As some of you may remember, we held a fund-raiser to send books to Africa for the spread of the Reformation. By God’s grace the books finally arrived on March 11, 2009 and the following letter is from Peter Hammond, Director of Frontline Fellowship. The letter describes the arrival of the books, the reaction of the recipients, and announces some of the plans for the use of the books (including using them as textbooks at the William Carey Bible Institute, various Bible Colleges, Christian schools, etc.).
Special thanks to those that donated a dollar a book. I forget the exact number, but the total came out to somewhere around 25,000 books shipped to Africa. The delivery process was extensive as you can imagine (hauling them on pallets, shipping in container over seas, etc.), but here’s the story of what happened once they arrived!
—–(from Dr. Peter Hammond)—–
Dear Dr. Morey
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you so very much for the greatly appreciated and much needed shipment of your excellent books.
By God’s grace, they arrived last week Wednesday 11 March at 5PM. The huge container was placed on a massive oversized trailer which could not fit down our driveway and so we needed to offload it in the street and ferry it to the back of our mission property where our storage has recently been expanded to accommodate this anticipated shipment.
The agent had been keeping us in false anticipation of many delivery dates from 30 January on. They finally assured us that it would be delivered 10AM that Wednesday morning. Unfortunately, by the time it actually arrived most of our staff had left, and our various volunteers whom we had placed on alert to assist with the offloading and sorting were no longer available. Even our Field Director was overseas. So friends from KwaSizabantu Mission, 40 miles away, and my family, raced over to help offload in the dark. We finally offloaded everything by 10PM.
Thursday and Friday were spend sorting through various treasure troves of boxes. We wish that you could have seen it. There was much praise and thanksgiving to the Lord and deep gratitude for your generosity in making your outstanding books available for our ministry here in Africa.
As I have told many people, Fearing God is one of the very best books I’ve ever read. Numerous of our people have already reported back on how greatly they have appreciated studying it in the last few days. Your Practical Encyclopedia has already been entrusted to numerous key pastors amidst much thanksgiving. Your two books on Islam, the books on witnessing to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Battle of the Gods, and the book on Worship are all greatly appreciated.
May God abundantly bless and reward you for your labour of love in producing these vital resources, and in your generosity and thoughtfulness in making them available to our mission in Africa.
Numerous of your books are being incorporated as textbooks in the William Carey Bible Institute. We will be preparing boxes of book donations to various Bible Colleges, first in Cape Town, and then Bible Colleges, Christian Schools and missions that we are in contact with in Zululand, Zimbabwe, Zambia and as far afield as Sudan and Nigeria.
Some of them will be prizes for winners of Bible exams, and those who excel at various aspects of our leadership training courses, such as the Biblical Worldview Summit. Your books are going to keep us very busy for a long time to come ensuring that they are carefully, prayerfully and strategically distributed to those who will most appreciate them, thoroughly study them, and put them into practice.
Please pass on my warm greetings and deep appreciation to all at Faith Defenders.
Yours for the fulfillment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond
Director, Frontline Fellowship
May God be pleased to grant future opportunities as these!