Africa Overland Mission

Africa Overland Mission Update – October 2013

Congo for Christ

Dear Friends and Family

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

“I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2

Mission Overview

This Africa Overland Mission has successfully been completed after 7 months. We have travelled 29,000km, crossed 14 international borders, travelled through and ministered in 12 countries, conducted more than 390 meetings, and distributed almost 3 tonnes of Gospel literature and Discipleship training material including Bibles, tracts, books, audio CDs, DVDs, posters, and MegaVoice solar-charged audio Bibles.

Last time you may have heard from us, we were just about to head into the Democratic Republic of Congo for an incredible ministry opportunity.

Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is located in Central Africa. It is the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa and with a population of over 75 million, the DRC is the fourth most populous nation in Africa.

It also has the second-highest population of Christians in Africa, making up about 95% of the population, although 50% are Catholics. Evangelicals make up about 20% of the population.

Security Risks

Corruption has devastated this rich and fertile land and has frightened away potential tourists and investors. Whilst doing ministry in Western Uganda and in Rwanda, I continually heard reports about rebel groups in neighbouring DRC, seeking to take over the town of Goma in North Kivu, Eastern DRC. Some of our missionary colleagues and friends consistently and persistently warned us not to enter the DRC with our own vehicle for fear that it would be lost to corruption, or commandeered by rebels.

Abandoning our Rig

So accepting the advice and warnings given, we found a safe place to store our rig (truck and trailer) in Burundi, packed our survival bags, and headed for the ominous DRC. It would be the first time that we were to be away from our rig for an extended period of time, and I was anxious that we pack our gear-bags in such a way that we would be prepared for any unforeseen, sinister circumstances.

DRC Ministry

What a blessed time of ministry we had with the El-Shaddai church in DRC! This is a vibrant and growing church with a vision and passion for Evangelism, and for extending the Kingdom of God. This church has a regular outreach programme where they go out into the community and share the love of Jesus to their neighbours. They run a discipleship programme every morning in the church between 06h00 and 07h00, to teach new believers foundational doctrines of the Faith. We were privileged to conduct a Great Commission Seminar at this church, teaching these eager Christians the effective techniques of The Way of the Master, as they attentively took in all we had to share with them.

Workers for the Harvest

As you can probably imagine, in a church like this, it would not be all its members that are consistently getting involved in Evangelism and reaching out to their neighbours, but only a core group of individuals. It was the desire of the pastor of this church, to get his whole church involved in the outreaches and this was one of the goals of our visit to his church.

Outrageous Courage

Many of those who were not getting involved in the outreach team admitted that this was due to the fact that they were afraid, nervous, anxious, and apprehensive. After each day of lectures, presentations and teachings, we all went on outreaches in the afternoons to give these timid evangelists an opportunity to exercise their faith. After each outreach, we had a feedback session where folk could share how the outreach went. It was incredibly encouraging to us, to hear the testimonies of some of these reluctant Christians, who had once been crippled by fear but now have been emboldened by faith and courage through the Power of the Gospel, joyfully sharing how God had helped them to boldly approach strangers and speak to them about the Love of God through Jesus Christ!

Pray for DRC

Pray that the illegal forces would be disarmed and disbanded. These are personal armies of dangerous warlords, which inflict terror on innocent and helpless citizens who live far from the limited safety of government, or international forces. Some of these rebel armies include Lord’s Resistance Army, Simba, Mai-Mai, and many others. Pray for these men to be convicted and disheartened with this life of violence and for those continuing to commit such violence to be stopped. Pray also for the Church to stand strong and be a positive influence in this land of corruption and confusion.

“The Christian Church is an essential entity for rebuilding the DRC. It remains the only viable national social structure to survive and retain some credibility. Its role in rebuilding the country is crucial. Most hospitals, clinics and schools now operate with Christian initiative. Pray for Christian leaders of spiritual maturity and moral integrity to be raised up for ministry, both in the Church and in society.” – Operation World


We travelled through Burundi on the western side down from Rwanda. Burundi is a mountainous, fertile country on the northeast shore of Lake Tanganyika, south of Rwanda, and wedged between Tanzania on the east and DRC on the west. Burundi, like Rwanda, has a sad and violent history between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes which resulted in a nasty war in 1994. The situation is much better now between the two tribes.

About 90% of the population call themselves Christians of which 60% are Catholic and 30% are Evangelicals.

The Cries of a Child

After our ministry in DRC, we were very happy to get back to our rig, which is our home away from home. We then drove up into the hills which surround Bujumbura, the Capital of Burundi, where we visited some missionaries from America who are running an orphanage called The Cries of a Child. This is a very well run Faith project and is making a great impact in the community. They started six years ago with very little, but God has provided amazingly for their needs and today they have 2 homes caring for more than 16 children. They are currently building a clinic to provide for the health needs of the community.

“Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

From Burundi we travelled down to Kigoma, Tanzania the famous site of Ujiji where Stanley uttered the legendary words: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” when he met David Livingstone for the first time in October 1871.

Zambia Border

Crossing into Zambia from Tanzania was the most difficult border crossing that I have yet encountered. Besides the fact that it is a very busy commercial border, the Zambia border control requires more payments (at different offices, with long queues) than any other border I have yet crossed, as well as having the most expensive fees!

David Livingstone Memorial

Safely into Zambia after a four-hour border crossing, we headed for Chitambo’s Village where Dr. David Livingstone died. It was a humbling and awe-inspiring moment for me to be standing in the place where this great Missionary came to his final earthly rest. There are two monuments, one where he was found breathless and without life, kneeling over his Bible in a posture of prayer, and the other, under a tree, where his heart is buried.

“People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege.” – Dr. David Livingstone


In the town of Livingstone we met up with our fellow Missionary colleagues and together we made further preparations for the Livingstone 200 Missions Conference that will be held on 13 – 18 November 2013. We also went to view the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls, which at this time of year is in low season, so we did not get to see its majestic rushing of water, nor hear the roar of this thunderous spectacle. With the rainy season about to start, hopefully by mid-November, when we return for the Livingstone 200 Missions Conference, there will be more excitement in this impressive waterfall.

Namibia Wildlife

We had a few days to spare whilst waiting for a ministry opportunity to materialize, so we took the occasion to visit a game reserve in the Caprivi. There is a magnificent wealth of wildlife in this area and we got to see many elephants, impala, kudu, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, hippos, and crocodiles, among many other animals. It was a privilege for me to spend this time together with my wife – it was like another honeymoon. We spent three nights in this game reserve in a tent as Dr. David Livingstone may have experienced it, with the sounds of wild animals of the night surrounding our flimsy tent – lion’s roaring, elephants trumpeting, rumbling and breaking through nearby bushes, hippos grunting, and hyenas laughing… this all made for tense, prayerful dreams.

Radio Interview

In Windhoek on Kanaal 7 Radio, we had the privilege of being invited for an interview about our almost completed Africa Overland Mission. This was a good opportunity to encourage the listeners to be more mission-minded and encourage them to consider participating in the Great Commission Course in January next year.

