Dearest Friends and Family!
What a privilege it is to look back at the year and review
all the many blessings that God has showered upon us
again. We have been blessed with many opportunities,
additions to our family, some heart aches, some travel and
the expansion of our family life here on East Way.
January starts off with a bang every year as we host the
Biblical Worldview Summit and the Great Commission
Course. This year was no exception and we found ourselves
scrambling to accommodate the over 130 participants.
We had a lively and varied bunch of Teens and young
adults and were grateful for the many opportunities this
afforded. Tragically, during our Great Commission Course
portion, during free time, one of our Course participants
heartbreakingly lost his life during a swimming accident.
This caused the group to bond in a way few things can.
We were blessed being able to witness the group’s caliber
in character and testimony. The young man’s family were
very gracious and we had the memorial service and funeral
here in Cape Town.
The third week of January saw me winging my way to
Arizona to visit my mother and to be able to help with
the final packing up of Andrea
and Hunter’s Arizona home. This
was quite a busy time as the home
needed to be show ready daily, but
we were also needing to sort through
many things and make decisions
on what to bring to Cape Town.
My Mom, sister Debbie and I also
needed to make many decisions
regarding family mementos and
ministry paraphernalia to pack in
to the Shipping Container headed
for Cape Town. There was much
rejoicing and celebrating when the
Container Company arrived to pack
up these earthly possessions.
O u r Family Grow s
On Valentine’s day the Combs family arrived to their
new home on our property in Cape Town. What a joyous
day this was. Mixed emotions ran high as they were leaving
family, friends, their home Church and all things familiar
behind to begin their ministry with Frontline Fellowship.
For Peter and I this was one of the highlights of the year,
because few things are more precious to parents than when
your children join you in Ministry. Andrea and Hunter are
living in a 2-bedroom Cottage on our property and it is
wonderful having them so close by.
This year has seen an increase in involvement on my part
with a group called Reach for Recovery. This is a Breast
Cancer support group which reaches out to women who
have undergone mastectomies and visits them in the
Hospital. It is a wonderful opportunity to share with them
your own experiences and to answer as many questions as
they may have. It is good for these women to interact with
women who have managed to build their lives up again
after such radical surgery.
Around Easter time, we were surprised with the news
of another Combs baby due in November. This was the
first time we were able to be a part of the process of a
grandchild being welcomed into our family and was
extraordinary for me. Joshua
Ellis Combs was delivered in the
same Hospital Peter was born
in, in 1960. What a blessing to
have History repeated in such a
November 7th ushered in the
arrival of Joshua Ellis Combs!
We are thrilled to be blessed
with our second grandchild and
are grateful for good health for
mom and baby. Three-year-old
Jeremy is adjusting well and life
on East Way has become even
My sister Debbie arrived for a visit in May and, as always,
she is such a support to me on so many levels. Nothing
like an older sister to help you see all sorts of things from a
different perspective. We had many moments of fellowship
around the table and it was the first time she had visited
with the Combs family also living here. Our household is a
One of the things Andrea and I both enjoy is quilting. She
joined me for the first time this year on a quilting weekend
away. It is a wonderful time of being able to focus on new
projects or on finishing up old ones you keep meaning to.
What a joy it is for me to be able to share this with Andrea.
My involvement with the Dragon boating Fraternity
continues and the middle of the year saw me traveling to Italy
to be a part of the International Breast Cancer Participatory
Dragon Boat Festival. This is an event that takes place
every four years and involves Breast Cancer Dragon Boating
Teams from all corners of the Globe. I was the helm / steer
person for an Austrian Composite Team, and together we
represented 10 Nations. It was a first for me to helm at an
international event and needless to say I was quite nervous!
But our Team won every single heat we were in, and out of
130 Teams we came 37th. Not bad for a Team who had only
paddled together twice before the event. As always, I was
showered with blessings as I had the opportunity to visit my
nephew and his wife after the event and spent 3 glorious days
with my sister Debbie and Hans touring the beautiful Italian
speaking part of Switzerland. God is gracious and I was
humbled at being able to enjoy such splendor.
My involvement with the Symphony Choir of Cape
Town is a musical treat for me, and this year alone we
have performed more Concerts than any other year. From
Mahler, to Mozart to Handel’s Messiah, the repertoire
keeps us on our toes. I am grateful for this creative outlet.
Peter and I are very grateful to see the next generation
of Frontline Fellowship Missionary families bringing in
their own creative energy. We are blessed with three young
families and we love seeing how God is using each of them
in their own way.
