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by Robert L.

Slimp
The Frontline Fellowship is one of
the most magnificent and effective mis-
sionary groups I have ever encountered.
The Frontline Fellows are a group of
South African and Rhodesian War
Veterans, including some men still on
active duty. Their mission is to bring
the Gospel of Jesus Christ to suffering
Black Christians in Angola, Mozam-
bique, Zimbabwe and Southwest Africa.
The Director of Frontline Fellowship
is Peter Hammond, a handsome and
articulate former Rhodesian who served
in the South African Army as a combat
infantryman in Southwest Africa and
Angola.
Peter Hammond's adventures are as
exciting as an episode of the "A Team."
He and his fellow veterans make fre-
quent forays, for example, into remote
parts of Mozambique, where, for weeks
on end, they travel by motor bike,
canoe and even by foot. They conduct
worship services, distribute Bibles and
tracts in the language of the people to
whom they are witnessing. They also
show a two-hour film which they have
produced both in English and Portu-
guese entitled "Jesus."
"We never stay in one place in Mo-
zambique for more than two days," ex-
plained Peter, "because the Communist
Army patrols are always trying to am-
bush or capture us. It's dangerous work,
but the love of Christ compels us to
share the Gospel with people who are
suffering under Marxist oppression. It
would be impossible to have regular
missionaries stationed where we go to
proclaim the GospeL In addition to the
Communist troops, there is malaria and
crocodile-infested swamps and rivers.
We always must be alert to danger. We
also must know how to present the
claims of Christ. Frontline Fellows
must be both physically and spiritually
fit.
"In the jungles of Mozambique, we
have worship services that are some-
times five and six hours long. Many
Christians walk 30, 50 and even
100 kilometers to attend. In our last
trip in July, 1986, we distributed over a
thousand Bibles in Portuguese, Lomwe
and Chichewa to believers who had had
all their Bibles destroyed by the Com-
munists. It was a moving experience to
hear the testimonies of Christians who
had been tortured for Christ and to have
the opportunity to comfort the widows
and orphans of Christians martyred for
their faith."
I asked Peter to give me some speci-
fic examples of his Christian work. He
simply started talking into my tape
recorder. Here is part of what he said!
"In a small village in Tete Province
in Mozambique, over 100 people as-
sembled for worship. One old pastor
had walked more than 150 kilometers
through the bush in order to meet me
and plead for a Bible. Oh what a joy it
was to give this dear old pastor the
Bible he had walked for five days to
receive. After the worship service,
which lasted nearly five hours, I prayed
with them and gave them Bibles. I was
then interrrupted by a young man who
identified himself as a Frelemo (Com-
munist) soldier. He warned me to leave
quickly, as his comrades were looking
for me and were close at hand."
"After turning the new converts over
to the three pastors who were present
for follow up instruction and counsel-
ling, I left on my motor bike. Speeding
down the pot-holed road on my over-
loaded bike, I was so busy looking out
for signs of any imminent ambush that
I only noticed at the last possible
second that the bridge just ahead of me
was out. I skidded to a halt inches be-
fore the edge of the destroyed bridge and
looked down into a muddy river. Turn-
ing the bike around, I quickly set off
back down the road, trying to find an
alternative route over the river. Sudden-
ly two Renamo (anti-Communist) sol-
diers stepped out onto the road. I stop-
ped to ask them for directions. Then I
offered them a Bible in Portuguese, but
they only shook their heads. Looking
around in my bags, I found three Bibles
in Lomwe. I handed one of them a
Lomwe Bible. They both cried,
'Lomwe! Lomwe!' They explained to
me that they were both Christians from
the far North of Mozambique. They had
been praying for God to guide them to
some Scriptures: 'There are no copies of
the Bible in our area and we have prayed
and prayed that God would bless us
with our own copies of the Scriptures.
Our village is going to rejoice because
our prayers are answered.' I gave them
all three copies of the Lomwe ~ i l e s
and we had prayer together. They
warned me that Communist patrols
were out in force in the area where I
would be traveling and told me that the
roads were unsafe because of land mines
and ambushes.
"Sure enough, I had gone only about
10 kilometers when I rode straight
through an ambush. I was still praising
and worshipping God for His sovereign
guidance and for the testimony and joy
of those two Lomwe Chr:lstian soldiers,
when four guerillas leaped out of the
jungle with their Ak. 47's. But before
they could scramble into position and
open fire, I had already sped past them.
"For the next two days, I saw only
burned down villages and burned out
fields and unburied corpses. Throughout
the districts covered, I never saw a
single domestic or livestock animal.
For four consecutive days, I saw differ-
ent crops and villages burning from a
distance. I never saw a Mozambican
wearing shoes. Most of the people were
dressed in rags, sacks and skins made
from the bark of trees. Some even wore
caked mud. In many villages, the men
asked me to excuse the absence of their
women: 'They send you greetings, but
are too ashamed to come because they
have nothing to wear.' All the people
looked thin and hungry. Many were
eating insects, roots and boiled grass.
Most were malnourished and sick.
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There were vastly more women than
men: 'Frelemo has killed most of our
men.' There were far more children than
adults and almost no teenagers or men
in their twenties. The teenagers and
youths had been sent to Maputo for
training and the brightest among them
had been sent on to Cuba or the Soviet
Union. Often, the leaders apologized to
me because their children followed me
everywhere, staring and trying to touch
my hair and skin: We have seen Whites
before-- but our children never have."'
Peter Hammond told me that he has
about 20 active Frontline Fellows. All
of them are doing missionary work.
