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Our trailer axle broke off on our way to Sudan in October 2011

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Serving South Sudan – December 2011 Newsletter

MIKE@FRONTLINE-NEWS December 2011

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Dear Friends and Family,

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

I trust that you have had a very good year and that in reflecting on the year gone by, you can see and recognize God’s amazing Grace, Providence, and Sovereignty intimately woven into your life as I do when I look back upon this year.

If there is one lesson that I have learned this year, it is this: God is Sovereign!

“The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but victory rests with the LORD.”
Proverbs 21:31

2011 has proven to be a very intense year with radical changes and events  in my life that have shaped and molded me. I could possibly describe this year as a “roller-coaster ride”. There have been extreme ups and downs, twists and turns, exciting, dangerous, challenging, and outright exhilarating experiences and many lessons learned some of which were not pleasant at all, but definitely beneficial.

The highlight of my year was getting married in April. My wife, Renee and I have almost been married for 9 months now and we are really enjoying building our new family together.

There are many highlights that I’d love to share with you, but let me start with the most recent, our Overland Mission to South Sudan.

Serving South Sudan

 Crossing Countries for Christ
After an epic two and a half month 16000Km overland journey across eight countries, our Frontline Fellowship Field Team has arrived safely back in Cape Town. It was a very successful, effective and appreciated time of ministry in South Sudan.

We bounced over rocky, bumpy, pot-holed, narrow, dusty roads heading for the newest country in the world, South Sudan.

South Sudan recently (9 July 2011) gained its independence from the North after many decades of war, defending themselves against the National Islamic Government’s offensive war and oppression.

Mechanical Challenges
Driving overland from South Africa through countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and South Sudan certainly had a few challenges. We had our trailer axles repeatedly breaking loose, needing to be welded back. The bull-bar, roof-rack rigging, and tow-hitch rattling loose also demanded constant attention. The trailer lights got blasted out by the gravel stones from the tyres, and a wheel-bearing burned out almost seizing up. These mechanical challenges obviously slowed us down a bit, but we were still able to make all our appointments in good time.

Our trailer was loaded to the maximum weight recommended by the manufacturer with two tonnes of Bibles, Gospel literature and  audio visual Evangelistic, Discipleship, Leadership and Worldview Training material.

We crossed the Tropic of Capricorn, the Equator and the great Nile River and we had many opportunities to see lots of wildlife and enjoy the beauty of God’s Creation.

We travelled more than 1,500 km within South Sudan on unpaved, muddy, gravel, slippery, bumpy and rocky roads.

Evidences of War
As we travelled in South Sudan we saw the evidence of war: ruins of churches that had been bombed, buildings and trees pock-marked with scars of shrapnel and bullets, and men and women with terrible scars of wounds and torture from the war. And yet they were all rejoicing over the fact that they were now free .

Freedom brings with it many choices. To truly be free one needs to be responsible to make the right choices.

Rich Heritage
Frontline Fellowship has been working in Sudan since 1994. It was a great privilege for us to have gone in after Dr. Peter Hammond and the teams from Frontline Fellowship that had served so diligently during the years of war. It was almost as if walking in the footprints of a giant or in the shadow of a hero as the people remembered Dr. Peter Hammond and Frontline Fellowship as a true friend because he had been a friend during the hard times. They said, “Peter Hammond is a blood brother because while our blood was being shed he was here risking his own life to serve us”.

It was a great privilege for us go into South Sudan now as a new country to serve and help the people to focus on building their country on Biblical principles.

Hymnbooks That Survived the War
One of the most prized possessions of the Moru people is the Moru Hymn Books which they had received from Frontline Fellowship in 1996 and these very same Hymn Books are still being used in their churches. Even though they are worn out, tattered and torn, they are still a very prized possession. Whenever we were introduced by Canon Kenneth Baringwa, he would say, “You know those Hymn Books  that we use in our churches every Sunday, it is Frontline Fellowship that gave them to us”. They are so grateful to Frontline for their Moru Hymn Books.

Through Sickness and Health
We persevered and pushed on through sickness and fatigue and saw many faces beaming with appreciation for the valuable training and vital materials received. This was more than enough reward and motivation to keep pushing on.

Malaria
More than half of our team had been weakened by sickness. Two of our team members, Daniel and Hunter had malaria and I went down with high fevers and pounding headaches. Fortunately, we were able to diagnose and treat both cases of malaria before it got out of hand. The men recovered well and continued to minister and carry out their responsibilities despite the discomfort of illness.

