Serving & supporting mission
Chad became independent from France in 1960. Since then, its politics have been characterised by violence, coups and insurgencies. It is a secular state with freedom of religion. Muslims are dominant in government, trade and the army, although they are only just the majority religion (approx 53%).
From 2013-2015, Hannah was part of a team working amongst the Bara people in South-Central Madagascar. Hannah’s main role in this team was to enable other members to carry out their ministry through teaching their children. Through this work Hannah experienced the body of Christ in action, as each member served the team using their particular gifts and skills.
Hannah teaches the children of mission partners at Wellspring Academy in N’Djamena, Chad.
This team has now finished but Hannah’s call remains, to facilitate mission through teaching the children of missionaries (sometimes known as MK’s – missionary kids).
To do that, in 2016 Hannah moved to N’Djamena, Chad to teach at Wellspring Academy. A ministry of Africa Inland Mission, Wellspring Academy was set up in 2010 primarily to serve missionaries. Now the school serves serves families working cross culturally through their day school as well as a twice-yearly homeschool weeks for students being homeschooled across the country.
Hannah teaches Grades 1-3, with 8 nationalities currently represented in her class. She enjoys this diversity of ages, backgrounds and personalities and it excites her to see the way the Lord has led families from all over the world to serve him in Chad.
Hannah works with the other staff members to develop policy and curriculum to further establish and grow the ministry of the school. Hannah also continues to study French, meeting for prayer and Bible study with a local friend each week. She is also involved with the local church and seeks to continue building relationships in her local community.
Hannah has been part of a team working amongst the Bara people in South-Central Madagascar. Hannah’s main role was to enable other members to carry out their ministry through teaching their children.
Partner with Hannah Coggins
Hannah teaches the children of missionaries at Wellspring Academy in N’Djamena, Chad.
If you would like to partner with Hannah Coggins in your prayers, gifts and practical support, please download and complete this form and return to Freepost RTJH-JRZE-XXKX Africa Inland Mission, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN.
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Latest prayer points
- 9 February 2018
“Stories are powerful. In the UK ‘Open the Book’ and other such initiatives have an eternal impact. Here (and in many other places) Bible Storying is a primary tool for reaching the unreached. My children beg for ‘just one more chapter’ when we are in the middle of a great story. And the story of Daniel is no exception. This is a story full of the riches of God’s grace, faithfulness, and power combined with character studies in trust and living faith. As my class follow along with Nebuchadnezzar’s progress and setbacks, they are willing Him to see the truth. This has given me a new resolve to pray for their hearts, that they will not lose their passion for the lost. In addition, my English Language Learners have been pronouncing the names of the kings like pros, and (far more importantly) have begun to express their responses God’s words in English. Talking about ‘heart matters’ in a second or third language is really hard, and we have been blessed by their determination to take part.”
- 1 December 2017
“As I pray that my students will choose to follow Jesus, I pray too for a deep sense of belonging to Him when they make that choice. One of the blessings here is that we can also feel that sense of belonging with others, which truly is a gift from the Lord. It is hard for me to explain what it feels like to be foreign. If that label applies to you, then you’ll know, but otherwise, it is a difficult emotion to quantify. Each one of our students feels it, and God has given them one another (as well as their family and the teachers) to walk this path together. We don’t talk about it much, but that mutual understanding is evident in the way that they pray, care for and accept one another. They choose joy every day and I am so thankful. One of the times we see their ‘togetherness’ the most is during recess (playtime) when they are a force to be reckoned with as they play games with the older students – the other day a 13 year old told me ‘When your class decide to tag me, it’s like an ambush!’ So while encouraging such ambushing may be ethically questionable, it blesses me to see this community and belonging developing – and they do have good relationships with the older students too!…Pray for ongoing energy, creativity and wisdom in ministry here.”
- 6 October 2017
“This year looks very different to last year! My class has doubled in size, gaining an extra grade level and some new students in each grade. They are fun, kind, thoughtful and full of imaginative ideas! We have completed seven weeks of school, settling into routines and creating systems to manage the workload so as to include some kind of painting and/or glitter project at least once a week. We have also grown cress, built Viking long ships, battled various column forms of mathematics, memorised a 6-verse Bible passage and learned songs about the Middle East and Greenland! Phew!…My big prayer requests are for wisdom in planning, energy and enthusiasm despite the current humidity and, above all, deeper knowledge of our wonderful Saviour.”