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Peter and Lenora Hammond - Family News December 2018

Peter and Lenora Hammond - Family News December 2018


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Dearest Friends and <strong>Family</strong>!<br />

What a privilege it is to look back at the year and review<br />

all the many blessings that God has showered upon us<br />

again. We have been blessed with many opportunities,<br />

additions to our family, some heart aches, some travel and<br />

the expansion of our family life here on East Way.<br />

January starts off with a bang every year as we host the<br />

Biblical Worldview Summit and the Great Commission<br />

Course. This year was no exception and we found ourselves<br />

scrambling to accommodate the over 130 participants.<br />

We had a lively and varied bunch of Teens and young<br />

adults and were grateful for the many opportunities this<br />

afforded. Tragically, during our Great Commission Course<br />

portion, during free time, one of our Course participants<br />

heartbreakingly lost his life during a swimming accident.<br />

This caused the group to bond in a way few things can.<br />

We were blessed being able to witness the group’s caliber<br />

in character and testimony. The young man’s family were<br />

very gracious and we had the memorial service and funeral<br />

here in Cape Town.<br />

The third week of January saw me winging my way to<br />

Arizona to visit my mother and to be able to help with<br />

the final packing up of Andrea<br />

and Hunter’s Arizona home. This<br />

was quite a busy time as the home<br />

needed to be show ready daily, but<br />

we were also needing to sort through<br />

many things and make decisions<br />

on what to bring to Cape Town.<br />

My Mom, sister Debbie and I also<br />

needed to make many decisions<br />

regarding family mementos and<br />

ministry paraphernalia to pack in<br />

to the Shipping Container headed<br />

for Cape Town. There was much<br />

rejoicing and celebrating when the<br />

Container Company arrived to pack<br />

up these earthly possessions.<br />

O u r <strong>Family</strong> Grow s<br />

On Valentine’s day the Combs family arrived to their<br />

new home on our property in Cape Town. What a joyous<br />

day this was. Mixed emotions ran high as they were leaving<br />

family, friends, their home Church and all things familiar<br />

behind to begin their ministry with Frontline Fellowship.<br />

For Peter and I this was one of the highlights of the year,<br />

because few things are more precious to parents than when<br />

your children join you in Ministry. Andrea and Hunter are<br />

living in a 2-bedroom Cottage on our property and it is<br />

wonderful having them so close by.<br />

This year has seen an increase in involvement on my part<br />

with a group called Reach for Recovery. This is a Breast<br />

Cancer support group which reaches out to women who<br />

have undergone mastectomies and visits them in the<br />

Hospital. It is a wonderful opportunity to share with them<br />

your own experiences and to answer as many questions as<br />

they may have. It is good for these women to interact with<br />

women who have managed to build their lives up again<br />

after such radical surgery.<br />

Around Easter time, we were surprised with the news<br />

of another Combs baby due in November. This was the<br />

first time we were able to be a part of the process of a<br />

grandchild being welcomed into our family and was<br />

extraordinary for me. Joshua<br />

Ellis Combs was delivered in the<br />

same Hospital Peter was born<br />

in, in 1960. What a blessing to<br />

have History repeated in such a<br />

wonderful way!<br />

November 7th ushered in the<br />

arrival of Joshua Ellis Combs!<br />

We are thrilled to be blessed<br />

with our second grandchild and<br />

are grateful for good health for<br />

mom and baby. Three-year-old<br />

Jeremy is adjusting well and life<br />

on East Way has become even<br />


My sister Debbie arrived for a visit in May and, as always,<br />

she is such a support to me on so many levels. Nothing<br />

like an older sister to help you see all sorts of things from a<br />

different perspective. We had many moments of fellowship<br />

around the table and it was the first time she had visited<br />

with the Combs family also living here. Our household is a<br />

busy one!<br />

One of the things Andrea and I both enjoy is quilting. She<br />

joined me for the first time this year on a quilting weekend<br />

away. It is a wonderful time of being able to focus on new<br />

projects or on finishing up old ones you keep meaning to.<br />

What a joy it is for me to be able to share this with Andrea.<br />

My involvement with the Dragon boating Fraternity<br />

continues and the middle of the year saw me traveling to Italy<br />

to be a part of the International Breast Cancer Participatory<br />

Dragon Boat Festival. This is an event that takes place<br />

every four years and involves Breast Cancer Dragon Boating<br />

Teams from all corners of the Globe. I was the helm / steer<br />

person for an Austrian Composite Team, and together we<br />

represented 10 Nations. It was a first for me to helm at an<br />

international event and needless to say I was quite nervous!<br />

But our Team won every single heat we were in, and out of<br />

130 Teams we came 37th. Not bad for a Team who had only<br />

paddled together twice before the event. As always, I was<br />

showered with blessings as I had the opportunity to visit my<br />

nephew and his wife after the event and spent 3 glorious days<br />

with my sister Debbie and Hans touring the beautiful Italian<br />

speaking part of Switzerland. God is gracious and I was<br />

humbled at being able to enjoy such splendor.<br />

My involvement with the Symphony Choir of Cape<br />

Town is a musical treat for me, and this year alone we<br />

have performed more Concerts than any other year. From<br />

Mahler, to Mozart to Handel’s Messiah, the repertoire<br />

keeps us on our toes. I am grateful for this creative outlet.<br />

Peter and I are very grateful to see the next generation<br />

of Frontline Fellowship Missionary families bringing in<br />

their own creative energy. We are blessed with three young<br />

families and we love seeing how God is using each of them<br />

in their own way.<br />

My health has gone from strength to strength. As a family<br />

we juice daily, and are grateful for our daily supplements<br />

made possible by Joyce and John Hart. In an attempt to<br />

keep my bone density strong, I continue to run, joining the<br />

occasional 10 – 16km races. My hormonal treatments are<br />

not pleasant, but are keeping the cancer at bay.<br />

We are so grateful to the Lord for His many provisions<br />

through your support both prayerfully and practically.<br />

Thank you for your consistent friendship over the years.<br />

May His blessings be yours in abundance as you celebrate<br />

His Incarnation and usher in a new year.<br />

With love and a grateful heart,<br />


On Lions Head, with Table Mountain<br />

in the background<br />

Vineyard in Paarl, Cape Town<br />

From D a n i e l a<br />

A very Merry Christmas to you all & blessings for the New Year!<br />

<strong>2018</strong> has been an interesting year! It seems every year gets<br />