My health has gone from strength to strength. As a family
we juice daily, and are grateful for our daily supplements
made possible by Joyce and John Hart. In an attempt to
keep my bone density strong, I continue to run, joining the
occasional 10 – 16km races. My hormonal treatments are
not pleasant, but are keeping the cancer at bay.
We are so grateful to the Lord for His many provisions
through your support both prayerfully and practically.
Thank you for your consistent friendship over the years.
May His blessings be yours in abundance as you celebrate
His Incarnation and usher in a new year.
With love and a grateful heart,
On Lions Head, with Table Mountain
in the background
Vineyard in Paarl, Cape Town
From D a n i e l a
A very Merry Christmas to you all & blessings for the New Year!
2018 has been an interesting year! It seems every year gets
faster the older you get.
It began with the Biblical Worldview Summit course,
which we hadn’t hosted in awhile. It was also at a new
venue in Hermanus. We had a great camp with a recordbreaking
attendance. I thoroughly enjoyed fellowshipping
with lovely people from around South Africa and all over
the world and getting involved in the Great Commission
Course where I could. Through the devastating incident
that my Mom mentioned we all bonded very closely and
have made what I believe will be life-lasting friendships.
We learned how to have an eternal perspective on life. This
earth is not our home and every day counts. I don’t think
our lives will ever be the same.
Since Christopher and my visit to Europe last year for
Bible School, we have made good friendships and have had
four friends from Germany visit us in Cape Town! Because
we are so fortunate to live in a beautiful country, the world
often comes to us. Cape Town never gets old and there is
so much yet to see and explore.
In February, my beloved Sister, Andrea, returned with her
sweet family! It has been so wonderful having our family
back together, and having not just one, but two Nephews
to love, care for and play with.
In June, I was able to visit my dear friend Tanya
in Alexandria, Eastern Cape. We had a fantastic
time catching up, seeing her little town, going to the
Grahamstown Festival for some concerts, and visiting their
family restaurant ‘The Lunchbox’ on the R72. The Frontline
Mission team happened to be passing through Alexandria
during the time I was there so we all got to reunite for
breakfast. God’s timing is perfect.
One of my goals for my art / design brand was to get my
stationary / artprints sold in stores. Early this year my work
was accepted into several stores around Cape Town! I am
very excited to grow my design brand. Some of the new
skills I have learnt this year though my work has included
basic animation, chalkboard lettering and event planning.
I will be joining a sign-writing company soon.
This last month I had the privilege to be able to join
my church for a short mission trip to Botshabelo, near
Bloemfontein. During our 5 day outreach, we gave
devotions at the Nurse’s clinic, ran seminar Bible studies
with the church and had a children’s program in the
afternoon. It was a humbling experience living and
experiencing life in another
culture. It was also my first
time speaking with a translator
(their language is Sesotho).
Thank you for your consistent love
& prayers for our family and the
Mission. May God bless and keep you.
Lots of love, Daniela
Exploring Kalk Bay with BWS friends
Top of Table Mountain with GCC
I helped paint a mural outside a school
in Woodstock, Cape Town
From C h r i s t o p h e r
Sound ready, speeding.
Roll camera, set. And Action!
A merry Christmas to all our friends and supporters.
I wish you all a very happy new year. This year has
gone by in such a flash and it has been a year that
has opened up many new doors for me. As always, we
started our year with the Biblical Worldview Summit
followed by our Great Commission Course which was
a great time of fellowship and outreach with brothers
and sisters in Christ.
Shortly after the BWS and GCC I started my studies
in ‘Film, Television and Entertainment Production’,
a 1-year higher certificate course. This short and
compact course was a real eye-opener into the whole
entertainment industry which led to an internship,
6 film shoots and counting! I mainly assisted in the
lighting department and as a production assistant on
This year I have also taken up a new challenge and
started with boxing. I find boxing very satisfying as it
keeps my fighting base alive while I further my studies.
Furthermore, I am still deciding if I am going to
continue with my studies and start an undergraduate
BA in Motion Picture medium from February next
year or venture out into the film industry and find
internships. Please keep me in your prayers as I am
still contemplating which path God is leading me to.
10km run with close friends & family
From Cape to Cairo
This year proved to be an amazing and eventful one as I
returned to homeschooling for my matric year. This gave
me the freedom to begin coaching hockey, water polo and
athletics at a local primary school and also partake in many
sporting events around the Country and ultimately the
With my sporting focus this year being on swimming
and running, I was able to be selected for the provincial
team for athletics and biathlon and the national team for
Biathle (a run/swim/run event) which included the World
Championships in Hurghada, Egypt.
