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.
Could you partner with Simon & Leanne in this work?
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
- 2 February 2018
“As the capital of Wales and home to various universities, Cardiff is clearly a crossroads of sorts. We are enjoying the international quality of this city and the ministry opportunities this provides. Soon after moving to Cardiff, we learned that Women’s English classes at 2 churches needed helpers for their crèche (ages 0-3). These classes are attended by 50-100 ladies from places like N. Sudan, the Horn of Africa, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Albania, Pakistan, Ghana, China, Japan, etc. We agreed to help knowing that crèche is an integral part of these ministries. In December, we were also asked to help in the crèche at a 3rd church location and at a Bible study for immigrant inquirers. Join us in praying that these women will not only learn English but will also come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. We are also enjoying the International Student Ministries at Highfields Church. The Friday night Globe Cafe offers a place for international university students to fellowship through games, discussions and refreshments. Two weeks ago one of the students asked us, “Do you believe that God controls everything or that people have a choice in what to believe?” What a great question!”
- 24 November 2017
“In our September update, we asked you to pray with us for Leanne’s U.K. residency visa. To cut a long story short, the best option was for Leanne to return to the States and to apply from there. The processing time for the application looked likely to be 6-8 weeks but could be as long as 12 weeks. We’ve been separated for 7 weeks and no news yet…so we continue to pray, watch and wait! Join us in thanking God for all the help we are receiving from our church families on both sides of the Atlantic. Please pray that the visa will be granted very soon and that God continues to sustain our family during this extended separation.”
- 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”.