeks we will be crossing the border and we request your fervent prayer. Also pray for the upcoming ministry that it may be blessed and that the Gospel seed will fall into good soil.

Thank You
We greatly appreciate and desperately need your prayers. Thank you for taking the time to remember us in your prayers. I do believe that it is due to your prayers that we have seen great effectiveness in the ministry and unusual favour at roadblocks. Please continue to pray.

Thank you also to those of you who sacrifice to fund our Faith Mission. Your support enables us to fulfil our calling.

In His service - and loving it!Michael Watson

Michael Watson
Missionary Field Worker

Frontline Fellowship
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