Congo Rwanda Mission: Updates

Dear Friends and Family

I hope you’re doing well.

As you know, I have finally embarked on a Mission to Congo and Rwanda. It is much easier for me to update my Facebook page than it is for me to update this blog whilst travelling. I will write a detailed report with pictures and testimonies when I return home and I will post that report here.

In the meantime, you could follow this Mission on where I am able to post pictures and updates.

Thank you very much to those who helped with finances to make this Mission possible. I am happy to report that I have received all the budget requirements. God is faithful! Thank you to his servants who generously supported this Mission to Congo and Rwanda.

Thank you for your love, your prayers, your encouragement, and your support.

In His service

Michael Watson

“That His glory may dwell in the land.” – Psalm 85:9

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Update2: Mission to Congo and Rwanda – God’s Provision

Dear Friends and Family

I am super excited that you have decided to join me on this journey of trusting God for the provision for this Mission to Congo and Rwanda.

It is exhilerating to see how God has provided so far and so lavishly through the generous hands and hearts of His faithful servants. Thank you for your prayers and for your partnering in the Gospel with me in this way. I trust that God will provide all that is needed.

Please continue to pray that God will enable me to speak His Word boldly and clearly, that His Gospel would be clearly understood.

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, …— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.”
Colossians 4:2-4
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“[Pray] also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the Gospel, 
…that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Ephesians 6:19, 20

If you would like to help financially you could find my banking details HERE.

I am truly grateful your prayers, encouragement, and support.

May God perpetually bless you, and may you find your joy and strength in Him.

In His service – and loving it!

Michael Watson

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Update: Mission to Congo and Rwanda – God’s Provision

Dear Friends and Family

I hope you are doing well.

Thank you very much for your prayers and generous support in helping me to raise the funds needed for this upcoming Mission to Congo and Rwanda.

Last week started with me needing R14660 for this Mission. I can report with great joy that God has provided R11526. This is wonderful and very encouraging. I am still trusting God for the remaining R3134.

I thought that it would encourage you to know how God has provided so far.

“God’s will, done in God’s way, will never lack God’s supply.” – Hudson Taylor

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Please continue to pray that God will provide all that is needed for this Mission to be a success. This Mission will be completed by early December, so i will appreciate it greatly if you continue to pray for God’s grace in provision, protection, wisdom, and effective ministry opportunities until I return in December.

If you would like to help financially you could find my banking details HERE.

I certainly appreciate your prayers, encouragement, and support.

May God continually bless you, provide for you, and use you for His glory.

In His service – and loving it!

Michael Watson

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Mission to Congo and Rwanda – God’s Provision

Dear Friends and Family

I greet you in the wonderful Name of Jesus.

I hope and trust that you are well.

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.”
3 John 1:2

As you may now know, I am busy with preparations for a Mission to Congo (DR) and Rwanda. Pastor Steven from Congo has invited me to conduct Evangelism Training in 3 towns in the province after which he would like me to be involved in a training program in Rwanda. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and I am very excited and looking forward to this 2 week Mission.

Pastor Steven’s church has offered to pay for my return air ticket from Johannesburg to Rwanda. This is very humbling because I know how desperately his church needs that money as they are busy with a building project. This is a clear indication of their great love and zeal for the Lord and the extension of His Kingdom.

Though my air ticket to Rwanda is paid for, there are still a number of things that I need in order to make this Mission possible. I do trust God that He will provide what is needed for this Mission as He has so often done in the past. I thought you may want to know the specific needs and help me pray for their supply. You may even want to be used by God to help fulfil these needs.Africa Light Needs 2

If you would like to help financially you could find my banking details HERE.

I certainly appreciate your prayers, encouragement, and support.

I will keep this post updated as the situation and needs change. I trust that this will help you know how to pray.

May God bless you abundantly, thoroughly, and perpetually.


Faithfully His
An unworthy servant

“That His glory may dwell in the land” – Psalm 85:9

Michael Watson

Missionary Field Worker

Frontline Fellowship

PO Box 74, Newlands, 7725

Cape Town, South Africa

Cell:     +2774 887 0211

Office +2721 689 4480





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Mission to Congo

Dear Friends and Family
I am about to embark on a Mission to DR Congo. Please pray for the preparation and provision for this Mission. Pray that God will go before me and prepare the ‘ground’, the hearts of men, and effective ministry opportunities. This region of Congo has experienced much instability, violence, and rebel activity. Pray for the protection of our ministry team. Pray also that God will provide all that is needed to make this Mission a success.

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Watsons@Frontline-NEWS October 2015

Dear Friends and Family

I greet you in the precious and wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

I hope you and all who are dear to you are well.

“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion.
For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!”
Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)

As you well know, we have a heart and a vision to help the people of Malawi. Our main goals are to help the people to understand the Gospel, resist the advance of Islam, and become economically self-sustaining. We had planned a Mission to Malawi for early this year, but the sudden death of my mother hampered our momentum temporarily. Thanks be to God Who has put our feet on a solid rock and Who brings trials to strengthen our Faith, giving us time to re-evaluate our motives and re-adjust our compass.

In the flaming furnace, how graciously did He deliver us. – C.H. Spurgeon

Malawi Mission Postponed – Again

As I informed you in my last Newsletter in June, I had planned to conduct a 3 month Mission to Malawi during September, October, and November this year. We have unfortunately had to reluctantly put our plans for this 2015 Springtime Mission to Malawi on hold till next year. Mission Make-a-Mother has taken its place.

Mission Make-a-Mother

Renee and I have been struggling to have children since we got married 4 years ago. And now with the passing of my own mother, the Watsons no longer have a mother on this planet. This has increased the desire in us to have children so that Renee can continue the motherhood in the Watson family. Lenora Hammond has been a great help and advisor to Renee and has encouraged us to start with fertility treatments again. This seemed like good advice, but comes with a dire consequence – we would have to postpone our planned Mission to Malawi. Our mission leaders have encouraged us to pursue the fertility treatments without reserve, as time to do this is running out fast. Malawi can wait a few months.20150906_102453

Father, Family, and Farming

As you may know, my father is a farmer in Kwa-Zulu Natal where he and my mom lived until her passing last year. After Mom’s funeral Dad decided to continue farming even though he would be all alone out in the ‘middle of nowhere’. My brother and I were quite concerned for him, but Dad is strong in character and seemed to pull through. I stayed with Dad for a month after Mom’s passing to ensure that he will be ok.IMG_0043

In June this year, Dad was facing another family crisis which demanded that he be away from his farm for a whole month. Dad needed one of his boys to step in and help out with the farming. As my schedule was more flexible than my brother’s, I offered to help Dad by looking after the farm whilst he was away.