Ministry
We were in South Sudan for 5 weeks where we presented more than 140 lectures, sermons, school meetings, outreaches and devotions. We held 5 Evangelism and Biblical Worldview Seminars, lectured at 3 Colleges, preached at 10 Churches, and we had some good opportunities to minister to about 2,000 believers at the Let your Light Shine Conference. We donated books and Bibles to 4 Bible College Libraries and a Teachers’ Training College Library. We also donated books to 8 Community Libraries and enriched the personal libraries of more than 220 pastors, leaders, evangelists, teachers and students.

The most appreciated book that we were able to give to the people of South Sudan was Faith Under Fire in Sudan. This book tells the story of their struggles for freedom and includes many pictures of the war that were taken during Frontline’s ministry in Sudan.

It was also a great privilege to distribute The Doctor Comes to Lui book amongst the Moru people on the very soil on which Dr Kenneth Frazer (about whom the book is written) accomplished his ministry. The Moru people hold Dr Kenneth Frazer in high esteem because it was he who first brought the Gospel to them and started the first Church, the first hospital and the first school in Moruland. The Moru people told me that Dr Kenneth Frazer was the first missionary to come to their land.

Film Ministry
We screened films on 25 different occasions. We were amazed at the turnout of people to the film shows each night. Some nights there were as many as 1000 people gathered to watch. The screening of the films Sudan: The Hidden Holocaust, and Terrorism & Persecution was undoubtedly a great encouragement to many of the folk here. Many of the people in the film were recognized by local Christians, many of whom had even experienced in real life some of the scenes that they witnessed in the film. I heard one man say as he watched: “That is where I lost my uncle!” and another man said “That is the conflict that destroyed our village!” There was a constant hum of excited chatter and comments throughout the film as participants were recognizing faces and places, and at times in horror remembering the sufferings of the past. These were undoubtedly the most appreciated films.

Celebrating Jesus
I was encouraged by the way the Moru people responded to the Jesus film. They shouted with joy and the ladies jubilated in the traditional African way when they saw the Risen Lord Jesus appear to His disciples for the first time after His death and burial. Each time we’ve shown this film at different locations, we hear the same shout of praise and spontaneous applause when it came to this point in the film.

We screened the Jesus film in most locations and also the Sudan: The Hidden Holocaust and Terrorism & Persecution film. I’m not sure which were the favourite of these, but there was great excitement about both films and our team diligently took advantage of the opportunity to share the Gospel message to the many who gathered around our film equipment afterwards.

Sunday Services
On Sundays each of our team members had various opportunities to minister at different parishes for  Sunday morning Worship services in Kajo Keji, Lui, Mundri, and Kotobi. This obviously required that our team split up and went different ways on Sundays. Some of the parishes are very rural and were only accessed by some serious bundu-bashing.

We were also able to take Devotions at the assemblies of Kotobi Institute for Teacher Education, Bishop Ngalama Bible College, Canon Beniah Poggo Bible College, Lui Hospital and Maridi’s Let Your Light Shine conference.

We worked with 7 different Diocese and had good opportunities to discuss challenges and needs and future opportunities for ministry in these areas.

We had Evangelism Workshops and Biblical Worldview Seminars focusing on Evangelism and Discipleship with more than 220 Sudanese pastors, leaders, evangelists and teachers.

Personal Evangelism
During the week, after each day of lectures, we and the participants had the opportunity to go into the market places and local areas amongst the villages and do personal evangelism.

Prison Ministry
We also had opportunities to minister at a local prison and police station where we had the opportunity to share the Gospel with the prisoners and saw many trust in Christ.

School Ministry
We also ministered at local Primary and Secondary Schools where often the students took refuge from the blazing heat of the sun under the shelter and shade of a large tree. We had great opportunities to clearly share the Gospel with these enthusiastic kids.

Military Mission
We had the privilege of going to the SPLA barracks in Kajo Keji and Mundri to share the Gospel with the soldiers.

After seeing the taking down of the flag by a military officer, I was able to show the soldiers, and their wives and children, how their flag has the Gospel in it. The black on top speaks of how our hearts were dark with sin; the red in the middle shows how the Blood of Christ cleanses us and purifies us of sin; the white lines speak of how our hearts can be white as snow; the green shows us that we must grow in Grace, reading our Bibles, fellowshipping with other believers and praying; the royal blue shows us that we are now sons of the King; and the gold star shows us that we can be in Heaven one day forever.