The competition was extremely tough and with this being
my first experience in international racing, I learnt many
tough lessons and finished in 8th place on the world stage
for the junior men’s biathle race which includes a 1,600m
run, followed by a 200m open water swim in the Red Sea
and then another 1,600m run. I am eternally grateful for
the part my Grandma played in helping me to raise the
funds necessary for this once in a life time experience.
I have too often taken for granted that we are blessed with
amazing abilities by God and that we are called to use them
for His honor and glory. I would like to consider a possible
Sports Ministry and as the new year fast approaches, I
am making preparations to study at a local Bible Institute
in Cape Town. I am still seeking the Lord’s guidance for
direction and feel this year will give me more grounding
needed to make decisions for the future.
In my spare time, I plan to compete on the athletics track
to try improve my 800m and 1,500m times, as well as
going for a sub 82 - minute half marathon at the very hilly
Two Oceans Ultramarathon event. I will continue with
multisport events and also do a few long distance open
water swimming races. I would like to get involved in either
Life Saving or Sea Rescue as an opportunity to volunteer
on those fronts.
May God bless you all this Christmas Season and in the New
Year. Thank You for your prayers, friendship and blessings,
Bible study at the Biblical Worldview Summit
Running by the Red Sea
T h e Combs Corner
This year has come and gone
like a flash of lightning. Just a year
ago we were still in our townhouse
in Glendale, Arizona, with boxes
piling high in every room as we
prepared to move, and now we
are well settled in our South
African home 9,627 miles (15,493
km) across the globe. It’s hard to
believe we have been living and
breathing in the South African
culture for most of 2018…
Four days after ringing in the New Year, our house
went on the market! Within weeks, our home was under
contract and on the 3rd of February a 20-foot shipping
container rolled away with our belongings. Ten days later,
after many tearful farewells, our little family boarded the
plane that took us to Seattle, then Amsterdam, and finally
Cape Town. When we finally reached our destination on
Valentine’s Day (February 14th), we were greeted with
the happy hellos and excited embraces of the Hammond
family! Fatigued and weary, we fell into our beds in
disbelief that we had finally finished the long journey we
had spent nearly a year preparing for.
Within three weeks of landing on African soil, we
discovered we were expecting another baby! It was an
absolutely joyful and welcomed surprise. In the midst of
adjusting to this big life change, knowing we would be
adding a precious baby to our family made this chapter
that much more special! It took a while for the three of
us to readjust to the South African culture and fall into
a rhythm and routine, but after a couple of months, it
became more natural to call our new home, Home.
We hadn’t been here for a month before Hunter was
invited to join Ben, Abrie, and John on their mission to
the Nuba Mountains. It was sooner than we’d planned
for Hunter to go on a cross border
mission, but we knew this was an
amazing opportunity he needed to
take. He left on May 1st – just one
day before our container was set to
arrive on our doorstep. Their 23-day
long mission was eventful, productive
and at times frustratingly slow. It was,
however, an immense blessing to be
a part of this mission. They travelled
through unstable military areas and,
at one point, were escorted by nearly
a hundred military personnel. By way
of container, they were collectively
able to distribute 34,000 Bibles, 50,000 Story of Jesus
picture books and share the Gospel with tens of thousands
of Nuban children in 130 local schools. Please keep the
Nubans in prayer as we receive reports that the Sudanese
Armed Forces are currently mobilizing troops to launch an
attack on the Nuban people.
Containers Can’t Contain Emotions
It was an emotional experience for me to see our boxes
and the few pieces of furniture we kept being delivered to
the very street where I grew up. It was unbelievably surreal
to know just how far it all had to travel to get here. Three
months had passed since we loaded up the container and
sent it on its way. I’d shed a few tears seeing our empty
home in Arizona and I got fairly misty-eyed seeing it all
delivered to our new home. God was so good to have
orchestrated every last detail in the way He did. We are
so grateful for the support and prayers that made the
container a reality.