Surprise Return

Due to the fact that one of our ministry opportunities in Namibia had not worked out, we were a few days ahead of schedule and would arrive at the Mission headquarters in Cape Town, earlier than expected. I decided not to inform the office of this change, but to surprise them. It gave me immense pleasure to see the confused smiles on their faces as we arrived back home, three days ahead of schedule. It is good to be back with our family and friends.

Thank You

This Africa Overland Mission would not have been a success if it were not for you. Thank you to each one of you who supported us through prayer and financial support. Thank you for keeping in touch with us and encouraging us as we travelled through, sometimes, difficult situations.

“Happy are you, (put your name here)! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, and you shall tread down their high places.” Deuteronomy 33:29

Pictures and Videos

Although I will compile an Africa Overland Mission Report with pictures, I do encourage you to visit our Watson’s Missions Facebook Page where we are still adding photos regularly and will soon add some videos. Hint: If you like our page, you will be notified each time we post a picture, or video.

May God richly bless you and keep you safe in His strong hands.

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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Africa Overland Mission Update – August 2013

Uganda and Rwanda

Dear Friends and Family

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

“For ‘whoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.’ How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:13-14

We are so excited to be out here on this Africa Overland Mission in the field energised and empowered by your prayers and support. The countryside offers the most spectacular views and sights that I have ever seen; the people are beautiful, interesting, and hospitable; the ministry has been effective, appreciated, and rewarding. Yet we are also looking forward to getting back home to see our friends and family, to enjoy a home-cooked meal, our own bed, and a washing machine.

We have been on the road for more than 6 months and there is one more month to go. We are currently doing ministry in Burundi, which is the 9th country out of the 11, which we have planned to serve in. We have travelled more than 22,000km and have conducted more than 370 meetings.

We appreciate your constant prayers for us as we continue to minister.

“Send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever any tie, but the ties that bind me to Your service and to Your heart.” David Livingstone

Unshakeable Generation

We have had a very successful and effective time of ministry in Uganda, at the Bridge of Hope Ministries, where we had the privilege of being guest speakers at their annual ‘Unshakeable Generation’ church conference, where we preached at 8 meetings. This was a wonderful opportunity to speak about Enduring Faith and True and False Conversions; ‘The Way of the Master’ proved to be a very effective.

Much-Needed Rest

We have had an amazing opportunity to get some much-needed rest and recuperation at a lovely campsite next to the Nile River. We were blown away by the breath-taking views, tranquil atmosphere, and colourful sunsets. After 5 months in the field and 2 gruelling months in the harsh conditions of South Sudan, this was a most welcome break!

Exhilarating Adrenaline Excitement

While enjoying the blissful serenity of the peaceful and tranquil Nile River Explorers campsite, our attention was captured by the loud and bold advertising board which read: “White water rafting down the Mighty Nile River”. This was an opportunity not to be missed! What an exhilarating experience it was! Being tossed about in a small inflatable raft we plummeted down steep rapids; being flipped upside-down by surging waves, which hurled us into the raging waters – causing us to gasp for breath as we were churned under the water as if in a vicious washing machine. This was immense fun!

Mountains of the Moon

We then headed west towards Kasese, near the Congo border, where we conducted a week of intensely appreciated seminars. This is where Mount Rwenzori is located, which the locals call ”the Mountain of the Moon”, because of the snow-capped peak. Kasese is right at the foothills of this mountain. Our contact person here had completed the Great Commission Course in 2011, which was where I first met him. He arranged a very busy schedule which kept us on our toes from morning, till late at night.

Grateful Repentance

We were blown away by the immense appreciation that was expressed for our ministry in Kasese. Pastors and community leaders were so eager for us to remain as their “personal missionaries” and offered us rooms, houses, and land. Some pastors confessed that they had been out of God’s will and declared their immediate repentance. “Kasese needs this message to be heard” they told us. “Please come back” they urged, “please, do not forget about us”.

Rolling Hills of Rwanda

Next we headed south for Rwanda, which is a very hilly country with beautiful green trees covering the hills in some places, and in most other areas, rich agricultural lands cover the hills like a dense patchwork quilt. The roads wind through these hills, zigzagging around tight curves, up over the hills, and down into the valleys. Most of the roads are either in a very good condition, or somebody is busy fixing them.


Kigali is one of the most organised and cleanest cities that I have ever seen in all my travels in Africa. The traffic lights work and people obey them, both pedestrians and drivers! There are policemen, on what seems like every street corner, and they are helpful and effective. There was no litter anywhere – even in the poorer areas and taxi ranks.

Encourage and Equip

We met with one of the members of Christian Action Network from neighbouring Congo. We spent some time with him and some of his church leaders, fellowshipping and encouraging them in their ministry. We were also able to equip them with boxes of Gospel literature, Leadership and Discipleship training books, and valuable DVDs and audio CDs. I spoke to them about Christian Action Network’s bold new initiative called Reformation FIRE. They were thrilled to hear about this and excited to become a part of this noble effort.

The Work Goes On

Please continue to pray for us as we continue to minister in Burundi. Please pray that God will give us many effective opportunities and that He may continue to grant us the Grace and strength needed to fulfil our missionary calling – we will not be able to do anything good, or worthwhile, unless He enables us.

“… for without Me you can do nothing” John 15:5

Thank you

We are intensely grateful for every one of you who support us in prayer, finances, and encouragement. Thank you for posting encouraging comments on our Facebook page. We appreciate your partnership in the Gospel.

If you would like to see some pictures of our ministry and follow us as we travel, please visit and ‘like’ and ‘share’ our Facebook page: Watson’s Missions

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

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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Africa Overland Mission Update – August 2013

Mission to South Sudan

Dear Friends and Family

Greetings in the precious and powerful Name of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ!

I trust that God has been taking care of you back home in the same way as He has been taking care of us out here in the field.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Proverbs 3:5-6, 27

Mission Overview

We have been in the field for 5 months and are now in our 6th month of ministry on this Africa Overland Mission. We have wrapped up our ministry in South Sudan and are now ministering in Uganda which is the 6th country out of the 11, which we plan to visit. We have travelled more than 20,000km and have had many great opportunities to minister to soldiers who protect South Sudan’s northern borders, train and equip army chaplains, and conduct seminars with pastors, Evangelists, and lay leaders. We have conducted a total of 335 services, outreaches and other meetings of which 150 were in South Sudan.

Bumpy Start in South Sudan

As we entered into South Sudan two months ago, we encountered excessive mechanical complications which slowed us down considerably. Nevertheless, we have been able to make up for lost time and had an effective and busy time of ministry accomplishing all but one of our planned objectives.

Newest Country in Africa

South Sudan is the newest country in the world and we were privileged to be able to celebrate Independence Day here with the South Sudanese people as they celebrated their second year of freedom from the Arab North.

