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 is working remotely as a counsellor and Clinical Team Leader at Tumaini Counselling Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya. Barbara supports him in his work.
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Latest prayer points
- 15 September 2017
“Praise God that next week we have a psychologist coming from the US to work with [Tumaini] for the next 6 months or so. To move continents, settle into a very different situation and to quickly pick up therapeutic work in a brief time is a big ask! Pray that she will be led and equipped by God to do just this.”
- 28 July 2017
“The Tumaini team has been very busy preparing for and running the two-week Restore intensive counselling programme for missionaries who were struggling to keep going for one reason or another. Roger Brown, a long-standing psychiatrist on the team wrote: ‘Praise God for his work accomplished in the lives of the participants and their families and for His grace in sustaining us through: long days; short nights; lost luggage; flight delay, rerouting & cancellations; the rush of getting the kitchen addition completed; repainting of mongoose stained walls; the mystery huge water leak which required bucket flushing and pitchers for hand washing; monkey invasions; power circuit overloads; various food shortages in the shops; car breakdowns; … yet God enabled us to carry on and work well together, trusting Him even in the midst of those challenges. What a reminder that it isn’t our work but His and we need to keep our eyes on Him even when Satan wants to discourage or distract us.’ Personally, I [Mark] spend much of my time doing emails and Skype from the UK in support of the Tumaini teams in Nairobi and Kampala, but at times like this I am reminded what it is all for. It is wonderful to see how God uses Tumaini to restore his people who are weary and heavy-laden, and through them to bring the Good News to others in Africa.”
- 12 May 2017
Mark has recently made a trip to Nairobi to visit Tumaini: “It was very good to see the team at Tumaini, but sad not to have longer together. With one colleague just leaving to go on ‘home assignment’ for a year after five years in Africa, that leaves just five clinical staff in the Nairobi centre – there were 10 in 2015 – and they are very hard pressed. We are expecting a psychologist to come and work with us for six months from September, but the long-term counsellor who hoped to join us this July is likely to be delayed for a year until mid-2018 while she raises sufficient support. So, please continue praying for these people and for additional professional staff to join the team!”