Andrew & Anna Beckham
The Laarim live much as their ancestors have lived for generations, keeping livestock and living from the land, isolated from the outside world, devoid of modern development and without resources other than word-of-mouth communication to broaden their horizons.
Andrew, Anna & Phoebe are living, along with an international team, among the Laarim people seeking to share the hope of the gospel with them.
South Sudan became the world’s newest country on 9 July 2011. It was the outcome of the 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. The majority of the population adhere to Christianity. Only 18% call themselves Muslim unlike Sudan, which is 97%.
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Many of the children in the Laarim community are curious and will join any activities that take place within their communities. Most are open to the gospel as well. Pray that as the word of God is shared with the Laarim children they would understand it, learn to obey it, and share it with others.
The Laarim are spread in small settlements across the rugged Boya mountain range, around 250km east of Juba. Laarim life revolves around their cattle and for many is also dominated by traditional African beliefs and spiritualistic rituals. The Beckhams initial focus will be on cultural understanding and language development, learning from the Laarim and by sharing their lives, build relationships with them. Ultimately, we and the Beckhams want the Laarim to have the opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus and to see God powerfully at work, changing lives and growing his church amongst them, through his gospel message. The Beckhams will be working with this fledgling church to enable, encourage and disciple the new believers.
Andrew and Anna believe that God has specifically equipped and impassioned them to be part of this work through their medical and midwifery training, seeing their healthcare roles as a loving adornment of the gospel they proclaim. They hope to find opportunities to care holistically for members of the Laarim, addressing both their physical and spiritual needs in Jesus.
Could you partner with the Beckhams in this work?
Partner with the Beckhams
Andrew, Anna & Phoebe Beckham are seeking to reach the unreached Laarim of South Sudan with the gospel.
If you would like to partner with the Beckhams 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
- 20 October 2017
“…we are following a Discovery Bible Study method of presenting God’s word followed by a couple of questions. The questions we ask every week are simply ‘What have you learnt or heard from this story?’ and ‘What can you do to obey God’s Word this week?’…In light of the strong oral tradition of storytelling in this illiterate community we have chosen to predominantly use Bible stories told initially by ourselves, and then repeated by members of the group until they have an accurate and consistent recollection of the whole story. In order to facilitate this, our team has spent the last couple of months crafting a Bible Story set (in English) to give an overview from Creation, through Christ and to the Church. We have chosen specific stories that provide essential pieces of information about God and His salvation plan for us, along the theme of Blessing and Cursing. This was chosen due to its regular mention in the Bible, but also its significance for the Laarim who live in fear of being cursed (by God, wizards, neighbouring tribes) but strive to receive blessing through many spiritual practices, including animal sacrifice…We would love your prayers specifically this month for the group that meets in Mary’s compound. We now have seven regular and keen attendees at this group on a Wednesday night. We aim to see this group becoming more independent to the point of being able to lead itself, once the story set is translated and can be memorised by one of the group each week to tell the others. Please pray for wisdom for us, and equipping for this group as we seek for it to move from a Discovery Bible Study group to a Home Church. Please also continue to pray for protection and perseverance in spiritual attack and local persecution of these young believers.”
- 8 September 2017
“On Wednesday evening we were hugely encouraged by the group meeting at our friend Mary Marko’s home. Mary was asked to begin with some opening worship and, after initially stumbling through some songs she has heard us teach the children, she decided instead to lead two songs she has written herself. All the other adults from her compound knew them too and they loudly sang of Christ’s death and resurrection for them. Anna then shared the story of Jairus’ daughter risen from the dead. After a collective family retelling of the story, and a discussion of what they had learnt from God’s Word this week, they concluded that Jesus had power. Real power. Each in turn then spontaneously gave testimony of how they had seen this power at work in recently answered prayer. Even a newcomer to the group called Lomugwe described that while we were away her child became very sick and she didn’t know what to do. So she repeated the words of prayer that she had heard us speak before, talking to her Father God and asking him to chase away the sickness of her son. The next day he was completely better. Later Mary told us that Lomugwe had previously refused the Word of God, but Mary has been teaching her every day, and now she accepts the way of Jesus in her own life. Praise God! The meeting concluded with further prayers, for healing, for food, for peace, but remarkably also, prayers of thanks to God. This is something unbelievably counter-cultural for a people where generations of foreign aid has created something of a culture of expectation rather than gratitude. The events of that evening are nothing short of miraculous and something that has encouraged us daily in our ministry. We hope to similarly encourage you in your prayers!”
- 23 June 2017
“During our time in Nairobi last month we spent time in prayer and felt excited that God gave us a big vision for a Christ-centred clinic here in Chauwa. This is a huge ask, but a suitably God-sized project to embark on. However, this vision is impossible unless those already working in the clinic know and trust Jesus for themselves. We pray for the five clinic workers (Maurice the ‘doctor’, Marko the assistant, Margaret and Agatha the Traditional Birth Attendants and Amos the Community health worker) to come to follow Jesus, and that though their personal transformation the clinic could become a place of excellent, sustainable, holistic, and truly Laarim, healthcare. Please join us in prayer to this end! Pray for us as we look to witness to, disciple and serve alongside the clinic workers.”