Mechanical Challenges
On our return, about 120 km before reaching Kampala in Uganda, the vehicle’s rear right wheel bearing perished, bringing our rig to a grinding halt on the side of the road. There was no way that we could continue without replacing the damaged bearing.

We had to go to Kampala to get some spares. We needed to take the entire wheel hub and drive shaft with us because it needed some professional engineering to repair the damage and have the bearing replaced.

Chaotic Traffic in Kampala
This entailed a treacherous, hair-raising ride on a ‘boda-boda’(a small motorcycle) through the chaotic traffic of the streets of Kampala in the busy, bustling, unorganized, chaos of vehicles weaving in and out of gaps in the traffic.

Spares and Repairs
Once we were in Kampala, we got the spares and repairs done at a Toyota dealer. We had to overnight in Kampala before being able to return on a similar hair-raising trip back to our injured vehicle on the side of the road on the outskirts of town where we had left it with two of our team members.

After putting all the pieces back together, we were able to continue our journey towards Kampala.

Lessons
I have learned many lessons on this Mission to South Sudan and I thank God for the privilege and opportunity of being able to serve in this way.

Thank You
Thank you for all your support and prayers. It is your support and prayers that have made our ministry in South Sudan possible. May God richly reward you for helping us serve this recovering war-torn country.

God has been amazingly faithful to provide all my needs. I am amazed at how God (working through others) has provided for my financial needs.

Other News

 Moving
My lovely wife, having finished with her teaching responsibilities in Pretoria, has moved down to Cape Town and we are now living in a lovely little flat at Livingstone House which is Frontline’s Mission base. So I don’t have very far to go to get to work, and Renee is only about 2 km from her work at the University of Cape Town.

The place we’re staying in is kind of small, so I’ve been busy building shelves and cupboards for storing our things. We’re almost settled now.

I thank God for the opportunity to have a roof over our heads and for Dr Peter Hammond’s generosity in allowing us to stay here at Livingstone House until we can find suitable accommodation. It also helps us to pay off a lot of Renee’s accumulated debt. This is important because as soon as we can rid ourselves of all debt, Renee will join me in the Mission Field. We hope to be debt free by the end of  2012.

Best Man
I was really privileged to be the best man at Hunter Combs’ and Andrea Hammond’s wedding. Hunter and I spent a lot of time together on Mission Trips to Zambia and Sudan. I haven’t known Hunter for that long, but I got to know him really well in the Mission field in tough and unpleasant conditions. Hunter became a good friend to me and a real Brother. I think that Andrea has found the best man and I pray God’s richest blessings for them.

The wedding was really very beautiful, Andrea looked stunning, and her father, Dr Peter Hammond gave a very nice sermon, and considering that he was giving away his eldest daughter, he handled it very well.

3 Watsons in Cape Town
We were privileged to have my brother come visit us in Cape Town for about a week over Christmas. We took him all around the peninsula and showed him some of the beautiful places in Cape Town. We took him to Newlands Forest, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Cape Point, up Table Mountain, and many other spectacular places. It was great to have Garry over for Christmas.

Christmas
We attended Christmas service at Livingstone Fellowship and then had a lovely lunch at the Hammonds home and a great time of fellowship until early hours of the evening.

We also had an opportunity to Skype with my parents which concluded a lovely day of spending time with Family and Friends.

Thank you
I would like to sincerely Thank You for your financial and prayer support during 2011. Your support has enabled me to serve the Lord in various missionary activities this year.

By God’s grace this year I have completed 3 cross-border missions totalling 4 months in the field, I have delivered 8 sermons, presented 34 lectures, conducted 8 Leadership Seminars, and organized and participated in 24 outreaches, I have also been involved in 7 Radio programmes and spoke at numerous other meetings including Sunday School, Reformation Society, Mission Report-backs, and Devotions.

I praise God for the privilege of being involved in His service and for the resources that He has made available to me through generous people like yourself.

Thank you very much!!

I am truly grateful for your contribution. Your support enables me to serve the Lord as a missionary in the various fields that are open to us through the ministry of Frontline Fellowship.

I am looking forward to another full year of service in the mission field (and many more thereafter).

Thank you very much for your generous giving.

May God richly reward you.

