Mission to Zimbabwe April 2012

Border Crossing

We spent only three hours on the border this time round. The border procedures are still very inefficient and complicated by corruption, with only a handful of officials manning the extremely busy border post.

Africa's Greatest Need

Most of the pastors throughout Africa have no formal Bible training, but even more alarmingly: most of the Christians throughout Africa have not been adequately discipled. Great effort has been made to evangelise the continent, but the "...teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you..." part of the Great Commission is badly neglected. Therefore it is true that the Christianity in Africa is in general very shallow.

Enthusiasm

Our ministry started where several denominations work in unison to build the Kingdom of our Lord. Two of the prominent churches in the town used to have 500 plus members each, but have been reduced to only a few families each. However, their positive attitude and excitement about Jesus Christ was very encouraging.

One pastor proclaimed with great conviction that Zimbabwe is the country which will be a witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the other countries in Africa! The openness of participants was notable and some of the pastors publically confessed errors in their teachings.

Teachable

At a high-density area several churches were represented at the Discipleship course. The humility, teachability, and willingness of the pastors to participate was apparent to our team and it was very encouraging to minister there.

Lion on the Loose

There was a lion rehabilitation centre closely situated to our venue and one day we had a "lion-on-the-loose" warning!

Evening Classes

At another town, we conducted an evening session in addition to the normal day seminar. Several leaders who had to work during the day, sacrificed their evenings to attended this part of our ministry.

Church Planting

I marvel at God's providence in us participating in a church plant. We were scheduled to introduce a South African pastor to one of our friends in Harare, but because the meeting was rescheduled, we were able to go with the church planting team to this area where no Evangelical church existed. We experienced some hostility from religious cults who control the area, but we were warmly welcomed by the chief of the village. We held open-air meetings and the sound system that was used projected the preaching 3km away. People from far away walked to attend the meetings and heard the Gospel of the sacrifice of Jesus' Blood on the Cross, and His Resurrection from the dead, Repentance of sin and Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

A local elder was identified to head up the new church and we had an opportunity to give teaching to him and the other Christians who will help him lead the new church. Much excitement accompanied this pioneering event.

Repentance

We were given an opportunity to preach at another church on a Sunday morning. I preached on Repentance and the pastor excitedly told me that the sermon he had planned to preach that morning would also have been on Repentance. May God have His sovereign way with this church as they seek Him.

Boxes With Love

We delivered another batch of Boxes With Love to pensioners in need. The reaction was heart warming and we received several Thank You notes:

"...Thank you so much for the box of 'goodies' and the literature which you brought to us. I was amazed at how much you fitted into that small box, and what lovely provisions - so thoughtful and useful. It was a wonderful present and please pass on our thanks to all those involved. I pray too that your literature may be read by those who do not know the Lord and be a blessing to them. Thank you that with all your involvement you still find time to think of us. God is good. May He bless you in all that you do and may your work for Him be fruitful..."

"...I was so touched to receive that box of the most welcome gifts you all so lovingly packed for me. May your ministry continue to reach all those in need, both physically and spiritually..."

"...Thank you so much for the box of groceries you brought. It is wonderful to know that in all these years the people of South Africa are still concerned about us here in Zimbabwe. I hope you will be able to convey my thanks to them also...."

"...Thank you so very much for all the love and kindness you show - all the wonderful goodies you give each of us..."

"...May God bless you for thinking of us oldies..."

"My husband and I are always, on receipt of your most welcomed, precious 'Love Boxes' of goodies, overwhelmed with what you pack in... we are so blessed. We truly lift our hearts of joy and thankfulness to our God and Heavenly Father from which ALL GOOD GIFTS COME and give our GRATEFUL THANKS first to Him... asking for a double portion of blessings to be bestowed upon each and every individual who is involved in the donations, packing and delivering of these Love Boxes. I know for a fact there are a number of folk in our complex whose pensions and savings have been exhausted, or are diminishing rapidly and to generate finances to help with their daily living is not easy but PRAISE GOD, He truly supplies our every need and we have and are still learning as a country to look to HIM... Praising Him for Health and Strength, our little cottages, our precious boxes of food and all the blessings that flow from HIM."

"A big THANK YOU also is given for the literature enclosed in the Love Boxes. We pray that through it an abundance of seeds are sown and much fruit eventually produced in the form of Saving Grace with individuals studying the literature."

Suffering Children of Zimbabwe

We were accompanied by a pastor who did research to establish the need for orphanages and schools in the country. Although he found numerous ministries reaching out and caring for orphaned and vulnerable children, he was overwhelmed by the enormous need that still exists. He has a vision to serve suffering children in Zimbabwe and is praying for guidance.

Please Pray with us for Zimbabwe:

·         That God will be glorified by all the people of this country

·         *       That God's Kingdom will come and His will be done as it is in Heaven

·         *       That the seed sown during this mission trip will yield a great harvest

·         *       For the numerous suffering children in the country

·         *       For the pensioners in great need

·         *       For the faithful Pastors who lead their flocks amidst great hardship

·         *       For new converts who need discipleship

·         *       For the new church that was planted.

Literature, Media, and Books

When we visit countries like Zimbabwe to do Biblical Worldview Seminars, Discipleship Training Courses or Evangelism Training, we use material that was produced by dedicated missionaries like Dr. Hammond, who put thousands of hours of work into making it effective and practical. We are able to give the participants high quality books, manuals and audio-visual lectures to help them in their growth in the Lord and in their ministries. Zimbabwean pastors do not have an opportunity to obtain books and training material, or have access to a library and many do not even own a full Bible. The training courses and the material that we give them are vital for the rebuilding of the country on a Biblical foundation.

During our ministry in Zimbabwe we presented all of the lectures in the Discipleship Training Manual and seven lectures from the Practical Discipleship book. We are committed to a long-term program to build relationship with and teach and train pastors and leaders across the country.

Appreciation

I want to thank all who are involved in the production of these materials, those who donate books and support this ministry financially. Through your labour of love we can be more effective in the field.

"Only one life, it will soon be passed only what's done for Christ will last." C. T. Studd

Frontline Fellowship 30 years

Frontline Fellowship recently celebrated 30 years of ministry. It is truly an honour to serve as a Frontline Fellowship Missionary. Whenever I revisit the accumulated testimonies and ministry reports from the first three decades of Frontline and see the faithfulness of God, I am encouraged to get to know the Lord Jesus Christ better and grow in my knowledge of the Word of God, so that God will receive the worship due to Him. Missions exist because worship to God does not.

"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, Selah. 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. Selah. 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 67:1-7

"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing!" Revelation 5:12

Thank you, Dr Hammond, for your love for God, His Word, prayer and a hate of sin! You are a worthy example of a faithful and enthusiastic missionary. Congratulations to the efficient team of dedicated people with this milestone.

Thank you

Thank you to all those who prayed for us, contributed to make this mission trip possible, encouraged us through their interest in this mission trip and our brave families who stayed behind and allowed us to go. By God's grace we are playing our part in the rebuilding of Zimbabwe.

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! ...Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods." Chronicles 16:8, 24-25

David Frew

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