So for the month of July, I was a farmer. This was quite fun, but also hard work. I gained a new respect for my aging Dad as I filled his shoes during this time. My Dad is a hard worker and has brought me up to have a good work ethic and to be a hard worker doing a thorough job. Renee and I had to keep the farm running, ensure the harvest was done, take the produce to the various Farmer’s Markets where we would sell the produce, and do any maintenance that would be required. By the end of this month we were quite tired indeed.

Wild Medix First Aid Training

76d922_cce325f1abce4b889b6075ff351d2a8eIn early August, as we returned from my Dad’s farm back to the Mission base in Cape Town, we immediately started on an 8 day Wilderness First Aid course. This course was conducted in Cape Town by a paramedic company called Wild Medix. This course is an advanced Level 3 First Aid course which qualifies you to provide immediate First Aid to a trauma or medical patient in a wilderness environment.

This is vital training for us as we often travel far out in rural neglected areas where there are no medical facilities – the nearest emergency medical facility may be 5 hours’ drive, or more, away. We have often been in situations where others have been injured and needed immediate first aid care, but we have been helpless being without any medical training. This propelled us to find and invest in competitive First Aid training.

This 8 day Wilderness First Aid course was quite intensive with detailed lectures and exciting and realistic practicals. Our lecturer and trainer was very descriptive and entertaining which really made the course meaningful, memorable, and fun.

Just as important as the training is, we also realized that equipment is also vital. So we also acquired a well-kitted First Aid gear bag to help us be more prepared in emergency situations.

Ministry in Cape Town

The Lord has been very good to us in these months while we have been based in Cape Town. We have had a great number of wonderful opportunities to minister and share the Gospel with folk in the areas around us.

Ministry in the Malls

Africa Christian Action had a wonderful opportunity to run a book table in the Cavendish Square Mall for four days. This was part of an annual Charity Book Sale that this mall hosts every year. The book table was laden with great Gospel books, Bibles, Devotionals, Christian Novels, Doctrinal books, and many more. Renee and I volunteered to help at the book table. This provided us with great opportunities to interact with shoppers passing by, or stopping at our book table. I thank God for the many evangelistic encounters that we had during this time.

We were also privileged to participate in the National Women’s Day Outreaches in the Malls on 10 August. 76 Volunteers helped us distribute over 6 000 tracts, leaflets and Gospel booklets and over 2,000 balloons with Scripture messages on them, in 6 shopping malls on Monday, 10 August (National Women’s Day) in South Africa. This also presented many opportunities to have evangelistic encounters with many shoppers in the mall – we praise God for this.

Evangelism Expo Experience

We had the great privilege of being able to attend the Evangelism Expo that was held in the Northern Suburbs. Africa Christian Action, Literature4Africa, and Living Waters Africa which are three ministries of Frontline Fellowship had display tables at the Expo. I was tasked to eagerly assist with the books and literature which would be available on these tables.

This was a magnificent experience! To be able to fellowship with like-minded folk who also have a passion to build the Kingdom of God through Evangelism was to me the most valuable thing I gained from this experience. With great glee I went from table to table fellowshipping with various Evangelists who are doing great work for God. There were folk there that I linked up with who are doing ministry in the city, in the townships, among the homeless, to muslims, reaching gangsters, radio ministry, internet ministry, evangelistic crusade ministry, and many more. I was excited and invigorated after this experience. This opened my eyes to the vast ministry opportunities that exist in and around Cape Town. I am eager to get more involved with and work together with some of these ministries whilst in Cape Town.

The message that was preached at this Evangelism Expo was also right on target encouraging us as believers to work together as the body of Christ.

Preaching in Place of Peter

Dr Peter Hammond has had some great invitations to speak at various churches in Cape Town. This opened opportunities for me to preach in his place at Livingstone Fellowship which is the fellowship that we attend. I appreciate these opportunities very much as it helps me to hone my preaching skills. I much rather prefer preaching in rural areas among simple folk; preaching in the ‘mother’-city among professional, skilled, and educated people is quite intimidating which drives me to my knees and causes me to study and prepare fervently. I have also had the privilege of taking the Staff Devotions at the Mission base and also do a presentation at the Reformation Society whilst Peter was away on a Mission to Mpumalanga.11260486_450097218486431_479481274657767322_n

Mission to Mpumalanga and Gauteng

We have just returned from a Mission to Gauteng and Mpumalanga. We have had a busy and effective time of ministry over the last two and a half weeks in Mpumalanga and Gauteng. We conducted a total of 25 meetings including 4 Sunday worship services, 5 schools, 6 youth group meetings, 3 cell group meetings, 2 college Devotions, children home meetings, and a university meeting.

I have written a full report of the adventures, testimonies, and ministry opportunities that we experienced, learned, and conducted. You can read it on my blog at or directly at this link: SA Mission 2015 Report.SA Map and Mission Overview

A Decade of Divine Difference

This year on September 15 I celebrated my 10th spiritual birthday. Some people don’t see much significance in this, but I am thrilled, ecstatic, and delighted that God has kept me in His grip for these past 10 years. It has been an absolute exciting adventure, growing in grace, learning to love God more, jubilating in the freedom of His presence, serving in Missions, and sharing His love for mankind with others. To me 10 years is a significant milestone; I look forward to another 10 million years as an exhilarated son of God – and then of course an eternity of the same…

 “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come  nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38, 39Picture1

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Upcoming Events

It seems the Lord is opening up a door for me to conduct a Mission to Rwanda, Burundi, and DR Congo this year in November. Please pray for the preparation and provision for this Mission.

The next Great Commission Course is just around the corner as it will be starting on 1 January 2016. I am really looking forward this opportunity to be involved in the training offered by this invigorating Missionary training course. This will be my 5th GCC in which I will be participating; I always enjoy meeting and interacting with the participants who are like-minded, missions-focused individuals from all over the world.

I am also planning a Mission to Malawi for early next year, possibly for February/March. Please pray for guidance as we plan and prepare.

Thank You !!

Thank you very much for you encouragement and for your support – both financial and prayer support. We could not do this work without your partnership with us in the Gospel. We desperately appreciate your support.

May God bless you abundantly, thoroughly, and perpetually.

Faithfully His
An unworthy servant

“That His glory may dwell in the land” – Psalm 85:9

Michael Watson

Missionary Field Worker

Frontline Fellowship

PO Box 74, Newlands, 7725

Cape Town, South Africa

Cell:     +2774 887 0211

Office +2721 689 4480





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S.A. Mission 2015 Report

Dear Friends and Family

Greetings in the most precious and merciful Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

I trust that you are well and that all is well with those who are dear to you.