State of Insecurity

South Sudan has 10 states of which 9 have insecurity issues; Only Western Equatoria is considered to be without security problems. We have conducted ministry in states of Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Lakes, Western Bahr el Ghazal, and Western Equatoria. We praise God for protecting us as we travelled through this country in turmoil.

Military Ministry

One of the many highlights of this Mission has been the great opportunity that we have had to minister to the soldiers, officers, and chaplains of the South Sudan Military. This was obviously one of the main focuses and goals of this Africa Overland Mission. We have been delighted to distribute Bibles, Leadership books, Discipleship books, Gospel literature, screen the Jesus film, and conduct Great Commission Seminars among the soldiers and chaplains at 5 military bases.

Seeds Bearing Fruit

One of the chaplains that had arranged our ministry among the soldiers at the brigade headquarters at the frontline, was one of the first four chaplains that had been trained by Frontline Fellowship during the war, in 1996. He is most certainly a dynamic and productive man who has made a great impact for the Kingdom of God in the area where he is responsible. He has planted 6 churches and has trained many others to preach the Gospel and has sent them out as evangelists in the frontline. It was good to see the fruit of the work that had begun 17 years ago.

Fertile Western Equatoria

Driving through the lush rainforests of Western Equatoria was indeed a magnificently exhilarating experience. Even though South Sudan has not received much rainfall this rainy season, the extravagant green growth is brilliantly obvious which makes this former fact hard to believe. This state is certainly a fertile land, but in more ways than just one. The rich vegetation which envelops the churches and parishes seems to be a relative indication as to the spiritual hunger and fervour which the Christians of Western Equatoria have.

Productive Ministry Opportunities

We have been privileged to have conducted effective ministry in schools, churches, military barracks, on radio, and productive Great Commission Seminars, in Yambio, Maridi, Farakasika, Bahr Olo, Mundri, and Lui. The seminars were lavishly well attended, the church services were abundantly packed, and the schools were eagerly excited and desperately attentive, as we shared with them. These folk of Western Equatoria certainly have an appetite for the things of God.


We have been privileged to have had Daniel, who served with Frontline Fellowship in 2011 on a previous Africa Overland Mission, join us for these past two-and-a-half months. We were also somewhat sad to see him go back to the USA to continue with his studies. Daniel is an energetic young man with a passion for Missions and a fire burning in him for the Kingdom of God. He has been a great help to us and has been effective in the ministry and in assisting with many of the practical chores that life on the road demands. We will definitely miss him and we pray that God will bless his studies at college, use him wherever he goes, and bring him back to Africa in the near future.

Grateful Appreciation

Thank you very much to all of our supporters who have contributed financially to make this Mission a success. We desperately appreciate your generous support and continually covet your persistent prayers for us.

Please visit our Facebook page to see pictures of the Africa Overland Mission: Watson’s Missions

In His service – and loving it!

An unworthy servant,

Michael Watson

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

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Africa Overland Mission Update – July 2013

Bandits and Bullets – South Sudan

 Dear Friends and Family

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

We hope and pray that all is well with you at home.

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the Day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11 

Mission Overview

We are now into our 5th month of ministry on this Africa Overland Mission and we are currently ministering in South Sudan which is the 5th country out of the eleven which we plan to minister in. We have already travelled more than 17,500km and have had to wade through an obstacle course of challenges. We have conducted a total of 210 meetings in Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and South Sudan.

Border Crossing

We had a very interesting border crossing as we crossed into South Sudan. The first thing which becomes very obvious is the fact that everybody drives on the wrong side of the road – they drive on the right-hand side of the road in South Sudan! Secondly, the customs officials were the most thorough that I have ever witnessed in all my travels in Africa. They off-loaded and opened almost every single box, trunk, and bag that we had in our rig. They wanted to see every book, CD, and DVD – even going to the extent of inserting the discs into their computers to investigate the content. After the Customs officials were satisfied that we were not carrying any contraband, the officer in charge of the border post came out and insisted that we be allowed to proceed without any further delays or inconveniences, because “you can see that they are Christian missionaries.” He pointed to the Christian flag that we had mounted on the front of our vehicle. We were congratulated for the work that we were doing as missionaries. All taxes were waivered and we were sent on our way with their blessing.

Praise God

God has been very good to us so far. Thank you for your fervent prayers for us. God has taken us through some very scary situations, tough challenges, severe breakdowns, and He has given us multiplied effective ministry opportunities.

Desperate Prayer Request

Our last update to you ended with us urging you to pray for our protection, as we were about to travel through some pretty dangerous areas. Now that we have travelled through these treacherous gauntlets I can, with gratitude, report on how God has answered your fervent prayers.

Wrapping up in Kenya

In Turkana we were able to screen the Jesus film four times and we conducted eleven meetings including a Great Commission Seminar and four outreaches.

The Treacherous Gauntlet

Our research had informed us that we were on the verge of entering a very dangerous leg of our journey and that is why we had requested your urgent prayers. Whilst in Lokichogio our fears were confirmed as local missionaries told us of the terror that lay ahead of us.

Dangerous Area ONE

There were three particularly dangerous areas through which we would need to drive. The first was a 45km section of very rough road still inside Kenya between Lokichogio and the border town of Nadapal. This is an area where bandits take advantage of slow-moving vehicles, shooting at and robbing the occupants.

Armed Escorts

We were strongly advised to take armed escorts with us in the vehicle as we travelled from Lokichogio to Nadapal, which we did. As we drove slowly over the bumpy road our armed escorts with their automatic rifles loaded and ready, their alert eyes searching the shrubbery told us how bad the problem actually was. “Yesterday someone was killed over there” one of them said. “Do you see those ditches there? That’s where they normally lie in ambush” said the other “I have seen many dead people here”. Broken windshield glass and debris lay on the ground as testimony to the terror of which we were told. We were glad to have the armed guards with us and were somewhat relieved when we arrived without incident at the border post of Nadapal.

Dangerous Area TWO

The second area we were warned about was an area in South Sudan between Kapoeta and Torit called ‘Camp 15’. This is an area where armed rebels led by a man called Yau Yau, from the Murle tribe, have recently been causing havoc. The SPLA soldiers have been trying to drive them northwards towards Ethiopia. We were warned emphatically of the dangers of this area.

Breakdown in the ‘Red’ Zone

After entering into South Sudan we had two punctures before we reached Kapoeta. After having our tyres repaired in Kapoeta we cautiously proceeded towards the notorious ‘Camp 15’. After sunset while it was still dusk, as we approached ‘Camp 15’ I started hearing a scratching noise coming from one of the rear wheels. Surrounded by drunks and suspicious-looking locals, armed with AK-47s, I stopped to inspect the noise at a nearby village (which turned out to be ‘Camp 15’). We soon attracted a crowd of inquisitive on-lookers who were giving us the ‘stare’, so I decided to proceed to a safer area even though my inspection had informed me that the trailer’s wheel-bearing had disintegrated. We drove on slowly, nursing the increasingly noisy bearing, for another 30km until we found a safer place to stop for the night and erect our tents.