Cross Country Family Mission
Hunter was given an amazing opportunity to teach at
Back to the Bible Mission (BBM) in Barberton, South
Africa, at the end of August. He spent a full week teaching
the students there on Biblical Ethics. The student body is
mostly made up of pastors and leaders who come from all
over the continent of Africa. Hunter was also invited to
minister to Adullam Mission in Secunda on the way up
to BBM. He was so grateful for the opportunity to share
some of what he gleaned throughout his years at ACU and
Ministry in the Cape
In Cape Town, Hunter and the team of Frontline
apprentices focused their evangelistic efforts on
evangelizing a least reached people group and university
students with the Gospel. They spent many afternoons
on the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus sharing
the Gospel with students from a wide variety of religious
backgrounds. Hunter, Emma, and Alpha (two of the
missionary interns) helped run a Discovery Bible Study
over the course of two semesters with students they met
while evangelizing on campus. In addition to the student
ministry, they also focused their efforts on witnessing to
a least reached people group in South Africa. The team
conducted roughly 55 outreaches this year in Cape Town
and were blessed to see the hand of the Lord at work.
Welcome, Baby Blue Eyes
We’re thrilled to present to you, Joshua Ellis! He was born
at 9:36AM on November 7 in Cape Town, South Africa, via
C-section. His birth weight was 3.86kg (8 1/2 lbs) and 53cm
(20.9 inches) long. We are so thankful to God for bringing
this sweet little man into our lives and for using an amazing
medical team to safely do so. We are entirely smitten with
him and Jeremy has adapted wonderfully to his new role as
big brother! Our hearts have grown immensely!
We chose to name him “Joshua” after his Daddy’s
middle name as well as the Biblical character, and
“Ellis” after my Grandpa’s (Bill Bathman’s) middle
name. Ellis is also a family name that goes back several
generations on my Mom’s side. We wanted to honour
his memory in this special way. He was a major
influence in both of our lives and we are so grateful
for all the love and wisdom he and my Grandma have
poured into us both over the years.
Frontline and Family
It has been an immense blessing for us to be a part
of Frontline Fellowship and the vast opportunities to
invest our time in the Kingdom of God. We love living
so close to the Hammond family for the first time since
being married. It’s been a joy seeing Jeremy enjoy his
Noni, Oupa, uncles and auntie. We praise God for His
faithfulness in bringing our little family all the way around
the world to serve Him in South Africa.
Thank you for your love, support, and prayers. As we celebrate
the birth of Christ, we pray that He would fill your hearts with
His love and joy. May the Lord be your strength and peace in
With love in Christ,
Hunter, Andrea, Jeremy, & Joshua
P e t e r’s Pag e
Peter has added more hours to each day somehow
and has once again been blessed with the strength and
endurance to accomplish much. His year included 9
Missions, conducting conferences and services from as
far afield as Australia to America. This year has seen the
conclusion of a 6-year study and preaching project going
through every Book of the Bible. The Old Testament
Survey was published in 2016 and the New Testament
Survey is on track to be published in the New Year. Just
in time for the 500th Anniversary of the Swiss Reformer
Ulrich Zwingli’s launch of Biblical Exposition in 1519.
Hunter and other next generation Missionaries completed
the Biblical Preaching Handbook which forms a vital part
of this Back to the Bible Movement, which our Teams are
emphasizing on Missions throughout Africa. In July 2019
Peter plans to be a part of the Reformation 500 Global
Church Council in Zürich, Switzerland.
Inspired by the return to Cape Town of our favorite
journalist, Andrea, Peter launched a new initiative;
the Henry Morton Stanley School of Christian
Journalism with weekly meetings on uncensored
news behind the news. You can view some of his
articles and presentations on video on our new www.
This year Peter was honored by the Western Cape Armed
Forces Veterans for his years of service. He now serves
as one of their Chaplains. He has also continued to be
the Chaplain for the Rhodesia Association’s Annual
Remembrance Services. This year was particularly
significant as the 100 TH Anniversary of the Armistice
which ended the First World War.
Earlier this year during the record breaking Bibles to the
Nuba Mountains Mission, Peter felt the burden of four
of our best young Missionaries, in a dangerous field, all
at one time, all are married, three of them with young
children at home and with three of the wives expecting,
including our own daughter Andrea. Although Peter
routinely took similar risks when our children were just
as young, it is obviously harder to trust God for other
people’s safety. However, there was much joy and pride in
the accomplishments of Hunter and the rest of the Team
for successfully distributing over 34,000 Bibles to 130
Schools in the remote Nuba Mountains of Sudan.
For Peter’s Annual Mission Report visit www.
FrontlineMissionSA.org. His weekly radio podcast
From the Frontline is also accessible from our website.
F ro n t l i n e Fellow s h i p
PO Box 74 Newlands 7725 Cape Town South Africa
Web: www.FrontlineMissionSA.org www.ReformationSA.org