A Christian Response to the Refugee Crisis
"You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt." Exodus 22:21
What are the facts and forces behind the refugee crisis? What does the future hold? How should we as Christians respond?
The main thing is to keep the main the main thing. Our greatest priority on earth is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourself. We are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). The Great Commission must be our supreme ambition. "All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…" Matthew 28:18-20. Christ's last Command must be our first concern.
Mission to Mpumalanga
Last week I had the privilege of travelling through to Mpumalanga to present a week of lectures at Back to the Bible Training College. This year BBTC celebrates 25 years of providing an intensive three-year training programme for pastors, teachers and Evangelists. The curriculum takes students through every book and chapter of the Bible and brings in lecturers from around the world to train the students in Doctrine, Theology, Hermeneutics, Homiletics, Comparative Religions, Evangelism, Counselling, History and a host of other vital subjects "That the man of God may be thoroughly equipped, to do every good work."
When Rev. Piet Erasmus began Back to the Bible Training College 25 years ago, it was our privilege to provide one of our Missionaries, George, whom we had put through Theological training, as his first faculty member for the first year. Our Missionaries have also had the joy of visiting other Sola Scriptura Colleges planted by Rev. Erasmus in Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania. One of our Trainee Field Workers, Ryno, was loaned to Rev. Erasmus on detached duty for six month service in the Sola Scriptura Bible College in Malawi.
Prayer & Praise Update - Moving Mountains
Today we are moving mountains of Bibles and books. Just three weeks ago we received the joyful report from the field: "Jordan crossed!" signalling the successful delivery into Zimbabwe of over 30 tonnes of Bibles and Christian books. God's provision, protection and perfect timing were evident throughout the mission.
Border crossings into Marxist Zimbabwe can always present a challenge. Corruption, confusion and chaos are great daunting obstacles that are often frustrating, intimidating and time-wasting. Even after overcoming the beaurocratic obstacle course at the border, there are multiple roadblocks within the country. One of our recent Mission teams reported passing through over 50 police and army roadblocks in Zimbabwe. So the successful delivery of this shipment to Christians within Zimbabwe was a major answer to prayer.