Searching for Spares

It took us more than four days to repair the damage caused by the inferior bearing. A replacement axle had to be purchased – and there was none to be found in the ‘red’ zone. I searched through Torit and Juba for three days before I found a suitable (but ruthlessly over-priced) axle. Then I still had to modify the wheel-nuts and acquire all the necessary fittings. All this time, Daniel was left alone looking after our trailer in the ‘red’ zone and I was anxious to get him out of there.

Dodging Bullets

When we finally got back to the trailer after sunset, I was relieved to find that all was still OK. We started immediately to change the axles. There were some drunken men arguing with each other nearby as we worked. Most men in this area carry an automatic rifle and these men were no exception. Whilst we were hurriedly trying to complete the repair work, these drunkards started shooting at each other! Some of the bullets came real close to us as we heard them striking tin cans nearby. We quickly took cover behind the vehicle until things quieted down and then cautiously came out from our cover and completed the repairs as fast as we could. We breathed a sigh of relief and gave thanks to God as we drove out from there, heading towards Torit just before 22h00.

Dangerous Area THREE

The third area we were warned about was on the last stretch between Juba and Torit. This is an area where bandits and robbers stop vehicles by shooting at them and then rob the occupants. There were reports that within the previous three weeks 19 people had been killed by bandits on this road alone.

Incidentally, in order to obtain spares from Juba, we had to drive through this area two times before finally crossing in again the third time towing our trailer.

Almost Targeted

As we cautiously drove through this ‘ambush alley’, we saw evidences of other vehicles that had been recently shot-up and still lay derelict in the middle of the road. Soon after a mini-bus (which was approaching from the opposite direction) had passed us, we heard gunfire and as I looked in my rear-view mirror, I could see that the mini-bus had been stopped and the passengers were franticly disembarking from the vehicle. We gave thanks to God as we realised that we had passed through that ambush unharmed!

Juba at Last!

We were very happy to have arrived in Juba and our anxious host was just as happy to receive us. We had the privilege of conducting a two-day Great Commission Seminar where almost 200 people attended.

Moru Printing Project

We headed for Yei where we met with the diligent staff of Sudan Literature Centre and discussed the progress of new Moru Hymn Book which Frontline Fellowship is in the process of printing as a gift to Moruland. We were very happy to see some progress, but much more needs to be done before it is ready to print. The only Moru Hymn Book in the area are the very well worn copies from the edition Dr. Peter Hammond delivered to the Churches in Equatoria in 1996.

Rough Roads

The roads in South Sudan are mostly very rough with potholes often so large that huge trucks and lorries get stuck in them. On our way to Rumbek, we encountered some severe mechanical failures that forced us to turn back to Mundri in order to take dominion over these problems and start the repair process.

Repairs and Opportunities

The trailer’s chassis was cracked right through in two places and the vehicle’s prop-shaft centre-bearing (carrier-bearing) was on its way out and was starting to make a terrible noise. This forced us to return to Juba to have the necessary repairs done. Once again, Daniel stayed with the trailer and had a very effective time of ministry at various schools and a Bible college in Mundri while Renee and I were away in Juba forcing our way to the top of these mechanical challenges that were trying to bog us down.

Financial Aid

As you can imagine, these numerous, unexpected mechanical challenges cost us a lot more than we had initially budgeted for and were threatening to cut our Mission short in South Sudan, because our limited financial resources were almost depleted. God graciously supplied our need through the hands of generous sponsors who deposited funds into our bank account and we were able to do the necessary repairs and continue on our Mission as planned.

Military Mission

We were very blessed to have been able to conduct Chaplains Training for more than 40 SPLA Chaplains in the Division HQ. Some of the Chaplains who participated were those who had been trained by Dr. Peter Hammond in 1996, and they still had their Chaplains Handbooks and Chaplains Prayerbooks! We also had the privilege of preaching to the entire Division at the general parade. This was certainly the highlight of our time in South Sudan so far.

Seeds Bearing Fruit

One of the chaplains that had arranged our ministry among the soldiers at the brigade headquarters at the frontline, was one of the first four chaplains that had been trained by Frontline Fellowship during the war, in 1996. He is most certainly a dynamic and productive man who has made a great impact for the Kingdom of God in the area where he is responsible. He has planted 6 churches and has trained many others to preach the Gospel and has sent them out as evangelists in the frontline. It was good to see the fruit of the work that had begun 17 years ago.

Fertile Western Equatoria

Driving through the lush rainforests of Western Equatoria was indeed a magnificently exhilarating experience. Even though South Sudan has not received much rainfall this rainy season, the extravagant green growth is brilliantly obvious which makes this former fact hard to believe. This state is certainly a fertile land, but in more ways than just one. The rich vegetation which envelops the churches and parishes seems to be a relative indication as to the spiritual hunger and fervour which the Christians of Western Equatoria have.

Productive Ministry Opportunities

We have been privileged to have conducted effective ministry in schools, churches, military barracks, on radio, and productive Great Commission Seminars, in Yambio, Maridi, Farakasika, Bahr Olo, Mundri, and Lui. The seminars were lavishly well attended, the church services were abundantly packed, and the schools were eagerly excited and desperately attentive, as we shared with them. These folk of Western Equatoria certainly have an appetite for the things of God.

Thank You

Thank you to each and every one of you who remember to pray for us and who contribute of your limited and valuable financial resources to make our Mission possible. We would not be able to do this without generous supporters like you who give of your time and money.

The Top Team

I am also particularly grateful for my amazing Team that I have with me out here in these harsh conditions. Renee and Daniel are doing a great work and our team is functioning very effectively with each member fulfilling their role with great efficiency. Renee is, no doubt, the best team-mate that I have ever had out in the mission field, and the most beautiful! Daniel and I enjoy amazingly tasty meals that Renee is able to make from, sometimes limited, resources. Daniel is a great help in the ministry as he has such a fiery passion for the Gospel and is immensely effective in assisting us to convey the message of the Great Commission during our seminars. Please pray for us that we will continue to enjoy good health and that we may continue to work well together.

Please continue to pray for us as we go out to the frontline to minister to soldiers. We are still traveling in areas where there are many insecurity issues.

May God continue to be your joy and strength.

In His service – and loving it!

Michael and Renee Watson

Frontline Fellowship
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
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Africa Overland Mission Update – June 2013

Tanzania to Kenya

Dear Friends and Family

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

I trust that you are all well.

We are all in good health and the morale of our team is still in good shape.

In this last month we have had some amazing and contrasting experiences as we ministered God’s Word across the equator, travelled through the majestically magnificent Rift Valley, had some near death experiences, and shared the Gospel with remote people groups.

“‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” Zechariah 4:6

Mission Overview

We have now been on the road for more than 3 months, we have driven more than 14,500km. We have conducted more than 170 meetings, and we are currently ministering in the fourth of eleven countries which we plan to visit. We conducted 12 meetings in Mozambique, 60 meetings in Malawi, 37 meetings in Tanzania, and 61 meetings in Kenya thus far.


We have been very busy with various ministry opportunities here in Kenya; we have hardly had time to take a breath of fresh air (or write this update – which is desperately overdue). Time has become one of our most valued resources!

It is really good to have Daniel join our team. He is really a big help to our team. Daniel also completed a previous Africa Overland Mission to Sudan with me.

Tanzania Terror

We had some terrific and terrible experiences in some difficult areas in Tanzania. Since then, there has been a terror bombing in a church at Arusha. Fortunately we were nowhere near this at the time, but we did pass through that area later.

Multiplied Ministry Opportunities

Our host in Tabora and Shinyanga did a superb job of arranging a very busy schedule for us and we enjoyed an effective and appreciated time of ministry in these areas. We were kept busy every day for 8 days with a Biblical Worldview Seminar.

Ngorongoro Crater

We had the privilege of being invited to do ministry among the Maasai people of the world-renowned Ngorongoro Conservation Area where we had a precious time of ministry. It was precious in three ways. Firstly, it was extremely expensive to enter into this conservation area; secondly, it was exciting to see God at work among the Maasai who seldom get outside missionaries visiting them; thirdly, there is a wealth of intriguing wildlife in this area.

Daylight Robbery

It seriously felt as if I was getting robbed as I paid our $100 camping fee and $300 entrance fee into this conservation area. Our host, who invited us and who works within the conservation area, was not able to succeed in his attempts to have the price reduced for us who were missionaries coming, not as tourists, but to minister to the remote people within its borders. The conservation authorities insisted upon first meeting us and seeing that we were indeed legitimate, before agreeing to waiver any future fees.

Maasai Marvel at the Master

We had the privilege of ministering to the Maasai in a particular village where we preached the Gospel and showed the Jesus film in Swahili. It was great to see these colourful people gather to watch the life story of our Lord and Master for the very first time. They were thrilled and desperately requested that we stay longer and show this story of this amazing Man to other villages. We were blessed to see many Maasai trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins.

Wildlife for Africa

Whilst we were within the conservation area, we were taken by a guide down into the Ngorongoro Crater, which is a massive old extinct volcano crater which is home to thousands of wild animals. I was astounded at the intense density of wildlife living among eachother within the steep walls of this lush crater. There is a constant supply of fresh water and enough vegetation to satisfy thousands of herbivores and this obviously is a welcome invitation for predators. We saw almost all of the big 5, with the exception of leopard.

Near Death Experience

Renee, who is the best team mate I have ever had on any Mission, had started complaining about abdominal pains which we tried to curb with painkillers. The pain was soon accompanied by a stubborn fever which drove us to visit the clinic, where she was diagnosed with an UT infection and given antibiotics.

Situation Intensifies

Because we were out in a rural area with limited medical facilities, we started doubting the diagnosis of this medical practitioner, when after 3 days of taking the prescribed medication there was no improvement, but on the contrary, the pain and fever was intensifying. We therefore started to be concerned that it might be lethal appendicitis.

Rush to Hospital

While we were showing the Jesus film in Karatu, the pain was so intense and the fever incessantly stubborn, that I decided to rush Renee to the nearest Hospital which was 3 hours drive to Arusha. We arrived in Arusha at 02h30 and we found very good medical assistance at a Lutheran Hospital.

We praise God for good medicine and doctors who were able to help Renee recover.

Into Kenya

In the two-and-half weeks that we have been in Kenya we have been blessed to have conducted more than 60 meetings in seven different areas.

In Kenya we have conducted 7 Great Commission FIRE Seminars where we have ministered to more than 200 pastors and Church leaders lecturing on the Greatness of the Great Commission, Reformation FIRE, and A Call for Discernment. We taught on Church History, drawing attention to the Greatest Century of Reformation and highlighting the desperate need that our churches have for Reformation today.

Disappointments Turn into God Appointments

We have come upon various disappointments in Nairobi and were somewhat confused and frustrated at times, until later we realized that God was at work setting up some very valuable appointments for us. Most of these appointments have come as a result of the delays in acquiring Daniel’s visa for South Sudan.

Desperate Visa Application

Daniel arrived in Nairobi on Wednesday evening and would therefore only be able to apply for his visa for South Sudan on Thursday, and only be able to collect it on Monday, the following week, because it takes two days to clear. I was very busy running a seminar in Nairobi so I sent Renee and Daniel to the South Sudan Embassy with instruction to plead for a rushed visa because we were to leave for Western Kenya on Saturday.

Failed Visa Application

I had been running a seminar the whole day and was quite anxiously awaiting news with regard to the visa application. We would be in a very difficult predicament if we could not get that visa on Friday. I was very disappointed when around sunset the team returned with sad news – they had not reached the embassy in time due to atrocious traffic jams. They had missed the deadline by only 2 minutes, even after Daniel had abandoned the traffic-bound vehicle and run ahead on foot. Despite desperate attempts to plead and negotiate with the officials, they had not even been allowed to make application. This meant that the only next opportunity we could apply would be Monday and only get the visa on Wednesday. This would be a major setback costing us valuable time which we did not have!

Creative Solution

In my attempts to try and find a solution to this visa problem, I was put in touch with a pastor in Nairobi who turned out to be a “kindred spirit” indeed. He is a pastor of a dynamic church, and we were able to have great fellowship as we discussed ideas on how to solve the visa application problem. This was a very valuable contact to have made here in the city of Nairobi and we praise God for the troubles that we faced that had thrust us together. We were able to donate some valuable Reformation literature and DVDs to his ministry, which was deeply appreciated.

Trailer Problems

As we were hitching up the trailer, we noticed that the tow-hitch was loose and upon further inspection, I found that one of the crucial brackets was broken and would not only need to be welded, but also reinforced. We nursed the trailer back to Nairobi where we were to search out an engineering workshop that might be able to help us with the repair work.

God Appointment

We had some business to take care of at a Mission in Nairobi, so we thought to ask them where the best place would be to have the trailer repaired. They directed us to a German Mission Base and assured us that we would be helped there. We were not disappointed!

German Ingenuity

We were overwhelmed with the helpfulness of these German missionaries who went above and beyond the call of duty and worked with precision and effectiveness till way after sunset, to ensure that our trailer would last through Sudan.

Valuable Advice

We were greatly surprised to find out that there were two missionaries from this Mission who had recently returned from Sudan, on the very roads on which we were about to travel, to the very area from which they had just returned. This was an amazing and most helpful opportunity to meet and discuss with them, and learn from their very recent experiences. I soaked in loads of helpful information as we looked over and studied our maps together.

All Things Work Together

We thanked God that night, as we realized that it was the very reason that the trailer had broken, which had resulted in us having this very valuable encounter with these missionaries who had so effectively and generously helped us in many various ways.

