Tony and Cath work with the Africa Inland Church in Tanzania (AICT), and are based in Morogoro. Cath is AIM’s Child Safety Officer and Tony coordinates the Institute of Bible and Ministry (IBM) under the authority of the AICT, and also is AIM’s African Mobilisation Consultant.
Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest nations; agricultural subsistence dominates its economy. Health and education sectors require massive investments.There is freedom of religion; all major faiths have the ability to share and propagate their faith. Christianity makes up 54% of the population with Islam totalling 31%.
Bill Hybels asserts that ‘the local church is the hope of the world,’ and the Swansons are also convinced that it is through vibrant church congregations, faithfully serving and witnessing in their communities, that Tanzania will be transformed by the gospel of Christ. They live in the bustling, dusty town of Morogoro which sits under the shadow of the stunning Uluguru mountains.
Before Tony and Cath started serving with AIM in 1998, Tony worked as a pastor and Cath as a health visitor based in West Sussex. From 2005 they have been working alongside the AICT – Cath originally in HIV and children’s ministry, and Tony coordinating the Institute of Bible and Ministry. This is a multifaceted ‘on the job’ programme of teaching and dynamic interaction which aims to ‘enable, mobilise and inspire’ church leaders to a closer walk with the Lord and increased effectiveness in ministry.
Tanzania, like the rest of Africa, is a culture in rapid flux. The Institute is trying to help church leaders to respond with wisdom and discernment to the threats, opportunities and challenges facing them in the 21st century and to preach a gospel which is both faithful and relevant. It has been a productive past few years for the Swansons, and their AIM team in Morogoro expanded significantly with the arrival of the Dixon family and Steve and Ruth Lancaster. Together with the AICT, the team are in the process of building and developing a retreat centre at Sanga Sanga, which will act as the focus of the Institute’s activities.
In September 2015 Tony took on the new role of African Mobilisation Consultant on top of coordinating IBM. He will be working to help AIM in our aims to mobilise African believers to outreach and evangelism among their own people.
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Tony is coordinator of the Institute of Bible and Ministry and has taken on a new role as African Mobilising Consultant under the International Office. Cath is Child Safety Officer for AIM.
If you would like to partner with the Swansons 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
- 21 April 2017
Cath writes: “This year’s children’s camp theme is ‘safari ya maisha’, ‘the journey of life’. We held our national teachers’ training here in Morogoro last week and explored the theme of ‘travelling with Jesus throughout our lives’. What came up again and again was the necessity of forward motion as a basic requirement. So even when you’re moving really slowly, you just need to know you’re making progress. We asked ourselves, ‘are we moving forward? Or are we stuck, or worse, slipping backwards?’ Training weeks like this are a powerful means of encouragement to the teachers to persevere with stubborn joy. The actual camps are run up and down the country in June with several thousand primary school children expected to attend. As ever, this outreach of the church is worth every ounce of energy.” Please pray for the organisation of these camps, and that God would use them to grow these children in faith.
- 29 July 2016
Tony writes: “… I left church this morning with a great sense of gratitude and joy! I am presently staying in Nairobi for a few days to meet with various Kenyan Christian Network leaders. The aim is to see how we might work together in mobilising Kenyan missionaries to bring the Word of God to the unreached in Africa and beyond. The sense of joy and the gratitude is not only in the mission and calling that we have received, but in the worship, welcome and Word experienced in Nairobi Baptist Church this morning. A full, bustling church with six services taking place in their very impressive buildings. There are services for those with impaired hearing, for those who prefer a lively music; services for the young and college students; for those who speak English or those who speak Swahili; an early ‘Word Central Service’ where they dig deeply into Scripture (this morning Matthew 7:21). The pastor announced that he will be travelling to the UK this week to speak at the Keswick Convention. The theme of the church this year is ‘God is on the move’, and I must say it would be hard to argue with this theme! Please pray that this church and the many others like it across Africa would be mobilised to mission. May they have an ear to what the Spirit is saying, and keep in step with him.”
- 20 May 2016
Tony writes: “It has been three months of travel for both of us, where Cath has been teaching and running conferences concerning her role as Child Safety Officer for AIM… I have been involved in a number of conferences. In March I attended the ‘Movement for African National Initiatives’ [conference] where 560 delegates from all over Africa… met to collaborate and plan together, especially concerning the gospel returning to the north of the continent. It was a significant time of networking and prayer… Please pray for health, perseverance and strength for us both to keep on keeping on and to always keep Christ before us.” Please also praise God for these conferences, and pray that he would use them in equipping the church in Africa for good work and seeing the gospel spread.