S.A. Mission Overview

We have had a busy and effective time of ministry over the last two and a half weeks (18 September – 8 October) in Mpumalanga and Gauteng. We conducted a total of 25 meetings including 4 Sunday worship services, 5 schools, 6 youth group meetings, 3 cell group meetings, 2 college Devotions, children home meetings, and a university meeting. Pastor Steven from the Congo who joined us on this Mission was a great blessing to all our hosts and was an encouragement to many as he shared, taught, and gave testimony of how God has been working in DRC.

SA Map and Mission Overview

Long Journey with Illness

After a long and tiresome 16 hour sickly journey we arrived safely in Johannesburg at 19h00 on Friday evening 18 September. Renee had gotten the flu a few days prior to our departure and it seemed that this flu was at the height of its terror in Renee’s body during our long tiresome journey from Cape Town to Gauteng. As we were approaching Bloemfontein, Renee was so sick and in so much pain that we had to phone ahead to a doctor in Bloemfontein for an appointment. Renee had developed a lung infection and an ear infection due to the flu. The medication prescribed by the doctor quickly did its work and rapidly helped Renee feel better. Renee continued fighting off the flu for about a week and by virtue of the fact that I am her husband, I too eventually succumbed to the flu.

Bloemfontein stop

Borrowed Sedan Optimally Loaded

The borrowed sedan that we were using for this Mission was loaded to its reasonable maximum weight capacity. The boot was full mostly with our luggage and gear; most of the boxes of literature were packed on the rear seat. As literature distribution is a large focus of our ministry, we carried as much as sensibly possible without overloading the sedan’s suspension. I am very grateful to my brother who made his sedan available to us for this Mission.


Load Shift

Our first stop in Johannesburg was at the home of a dynamic evangelist and dear friend of ours who is doing a marvellous and effective work for Christ preaching the Gospel in the Tembisa Township. Upon our arrival at his home we off-loaded the literature that we had brought for him. This certainly took a load off the car’s suspension – I could almost hear the noble sedan give off a sigh of relief. However, our next stop added to our load as we picked up Pastor Steven Alembe and his luggage. We then proceeded to Pretoria where we were very comfortably hosted with lavish Afrikaans hospitality at the home of the parents of one of our missionary trainees.

Pastor Steven from Congo (DR)

Pastor Steven is a member of Frontline Fellowship’s Christian Action Network and has become a good friend, a brother, and a very significant contact in Congo (DR). We first did ministry with his church in 2013 during our Africa Overland Mission and again in 2014 during our Congo Overland Mission. His church is a growing, Bible-based, Mission-minded, and Spirit-filled group of vibrant believers who follow Reformed teachings and are not swept away by the all the latest “Christian” fads. We were very impressed by their missionary vision and church planting strategy. Pastor Steven also attended our 3-week Great Commission Course in Cape Town in 2014.

Metanoia FM Radio

About a year ago Pastor Steven started a Christian Radio station that broadcasts from his church in the area where he is from in Congo. The name of this Radio Station is called Metanoia FM. Steven was invited to South Africa to attend the Africa By Radio Continental Conference that was being held in Johannesburg in mid-September. The day we picked him up was the last day of this conference.

Suspension Repairs

On the morning of Saturday 19 September, I had to take the car in for a suspension check at a workshop because of a rattling sound that was disconcerting. Seeing as this courteous sedan was selflessly striving so hard to serve us and had complied to all our demands thus far, I thought it only fair to take heed to her humble attempt to draw my attention to her aching (and noisy) parts. Having identified the faulty suspension parts we replaced them and were soon back on the road happily heading for Barberton.

Lost Barberton Boys

As we arrived in Barberton we saw on the outskirts of town two young blonde-haired boys (aged about 4 and 5) walking along the side at the narrow national road all by themselves. It was late afternoon and we were concerned for their safety so we stopped to help them get home. Their poor parents were worried senseless about their missing sons and had enlisted a search party to help find their precious missing boys. We were grateful that we could help get these boys back to their parents. We finally arrived at BBTC at around 17:30 and were warmly welcomed by the welcoming committee.

Barberton Focus

We were graciously hosted at Back to the Bible Training College for a few days whilst we ministered at some churches and schools in the surrounding area which had sponsored some of the funds needed to purchase Bibles for the Congo Overland Mission (Congmataza Mission) last year. Our main focus here was to report back to these folk, many of them still in school, on how God had used their generous sacrifice to assist believers in DR Congo.

Back to the Bible Training College

BBTC is a vibrant and effective Bible based College which has more than 120 students from 20 different countries. They offer a 3 year course where they go through every book of the Bible preparing these pastors to preach the Word of God effectively.


During the few days that we were based there, BBTC had an American lecturer from a ministry called Timothy Leadership Training Institute who was lecturing on hermeneutics. I learned a great deal from him and the work he is doing in Africa. His vision is to teach pastors in Africa who have had no formal training.

Raging River Memory

During our Mission to this College last year (2014) we got stuck on the wrong side of a raging river that broke its banks overnight due to a thunderstorm and heavy rains (I wrote a news report on this event on my Blog; you can read it here). As we drove over the low-water-bridge which is the only way to BBTC, we gingerly remembered the intensity of the flood last year and prayed that we would not be subjected to similar adversity this year.

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BBTC Ministry

We had the privilege of sharing at the morning Devotions at this noble Bible College on two of the mornings that we were hosted here. I spoke on 300 Fighting Men on Tuesday morning and Pastor Steven shared his encouraging testimony on Wednesday.

BBTC Devotions

Nelspruit Assemblies of God

On the first Sunday of our Mission (20 September), we had a wonderful opportunity to minister at the Assemblies of God Church in Nelspruit. The pastor is a wonderful man and welcomed us warmly. Peter Hammond has often ministered in this church, but this was the first time I had this privilege. We had a blessed time of worship at this church. I preached on Jesus, Friend of Sinners. Pastor Steven encouraged the church by sharing about what the Lord is doing in his village in Congo highlighting some prayer requests for the ministry there. Afterwards there was a great interest in the book table which we had set up and we were able to put great Gospel resources into the hands of many.

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Aquila Youth Church

On the evening of this same Sunday we ministered at the Aquila Youth Church which has a very energetic style of worship. These young people had raised more than R 7000 last year for French Bibles for the Congo. Our purpose for being here was to report back on the Congo Overland Mission to encourage those who had given so sacrificially and to share with them some testimonies and pictures of the effects of their generosity. The presentation was well received after which pastor Steven Alembe conveyed to these youth the immense gratitude of the people who had received the Bibles and encouraged them by sharing his own testimony. His mere presence at this church was vastly encouraging to this young Church.

Aquila Youth

Kalei Deo Christian School

Similarly, we shared at the Kalei Deo Christian School who had also donated money towards the purchase of Bibles for the believers in Congo. We really saw the value of reporting back when we saw the joy on these young boys and girls faces who had collected coins, gave of their pocket money, and motivated others to give. Many of these kids are in primary school and probably don’t sufficiently realize the impact of their meagre efforts. I say meagre respectively, but collectively their efforts were majestic, marvelous, and massive!

“Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Mark 12:43, 44

Kalei Deo

Thunderstorm, Barberton Youth, and Escape

On the last day that we were to be hosted at BBTC we had an opportunity to speak at a youth meeting in Barberton; we were to leave for Gauteng the following morning. As we were preparing to leave for our evening appointment to speak at the youth meeting, a terrific thunderstorm started raging overhead, the sky turned dark grey – as if night were setting in early, and immense drops of rain were relentlessly hurled down upon us and the mountains around us. We immediately feared the worst and anticipated another flood like last year. We certainly did not want to get suck on the wrong side of the river again so we decided to quickly pack all our gear into the sedan and rush as quickly as possible to the other side of the river before it rose over the bridge. Our stately sedan slipped, slid, and skid through the slippery mud that now represented the 1km dirt driveway as we hastened carefully through the gauntlet of bumps, streams, and rocks that were now exposed due to the rain rushing down the hills. Fortunately, when we finally made it to the low-water-bridge, the water had not yet risen above it and we could make our way across without any hindrance.

Discovery Bible Study

We had an intensely blessed time with the youth meeting where Pastor Steven conducted a Discovery Bible Study on the passage Philippians 2:1-11. It was a very interactive time where each youth member contributed thoughts to the discussion. We were all encouraged to be more like Jesus Who humbled Himself for the sake of others so that they might be saved. We re-committed ourselves to more fervent evangelistic endeavours and submitted ourselves to the accountability of each other to motivate one another to keep this commitment.

Visit with Brother

After the youth meeting, the rain was still pouring down so we decided against risking the return to BBTC where we were to be hosted for the night. I called my brother (whose sedan we had borrowed) who lives in Secunda to arrange that we spend the night with him. We had a wonderful time with my brother who hosted us with great lavishness.

Gauteng Networking

On the second weekend of our Mission we headed for Gauteng to meet with Pastor Paul Nyamuda who would be hosting Pastor Steven on Saturday night and at whose church Pastor Steven preached on Sunday. Pastor Paul Nyamuda treated us extravagantly for lunch where we had a great time of fellowship getting to know one another and discussing how we could work together for the extension of God’s Kingdom.

Paul Nyamuda

Pastor Paul is an influential business man and a pastor who is passionate about leadership training. He is the pastor of Go Church in Centurion and runs a business called Corporate Legends where he encourages believers to conduct Business God’s Way. Their Church also runs a ministry directed at youth called Right Foundation where they encourage youth to become leaders who will impact God’s Kingdom positively. We spent almost 3 hours discussing and fellowshipping with Pastor Paul, we believe that God ordained this meeting and we look forward to working together with him in the future. He was very excited on hearing of the Great Commission Course that Frontline Fellowship runs annually in Cape Town.

Coincidence or God-Incident?

I received a strange email on the Friday before we were to drive to Johannesburg from a Pastor in Congo who lives about 100km north of the village where Pastor Steven is from. The email informed me that he is in Johannesburg and would like to meet with me. This Pastor is also a member of Frontline Fellowship’s Christian Action Network yet he has never met Pastor Steven. I thought it so strange that these two pastors from the same province in Congo were to meet each other in Johannesburg, South Africa. We arranged to meet on Saturday and had a wonderful time of fellowship and networking. I am amazed at how God works to put us together with believers and leaders to accomplish His own will.

Sunday Service

Whilst Pastor Steven preached at Pastor Paul’s Go Church in Centurion, I was in Kempton Park speaking at the Afrikaanse Baptiste Kerk. I spoke on the Greatness of the Great Commission, introduced Frontline Fellowship to the congregation, and shared testimonies from the various mission outreaches that God has enabled us to accomplish. I encouraged this church to be more active in reaching others for Christ and their enthusiasm was seen afterwards as they raided the book table of the tracts and resources which we had made available.

Afrikaanse Baptiste Kerk

Kriel Youth Ministry

Our second week was mostly spent in Kriel with a passionate Dutch missionary family who has been working relentlessly and sacrificially among the disadvantaged youth in Kriel. These aging missionary parents are approaching their 70’s and have been persistently ministering in this area for more than 30 years. They have built up a great network of youth groups and schools where they minister. They have also built an orphanage where they care for 29 children.

Youth Centers

We had great times of effective evening ministry at 3 of the 12 Youth Centers that are run in Kriel by this amazing family. We ministered in the Kriel Youth Center, the Tubelihle Youth Center, and the Albion Youth Center. Many of these young people grow up in dark and difficult environments in the townships where they live. These Youth Centers in the respective townships are like beacons of light in a dark night. There are playgrounds outside where kids can play on the swings, slide, sea-saw, jungle gym, and other fun-inspiring structures. Inside the center is a hall where meetings are held, a homework room where youth can come to do their homework with the help of a leader, a kitchen where tasty food is made and freely given to all on the premises, and a games room with a pool table, fuse-ball table, and other fun indoor games. We had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with these youth and warning them of the dangers of sin and separation from God.Kriel YouthTubelihle YouthAlbion Youth

Kriel Schools


Ministry was arranged for us at 3 schools where we were able to preach the Gospel openly and directly. This I found to be quite unique because in most schools in South Africa, particularly in Cape Town, we are not allowed to speak from the Bible, mention Jesus, or pray. But here in Kriel, we were able to freely speak the truths of God’s Word to these young people in their schools with their principals in attendance. We thank God for these great opportunities to plant good Gospel seed and pray that He will cause those seeds to grow.

“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ,
for it [the Gospel] is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…”
Romans 1:16Kriel HighImpilo PrimaryMrelin Park Primary

Orphanage and Children Home

The Children Home that is run by this missionary couple is home to 29 kids most of whom are orphans. I was struck by the immense authentic love that this missionary couple has for these young people – as if they were their own children. I was challenged by their example to be more loving to those around me; it’s not enough just to do loving things to others – one needs to sincerely love them too. We had opportunities to minister to the young kids, the older kids, and the staff on 3 separate occasions.

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Plenty Harvest – Few Workers

Please pray for this great work that is going on in Kriel. There is a great need for a young couple to take over the work from the aging Dutch missionary couple who are so diligent, but are running out of energy to keep up with the fast-paced energetic youth. They are praying for a young, passionate, mission-minded, loving couple to take over the work which they have started.

Wedding Birthday

After our ministry in Kriel, we headed for Pretoria where Renee’s very good friend was to be married. This wedding occurred on the 35th anniversary of the day that I was born into this world. This was a great time of celebration and happiness as we rejoiced with our friends celebrating their vows of eternal love for each other and at the same time we celebrated my birth and the 35 subsequent years that ensued. I was asked to pray a prayer of thanksgiving for the blessings that we all enjoyed on this special day.

