John & Alma Baker
John and Alma are engaged in church planting on the island of Mayotte. They are also working alongside the local ex-patriate church.
John and Alma left their jobs as Primary School teachers in 2010 to serve with AIM on a TIMO team in Mayotte. When the team ended, they returned to the UK, where John completed the Cornhill training programme in Bible handling and preaching, and Alma taught English and maths to women in London’s East End.
They returned to Mayotte in 2016. The Bakers now live near the capital, in an area where lots of different immigrant populations live alongside the local Mahorais population.
The people of Mayotte have been very resistant to the gospel. They live in communities which are outwardly harmonious and comfortable, but in reality are full of discord, family breakdown and confusion.
There is a dual focus to the Bakers’ work. Ultimately, they are in Mayotte because the population is almost entirely without the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are over 250,000 people living on the island, and you could count the number of Mahorais believers on your fingers. Therefore they are in Mayotte as evangelists, and, hopefully, church planters. They want to see local congregations of believers spring up all over the island.
There are a few small evangelical congregations there. These are largely Malagasy, African and European ex-patriate churches, and so John and Alma have a second, related focus to their ministry of service to the church which God has brought to Mayotte.
John and Alma believe strongly that God works in the lives of his people, and in the lives of people he draws to himself, by speaking to them by his Word. So they seek to spend their time opening the Bible, explaining it, proclaiming it, defending it and living in obedience to it among the people of Mayotte.
Could you partner with the Bakers in this work?
Partner with the Bakers
John, Alma & Anya Baker are seeking to reach the unreached people of Mayotte with the gospel.
If you would like to partner with the Bakers 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
- 25 August 2017
“Yesterday we baptised Moses*. We shared with you about his story last year. He comes from Madagascar and grew up in a [family that follows a different faith], so to be baptised is a big step. It was a great day. Praise God for him and pray for him, we are aware that the time after baptism is often difficult spiritually.”
- 9 June 2017
“Our church’s women’s group went on a trip to La Réunion at the end of April, hosted by the Réunion Church’s Women’s group. Réunion is another French island in the Indian Ocean; it is more developed and has a greater mixture of cultures than our island. Alma and our team mate Sarah [Power] were able to join them on this trip, and they had a great time. Alma had the opportunity to lead an afternoon’s session on the gospel and our Muslim neighbours, which went down really well. Please pray for the Christian women on our island, that they would grow in their knowledge of the gospel and in their love for their Muslim neighbours.”
- 13 January 2017
John writes: “In November I was able to sit with two men, explain the gospel to them, call them to commit to follow Jesus and then lead them into a new life in Christ as they confessed sin and said the wanted to follow Jesus from then on. What they both have in common is that they have had years of Christian influence in different countries, and I was the one who was here at the end of all the good build up play by previous Christians to score the tap in – stick the ball in the back of the net (sorry for the football metaphor – it’s a struggle not to use more of them!). This is obviously a massive answer to prayer – this is why we are here – so please praise God for what he did in those two young men’s lives.”