I want to tell you about my experience at the 2022 Great Commission Course (GCC) with Frontline Fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa. Frontline Fellowship is an interdenominational Reformed mission to the persecuted church. Founded in 1982, with help of Bishop Stephen Bradley of the evangelical Church of England in South Africa, Frontline Fellowship has faithfully borne witness to the gospel of Christ for over forty years in war zones and restricted access areas, including to persecuted Anglicans in the Muslim-controlled regions of Sudan.
For 24 years, Frontline Fellowship has offered the Great Commission Course to prepare prospective missionaries for the mission field, training mind, body and spirit to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ:
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.Matthew 28:18-20
This year, I was blessed to participate in the Great Commission Course. God brought me to a saving knowledge of the gospel through Frontline Fellowship seven years ago. Having the opportunity to train and work with FF during the GCC has been a life changing experience.
Prior to the Great Commission Course, I spent two weeks teaching Greek and Hebrew at Back to the Bible Missionary College near Barberton South Africa. I had the privilege of teaching over 80 students from 15 African countries. All the students did well. Providentially, my lectures ended the day the Great Commission Course began. God opened a tremendous opportunity.
When I arrived in Cape Town on 24 June, we began a busy and productive three weeks. Let me tell you about the Great Commission Course.
The Great Commission Course involves daily lectures from brilliant pastors, missionaries, and professors who are experienced in their respective fields. The lectures cover a wide range of topics: Bible surveys, historical presentations and biographical sketches of great missionaries, film evangelism, self-defense, spiritual warfare, missions, street evangelism, technology, hospitality, and Creation science. I was privileged to lecture on the history of Bible translation and to preach during daily devotions. We grew in our knowledge of God’s word as it applies to every area of life. We must know God’s word before we can preach God’s word to all nations!
The Great Commission Course is not merely a theoretical exercise. Its goal is to put feet to our faith and give an opportunity to practice what we learned. We toured a number of historic monuments to learn from the saints who came before us, including the Huguenot Museum and Memorial in Franschhoek where French Protestant exiles settled after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685.
We preached in local congregations on Sunday and were able to volunteer at and enjoy the hospitality of Kwasizabantu Mission, a farm-based Reformed mission from the Lutheran tradition, originally dedicated to evangelizing the Zulus.
Most days, we had evangelistic outreaches to various parts of Cape Town: Muslim evangelism in the Malay District (the oldest Muslim community in the Southern Hemisphere), tract distribution on the Cape Town Waterfront, and outreaches to extremely poor township communities. We witnessed to Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, animists, atheists etc.
We learned that there is a great mission field right at our front door. We must bring God’s Word to these lost souls!
Missionaries must be physically strong to go and make disciples of all nations. To that end, the Great Commission Course incorporates a variety of physical activities designed to strengthen our muscles, such as morning runs and calisthenics at 6:30 a.m., nighttime hikes in Newlands Forest, Lion’s Head, and Table Mountain (with 22 pounds of Arabic gospel literature in our packs to simulate Bible smuggling), team building exercises, as well as self-defense training.
We enjoyed great fellowship with the lecturers and other GCC participants during meals and free time. Towards the end of the GCC, we had a variety-night concert where all the participants shared their talents. The GCC participants represented ages from 18 to 60. There were many opportunities to encourage and help one another as we prepared to be better workers in the Lord’s vineyard.
The 2022 Great Commission Course was a tremendous success. All the members grew in their faith and knowledge of God’s word. We enjoyed many opportunities to put what we learned into practice and were prepared for the domestic and forgien mission fields.
The 2022 GCC was the first since the death of Mrs. Hammond, the wife of Frontline Fellowship founder Dr. Peter Hammond. Mrs. Hammond helped her husband run the GCC for decades. Her strong faith and warm personality added much to previous GCC’s, and she was greatly missed. Frontline Fellowship stands as an enduring memorial to Mrs. Hammond’s love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
I want to especially thank the congregation of Grace Anglican Church (UEC) in Wildwood Florida for their prayers, encouragement, and support which helped make this mission trip possible.
Frontline Fellowship will hold its next Great Commission Course January 5-25, 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa. More information: www.FrontlineMissionSA.org.za
Originally appeared in Glad Tidings.