Simon & Leanne Foulkes
with Miriam, Lydia and Hannah
Sent from All Saints Hampreston and Stapehill, Dorset
Simon has served with AIM since 1997, becoming a long term missionary in 2001. Leanne began serving as a long term missionary in 1997. In 2006, they served in Mayotte, leaving for Simon to have back surgery. After that they moved to Marseille to involved in ministry to reach people from the Indian Ocean Islands.
In the summer of 2015 they returned to Mayotte, to seek to reach the unreached there with the gospel.
Living in the village of Sada, they learned Shimaore and looked to make disciples who will in turn make disciples. Simon also tutored local children in English and volunteered at a locally-run centre providing academic support to children.
In 2017, the Foulkes family moved to Cardiff, UK. Cardiff, like many cities in the UK, has become a culturally diverse city with much immigration in recent years, particularly from Muslim people groups. Many of these people have emigrated from Africa. The vision for the ministry in Cardiff is as follows:
“To see local believers mobilised in church-based teams to evangelise and disciple the African unreached Diaspora of Cardiff.”
The local church is God’s instrument to reach the world for Christ. However, sometimes the local church has difficulty fulfilling its God-given mandate, particularly when it comes to reaching its Muslim neighbours. They will seek to help the local church overcome the barriers that can inhibit ministry to these unreached Diaspora peoples.
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Partner with the Foulkes
The Foulkes family has moved to the UK to equip the local church in reaching unreached African peoples in Cardiff.
If you would like to partner with the Foulkeses 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
- 22 September 2017
Simon & Leanne recently relocated from Mayotte to Cardiff where they hope to begin Diaspora ministry. They write “In our last update we wrote that we had decided to seek legal representation concerning Leanne’s residency visa. To cut a long story short, the best option is for Leanne to return to the States and to apply from there. We are not excited by the prospect of such a separation as it is likely to be 6-8 weeks but potentially as long as 12 weeks. It is, however, the solution that gives us the greatest stability long term. Leanne will head to New Jersey on the 3rd October, by which time the girls will have hopefully established a good routine for school and other activities…[please pray] for Leanne’s 3rd Oct departure and residency visa application process”.
- 28 April 2017
Simon & Leanne are currently on Home Assignment in the USA, and are in the process of relocating from Mayotte to Cardiff, UK to work in Diaspora ministry. “From Mayotte, we were blessed by the opportunity to attend a week-long AIM conference and from there we travelled onto the UK. We had three weeks seeing Simon’s family and visiting friends and supporters before heading to Cardiff, Wales. During our visit in Cardiff, our main objectives were to find a house to rent, a school for the girls to attend in September, and to begin exploring the city prior to our move back there in July. We are so thankful that God provided us with a house to rent. However, a decision on schooling cannot be finalised just yet… Please join us in praying that the school of God’s choice will have openings for all three girls to attend the same school.”
- 20 January 2017
“AIM has launched a new ‘Diaspora Region’ in recognition of the fact that God is bringing communities to the USA, Europe and other places from many countries difficult to reach with the Gospel. After seeking the approval of our official sending churches, discussion with AIM leadership and much prayer, we are delighted that the Lord has opened a door for us to serve him in Cardiff in the UK. Cardiff, like many cities in the UK, has become a culturally diverse city with much immigration in recent years, particularly from Muslim people groups. Many of these people have emigrated from Africa. The vision for the ministry in Cardiff is as follows: ‘To see local believers mobilised in church based teams to evangelize and disciple the African unreached Diaspora of Cardiff.’ We will seek to help the local church overcome the barriers that can inhibit ministry to these unreached Diaspora peoples.” Praise God for how he has opened a door for the Foulkes family to serve him in Cardiff in the UK, and please pray for the logistics of relocating to Cardiff.