faster the older you get.<br />

It began with the Biblical Worldview Summit course,<br />

which we hadn’t hosted in awhile. It was also at a new<br />

venue in Hermanus. We had a great camp with a recordbreaking<br />

attendance. I thoroughly enjoyed fellowshipping<br />

with lovely people from around South Africa and all over<br />

the world and getting involved in the Great Commission<br />

Course where I could. Through the devastating incident<br />

that my Mom mentioned we all bonded very closely and<br />

have made what I believe will be life-lasting friendships.<br />

We learned how to have an eternal perspective on life. This<br />

earth is not our home and every day counts. I don’t think<br />

our lives will ever be the same.<br />

Since Christopher and my visit to Europe last year for<br />

Bible School, we have made good friendships and have had<br />

four friends from Germany visit us in Cape Town! Because<br />

we are so fortunate to live in a beautiful country, the world<br />

often comes to us. Cape Town never gets old and there is<br />

so much yet to see and explore.<br />

In February, my beloved Sister, Andrea, returned with her<br />

sweet family! It has been so wonderful having our family<br />

back together, and having not just one, but two Nephews<br />

to love, care for and play with.<br />

In June, I was able to visit my dear friend Tanya<br />

in Alexandria, Eastern Cape. We had a fantastic<br />

time catching up, seeing her little town, going to the<br />

Grahamstown Festival for some concerts, and visiting their<br />

family restaurant ‘The Lunchbox’ on the R72. The Frontline<br />

Mission team happened to be passing through Alexandria<br />

during the time I was there so we all got to reunite for<br />

breakfast. God’s timing is perfect.<br />

One of my goals for my art / design brand was to get my<br />

stationary / artprints sold in stores. Early this year my work<br />

was accepted into several stores around Cape Town! I am<br />

very excited to grow my design brand. Some of the new<br />

skills I have learnt this year though my work has included<br />

basic animation, chalkboard lettering and event planning.<br />

I will be joining a sign-writing company soon.<br />

This last month I had the privilege to be able to join<br />

my church for a short mission trip to Botshabelo, near<br />

Bloemfontein. During our 5 day outreach, we gave<br />

devotions at the Nurse’s clinic, ran seminar Bible studies<br />

with the church and had a children’s program in the<br />

afternoon. It was a humbling experience living and<br />

experiencing life in another<br />

culture. It was also my first<br />

time speaking with a translator<br />

(their language is Sesotho).<br />

Thank you for your consistent love<br />

& prayers for our family and the<br />

Mission. May God bless and keep you.<br />

Lots of love, Daniela<br />

Exploring Kalk Bay with BWS friends<br />

Top of Table Mountain with GCC<br />

I helped paint a mural outside a school<br />

in Woodstock, Cape Town

From C h r i s t o p h e r<br />

Sound ready, speeding.<br />

Roll camera, set. And Action!<br />

A merry Christmas to all our friends and supporters.<br />

I wish you all a very happy new year. This year has<br />

gone by in such a flash and it has been a year that<br />

has opened up many new doors for me. As always, we<br />

started our year with the Biblical Worldview Summit<br />

followed by our Great Commission Course which was<br />

a great time of fellowship and outreach with brothers<br />

and sisters in Christ.<br />

Shortly after the BWS and GCC I started my studies<br />

in ‘Film, Television and Entertainment Production’,<br />

a 1-year higher certificate course. This short and<br />

compact course was a real eye-opener into the whole<br />

entertainment industry which led to an internship,<br />

6 film shoots and counting! I mainly assisted in the<br />

lighting department and as a production assistant on<br />

commercial shoots.<br />

This year I have also taken up a new challenge and<br />

started with boxing. I find boxing very satisfying as it<br />

keeps my fighting base alive while I further my studies.<br />

Furthermore, I am still deciding if I am going to<br />