Most of them work and spend their
vacations on missionary journeys. In
addition to these are several hundred
Frontline fellows who are on active
duty with the South African defense
forces. These men distribute Bibles and
conduct services for the Black tribal
people whom they contact. This is now
encouraged by many commanding offi-
cers and chaplains. These servicemen
hold prayer meetings and Bible studies
within their units and work closely
with their chaplains. He told me that
about 70 percent of the South African
defense force personnel regularly attend
worship services.
Peter Hammond is supported almost
exclusively by active duty service per-
sonnel plus his local church, Pinelands
Baptist. From observing Peter's life
style, he obviously needs more support
and the work he does merits more
support. He desperately needs money
for Bibles and for transportation for his
missionary journeys. Money is needed
for his volunteer co-workers, all of
whom are very dedicated Christians
from Baptist, Dutch Reformed, and
Lutheran backgrounds.
For those who wish to help in this
worthy cause, Peter Hammond's address
is : Peter Hammond, Frontline
Fellowship, P.O. Box 74, New-
lands 7725, Republic of South
Africa.
Even though Peter is seldom able to
stay in one place more than a very few
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Frontline Fellowship
Continued from page 29
days because of the risk of capture, he
assured me that there are indigenous
pastors who are willing to follow
through on the converts and who super-
vise the distribution of the precious
Scriptures.
Never have I encountered more de-
voted missionaries of the cross than
these courageous young men, who,
after fighting together for their country
in combat, are now taking the Gospel
of the Prince of Peace to places where
most missionaries would be unable to
go and where no missionary could
possibly stay. They deserve our prayers
and our support.
[The Rev. Robert Slimp is a free-
lance writer in the P.CA. who has
travelled extensively. This article is
reprinted from the November-December,
1987 issue of Journey magazine. It is
used by permission.] D
John Knox
Continued from page 36
unconditionally. In this respect his in-
fluence on the Reformation is incalcu-
lable and finds magnificent expression
in the Scottish "Confession of Faith,"
Cap XIX:
" ... we affirm and avow the authority
of the same to be of God, and neither to
depend on men nor angels. We affirm
therefore that such as allege the Scrip-
ture to have no (other) authority, but
that which is received from the Kirk, to
be blasphemous against God, and injuri-
ous to the true Kirk, which always hear-
eth and obeyeth the voice of her own
Spouse and Pastor, but taketh not upon
her to be mistress over the same."
fThis article contains excerpts from Prof.
V.E. D'Assonville's chapter 11 in Calvinus
ReformaJor, Potchefstroom University for
Cnristian Higher Education, 1982, Potchef-
stroom, Soutli Africa.] 0
JOHNCAU'IN
News Briefs
Continued from page 30
Africa, an organization supporting Com-
munist dictatorship in the third world is
a leading voice in the uproar over divest-
ment in South Africa. He too favors
revolutionary action to overthrow the
South African government. Robinson
does not like Savimbi, and he said this
about the Dec. 22 accord signed by
South Africa, Angola and Cuba: "If the
settlement actually comes off, Chester
Crocker will have produced fruit from a
very barren source and will deserve ku-
dos for a major effort."
Chester Crocker, an assistant secre-
tary of state, who is soft on commun-
ism, has been working on an agreement
such as the one mentioned above for
years. The question asked by Human
Events, "The National Conservative
Weekly," is "Can this pact be so sound
if this bosom buddy of Red revolution-
aries (Robinson) appears so content?"
The Soviet Union is very interested
in South Africa because of the country's
geostrategic position. Gorbachev, as
other Communist USSR leaders before
him, wants to run the world. A report
published in a Washington, D.C., news-
paper Dec. 26, shows that Moscow
doesn't care as much about communist
doctrine as much as furthering world
conquest. The Soviets have been im-
pressing some South African officials
and making friends because of osten-
sible changes in the communist sys-
tem.
To summarize what has been hap-
pening between South Africa and the
Soviet Union, a spokesman for the
South African Department of Foreign
Affairs said, "We have made a com-
parison of Soviet and American press
reports in recent months, and it makes
interesting reading. While the American
press, as a whole, continues to high-
light apartheid and the grievances of the
black population, the Soviet press is
running articles on South Africa that
are mainly informative. If you had told
me two years ago that we sould be
; getting a more objective press from
Russia than from America, I would
. never have believed it."
Three terrorists, members of the Afri-
can National Congress, were sentenced
in Cape Town Jan. 16 for planting land-
mines on white-owned farms in
Swaziland. The mastermind of the
scheme was Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, a
South African Indian. That is an appro-
priate middle name for a terrorist (Gen.
16:11, 12). Ebrahim was sentenced to
20 years in prison, but the judge said he
had "strong moral qualities." Whatever
these strong moral qualities may be,
they don't apply to marriage. He has a
common-law wife named Julie Wells.
The tragic part of this trial was not
that more terrorists will take up cell
space in South Africa. According to one
report, a Deputy Chief State Prose-
cutor, Louise van der Walt, showed her
extremist sympathies after the verdict
was handed down. The convicted men
went to their cells, the blacks in the
gallery started to sing, and Mrs. Van der
Walt raised her hand in the salute of the
Afrikaaner Resistance Movement. Ebra-
him and his comrades had aimed to kill
when they planted the mines, and Mrs.
Vander Walt was right to demand the
death penalty for the terrorists.
But she certainly didn't enhance the
credibility of her correct commitment to
proper criminal penalties with this
apalling action. Ori the other hand, she
too has a point when she asks her
colleagues in the courtroom, "Why do
you have to shut me up while others
are allowed to sing?" This event under-
scores the need for Christians not to
choose between the two false options
concerning South Africa. When both
sides are wrong, we must not be afraid
to say so. D
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