Living Out Our Commission

Hello once again and welcome to our next theme for CBN South Africa – Mission-Driven – the succeeding thoughts, stories and news will be (we hope!) a small window into what God is stirring amongst us and doing through the various projects of CBN South Africa.  What greater way to start than by looking into our commission from Christ!

The Great Commission

“As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

(John 20:21)

Christ followers, of all people, should be mission-driven. For our work, our family, and any specific calling we sense on our lives through different seasons. But, most of all, for the Great Mission He gave all of us to go out and make disciples – in love and through authentic living and communication.  As citizens of heaven, our primary call while we’re here on earth is surely to invite others with us.  Jesus made that pretty clear.  It is the most important mission there is because its goal is rescue and redemption, life and freedom, for a world that is broken and dying.

Although it is not easy, I’m so glad this Great Mission is a CO-mission.   We’re meant to live out the missional call of God on each of our lives together.  Together within family, together within a community of believers, together with organisations like CBN.  And, most significantly, together with Jesus, each day, in the power of His Spirit.

Recently I felt stirred to ask myself this important question: 

How much of my time, my treasure and my talent am I putting towards this Great Mission at the moment?   

What a challenge! God is always so full of grace towards my weakness and, at times, indifference – but every day He once again beckons me to join Him in reaching further out in my sphere of influence, to the world around me. I urge you to stop reading and to spend some time honestly and prayerfully answering this same question for yourself. 

The CBN mission is, of course, just a smaller expression of the Great Mission too. CBN is just one of many special vehicles that currently helps Christ followers to carry His love and truth around the world. Thank You, once again, for your role in that CBN mission!  Besides all the other expressions of God’s great Kingdom mission in your life over the years and right now, I want you to know that your contributions and prayers towards the work of CBN South Africa are really significant.

“They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

(Isaiah 11:9)

If you are not part of the CBN mission but would like to partner with us in getting His truth, practical compassion, and generosity out to the beautiful nations of Southern Africa, please consider partnering with us on a monthly basis by clicking the button below (this can be financially or through other options – read all of the options at the bottom of the page). Or if you would like more information about what partnering with CBN SA means, we would love to chat to you, please email us at or call us on 021 701 1776.


Ian Walton

Ian serves as the Regional Director for CBN Southern and East Africa. He loves building teams, telling stories and working in authentic Kingdom partnerships. He and his wife Shélagh are both media professionals and teachers by training. They live near the sea in Cape Town with their daughter, their twin sons and a strange little brown poodle called Eddy.