continue with my studies and start an undergraduate<br />

BA in Motion Picture medium from February next<br />

year or venture out into the film industry and find<br />

internships. Please keep me in your prayers as I am<br />

still contemplating which path God is leading me to.<br />

Christopher<br />

10km run with close friends & family

From Cape to Cairo<br />

This year proved to be an amazing and eventful one as I<br />

returned to homeschooling for my matric year. This gave<br />

me the freedom to begin coaching hockey, water polo and<br />

athletics at a local primary school and also partake in many<br />

sporting events around the Country and ultimately the<br />

Continent.<br />

With my sporting focus this year being on swimming<br />

and running, I was able to be selected for the provincial<br />

team for athletics and biathlon and the national team for<br />

Biathle (a run/swim/run event) which included the World<br />

Championships in Hurghada, Egypt.<br />

The competition was extremely tough and with this being<br />

my first experience in international racing, I learnt many<br />

tough lessons and finished in 8th place on the world stage<br />

for the junior men’s biathle race which includes a 1,600m<br />

run, followed by a 200m open water swim in the Red Sea<br />

and then another 1,600m run. I am eternally grateful for<br />

the part my Grandma played in helping me to raise the<br />

funds necessary for this once in a life time experience.<br />

I have too often taken for granted that we are blessed with<br />

amazing abilities by God and that we are called to use them<br />

for His honor and glory. I would like to consider a possible<br />

Sports Ministry and as the new year fast approaches, I<br />

am making preparations to study at a local Bible Institute<br />

in Cape Town. I am still seeking the Lord’s guidance for<br />

direction and feel this year will give me more grounding<br />

needed to make decisions for the future.<br />

In my spare time, I plan to compete on the athletics track<br />

to try improve my 800m and 1,500m times, as well as<br />

going for a sub 82 - minute half marathon at the very hilly<br />

Two Oceans Ultramarathon event. I will continue with<br />

multisport events and also do a few long distance open<br />

water swimming races. I would like to get involved in either<br />

Life Saving or Sea Rescue as an opportunity to volunteer<br />

on those fronts.<br />

May God bless you all this Christmas Season and in the New<br />

Year. Thank You for your prayers, friendship and blessings,<br />

Bible study at the Biblical Worldview Summit<br />

Calvin<br />

Running by the Red Sea

T h e Combs Corner<br />

This year has come and gone<br />

like a flash of lightning. Just a year<br />

ago we were still in our townhouse<br />

in Glendale, Arizona, with boxes<br />

piling high in every room as we<br />

prepared to move, and now we<br />

are well settled in our South<br />

African home 9,627 miles (15,493<br />

km) across the globe. It’s hard to<br />

believe we have been living and<br />

breathing in the South African<br />

culture for most of <strong>2018</strong>…<br />

Crossing Continents<br />

Four days after ringing in the New Year, our house<br />

went on the market! Within weeks, our home was under<br />

contract and on the 3rd of February a 20-foot shipping<br />

container rolled away with our belongings. Ten days later,<br />

after many tearful farewells, our little family boarded the<br />

plane that took us to Seattle, then Amsterdam, and finally<br />

Cape Town. When we finally reached our destination on<br />

Valentine’s Day (February 14th), we were greeted with<br />

the happy hellos and excited embraces of the Hammond<br />

family! Fatigued and weary, we fell into our beds in<br />

disbelief that we had finally finished the long journey we<br />

had spent nearly a year preparing for.<br />

Sweet Surprise<br />

Within three weeks of landing on African soil, we<br />

discovered we were expecting another baby! It was an<br />

absolutely joyful and welcomed surprise. In the midst of<br />

adjusting to this big life change, knowing we would be<br />

adding a precious baby to our family made this chapter<br />