Maryke en Marais Wedding

Birchleigh Baptist

On the last Sunday of our Mission, I was invited to speak at a Baptist Church in Birchleigh, South Africa. The invitation came from a young man who had attended Frontline Fellowship’s Great Commission Course in 2014 and who is a very dynamic evangelist who does effective ministry in a township nearby called Tembisa. This particular church is energetically involved in fulfilling the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. Not only are they vigorously involved in reaching their neighborhoods with the Gospel of Christ, but they are also very mission-minded and are training pastors and evangelists in various needy countries in Africa. Here again, I spoke on the Greatness of the Great Commission, introduced Frontline Fellowship to the congregation, and shared testimonies from the various mission outreaches that God has enabled us to accomplish. I also encouraged this group of vibrant believers to continue in their passion for fulfilling the Great Commission; I also made them aware of the many tonnes of Gospel resource, tracts, and books which we have available at our Mission base in Cape Town. I was eagerly asked afterwards for details on how these resources could be couriered up to Gauteng.

Birchleigh Baptist

University of Johannesburg

On the following Monday we had a valuable opportunity to speak at the University of Johannesburg. A very good friend of ours is a lecturer at this university and he arranged a meeting in one of the lecture halls. I spoke on Do Not be Deceived encouraging these intellectual believers to make right choices. I shared some of my testimony of the time in my life when I had made poor choices and suffered harsh consequences as a result. I shared also of the time when I got marvelously and miraculously saved by the grace of God 10 years ago and since then have reaped amazing blessings from God as a result of my choices to please Him. There were many questions and comments afterwards as these young people seemed inspired to make positive changes in their behavior.

University of Johannesburg

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction;

whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
Galatians 6:7, 8


We thank the Lord for the many ministry opportunities we had, the Gospel tracts distributed, the books, Bibles and resources distributed, the wonderful times of fellowship that we had with believers, and His hand of protection on our lives as we travelled 4800km around South Africa.

Thank You !!

We are very grateful to all our hosts who so generously lavished us with extravagant hospitality. We are also desperately appreciate our supporters who made this mission possible – without your involvement, this would not have been successful. Thank you for encouraging us, for praying for us, and for giving of your resources sacrificially so that we may be able to fulfill our missionary calling and mandate.


Please continue to pray, not only for us, but also for the valiant missionaries and evangelists who are out there in the immense harvest field laboring determinedly for the extension of the Kingdom of God. Pray also that the Lord would send forth more labourers into His harvest field; and pray for the seeds which have been planted that God would water them, nurture them, and receive a valuable harvest for His storehouse.

May God bless you abundantly, thoroughly, and perpetually.

Faithfully His
An unworthy servant

“That His glory may dwell in the land” – Psalm 85:9

Michael Watson

Missionary Field Worker

Frontline Fellowship

PO Box 74, Newlands, 7725

Cape Town, South Africa

Cell:     +2774 887 0211

Office +2721 689 4480





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Watsons@Frontline-Newsletter June 2015

Dear Friends and Family

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

I hope and trust that you are doing well and that your soul is prospering and thriving in the goodness and mercy of our great God and Father.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?…
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?…
For I am persuaded that…[
nothing]…shall be able to separate us
from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:31-39

Emotional Roller-Coaster

This year has been a crazy, emotional roller-coaster ride for us. You haven’t heard from us at all this year and for that I do apologize. We have gone through some tense storms, walked through the ‘valley of the shadow of death’, and faced some exasperating trials. God has been with us through the fires, although there were times when we thought we were all alone. Please read this letter with the understanding that though we have trials, “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Missionary Training Vision

We came back last year from the Congo Overland Mission 2014 with great vision, calling, and passion to return to Malawi and serve the spiritually vulnerable, beautiful people of various tribes who are falling prey to the invasive, insidious advance of Islam. During our South Sudan Overland Mission 2013, having seen the desperate need for missionaries all over Africa, we saw a need and developed a passion for setting up an intensive Missionary Training Farm in South Africa in order to train up missionaries to fulfill the countless needs in Africa. Included in this vision was the need to have a satellite Mission Base closer to the area of need for further training of missionaries and for facilitating missionary outreach to surrounding areas. So when during the Congo Overland Mission 2014 we saw the great need and potential in Malawi, we believed that it would be ideal to set up a satellite Mission Base here.

Malawi Mission Vision

We leased a piece of land in Malawi (99 year lease) where we hoped to set up a Mission base of operations, a place where we would spend extended time among the people, learn their language and culture, and focus on effective ministry in the surrounding area – a place where missionary trainees could further their training whilst living among the indigenous people. We felt led by God in this, even having set out a ‘fleece’ to test the ‘water’. We had saved up some money that had come in from generous supporters and this was going to be used to build a small house on this land that we had acquired. Everything seemed to be lined up just right for us to pursue this noble vision.

Wrench from Our Clutches

However, upon our return to South Africa, we were in for some nasty surprises. Firstly, my mother got suddenly very ill and had to be admitted into hospital. Mom had been fighting the cancer battle for almost 8 years already and the doctors had run out of medical options for treating mom’s cancer by the end of 2013. Mom then started on this amazing diet known as the Budwig Diet – known for its incredible results in treating cancer patients. This diet made a remarkable improvement in mom’s health, vitality, and energy. We really thought (hoped, trusted, believed) that Mom was improving and that this diet would perform a miracle. But last year in December, we had a nasty surprise as Mom was wrenched away from our clutches by this dreadful disease. My amazing loving mother died too early at age 62 on Christmas Day 2014. We had a funeral two days before the New Year, and entered 2015 trying to keep the pain and sorrow of 2014 back in the past where it belonged. Our efforts were in vain. The pain, sorrow, disbelief, anger, guilt, doubt, and frustration came rushing back at us from out of the past.wpid-20141124_182854.jpgDSC0000420141230_133732

Faith Under Fire!

My faith was under fire! Where was God? What does He exist for? Why do I have faith in Him? What is the use of serving Him so sacrificially? Why did He not allow Mom to leave this world peacefully? These were some of the questions buffeting my faith and I had very little willpower to defend myself against these questions and doubts. I was angry with God.

Funding Frustrated

Whilst facing this battle, I also had to face a new conflict – one of finances. The money that I had saved up for the purpose of building a mission house and setting up a Mission base in Malawi was now to be used for a different purpose. One of our particularly generous supporters had intended the money to be used for a different need and somehow, this intention had not reached our ears. This miscommunication was identified and corrected almost 5 months after receiving the funds. I was happy to redirect the funds for the intended purpose, but this then left us without any funding for the Malawi Mission Base project. Once again, I started to become angry with God (I suppose just like Jonah was when God took away the plant that He had caused to grow to give Jonah some shade). I really had thought that God had laid the vision on our hearts, provided the funding, and given us the encouragement of our mission leaders so that we could labour to fulfill this desperate need in Malawi.

