Mark is working remotely as a counsellor and Clinical Team Leader at the Tumaini Counselling Centre, part of AIM Care. Barbara supports him in his work.
After spending time helping at the Tumaini Counselling Centre in Nairobi as part of a short term trip in summer 2011, Mark & Barbara believed that God was calling them back to use the skills he has given them on the mission field for his glory.
‘Tumaini’ is the Swahili word for ‘hope’. The missionary life can be very rewarding, but can also be tough. There is a real spiritual battle, and, of course, missionaries are not exempt from the physical and mental health problems that can afflict anyone. The staff, who are themselves missionaries, work to ‘provide preventative and restorative mental health services and pastoral care in order to enhance missionary resilience and fruitfulness.’ Mark has been a counsellor for over 30 years and took early retirement from his position as Head of Counselling at Cambridge University to go to Nairobi.
Barbara taught adult literacy in Essex for over 15 years, and while Mark worked at Tumaini she worked at Africa International University, teaching English and discipling theology students and pastors’ wives.
In 2016 the Phippens moved back to the UK, and now Mark remotely supports the work of Tumaini as their Clinical Team Leader.
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Mark works remotely as a counsellor and Clinical Team Leader for Tumaini Counselling Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya. Barbara supports him.
If you would like to partner with the Phippens 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
- 18 May 2018
“The leader of our Kampala centre has had to be back in Germany in order to get medical treatment, but I’m glad that she will be back in Kampala in June after four months away. We have also heard that our other counsellor in Kampala will be leaving us to move to other member case work at the end of August. This little centre, with its faithful team, has been through considerable difficulty – under spiritual attack we would say – since it opened in 2016. But the need amongst missionaries working in some difficult areas – including South Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic and DR Congo – is considerable. Having talked and prayed with our team and other leaders in Africa Inland Mission, we are convinced the Centre should remain open. So please pray with us for God to release the needed staff!”
- 2 March 2018
“…from March until at least May, we will have just 3 clinical staff working in Nairobi; there used to be 10 in 2014-15. Nonetheless, the team is full of faith, even if tired and stretched, and together we seek God’s will and direction for this work. It is easy for me to say that it is ‘obvious’ that this work needs to continue – for to me it certainly seems so! Yet we also know that God is always moving on, and so it is time for us to see what new things we need to be moving towards, or what old areas of work it is time to bring to a close, even if they have served well in the past. We trust that God has us in his hands and will show us the way forward. So, please pray with us for clarity over God’s leading, and a willingness to follow with gladness.”
- 8 December 2017
“We are delighted to have been joined by Kay, a psychologist from the US, who is with us for at least 6 months. She is settling into the team very well. But our overall staffing level remains very low and we cannot meet all the requests we are receiving for help. From November one of our psychiatrists went on home assignment in the US for 5 or 6 months, and in March one of our long-term counsellors leaves for at least a year, and is actually unsure what his plans are after that. Please do earnestly keep praying for more long-term staff to join us so that we can support the front-line missionaries who are requesting help.”