Matt & Amy Dixon
with Elia, Finley and Matilda
Matt and Amy work with the Africa Inland Church in Tanzania (AICT) to manage the construction of the Sanga Sanga retreat centre and conference facilities for the Institute of Bible and Ministry (IBM) near Morogoro in Tanzania.
Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest nations; agricultural subsistence dominates its economy. Health and education sectors require massive investments.There is freedom of religion; all major faiths have the ability to share and propagate their faith. Christianity makes up 54% of the population with Islam totalling 31%.
Matt and Amy have been working with AICT at Sanga Sanga, 20 km outside Morogoro, Tanzania since 2011. Matt is managing the construction of the retreat and conference facilities for the Institute of Bible and Ministry (a department of the AICT), which seeks to ‘enable, mobilise and inspire pastors and evangelists into an ever-deepening relationship with God and effectiveness in ministry.’
Since Matt’s involvement in the project the facilities have grown, and they now include a campsite and a six-bedroom retreat house. In the past two-and-a-half years three Swiss chalet-style bandas have been built on the campsite and a large two-storey conference centre has been developed. These facilities enable seminars and courses to be hosted at Sanga Sanga, investing in pastors and evangelists of the church, equipping them to serve their communities better and to share the gospel more effectively, and enabling them to reach the unreached people of Tanzania and beyond.
Amy has supported the ministry in various ways through book-keeping; and, when necessary, helping with management and bookings of the retreat centre and campsite; helping with hosting work teams; and helping to furnish the new buildings. Amy also helps with a small sewing project called Sewing Hope.
Matt and Amy also support a church plant in a largely Muslim village called Kilkoa, about 40km from the main church in Morogoro town, through preaching and helping with Sunday School.
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Latest prayer points
- 27 October 2017
Amy writes: “It was great to get back to our home and find it and our faithful staff all in good order. It was fun for the children to rediscover their rooms and belongings and get used to getting sweaty and dirty playing in the garden. The following day [after arriving back] Matt headed to Sanga Sanga to greet folks and to see what has been happening over the six months that we’ve been in UK. The campsite now has fantastic shower blocks, which were a necessary addition after the building of the campsite bandas last year. Both the bandas last year, and the shower facilities, were built with the help of two work teams from Corsham Baptist Church. Another team from UK, an Oak Hall discovering mission team, helped to paint the outside of the conference building. The Conference Building now has a permanent internal staircase. Asian-style toilets have been plumbed in the downstairs bathroom. Terrazzo flooring has been put down in a few locations including the large upstairs meeting room and the first windows are being installed in one of the upstairs offices. There is still much work needed to complete the conference building, but funds are presently very limited and continued funding for the project is a matter for ongoing prayer.”
- 8 September 2017
Eastern Region Office have been praying for a hold up in issuing work permits in Tanzania which has been having an effect on our members and their ministries. “We received confirmation from Unit Leader Steve Lancaster today that we have just received 13 work permits for Tanzania. Here in Eastern Region office the document we placed before the Lord to beg for these permits was asking Him to move on our behalf by September. Steve was in the Dar es Salaam office on 31st August when he received this answer to our prayers. There are still a number of new permits that we are waiting for, and it is important to remember that with the work permits in hand we now still need to receive residency permits. But this is a huge answer to prayer for all of Eastern Region.” 2 of the outstanding permits are for Matt & Amy Dixon, who need them before they can return to ministry in Tanzania following home assignment in a few weeks. Please pray that they would be issued quickly so that the Dixons and others may continue to serve in Tanzania.
- 13 April 2017
The Dixons have recently returned for a home assignment. “Thank you for your prayers for this time of transition. It was quite a difficult few weeks leading up to leaving Tanzania with us all experiencing two bouts of illness in the form of a vomiting and diarrhoea bug and then some sort of flu virus that put us all in bed. By God’s grace and support from our team we got packed up and were able to hand over our home and responsibilities. We are now slowly catching up on sleep and getting strong again. We are thankful for the warm welcome from family and friends here, especially at St David’s. It is good to be based back in the Cotswolds after five years! Elia and Fin were able to visit their new school last Wednesday and meet their teachers and classes. We have visited the local farm park and playgrounds. At times we have even shed a few layers of clothing as we feel the warmth in the sunshine!”