Warning of Corruption

To add to this, after giving it some thought, our leaders did not support the building project in Malawi and warned us of corrupt governments who would try to excessively tax us and ‘milk’ us from all possible finances. Our mission leaders recounted stories of their similar attempts to build mission bases in other countries and expressed concern that the same things would happen to us as happened to them. I seemed to have come to a dead end.

Failing Missionary

I was frustrated, disillusioned, discontent, and downright angry. I started considering all I had sacrificed for God’s Kingdom – having given up my rights to live a ‘normal’ life, to have a home, medical aid, nice income, comforts, friends, and family in order to serve the Lord as a missionary – being away from home for months on end, living in hard conditions, laboring night and day tirelessly for the extension of God’s Kingdom. Why was God frustrating me in this way?! I stood at the brink of resigning from missionary life, thinking that my sacrifices and efforts were in vain. I started considering a ‘normal’ life in secular employment.

Sovereign God of Grace

But thanks be to God Who has chosen us, predestined us to be His, called us to His service, and loves us with an everlasting love; He opened my eyes to see that my attitude was wrong, my motives were selfish, and my perception of missions was flawed. He Who called me to be a missionary broke the spell that the devil had clouded my mind with and He set me free.

I started studying the book of Acts in the Bible and God started to convict me of the error of my ways and my thinking. Similarly God used a book recommended to me by Peter Hammond called On Being a Missionary (by Thomas Hale). God showed me that He has better plans than what I had thought of and that He was keen to use me to help the people in Malawi (and the rest of Africa) in a far more productive way than I had imagined.

Livingstone Farm Project

For several years Frontline Fellowship has been praying over acquiring a farm to establish Livingstone Missionary School. We have now investigated a remarkable farm which appears to meet most of our needs. With the increasing demands for our camps and courses, this farm would be an ideal site for Wilderness Bush Camps, Leadership Training Courses, Youth Camps, School and Church Camps, Biblical Worldview Seminars and Summits, Great Commission Courses, Security and Survival Training programmes and the Livingstone Missionary School. This farm is in a remote and mountainous region with a large number of baboons and some leopards. Dr. Peter Hammond has asked Renee and I to run the Camps & Courses side of this vision. This fits marvelously into place in the vision that the Lord had placed in our hearts in 2013 – a farm to train missionaries in South Africa.

Workers are Desperately Few

“The harvest truly is plentiful but the workers of few”
– Jesus Christ, Son of God (Matthew 9:37)

As non-residential, itinerant missionaries who have travelled overland through much of Southern and East Africa, we have come to see how desperately true and relevant this statement really is in these areas. And of course, our experience of this is in itself also limited. But when we hear the missionary report backs from other missionary pioneers and veterans, we sense the same urgency for workers to be sent to the “harvest field”.

The Needs are Urgent

There are so many needs which urgently need to be filled; there are valiant missionaries who are in dire need of assistance; there are mission stations and mission hospitals that are critically understaffed; there are villagers dying without Christ; the insidious advance of Islam is left un-contested; there are Christians suffering persecution with no support and encouragement; there is a desperate and critical shortage of workers in the “harvest field”. The scope of the needs is so varied that anyone, no matter how skilled or unskilled, with a call to serve and love God and His people, and who have some thorough missionary training, will be a vast and treasured help to those whom they serve.

Livingstone Mission Farm

The news that Frontline Fellowship is looking to purchase a farm that is surrounded by mountains and includes some mountains within its borders excited me vigorously. It is terrain such as this that would be ideal for training missionaries in general, but most specifically for an Intensive Missionary Training Programme.


If this farm is purchased, it would be our desire to conduct thorough, hardcore, and uncompromising, Missionary Training in the mountains and foothills of this farm where we hope to train missionaries who are courageous, confident, prepared, determined, and persevering.Please pray for us that God would provide the necessary funds in order to purchase this farm. We are planning and working diligently in faith that God Who put this vision in our hearts will also provide whatever is necessary to make it a reality.

Marvelous Ministry Opportunities

In the meantime, this year we have had some wonderful opportunities to minister here in Cape Town. While Peter Hammond has been away on various Missions I have had the privilege of taking his speaking responsibilities at Livingstone Fellowship, Reformation Society, and Staff Devotions. I have also had the privilege of being involved in presenting the 8 part Way of the Master Evangelism Training Course at a church in Epping and also presenting some lectures at a youth conference of a church in Firgrove. In total I have had 29 opportunities to minister God’s Word this year. For this I am truly grateful.DSC_0665DSC_0800

Store Lady

Renee has been helping in the Literature4Africa stores as the store lady. As we arrived back in Cape Town (from Durban after burying my Mom), we were told that the previous store man had resigned and there was a gaping need for someone to fill in the gap. Renee courageously stepped up to the challenge and has been an immense help for the past 4 months whilst a replacement store man was enlisted. The Literature4Africa stores received 3 shipping containers of literature each loaded with 18 tonnes of Bibles, Gospel books, and Discipleship literature. Renee did a marvelous job of receiving, packing, and sorting these books as they arrived.DSC_0347

Sweat, Tools, and Missions

I have also been keeping myself very busy here at Livingstone House with various maintenance issues, a building project, and helping two mission teams get off to a good start. I have been building a server room in our IT office where a new server will be installed. This has been quite a challenging project to complete as there have been many other demands on my time such as sermon preparation, maintenance on vehicles, off-loading shipping containers, and assisting the mission teams as they prepared for departure.DSC_0733

Upcoming Mission Plans

Malawi still weighs heavily on our hearts especially now as I have received word from my contacts there who report that the Muslims are now aggressively targeting Christians in some areas by invading their homes, confiscating their Bibles, and giving them Qurans. The Muslims have a definite bold agenda to Islamize Malawi by force and bribery. We need to support our brothers and sisters there by providing training, encouragement, and practical support. We also need to warn the unsuspecting ignorant village folk of the dangers of Islam. Most who eventually convert to Islam have no idea of the beliefs of Islam, but only convert either because of financial gain or because of threats of violence.

I am busy planning a 3 month Mission to Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia. Please pray for us that God will go before us and prepare the way. Pray that God will guide our plans and our steps. Pray that God will give us boldness to declare His Word uncompromisingly.

We sincerely thank you for your continuous prayers and support. You are a vital part of our missionary endeavours and we thank God for your partnership with us.

May God bless you abundantly, thoroughly, and perpetually.