that much more special! It took a while for the three of<br />

us to readjust to the South African culture and fall into<br />

a rhythm and routine, but after a couple of months, it<br />

became more natural to call our new home, Home.<br />

Mountain Mission<br />

We hadn’t been here for a month before Hunter was<br />

invited to join Ben, Abrie, and John on their mission to<br />

the Nuba Mountains. It was sooner than we’d planned<br />

for Hunter to go on a cross border<br />

mission, but we knew this was an<br />

amazing opportunity he needed to<br />

take. He left on May 1st – just one<br />

day before our container was set to<br />

arrive on our doorstep. Their 23-day<br />

long mission was eventful, productive<br />

and at times frustratingly slow. It was,<br />

however, an immense blessing to be<br />

a part of this mission. They travelled<br />

through unstable military areas and,<br />

at one point, were escorted by nearly<br />

a hundred military personnel. By way<br />

of container, they were collectively<br />

able to distribute 34,000 Bibles, 50,000 Story of Jesus<br />

picture books and share the Gospel with tens of thousands<br />

of Nuban children in 130 local schools. Please keep the<br />

Nubans in prayer as we receive reports that the Sudanese<br />

Armed Forces are currently mobilizing troops to launch an<br />

attack on the Nuban people.<br />

Containers Can’t Contain Emotions<br />

It was an emotional experience for me to see our boxes<br />

and the few pieces of furniture we kept being delivered to<br />

the very street where I grew up. It was unbelievably surreal<br />

to know just how far it all had to travel to get here. Three<br />

months had passed since we loaded up the container and<br />

sent it on its way. I’d shed a few tears seeing our empty<br />

home in Arizona and I got fairly misty-eyed seeing it all<br />

delivered to our new home. God was so good to have<br />

orchestrated every last detail in the way He did. We are<br />

so grateful for the support and prayers that made the<br />

container a reality.<br />

Cross Country <strong>Family</strong> Mission<br />

Hunter was given an amazing opportunity to teach at<br />

Back to the Bible Mission (BBM) in Barberton, South<br />

Africa, at the end of August. He spent a full week teaching<br />

the students there on Biblical Ethics. The student body is<br />

mostly made up of pastors and leaders who come from all<br />

over the continent of Africa. Hunter was also invited to<br />

minister to Adullam Mission in Secunda on the way up

to BBM. He was so grateful for the opportunity to share<br />

some of what he gleaned throughout his years at ACU and<br />

Phoenix Seminary.<br />

Ministry in the Cape<br />

In Cape Town, Hunter and the team of Frontline<br />

apprentices focused their evangelistic efforts on<br />

evangelizing a least reached people group and university<br />

students with the Gospel. They spent many afternoons<br />

on the University of Cape Town (UCT) campus sharing<br />

the Gospel with students from a wide variety of religious<br />

backgrounds. Hunter, Emma, and Alpha (two of the<br />

missionary interns) helped run a Discovery Bible Study<br />

over the course of two semesters with students they met<br />

while evangelizing on campus. In addition to the student<br />

ministry, they also focused their efforts on witnessing to<br />

a least reached people group in South Africa. The team<br />

conducted roughly 55 outreaches this year in Cape Town<br />

and were blessed to see the hand of the Lord at work.<br />

Welcome, Baby Blue Eyes<br />

We’re thrilled to present to you, Joshua Ellis! He was born<br />

at 9:36AM on November 7 in Cape Town, South Africa, via<br />

C-section. His birth weight was 3.86kg (8 1/2 lbs) and 53cm<br />

(20.9 inches) long. We are so thankful to God for bringing<br />

this sweet little man into our lives and for using an amazing<br />

medical team to safely do so. We are entirely smitten with<br />

him and Jeremy has adapted wonderfully to his new role as<br />

big brother! Our hearts have grown immensely!<br />

We chose to name him “Joshua” after his Daddy’s<br />

middle name as well as the Biblical character, and<br />

