Africa
Inland Mission

Bruce & Jan Rossington

with Zoë, Martha & Joseph

Sent from Kensington Baptist Church, Bristol

Bruce is Scripture Engagement Consultant for AIM’s Eastern Region and works to make God’s word available to unreached people groups through Bible translation and Scripture Engagement. Jan teaches French and oversees the IGCSE programme at Rift Valley Academy, which supports mission partners by educating and mentoring their children.

Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963. Since then British tourism has been a key element of Kenya’s economy, however, unemployment, poverty and crime remain high. Whilst the majority religion is Christianity, Kenya’s ethnic diversity and vast countryside means there are still many unreached with the gospel.

Bruce and Jan began serving with AIM on a TIMO team based in Kigali, Rwanda in 2006. This prepared them for long-term ministry in Africa by teaching them key principles of cross-cultural ministry through learning about Rwanda’s language and culture and the challenges facing Rwandan pastors. Bruce then began an assignment at the Rwanda Institute of Evangelical Theology in 2008.

In 2012 the Rossington family was seconded by AIM to SIL-Cameroon, a partner organisation of Wycliffe Bible Translators, which works with Cameroonian churches who have a vision for translating God’s word into the mother tongue or ‘heart language’ of Cameroon’s 279 people groups. With so many ethnic groups and so few Bibles (20 in all), Cameroon is one of the world’s priority areas for Bible translation. Bruce’s role was to train Cameroonians in the principles of Bible translation and to give them the theological and linguistic tools that they need to take the lead in their translation project. He also checked their work to ensure that it was as accurate, clear, and natural-sounding as possible.

Jan was involved in a variety of ministries. As well as home-schooling Martha and Joe, she was Vice-chair of the Board of Governors of Rain Forest International School, which Zoë attended. She was also active in the women’s group at the local church that the Rossington family attended. In all these ministries, they built on the language and culture skills that they picked up during their five years in Rwanda.

In August 2014 the Rossingtons moved from Cameroon to Kenya. They are now based at Rift Valley Academy, AIM’s boarding school for missionaries’ children that enables families to serve God all over Africa. As well as teaching French, Jan oversees an accredited IGCSE programme for the school’s British students. Bruce continues to work as a Bible Translation Consultant, but his role has broadened to include Scripture Engagement. He provides advice, training and support to make Scripture accessible to unreached people groups in the language and medium (either written or audio) that best enables them to engage with God’s word.

Could you partner with the Rossingtons in this work?

Partner with the Rossingtons

Based at RVA in Kenya, Jan teaches French and Bruce is Eastern Region’s Scripture Engagement Consultant.

If you would like to partner with the Rossingtons 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.

For any queries, please email: financeadmin.eu@aimint.org

 

 

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