Confronting Communists with The Gospel
After the decisive South African victories over the Cuban and Communist forces in Angola during the battles along the Lomba River in 1987 and 1988 (Operations Hooper and Modular), the peace talks and cease-fire between the Cubans, Angolans and South Africans, early 1989, led
to having Joint Military Monitoring Commission (JMMC) posts along the South West African/Angolan border.
Across the Border
This seemed like a God-given opportunity for Frontline Fellowship to preach the Word of God to the soldiers on both sides of the border. Accordingly, our field team travelled by helicopter, vehicle and foot to reach various JMMC posts along the Southern Angolan border. Taking full advantage of the cease-fire, we walked into Angola and preached the Gospel to the Angolan troops.
Mission to Malawi
"The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the Stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1
Answer to Prayer
Our team has been reduced in size as we lost one of our team members – not to death or any illness, but we willingly sacrificed him as a living sacrifice to serve the Lord at a Sola Scriptura Bible College that is in desperate need of help. In our last Mission update, we urged you to pray that God would send someone to fulfil this need; God has answered your prayers. We have released Ryno to respond to the earnest plea for help that came from the valiant old missionary who is single-handedly running this effective Bible College with its vast responsibilities and numerous challenges. Ryno was eager to respond to this need and thoroughly believed that God has called and prepared him for such a time as this.
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."
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.
War Against Christians Intensifies
"Remember the prisoners as if chained with them - those who are mistreated - since you yourselves are in the Body also." Hebrews 13:3
Jihad in Nigeria
More than 2,000 civilians have been murdered by Boko Haram terrorists since the beginning of this year alone. Boko Haram Jihadists in Northern Nigeria have forced approximately 650,000 people from their homes, according to the United Nations Humanitarian office (OCHA). Thousands of refugees have fled across Nigeria's borders into Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
Girls Used as Suicide Bombers in Nigeria
On 27 July, a female suicide bomber blew herself up in St. Charles church in Sabon Gari, Kano. The following day, two female suicide bombers blew themselves up at a trade show and petrol station. 30 July, an 18-year old women detonated an explosive device at a college in Kano state polytechnic, killing 16 students as they checked a notice board. The same day another attack was thwarted by police who arrested two Boko Haram Jihadists travelling with a 10-year old girl, who had a suicide explosive belt strapped to her. On 30 July, at least 5 churches were attacked by Muslim Jihadists in Borno state, using petrol bombs and explosive devices.