Faithfully His

“That His glory may dwell in the land” – Psalm 85:9

Michael and Renee Watson

Frontline Fellowship

PO Box 74, Newlands, 7725

Cape Town, South Africa

Cell:     +2774 887 0211

Office +2721 689 4480





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Return from Congmataza 2014 Mission and Mom’s going HOME

Dear Friends

We have successfully returned from our 5 month Congmataza Mission. Since we got back home in Cape Town, South Africa in mid-November, lots has happened and I have found it frustratingly difficult to update my blog till now.


Return and Reunion
As we returned to South Africa from our Mission to Central Africa, it pleased me greatly to visit my parents on their farm in Durban. We stayed with my folks for about four days by which time we needed to head further south to the Frontline Fellowship Mission Headquarters in Cape Town. Just before we left, my Mom asked if she could join us and visit with us in Cape Town. It was such a privilege and a pleasure to have my Mom with us in Cape Town for three weeks. We had a lot of fun together, even though I was hard pressed by the Mission HQ for reports, presentations, and other natural responsibilities that follow every mission outreach expedition.

Fun and Farewell
After three weeks of visiting, galavanting, and thoroughly enjoying herself in Cape Town, my Mom had to fly back to get home in Durban where my Dad was eagerly awaiting her return. The day before Mom boarded the airplane she started complaining of having headaches. We gave her some pain-killers and thought it may just be the flu coming up. On Tuesday 2 December we took mom to the airport, said our teary-eyed goodbyes with a firm, warm, never-ending hug; we waited for Mom to pass through the security check point and then waved goodbye one last time through the glass panes that now cruelly separated us. And then she was gone.

Rapid Race to a Grinding Halt
We continued our rat-race lifestyle, trying to get everything done that needed getting done – preparing various mission reports for the Mission HQ, preparing and presenting various Mission Report Presentations with pictures and video at various gatherings and on radio, cleaning, repairing, and packing away mission gear and equipment that we had used over the past five months, writing and type-setting our Watsons@Frontline Newsletter, and many other duties and responsibilities that demanded our attention. And then the gears came to a rapid grinding halt!

Dad’s Concerned Call
Dad called me about three days after we said our goodbyes to Mom at the airport. He asked:”What did you do to Mom down there in Cape Town? Ever since she arrived back in Durban she has been extremely drowsy and in bed since the moment she stepped back into the house.” I was greatly concerned about this, but I reported to Dad how jovial and full of excitement and energy Mom had been while she was in Cape Town.

Devastating News
On Friday 5 December Dad took Mom to the hospital. As Mom had been a cancer patient at the hospital for the past eight years, she was quickly seen to by the doctors who immediately prescribed some tests and scans. The results were devastating! Mom had developed numerous brain tumors some 4cm in diameter. The pressure of these tumors in her brain was causing immense pain and drowsiness. By this time Mom was non-responsive. Renee and I dropped everything we were doing in Cape Town and took the next possible flight to Durban.

Totally Helpless
The neurosurgeon said he cannot surgically removed these tumors because they were too numerous. There was nothing the doctors could do for my Mom except to treat her for the pain. God worked in mysterious ways to help us to get Mom into the Hospice. Mom was pretty much non-responsive from the time that we arrived in Durban. She went into a coma on the day that she was transferred to the Hospice where she stayed for almost two weeks.

Christmas Tears
My beautiful, jovial, most amazing Mom passed away on Christmas morning at 04h15. I was with her as she breathed her last breath, holding her hand.

So for us, Christmas day was a very sad, raw, and painful day. But at the same time it was a happy day. Mom had been taken to Glory to be with the God whom she loved and served with all her heart and strength; the God Who had sent His Son into this world to redeem us from our sinful state and to make a way for us to be with Him in Heaven. It is on this Christmas day, the day that Mom died, that we remember the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God Almighty, the Saviour of all who put their trust in Him. We know that Mom us in Heaven and one day we too will be there. Mom is not gone, she has gone HOME!


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Watsons@Frontline Newsletter December 2014

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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

Dear Friends and Family

We greet you in the wonderful and powerful Name of Jesus Christ!

This year has come flying past and as we near the close of 2014 we hope to catch you up on our most recent news.

Mission Overview

As you may know, we have just returned safely back to Cape Town after a successful five month Mission to Congo, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi, and Zambia. We crossed 11 international borders, travelled more than 20,000 kilometres, and had the opportunity to conduct more than 360 meetings in 6 countries. We screened the Jesus film 36 times, conducted 14 outreach campaigns, and preached 38 open-air Evangelistic messages.

We also distributed more than two tonnes of Bibles, New Testaments, Discipleship books, Gospel literature, Evangelistic tracts, DVDs, audio CDs, and MP3 discs to pastors, church leaders, and Evangelists.

God’s Grace

We can report with joy that God granted us favour at all police roadblocks, as we were not harassed by even one corrupt official throughout these months of ministry and travel! This is truly God’s grace, as Africa is riddled with corrupt officials looking for a bribe. Although we travelled over a vast variety of rough, potholed, and corrugated road surfaces, we only suffered one puncture.

We also praise God that our team was kept safe whilst we travelled through dangerous areas where rebels and bandits vigorously terrorise travellers and locals alike!

 Congo for Christ

The main goal of this Mission was to serve the suffering church in Congo, in an area that has been terrorised by a number of violent groups. This region of Congo is very remote and disconnected from the rest of the country, with little infrastructure and support from the government.

With the generous help of our faithful supporters we were able to purchase and distribute a hundred French Bibles, three thousand Gospels of John and Romans in French, 11,000 WMP Gospel booklets in French, 660 Biblical Principles for Africa in French, and 300 Broad and Narrow Way posters, and almost a tonne of Gospel literature, Discipleship books and Evangelistic material, to these needy believers who are on fire for God. This is a church that is thriving under difficult conditions and is making a positive difference in their community.

Evangelism and Revival

We conducted a Revival and Evangelism Camp about 2 hours’ drive outside the town, where about 70 members of various churches attended the week-long program.

After the camp we conducted an Evangelism Explosion week within the town where we held Evangelism Training sessions in the mornings. Afternoons we went out into the streets for door-to-door Evangelism. Many members of the church were energetically and joyfully involved. In total we conducted 41 meetings in Congo, including 19 lectures and training sessions, 6 outreaches, 3 open-air crusades, 5 screenings of the Jesus film and 6 Sunday sermons.

Burundi for Christ

In Burundi we had over a week of ministry in the capital city. Burundi is a country of great need with a long history of political and tribal violence, as well as many religious distractions from the Truth. Ancestor worship is very big and the Catholic church is also a very strong presence as a consequence of Belgium rule. Witchcraft is a powerful force used by many and feared by most. There are many Evangelical and Pentecostal churches that gather in homes and small buildings, but the sad truth is most of these churches are ignoring the Gospel and are instead preaching and spreading a prosperity ‘gospel’ that is contradictory to the Scriptures.