Michael Watson

mike@frontline.org.za

+2774 887 0211

PO Box 74
Newlands
7725
Western Cape
South Africa

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Sudan Update

Through Sickness and Health
We are drawing near to the end of our very effective time of ministry in South Sudan. We have been pushing on through sickness and fatigue and have seen many faces beaming with appreciation for the valuable training and vital materials received. This is more than enough reward and motivation to keep pushing on.

Malaria
More than half of our team has been weakened by sickness. Two of our team members, Daniel and Hunter have had malaria and I have been down with a bad case of flu. Fortunately, we were able to diagnose and treat both cases of malaria before it got out of hand. The men have recovered well and continued to minister and carry out their responsibilities despite the discomfort of illness.

Reinforcement
Our Field Director, John, returned from South Africa after burying his father, just in time to give vital assistance to our team with his ‘fresh legs’. The day I picked him up at the airport in Juba is the day we all went down with some fevers and illnesses. Praise God for his timing!

Kotobi Institute for Teacher Training
We were able to have a weekend Biblical Worldview Seminar and an Evangelism Training Workshop at Kotobi Institute for Teacher Education (KITE) which was attended by more than 70 teachers including some members of the community. This was a vital opportunity to train and equip these teachers who are going to have such an important influence on the future of this country. Some of the topics which we were able to cover included: Vision and Unity, Why is a Biblical Worldview Necessary?, The Lordship of Christ in All Areas of Life, The Ten Commandments, Africa’s Greatest Need – Discipleship, and The Way of the Master. We had a worship service on Sunday as part of our program. During the times of Q&A there were many questions asked and it was our joy and privilege to be able to offer them some answers for their burning questions.

Film Ministry
The screening of the film Sudan: The Hidden Holocaust, was undoubtedly a great encouragement to many of the folk here. Many of the people in the film were recognized by some of the teachers, many of whom had even experienced in real life some of the scenes that they witnessed in the film. I heard one man say as he watched: “That is where I lost my uncle!” and another man said “That is the conflict that destroyed our village!”

Textbooks for Teachers
We were able to distribute many valuable books and resources into the hands of the teachers. Some of the books that we were able to distribute included: Faith Under Fire in Sudan, Slavery Terrorism and Islam, Discipleship Handbook, Practical Discipleship, Biblical Principles for Africa, Putting Feet to Your Faith, and The Doctor Comes to Lui, amongst other vital materials.

Bahr Olo Leadership Training
We also had the opportunity to minister among the Avokaya people of the Bahr Olo Diocese, which is a sub-Diocese of Maridi. Some pastors and church leaders travelled more than 20 miles by foot or bicycle to attend the training. The furthest parish of this Diocese is 48 miles from the cathedral where we held the training. We had a very fruitful time of ministry and were able to distribute many valuable books and resources to the pastors and church leaders who attended the workshop.

Libraries for Pastors
Some of the books we were able to distribute included: Faith Under Fire in Sudan, Discipleship Handbook, Practical Discipleship, Biblical Principles for Africa, The Greatest Century of Reformation, Slavery Terrorism and Islam, The Doctor Comes to Lui, Putting Feet to Your Faith and One Heartbeat Away.

Evangelism
The Evangelism Coordinator of this Diocese expressed a desperate need for Evangelism Training for the Diocese. They were very grateful for our coming and wished that we could stay longer and have more training. They look forward to our Mission’s return early next year.

Yambio
The road to Yambio is most beautiful at this time of year; the lush rain forests are busting with multiple shades of bright green. We overnighted next to a stream amongst the vines and bushes of the lush vegetation of a rain forest setting up our tents just before sunset. We enjoyed a tranquil evening in the operational area ‘back yard’ of the LRA rebels.

Book Donations
We had an opportunity to meet some of the church leaders of the Yambio Diocese and discuss their challenges and seek for opportunities of how we can help them in the future. There is a deep desire for Evangelism and Discipleship training. We were able to donate books for the Bishop Jeremiah College students and for the community library.

Terrorist Threat
We were also told of the fact that LRA rebels still continue to terrorize the people of Yambio especially those who live close to the border. Please pray for the safety of the Christians in this area specifically now that the rains are coming to an end and the activity of the LRA rebels increases.

Maridi
The Diocese of Maridi arranged a Let your Light Shine Conference for the weekend and we had some good opportunities to minister to about 2,000 who had gathered for the conference. Some of the topics that we were able to cover included: Salt and Light, Hearing and Doing, The Way of the Master, Vision and Unity, and The Greatness of the Great Commission. We were also able to show the Sudan: The Hidden Holocaust and Jesus film on the three nights we were there.