Dangerous Drive

As we travelled on bumpy, rough, gravel roads to a remote area to do ministry among a tribe that seldom gets missionaries, due to harsh terrain and warring tribes, we had to pass through an ‘ambush alley’. We were stopped at a police roadblock and told that we could not proceed without an escort, as the road ahead is a hotspot for hijackers and bandits, who ambush and attack travellers. We could not afford to pay for the police escort and opted to go ahead, without armed escort, trusting God for Divine protection. My heart was pounding in my chest and we were tossed about within the vehicle as we drove faster than the rough bumpy roads would allow. I did not want to give potential attackers any advantage, or opportunity, to stop our rapidly moving rig. We breathed a sigh of relief and thanked God as we arrived at our host’s village compound, long after the sun had set.

Urgent Prayer Request

We would like you to specifically pray for God’s protection as we continue to travel in very dangerous areas. Some of the roads on which we will travel, lead us through areas where rebels, bandits, and tribal warriors have recently killed many travellers for selfish gain. This continues to be a very real threat, but we trust that God will carry us through these dangers in answer to your prayers.


Thank you for your continued prayer support – we cannot do this without you. Thank you also to each one of you who has put financial support into our bank account. Your support is enabling us to continue on this Mission. There have been times when your contribution came in at a time of desperate need.

Thank you very much, and may God richly reward your faithful generosity.

In His service – and loving it!

Michael and Renee Watson

Frontline Fellowship
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
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Africa Overland Mission Update – May 2013

Malawi to Tanzania

Dear Friends, Family and Supporters

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

We trust all is well with you.

We had a very effective, busy and appreciated time of ministry in Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our schedule was packed, our free time was scarce, adventures were plenteous and the scenery was breath-taking!

Mission Overview

We have now been on this Africa Overland Mission for almost two months. We have driven more than 10,500km, and we are in the third of eleven countries that we plan to minister in. We have so far conducted 77 meetings in Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania.

Sola Scriptura

It was such a blessing for us to visit the Sola Scriptura Bible College in Mzuzu, where we met with Oom Peet Erasmus, the founder of the college (whom we had previously met at Sola Scriptura in Mozambique). At this College we were able to run a 3-day Great Commission Seminar which was much appreciated by the students as well as the founder.

Renee also used her culinary skills to bless Oom Peet and his ministry-companion with 3 cooked meals a day, which they appreciated very much after a long time of only eating out of tins.

We showed the Jesus film on separate nights in neighbouring towns.

Picturesque Livingstonia

We visited the town of Livingstonia, situated high up on a mountainous plateau, 1,386m above sea level, which can only be reached by a very precarious winding road. We took time to explore the Livingstonia Mission where we learnt much about the history and were impressed by the stained glass window in the cathedral which depicted scenes from the life of Dr. David Livingstone. We found a picturesque campsite near the top of the mountain where we could camp for the weekend. The view was incredible!

Border Crossing

Thank you for keeping us in your prayers as we crossed the border into Tanzania. The officials probingly opened almost every door of the vehicle and trailer, inspecting our load with stern faces and even requesting that we open some of the boxes. We were expecting the worst. However, it went much better than we expected. God had granted us favour in the eyes of the officials who praised us for our missionary endeavours, refrained from charging us any import tax, and wished us well on our journey.

With joyful hearts we praised the Lord as we drove through into Tanzania!

Stuck in the Mud

We were exhausted travellers when we arrived in the dark at our first appointment after a long, tiresome, 13-hour day of driving over rough, slippery, pot-holed roads at an average speed of 15 km/hour. Whilst we were reversing the trailer under the mango tree where we were to set up camp, to our intense horror, the ground gave way beneath one of the trailer’s wheels! The ground, which had seemed to be perfectly solid, swallowed up the entire wheel and the trailer sank down onto its belly at a horrific angle! Michael valiantly tackled the laborious task of freeing the trailer from the clutches of the muddy monster.

Mutiny in the Mud!

After an hour of digging, wrestling and pulling, the trailer emerged from the sticky mud trap which had held it so defiantly. Before we had a chance to breathe a sigh of relief and celebrate, the back wheel of the vehicle disappeared into another invisible sink-hole! Michael bravely took on the new challenge and worked at releasing this new victim from the mutinous mud.

Eventually, after an exhaustive struggle for more than an hour and a half, both vehicle and trailer were victoriously perched on solid ground. We then carefully selected a solid spot where we could safely camp for the night.

Risky Rough Roads

Tanzania has proved to be a dangerous challenge for travel. Most of our journey has been along rough, bumpy, gravel, dirt roads that have suffered much damage from the plenteous rains which have turned them into slippery, muddy, perilous tracks. We often slipped and slid precariously passed unfortunate vehicles that had themselves skidded off the narrow mud tracks and were thus half-blocking what was left of the risky road.

Wrecked Reminders

The tar roads present dangers of its own as kamikaze busses whizz past us at recklessly high speeds. Frequent wreckages along the road are a constant reminder to us of our deep dependence on God for His protection over us and the vehicle.

Ministry in Tanzania

Michael had the opportunity to minister at a mid-week meeting held at the church where we got stuck in the mud, as well as speak to the students of the Sola Scriptura Bible College in Tanzania. We had opportunities to show the Jesus film in neighbouring towns, of which one occasion was rained out. Michael also had the opportunity to do open-air preaching in one of the villages where hundreds of villagers gathered around to listen intently.

Coming Up…

We have some promising ministry planned for the next few weeks. Please pray that we may be effective in our attempts of fulfilling the Great Commission.

Thank you very much to each of you who have been praying for us. We desperately need, desire, and covet your prayers. Thank you also to those of you who have deposited money into our bank account, your support enables us to be more effective in fulfilling our calling.

May God bless you (and us) with greater effectiveness in fulfilling the Great Commission.

In His service – and loving it!

Michael and Renee Watson

Frontline Fellowship
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
Tel: 021-689-4480

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Africa Overland Mission Update – April 2013

Mission to Malawi

Dear Friends, Family and Supporters

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

I trust all is well with you.

Much has happened since our last update and I am sure you are waiting in anticipation to hear more from us about our Mission activities in Mozambique and Malawi.

Ministry Overview

We have already travelled more than 8400km on this Africa Overland Mission. We are in the second of 11 countries to be ministered in, and we have completed the first month of 7 months that we have planned to be away on this Mission.

In Mozambique we held 12 meetings including a Great Commission Seminar, 4 Devotions and 5 lectures. In Malawi so far we have held 48 meetings including a Biblical Worldview Seminar, 3 Great Commission Seminars and a Muslim Evangelism Workshop.

Dr. David Livingstone

As many of you know, this year marks 200 years since the birth of Dr David Livingstone, the best friend that Africa ever had. We have the amazing privilege to “walk” in his footsteps and have been commissioned by Frontline Fellowship to trace some of the historic sites which dot the African continent.

