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.
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Latest prayer points
- 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.”
- 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.”