Yei Resupply
We were able to meet with the bishop and some of the church leaders at the cathedral in Yei and we were also able to leave the Diocese with some valuable literature for their church leaders.

Mechanical Challenges
On our return, about 120 km before reaching Kampala in Uganda, the vehicle’s rear right wheel bearing perished, bringing our rig to a grinding halt on the side of the road. There was no way that we could continue without replacing the damaged bearing. It was just after midday. After assessing the situation and removing the damaged parts, John and I set off for Kampala to see if we could get some spares. We had to take the entire wheel hub and drive shaft with us because it needed some professional engineering to repair the damage and have the bearing replaced.

Motorbike Mission
So with our day packs on our backs and the driveshaft on my lap, we set off to the nearest village on a ‘bola-bola’ (a small motorcycle) – both John and I on the same ‘bola-bola’ and the driver – three of us on one small motorcycle!

Ordeal by Taxi
From the village we got into a crammed mini-bus taxi which was licensed to carry 14 passengers but was packed like a tin of sardines with 20 people. This treacherous taxi ride took us about 2 excruciating hours before we arrived in Kampala.

Chaotic Traffic in Kampala
Once we were in Kampala, we needed to get to the Toyota dealer in order to get the repairs done to the wheel shaft, and this entailed another treacherous, hair-raising ride on a ‘bola-bola’ through the chaotic traffic of the streets of Kampala. At least we each were on a separate ‘bola-bola’, but this was no consolation in the busy, bustling, unorganized, chaos of vehicles weaving in and out of gaps in the traffic.

Repairs and Spares
Having finally arrived at Toyota, we were able to arrange for the necessary spares and repairs, but it would only be ready the following morning. We therefore had to overnight in Kampala before being able to return on a similar hair-raising trip back to our injured vehicle on the side of the road on the outskirts of town where we had left it.

Further Mechanical Breakdown
After putting all the pieces back together, we were able to continue our journey towards Kampala. As we arrived in Kampala in the evening, we heard a grinding noise coming from underneath the vehicle and upon inspection we found the universal joint of the prop-shaft in disrepair. This would need to be replaced, but at least we were able to ‘limp’ to our overnight destination.

Answers to Prayer
In South Sudan we presented more than 140 lectures, sermons, meetings, outreaches and devotions. We travelled more than 1,500 km within South Sudan on unpaved, gravel, bumpy roads. We screened films on 25 different occasions. These included: the Jesus film, Sudan: The Hidden Holocaust, The Biggest Question, True and False Conversions, More than Dreams, The Way of the Master and Hell’s Best Kept Secret.

We worked with 7 different Diocese and had good opportunities to discuss challenges and needs and future opportunities for ministry in these areas.

We donated selected books to the shelves of 8 community libraries and enriched the personal libraries of more than 220 pastors, leaders, teachers, and community leaders.

Thank You
Thank you for all your support and prayers. It is your support and prayers that have made our ministry in South Sudan possible. May God richly reward you for helping us serve this recovering war-torn country.

Yours in His service

Michael Watson
mike@frontline.org.za

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The Last Stretch of Sudan

Mundri

We arrived in Mundri and the roads were muddy. It had been raining the whole day so the road was very slippery and somewhat difficult to navigate around the huge potholes especially with the trailer which is still quite full of books and literature. I had to drive extra carefully with the trailer because the suspension needed repair having broken last week on our way to Lui. The folk at Lui assured us that we will be able to find a welding machine in Mundri.

Warm Welcome

We were well-received by Bishop Bismark and by the Director of theTeacher Training College. We were hosted at the Bishop’s compound. The following morning we met a very bright, happy, and intelligent man, Canon Kenneth Baringwa. He had spent much time with Dr. Peter Hammond during the war. He fondly recounted many stories of how Frontline Fellowship had helped the Moru people. He also took us to the ECS guesthouse where we have been hosted in traditional African style ‘tukuls’ (grass huts).

Training at the Bible College

We have been able to do an intensive Evangelism Training Workshop at the Bishop Ngalama Bible College (which is in the same premises that Frontline renovated for the Christian Liberty High School). The topics that we were able to cover included The Greatness of the Great Commission, Patterns for Soul Winning, Principles of Soul Winning, Evangelism Explosion Gospel presentation, Missions in the Bible, The Way of the Master, The Ten Commandments, Excuses for not Witnessing, The Lordship of Christ in all Areas of Life, The Power of Prayer, Rediscovering the Christian Work Ethic. Both Hunter and Daniel have certainly been carrying a fair share of the ministry responsibilities.