Malawi is rich with the history of Dr. David Livingstone, as he spent a considerable time here and is directly responsible for the birth of Christianity in this country. We have visited a few magnificent cathedrals, hospitals and schools that trace their roots to this great hero of the Faith.

We were privileged to stand in the shade of the enormous fig tree dubbed “Dr. Livingstone’s Tree” where he sat more than 150 years ago negotiating with the local chiefs to sign a treaty to stop the slave trade. What giant footsteps he leaves behind for us to fill!

Renee successfully presented motivational presentations on the life of Dr. David Livingstone during some seminars.


We have had many opportunities for ministry, some planned and others more unexpected. We thank God for every opportunity granted to us that we can share with others the light that has been given to us.

We have been able to show the Jesus film on four occasions and in different areas, each time preceded by Evangelistic preaching urging those present to realise that they are lost and in desperate need of the Saviour.

Literature Distribution

We have distributed a number of Discipleship books and English Bibles to those who are able to read English as well as Chichewa Gospel booklets to all the pastors, Evangelists and church leaders. We also made a stop at The Bible Society in Blantyre, where we purchased a number of Chichewa Bibles for distribution where the need was greatest.

Generally, I insisted that those who were in need of a Bible should earn themselves a Bible by reciting the 10 Commandments in order. Those who wanted an English Bible needed to recite the 10 Commandments in English, so that we could ensure that they were able to actually read the English Bible.

Muslim Stronghold

In our previous update we asked that you remember us in prayer as we were soon to enter a Muslim stronghold where we were going to do some ministry. Thank you for remembering us in your prayers! It was a very successful time of ministry where we were able to do a Great Commission Seminar and a Muslim Evangelism Workshop for the pastors, Evangelists and church leaders, as well as screen the Jesus film two nights in a row!

Muslims Respond to the Gospel

Many responded to the Gospel and we were told that many of those who made public commitments in response to the Gospel were in fact Muslims! We praise God for the work He is doing there.

We urge you to continue to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who are making a stand for Him here against overwhelming odds.

Muslim Fear

After the first night that we were in this Muslim stronghold area, we were told in the morning that many of the Muslims were kept up the whole night phoning and warning each other to keep watch over their mosques. They were afraid that we had come to burn down their mosques and had therefore posted guards to keep watch! Praise God that the enemy shudders at His presence!


Tomorrow I am to preach at a Church here in Malawi, then we head to a Bible College where we will conduct a 3-day Great Commission Seminar.

Border Crossings

Within the next two weeks we will be crossing the border and we request your fervent prayer. Also pray for the upcoming ministry that it may be blessed and that the Gospel seed will fall into good soil.

Thank You

We greatly appreciate and desperately need your prayers. Thank you for taking the time to remember us in your prayers. I do believe that it is due to your prayers that we have seen great effectiveness in the ministry and unusual favour at roadblocks. Please continue to pray.

Thank you also to those of you who sacrifice to fund our Faith Mission. Your support enables us to fulfil our calling.

In His service – and loving it!
Michael Watson

Michael Watson
Missionary Field Worker

Frontline Fellowship
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
Tel: 021-689-4480

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Africa Overland Mission Update – March 2013

Mission to Mozambique

Border Crossing

We arrived at the border with heavily laden vehicle and trailer containing 1.8 tonnes of Bibles, Discipleship books, Gospel literature, and audio/visual Leadership training materials.

Mozambique Difficult Officials

When they saw our load of literature, the Mozambique officials exclaimed, “This is too much!” and “This is a big problem” and “This is very bad”. Other than these English words, they kept chattering to one another in Portuguese for about 10 minutes. I kept insisting that this was “for free distribution” and that there was “no commercial value”. They seemed to ignore me and continued to chatter away in Portuguese.

Divine Intervention

Finally, as this seemed to be going nowhere, I said, “Ok, I am going now?” It was a question, but I posed it as a statement. I started moving towards the vehicle and nobody stopped me. I climbed inside and started the engine anticipating that someone would stop me, but no-one did. I edged the vehicle forward slowly with my foot hovered above the brake pedal ready to stop as soon as someone indicated, but no-one did.

I got to the gate and an official jumped up to stop me. I showed him our papers and passports which seemed to satisfy him and he opened the boom and we were through. I could hardly believe it!

Rough Roads

Immediately, as we entered Mozambique, the tar road was at an end and we were faced with soft beach sand and dunes. I stopped to deflate the tires and then continued in four-wheel-drive through the powdery soft sand that continually threatened to swallow our heavily laden tires and bog us down. I had to focus on keeping the momentum moving forward, especially when going up and over the steep sand dunes yet being careful not to go over the crest of the dunes too fast to avoid losing control on the downhill side.

Warm Welcome

We arrived to warm hospitality, and were then taken to visit the orphanage. It was a 12km, 30 minute drive in the soft sand. We had great fellowship and were then taken on a tour of the premises, and had an opportunity to sit down and chat with the principal. They seem to have many challenges, but God is helping them. They have good dormitories and bathrooms for the 60 children who live there. I had the privilege of speaking at a mid-week cell meeting where I spoke on Faith, Hope, and Love.

Great Commission Seminar

We conducted a Great Commission Seminar on the following day for Church leaders. Some of the pastors who came to attend this seminar came from as far as four hours walk away – and they walked! There was an obvious great hunger for God’s Word and for teaching and training. I struggled initially to connect with them through the interpreter, but by the second lecture I was definitely able to see that I was getting through to them.

Some of the lectures that I was able to present included The Greatness of the Great Commission, Patterns for Soul Winning, What is Missions, What is a Missionary, and The Way of the Master.

I distributed a copy of Practical Discipleship to each of the participants who could read and understand English and we also distributed the Way of the Master Summary Notes to each of the participants.

Communal Farming

We saw the method used by Missionaries to assist these rural farmers to farm better. It is quite a noble and effective method. There are supporters who sponsor the initial cost of the purchase of all necessary equipment including seeds, fertilizer, water pump, pipes, valves, fencing, etc. All these costs get accumulated and then divided amongst 40 rural farmers who become part of the project.

These farmers will do all the work that is required, but as owners of the land. The land is divided equally among the 40 farmers just as the initial layout costs are. They have five years to pay back the initial costs.

So the farmers , having the advantage of modern irrigation methods, are now able to produce a much greater harvest and are able to pay back the initial layout costs within 3 years, some even within 2 years.

Doctors for Life Zavora

We headed for Zavora on Tuesday where we met the team at the Doctors for Life mission base in Mozambique. We were able to supply them with Gospel literature and various Discipleship books and DVDs.

Maforga Mission

We heard about Maforga Mission near Chimoio and were warmly welcomed and hosted there.

Maforga Mission is primarily an orphanage where they look after about 40 orphans. We had the opportunity to speak to the children about missions and encourage them to pray for the suffering Christians in the Nuba Mountains. We were really blessed when they all surrounded both Renee and I and prayed for us and our mission to Sudan.

