|Mission Report - March 2011|
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him! Psalm 67
Biblical Worldview Summit
Ideas have consequences; these consequences are shaping the world. UnBiblical ideas have unBiblical consequences. If we want to honour God in all areas of life, we need to apply the Lordship of Jesus Christ to all areas of our lives.
The BWS in January strengthened the faith and Biblical foundations of young adults and prepared them to defend their faith and to be a light in a dark world.
“I have gained a great wealth of valuable knowledge about other worldviews, and enjoyed working in a team to solve problems.” – Michelle Frew
“The BWS has refreshed and challenged my mind concerning my Biblical worldview. It has given me a lot of ‘ammo’ with which to defend it.” – Berdine FrewLocal Ministry
I am having many preaching opportunities at school assemblies in townships and villages around Potgietersrus. Students have a great need for Biblical input as the staff at the schools generally seem uninterested or incapable of training them. In several of the schools the powers of darkness have an influence, with demonic manifestations during my preaching, but I praise God that there is no comparison between these forces and Jesus Christ.
I am regularly invited to preach on Mokopane FM. Joe, the presenter and my friend is very eager to learn from me and asks many questions about important issues. He has been disillusioned by the luxurious lives of many pastors who preach and teach that your miracle from God will be in comparison to the amount of money you sow into the church (or his pocket). He longs for truth and integrity. During one Sunday morning and evening show he aired some of the recorded messages I gave at the school assemblies.
In the beginning of the year my Father in law’s car was stolen and he had to buy a secondhand one. I helped him to rebuild the car’s engine, which was literally in pieces in a bucket, and he was very appreciative for the help and support.
National Day of Repentance outreach
Since 1 February 1997, almost 1 000 000 babies have been murdered inside the womb. As a part of our planning for the Pro-Life outreach in our town, we made a promotional video that was shown in churches. I preached on Mokopane FM on “Abortion is Murder” and invited the listeners to join the outreach on 1 February and a radio station in Pietersburg, Capricorn FM, interviewed me concerning our outreach.
The outreach was opened with a prayer of repentance followed by a peaceful placard demonstration along the main street. We managed to distribute hundreds of information pamphlets as students from a Christian School also helped us. Some of the young people were shocked at the facts of abortion. Our team members gave pamphlets to a young man who was busy handing out abortion adverts, there are several of these individuals in our town. This was our first National Day of Repentance outreach in Potgietersrus and we submitted an article to our local Afrikaans and English newspapers. We were encouraged when both newspapers published the article together with photos of the event.
Home School Academy
We had the opportunity to motivate homeschoolers to get involved in Christian Action during Home School Academy meetings in Nylstroom and Tzaneen. We met like-minded people and received invitations to address church groups in different towns in Limpopo Province about moral issues.
South Africa Ministry Trip
During March I joined Dr. Peter Hammond with his son, Calvin, on a ministry trip in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu Natal. We visited Back To The Bible Training College, Africa School of Missions, and Jivannadi Mission and attended the Minister’s Conference at KwaSizabantu Mission. I delivered an almost 2000kg load of books, literature and tracts to students and libraries at these ministries. All the glory to God for His protection while traveling. After leaving Jivannadi Mission one of the Land Rover’s tires lost a third of its tread. At this stage we were not carrying any load and we could safely stop and fit the spare tire. Back home I examined the other tires and found that another tire was also starting to unravel. I am so grateful that this did not happen while hauling the heavy trailer with a fully laden vehicle down one of the steep mountain passes in KwaZulu Natal!
Dr Hammond spoke on the Islamic Revolution in the Middle East, he taught on Recognizing God's Voice, Guilt Manipulation, Egalitarianism and Pride and Foolishness. We also did recordings at Good News Community Radio at Jivannadi Mission. I was interviewed on our Family’s involvement in Adoption and Foster care, my Personal Testimony, Our Mission work in Zambia and Zimbabwe, Honoring your Parents and I recorded various devotions.
Back to The Bible Training College
At BBTC the 170 students represent 14 African countries and studies include every book of the Bible. In spite of last year’s fire that destroyed the College’s admin building including years of reports, student data and personal treasures (photos, awards, letters, etc), the number of students have increased to more than ever before. We donated books to every student and the college library.
Africa School of Missions
This School has a vision to train Christian leaders who will change Africa for Christ. Dr Hammond lectured on Frontline Fellowship’s outreach and ministry to the persecuted church during the past thirty years, with special emphasis on Sudan. We gave each student a valuable Reformation Study Bible, mission books and tracts.
Situated on the north coast of KwaZulu Natal, their mission focus is mainly Hindus. An illuminated cross on their radio tower is very prominent in the area and can clearly be seen at night, especially by travelers going to and from the nearby airport. The work done by the ministry, school and radio station make them a shining light in a dark world, reaching the lost.
The Minister’s Conference was attended by almost a thousand pastors, missionaries and evangelists. Most of the books that I was transporting were donated to this mission. The time we spent at KwaSizabantu was the highlight of my trip. The continuous revival at this dynamic mission has been going on since 1966 and many people’s lives have been turned right side up. The simple Gospel message of true repentance, confession of sin, restitution, restoration and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is at the centre of this ministry. Jesus promised rivers of living Water that will continue into eternal life. John 7:38 Although there is a great spiritual thirst in people’s lives, most of us are satisfied with only trying to fill our cups on Sunday mornings. It is shameful that we do not thirst enough after this Water, being willing to do whatever it takes to present ourselves a clean and holy vessel for Him to fill.
Please pray for our upcoming trip to Zambia and Zimbabwe during April and May. Much effort goes into arranging an outreach and/or preparing for a ministry trip. Hours are spent receiving and cataloging books and tracts from Frontline Fellowship Head Office in Cape Town, servicing the vehicles, communicating with contacts in the field, setting up a ministry schedule, preparing for ministry and raising additional prayer and financial support.
Mission trip to Zambia & Zimbabwe – April/May
Thank you for your faithful prayers and support. May God be with you.