Kotobi

We have also been able to visit the Kotobi Institute for Teachers’ Education (KITE). The principal at KITE is a very ambitious and well organized man. I believe the College is in good hands. We had a lengthy and profitable conversation with him. We were given an in-depth overview of the history, objectives, and challenges of KITE which included how Dr. Peter Hammond had visited them during the war years under the shade of mango trees bringing Training, textbooks and other materials for their teachers and encouraging them. We were also taken on a tour of the College and were shown the newly built KITE Community Library which is well taken care of and in desperate need of more books. We were able to add to their shelves.

Teaching Teachers

We had a great opportunity to share the Gospel clearly and effectively with 91 teachers and education officials from the South Sudan Department of Education who were at a closing Ceremony of a Teachers Seminar that the state department had been running at KITE. I was given about 30 minutes to address them and the message of the Gospel was cheerfully and well received. We also gave each one The Doctor Comes to Lui book which they received with much gladness and many of them went immediately to the shade of a nearby mango tree to start reading their new book.

We were also able to donate 70 copies of Christian Teachers’ Training Manuel and many useful and helpful DVDs and MP3 discs which were received with much gratitude and appreciation.

Books for Libraries

We have had the privilege of stocking three community libraries and also enriching many personal libraries with many valuable Gospel books and Christian literature. We have donated more than 150 books to Mundri Community Library which is in the town Centre; we have also donated many books to Canon Ezra Lawairi Library at Bishop Ngalama Bible College, and also the KITE Community Library. Some 44 book titles that have been able to be donated include Faith Under Fire in Sudan, Practical Discipleship, Discipleship Handbook, Biblical Principles for Africa, The Ten Commandments, Slavery, Terrorism and Islam, The Doctor Comes to Lui, Putting Feet to Your Faith, The Battle for Truth, and many more.

Meeting the Leaders

Canon Kenneth Baringwa took us to meet the Commissioner of Mundri at his office. We were warmly welcomed and he insisted that Dr. Peter Hammond and any Frontline Fellowship Mission team is always welcome in Mundri. When we met the ex-commissioner who is now the Chairperson of the SPLM, he said “Peter Hammond is our blood brother; he was here with us while our blood was flowing”, another person said, “Peter Hammond is a true friend; someone who is a friend during the hard times is truly a friend.”

I had a great opportunity to talk to these leaders of Mundri and to encourage them to build this new country on Biblical principles. Praise God these leaders already have a strong desire to see this county established and founded on the Bible through prayer and action.

I was able to pray for the Commissioner in his office, committing his leadership to the Lord and asking for God’s wisdom to lead this office and it’s staff.

Sunday Worship Services

Our team split up for worship on Sunday. I preached at the Cathedral at the English service, Daniel preached at a very rural church which was accessed by some serious bundu-bashing, and Hunter preached at Milakalaga Parish.

Film Evangelism

We have been amazed at the turnout of people to the film shows each night. Some nights there are as many as 1000 people gathered to watch. We have shown the Jesus film in some locations and also the Sudan: The Hidden Holocaust. I’m not sure which was most favourite of the two, but there has been such excitement about both films and our team has diligently taken advantage of the opportunity to share the Gospel message to the many who gather around our film equipment.

Celebrating Jesus

I have been encouraged by the way the Moru people have responded to the Jesus film. They shout with joy and the ladies jubilate in the traditional African way when the see the Risen Lord Jesus appear to His disciples for the first time after His death and burial. Each time we’ve shown this film at different locations, we get the same shout of praise and spontaneous applause when it comes to this point in the film. Tonight we are showing the film Pilgrim’s Progress for the first time. The people seem to be watching in an excited sense of intrigue at this classic presentation of the adventure of discipleship.

The Team

The team morale is still good and we are now working together as a well-oiled, fine-tuned machine. Our overall health is still relatively good. Daniel, however, is showing the first signs and symptoms of malaria. I have started him on a course of Coartem, so please pray for his recovery.

Thank you for all your prayers and support which makes it possible for us to serve the people of the newly liberated South Sudan.

May God continue to be your joy and strength

Yours in His service

Michael

FrontlineFellowship

P O Box 74, Newlands, 7725

Cape  Town
SouthAfrica

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