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
- 16 February 2018
“Thank you so much for your prayers for our brother Kaliiva. He continues to be eager to receive God’s word and learn more about a life following Jesus. Not long after our last newsletter he came to our home wanting to hear more stories from the Bible. As we read some scriptures together he decided he wanted to be baptised. We had the tear-filled joy, along with another Laarim brother in Christ called Amos, of baptising him in an old water barrel! We thank God for the work He is doing in Kaliiva and ask you to support him all the more in prayer as he stands firm in the spiritual battle he will undoubtedly encounter.”
- 15 December 2017
“We continue to pray for God’s leading for the best way to serve the community through health care. Over half way through our time and we still battle with the same weekly challenges…In every aspect of the local healthcare system (infrastructure, staffing, resources, education, patient beliefs) there are difficulties. Though we try to take baby steps to care, train and empower, the roots of the problems are well beyond our understanding or abilities to solve. How we need God’s wisdom and power to bring about Christ-centred healthcare here!…Pray for God’s hand in bringing about Christ-centred healthcare amongst the Laarim”
- 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.”