We conducted two Reformation FIRE Seminars in Bujumbura and the stark simplicity and power of basic Biblical teaching confounded and astonished many of the participants who expressed This is what our churches and our country needs!

Tanzania for Christ

As we travelled deeper into Tanzania we saw more and more signs of Islam’s insidious advance. Tanzania is about 35% Muslim, and their numbers are growing. We visited two churches and conducted a Reformation FIRE Seminar in each one. We screened the Jesus film almost each night we were there.

On one particular night the neighbouring mosque tried in vain to drown out the sound of our powerful speakers by singing and chanting on their own PA system at full blast – in fact after 2 hours their sound system burned out.

Spiritual Growth

We were blessed to see the spiritual growth in the church since our previous ministry in this area, as well as the hunger for sound Biblical teaching. Our host kept us busy each day with opportunities to speak at schools, a college, and at mid-week church meetings. We conducted 30 meetings in Tanzania.

Malawi for Christ

There is a desperate crisis unfolding in Malawi that will soon destroy this beautiful country, unless the Church takes its responsibility to fulfil the Great Commission seriously. Malawians are being gullibly enslaved to the religion of Islam and they don’t even know it. In fact, as did Esau, they are selling their souls for a morsel of food. During the hunger season; due to economic mismanagement, the subsistence farmers are not able to bring in sufficient grain to feed their families. People literally go without food for days, sometimes weeks.

The Terrible Trap

Years ago, Gadhafi sponsored numerous mosques to be built all over Malawi in his attempt to Islamise Africa. At that time, there were few converts in those mosques, but due to the ‘hunger season’ and the ignorance of the dangers of Islam, that is now changing. During the hunger season mosques are stocked with grain and supplied with ample meat. The Muslims offer this food to anyone who declares themselves a Muslim. In desperation, many people flock to the mosques, declaring themselves to be Muslim in order to obtain free food.

“God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him” – Hudson Taylor

Ministry in Malawi

We conducted Great Commission Seminars with a focus on Muslim Evangelism in 7 regions where this is a problem. Often you would find that even church-goers would convert to Islam for the sake of hunger relief. We conducted door-to-door outreaches in strong Muslim areas, challenging those who would hear us to answer this question: How can you wash away your sin and your guilt? We found that even leaders in the church could not answer this simple question!

“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  – John 8:32

Enlightened by the Gospel

We spent painstaking hours, often in the vicious heat, teaching the basic foundational truths of the Good News. This, you may find hard to believe, was a profound enlightenment to the whole church in most cases. We conducted 186 meetings in total in the 8 weeks that we ministered in Malawi.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:36

“Only one life and it will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last”  – CT Studd

Zambia for Christ

We found Zambia to be a very Christian country – in the sense that there are many churches and many shop names that display Christian influence. But the presence of casinos, night clubs, drunks and litter made us realise that the need is still great. The Church needs a lot of Leadership training and Discipleship training. We conducted three Reformation FIRE Seminars in different regions and also had ministry opportunity to speak in school classes and at one school assembly. We found many who expect to get into Heaven by good works.

South Africa for Christ

Of course we could not focus all our efforts on countries outside our own, so we were privileged to have had the opportunity to also conduct some rural ministry in the Wild Coast. This is an area that is under developed and un-churched. There are no churches in this particular area and we spoke to a fair number of individuals who expressed a keen desire to have a church in their village where they could fellowship. We screened the Jesus film, preached the Gospel in school classrooms and at a school assembly. We distributed thousands of Gospel booklets and Broad & Narrow Way posters, and conducted door-to-door Evangelism in the rural area.

 Malawi Stole our Hearts

Our time in Malawi revealed to us the desperate situation that the people are in. The insidious advance of Islam, the desperate economic crisis, the ignorance of most of the people regarding the dangers of Islam, and the unbelievable oblivion of even the ‘Christians’ of the Good News that gives Eternal Life has created a desperate crisis in this beautiful country. Our hearts are drawn to Malawi and we believe that God would have us focus our attention on alleviating this situation. We plan to set up a Mission base in Malawi and have acquired some land to do so. God-willing we will start this project next year.

The Harvest is Plentiful

There are so many places and areas of desperate need; so much harvest ready for the reaping; so many gullible souls lost… and not enough workers to fulfil the need… There are thousands, no millions, of young people in South African Churches who could be harvesters in this great field, but they choose rather to chase after illusive material gain that has no lasting value. The harvest truly is plentiful and the workers are desperately few!

We challenge all young Christian people to seriously consider participating in the Great Commission Course this January 2015. You can make a difference in this world. Are you going to watch it happen? Or are you going to make it happen? Join us in striving to make a difference!

“Christ wants not ‘nibblers’ of the possible, but ‘grabbers’ of the impossible” – CT Studd

Mother after the Mission

It was sure great for us to have Mom visit us in Cape Town for 3 weeks. She is such a joy to have around – she is like a flower that brightens up the world around her. We have been concerned for her health recently; you may recall us writing about that in our earlier newsletter this year. It was for this reason that we moved from Cape Town to Durban to be with Mom and help her during her illness. We praise God that Mom’s health seemed to improve in the first few months of 2014, so much so that we decided that we could leave and conduct this Congmataza Mission which we have just completed. Mom came to visit us in Cape Town from the day we were back and she really seemed happy and healthy until the day before she flew back to Durban. She started to mention that she was not feeling well. She seemed fine when we said a sad ‘Goodbye’ to her at the airport, but from the time she arrived in Durban she has been in bed with head-aches and dizziness. Subsequently she has been admitted into hospital as the tests revealed large lumps in her brain. Please pray for Mom. We are hoping and praying for a speedy recovery.

Christmas is the Time

It is at this time of year that we remember that our Lord Jesus Christ was born into this world long time ago. We know that Jesus is the Light of the world and His birth was announced by the bright star which shone in the dark night sky leading the wise men to Christ by the light which it shed. I would like to bring to your attention the following verse:

“The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness [has not overcome it (NIV)][can never extinguish it (NLT)][comprehended it not (KJV)][has never overpowered it (AMP)]” – John 1:5

During this time of Christmas, let us remember to be as the star which shone in the dark night sky leading others to Christ. The power is in the Light – let us let it shine!

Thank You

I would like to express our deep gratitude to those of you who ‘go’ by giving generously of your finances to extend our reach and multiply our effectiveness; others who ‘go’ by praying, encouraging, communicating, or sharing your resources with us, which enables us to persist in the missionary call which God has called us to. May God richly reward you and perpetuate your prosperity. Your partnership in the Gospel is greatly appreciated.

In His Service and loving it!

Michael and Renee Watson

Missionary Field Worker

Frontline Fellowship
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
Office: +27-21-689-4480

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