Bruce & Jan Rossington
with Zoë; Martha and Joseph
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.
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The Rossingtons are based at Rift Valley Academy, where Jan teaches French and oversees the IGCSE programme. Zoe, Martha and Joe study at RVA. Bruce is Eastern Region’s Scripture Engagement Consultant.
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Latest prayer points
- 29 September 2017
“We would appreciate your prayers for Bruce’s translation checking schedule over the next few months. He will be checking Scripture in four different languages between now and the beginning of December. One of these projects is particularly challenging as it is a pilot project for a new type of ‘Oral Bible Translation’ – instead of providing written comments in the usual way, Bruce is providing oral feedback in Swahili via a new software programme. Please pray for energy for Bruce and for good communication and collaboration with the different teams that he is supporting.”
- 28 April 2017
“We spent the first week of the Rift Valley Academy Easter vacation at the Kenyan Coast. It was good to take life at a slightly slower pace than normal – definitely a case of ‘hakuna matata’. We’re back in Kijabe now, gearing up for the new school term. Jan is painting a huge portrait for the set of the next school drama, Zoe is revising for the public exams that she’ll be taking in the week beginning 8th May and Bruce is checking Bible translations in three different Tanzanian languages.” Please pray for the Rossington family as they start the summer term, and for the work that they have ahead of them in the coming term.
- 17 February 2017
“A recent safari was Bruce’s December trip to Tanzania… He was able to provide advice and training to two different projects: a team translating a set of Bible stories into the language of the Datooga tribe and a team translating the Gospel of Luke into the Cushitic language of an unreached people group who have had little chance to hear about Jesus… In both cases, the drafting was being done by local people, with Tanzanian and expat facilitators making sure that the drafters fully understood the biblical text that they were translating. It was so exciting to see people engaging with God’s Word for the first time and making it come alive in their own language. Bruce spent the month of January checking the book of Acts for a community on the Indian Ocean Islands. The team is now working through his comments, and he will meet up with two of them in March to check that the book is ready for distribution. Please pray for them as they make decisions about key words such as ‘believe’, ‘grace’ and ‘Lord’.”