Jesus is Lord

The next morning we were taken to a Mission training school nearby, which is called Jesus is Lord. This school is run by Dutch missionaries who are doing a very good work at training the local Christians to be missionaries. I had the privilege of speaking to the students on Outrageous Courage and Mission Vision. We supplied this mission with various Discipleship Training materials and Gospel booklets.

Sola Scriptura

We then headed North up the Chimoio/Tete road towards Catandica where there is a Bible Training School named Sola Scriptura. This Bible College is run by Missionary Piet Erasmus and is one of four which he has started. There are other similar Bible Colleges with the same name in Malawi, Tanzania, and Kenya.

We arrived about mid-afternoon, and were taken on a tour of the College. The main lecture ‘hall’ is the centre of the premises and is a grass-roof structure with no walls. There is a chalkboard in the front with a pulpit next to it, whilst all the students sit in chairs that have a small table attached which makes for easy note-taking.

I had the privilege of speaking to these students on Outrageous Courage that evening. I found this to be quite a challenge due to translation from English. There are three translators who translate into Portuguese, Shona, and Tsonga. So every time I say something, I have to wait for the three translators to follow each other in interpreting. The man who translates into Shona doesn’t understand English but he does understand Portuguese so he receives from the man who just translated into Portuguese. The man who translates into Tsonga understands neither English nor Portuguese, so he receives from the man who translates into Shona. I am not sure how the message eventually got out at the end.

We supplied this Bible College with a library of good Discipleship and Leadership training books and Gospel Booklets and Bibles.

Potholes Galore!

The following day, we were up early and on our way to Caia by 06h00. This journey was frustratingly slow, due to the many violent potholes that were on the road. Often the road was so badly pock-marked with potholes that it was senseless to even attempt to avoid any of them. We just had to proceed slowly.

Mary Livingstone’s Grave

Early the next morning, we were on our way to Chupanga to visit the grave of Dr David Livingtone’s wife, Mary. The road to Chupanga from Caia is a gravel road, seldom travelled, and very bumpy; the going was painfully slow.

Forgotten Memorial

As we arrived in the little village town of Chupanga we were greeted by a bold promising signpost that read “Livingstone Memorial” with an arrow pointing off the road towards the river. We followed the narrow path for about 2km expecting to find a well-maintained memorial, as the roadside sign seemed to promise. A large church building started appearing into view and I thought, “Well, they must have built a church near this site in memory of the Livingstones.” But I was wrong. Instead the church janitor pointed in a direction that led into thick tall grass. As we drove through the grass, it became increasingly obvious that this is a site which people very seldom visit.

The Graveyard

We came to the entrance gate of an old stonewalled graveyard. There were many graves in the yard which were surprisingly well-kept considering what the path to the graveyard looked like. There was hardly any vegetation at all inside this graveyard; all grass and weeds had been cleared out and all that remained was the bare earth with a few sprouts of fresh grass and the gravestones protruding from the ground.

The Gravestone

There was one gravestone that was obviously bigger than all the others. This was the grave of Mary Livingstone. The gravestone itself seemed to be made out of cast iron; it stood about 2 meters tall and had a cross at the highest point. The inscription read: “Here repose the mortal remains of Mary Moffat, the beloved wife of Doctor Livingstone, in humble hope of a joyful resurrection by our Saviour Jesus Christ; she died in Shupunga House, 27 April 1862, aged 41 years.”

Trailer Repair

On our way back towards Caia from Chuunga on the rough, seldom-travelled, gravel road we had to stop to repair the trailer. I had a similar problem with this trailer a few days earlier as we travelled from Zavora to Maforga. On that occasion the right hand side suspension had broken one of the crucial bolts which holds the spring onto the chassis. I was fortunate enough to find a much stronger steel replacement bolt and was able to repair the damage. Having anticipated that the other side would also soon break, I bought some extra bolts. Here in the bush I had to make use of that extra bolt to repair the left hand side suspension of the trailer.

Heading for Malawi

As I had a preaching appointment in Nsanje, Malawi on the following day, we decided to head for the border at the southern tip of Malawi. Having consulted the map, the GPS, and other travellers, we headed for Sena where we were to cross the Zambezi River to Mutarara and then head North for the border town of Villa de Fronteria.

Bumpy Gravel Road

The 60km trip from Caia to Sena was on a very bumpy, corrugated gravel road which took us 2 hours and 30 minutes to drive. This was very tiring and taxing as we were being thrown about inside the vehicle and tossed forward and backward, left and right, and up and down. I was relieved to see the end of the road as we arrived in Sena at about 17h00.

Danger on the Horizon

The sun was getting dangerously close to the horizon and we had not yet found a suitable safe place to camp. Sena seemed to be infested with various vices with dirt strewn about and drunkards staggering in the streets. I did not want to set up camp in, or near, this dirty town. I needed to cross the bridge and look for suitable camp site on the other side.

Bridge Impassable

As we approached the bridge, we were disappointed to find that it has been closed to all vehicles and is now a dedicated rail bridge. The single lane which used to run parallel to the train tracks which used to allow vehicles to pass one at a time, was now closed and blocked up and the road leading up to the bridge had been removed.

Ferry of False Hope

Upon inquiry (which was difficult on its own due to the Portuguese language barrier), we found out that there was a ferry which takes vehicles across the river just below the bridge. This gave us a bit of hope. As we drove towards the ferry dock and upon further inquiry we realized that this ferry only carries people and motorbikes – not cars. Everyone we asked informed us that the only way for us to cross the Zambezi River was at the new bridge at Caia, or at the Tete Bridge, even further away.

Back-Tracking in the Dark

The 300km road to Tete was seldom travelled and not recommended and I hardly had enough diesel to reach that far anyway. I was hoping to fill diesel in Sena, but they had no diesel in this town. The only way forward for us was to head back to Caia. The sun was touching the horizon as we headed back.

No Diesel

By the time we arrived in Caia, I only had enough diesel for another 200km. When we went to the filling station to fill up our tanks we found that there was no diesel in Caia. The nearest diesel was 130km south of Caia, we were told.

Plan B

With no assurance of diesel in the North and not enough diesel in our tanks to make it through to Mutarara, we reluctantly headed back south towards Chimoio and then up northwards towards Tete. We spent the night at Sola Scriptura in Catandica before continuing through Tete and into Malawi at Zobue/Mwanza.

Mozambique Mission

In Mozambique we held 12 meetings including a Great Commission Seminar, 4 Devotions and 5 lectures. We visited a School, 2 orphanages, 3 Missions, 2 Bible Schools, and a Livingstone memorial site. This was the first of 11 countries we are ministering in on this 7 month Africa Overland Mission.

Thank you for all your fervent prayers and support. Your support enables us to fulfil our missionary calling.

May God richly bless you.

In His service – and loving it!

Michael and Renee Watson

Frontline Fellowship
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
Tel: 021-689-4480

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