“Ellis” after my Grandpa’s (Bill Bathman’s) middle<br />

name. Ellis is also a family name that goes back several<br />

generations on my Mom’s side. We wanted to honour<br />

his memory in this special way. He was a major<br />

influence in both of our lives and we are so grateful<br />

for all the love and wisdom he and my Grandma have<br />

poured into us both over the years.<br />

Frontline and <strong>Family</strong><br />

It has been an immense blessing for us to be a part<br />

of Frontline Fellowship and the vast opportunities to<br />

invest our time in the Kingdom of God. We love living<br />

so close to the Hammond family for the first time since<br />

being married. It’s been a joy seeing Jeremy enjoy his<br />

Noni, Oupa, uncles and auntie. We praise God for His<br />

faithfulness in bringing our little family all the way around<br />

the world to serve Him in South Africa.<br />

Thank you for your love, support, and prayers. As we celebrate<br />

the birth of Christ, we pray that He would fill your hearts with<br />

His love and joy. May the Lord be your strength and peace in<br />

2019!<br />

With love in Christ,<br />

Hunter, Andrea, Jeremy, & Joshua

P e t e r’s Pag e<br />

Peter has added more hours to each day somehow<br />

and has once again been blessed with the strength and<br />

endurance to accomplish much. His year included 9<br />

Missions, conducting conferences and services from as<br />

far afield as Australia to America. This year has seen the<br />

conclusion of a 6-year study and preaching project going<br />

through every Book of the Bible. The Old Testament<br />

Survey was published in 2016 and the New Testament<br />

Survey is on track to be published in the New Year. Just<br />

in time for the 500th Anniversary of the Swiss Reformer<br />

Ulrich Zwingli’s launch of Biblical Exposition in 1519.<br />

Hunter and other next generation Missionaries completed<br />

the Biblical Preaching Handbook which forms a vital part<br />

of this Back to the Bible Movement, which our Teams are<br />

emphasizing on Missions throughout Africa. In July 2019<br />

Peter plans to be a part of the Reformation 500 Global<br />

Church Council in Zürich, Switzerland.<br />

Inspired by the return to Cape Town of our favorite<br />

journalist, Andrea, Peter launched a new initiative;<br />

the Henry Morton Stanley School of Christian<br />

Journalism with weekly meetings on uncensored<br />

news behind the news. You can view some of his<br />

articles and presentations on video on our new www.<br />

HMSSchoolofChristianJournalism.org website.<br />

This year Peter was honored by the Western Cape Armed<br />

Forces Veterans for his years of service. He now serves<br />

as one of their Chaplains. He has also continued to be<br />

the Chaplain for the Rhodesia Association’s Annual<br />

Remembrance Services. This year was particularly<br />

significant as the 100 TH Anniversary of the Armistice<br />

which ended the First World War.<br />

Earlier this year during the record breaking Bibles to the<br />

Nuba Mountains Mission, Peter felt the burden of four<br />

of our best young Missionaries, in a dangerous field, all<br />

at one time, all are married, three of them with young<br />

children at home and with three of the wives expecting,<br />

including our own daughter Andrea. Although Peter<br />

routinely took similar risks when our children were just<br />

as young, it is obviously harder to trust God for other<br />

people’s safety. However, there was much joy and pride in<br />

the accomplishments of Hunter and the rest of the Team<br />

for successfully distributing over 34,000 Bibles to 130<br />

Schools in the remote Nuba Mountains of Sudan.<br />

For Peter’s Annual Mission Report visit www.<br />

FrontlineMissionSA.org. His weekly radio podcast<br />

From the Frontline is also accessible from our website.<br />

F ro n t l i n e Fellow s h i p<br />

PO Box 74 Newlands 7725 Cape Town South Africa<br />

Email: lenora@frontline.org.za<br />

peter@frontline.org.za mission@frontline.org.za<br />

Web: www.FrontlineMissionSA.org www.ReformationSA.org<br />

www.TheBibleAndAnimals.org www.LivingstoneFellowship.co.za<br />


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