30 Years on the Frontline


Evangelising in the War Zones

"Some like to live within the sound of church or chapel bell - I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell! " CT Studdleration Det

30 years ago Frontline Fellowship was a vision which many described as recklessirresponsible, andimpossible! It's too dangerous! It's illegal! You'll get killed! Are you crazy? These countries are at war with us! You can't go riding into these war zones on motorbikes with Bibles and the Jesus film!

These were some of the reactions I encountered as I put forward the vision of Bible smuggling, serving persecuted Churches and evangelising in Communist countries.

At that time, Mozambique was in the grip of an anti-Christian dictatorship that had already desecrated, burned down, or confiscated over 8,000 churches. Bibles were banned. Evangelism was forbidden. All missionaries had been expelled. Mozambique was suffering the effects of a man made famine and a vicious civil war. Operation World described Mozambique as: The least evangelised country in the Southern Hemisphere. Mozambique was closed and unreachable.

In April 1982, the Lord opened the way for me to ride on my off-road motorbike into Mozambique with a four-reel copy of the Jesus film and a thousand Gospels and New Testaments in Portuguese and Shangaan.

fflogo 30Year_200Now, 30 years later we can praise God for His provision, guidance and protection over hundreds of successful mission trips to 30 countries and tens-of-thousands of services and outreaches. Hundreds-of-thousands of Bibles and New Testaments have been distributed in over 100 languages. Many tens-of-thousands of pastors, teachers, chaplains, medics and evangelists have been trained and more prayers have been answered, and miracles experienced, than we could possibly catalogue.

As missionary Hudson Taylor declared: “God's work, done God's way, will never lack God's supply.” Yes, we have experienced aerial and artillery bombardments, we have had to drive over landmine endangered territory, ridden through ambushes, preached in communist military bases, sang in chains in prison cells and ministered under rocket fire. But God has protected us through all danger, guided us across unchartered territory and provided for our every need.

On a recent ministry trip, I was able to see how much had changed since I was a prisoner in Maputo. The walls of Marxism in Mozambique have crumbled and many hundreds of missionaries and evangelists have poured into this land that was once the least evangelised and the most unreachable country in the Southern Hemisphere. Barely 4% of the country were Protestants when we began our mission into Mozambique in 1982. Today, over 30% are born-again Christians.

When we first started swimming across the river into communist Angola, churches were being burned and bombarded. Today many of the churches which had been destroyed are now rebuilt, flourishing and overflowing with new converts.

Peace has now come to war-devastated Sudan. After enduring over five decades of Jihad, South Sudan has achieved its Independence. Hundreds of new churches have been established and Bible colleges are flourishing.

We have seen so many momentous answers to prayer during the last three decades: The fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of communism in Romania, tens-of-thousands of Muslims won to Christ inNigeria, communists coming to Christ in the CongoZambia has been transformed from a socialist nation - (which used to host Marxist terrorists who ferried landmines, surface-to-air missiles and other weapons of death across the border into neighbouring countries) to commit itself to being a Christian nation. Now Zambia sends missionaries, evangelists and Bibles across the border, even smuggling in aid for Christians suffering in Marxist Zimbabwe.

For these and so many answers to prayer we want to give all praise and thanksgiving to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. “And you know in all your heart and your soul that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God has spoken concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed.” Joshua 24:14

Please continue to pray for Frontline Fellowship as we seek to win Africa for Christ through Literature, Leadership training and Love in Action.

Dr. Peter Hammond

Frontline Fellowship 
P O Box 74 
Newlands 7725 
Cape Town 
South Africa 
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