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The latest news, blog posts and prayer items from missionaries serving in Africa and among Africa's people.

Sheona

13 July 2017

Sheona returned from her assignment in Africa last year to study at All Nations College. She writes: “I finished my course at All Nations (ANCC) on the 1st of July & drove home to Dundee the same day. ANCC has been a good place of healing, studying, praying & seeking God for the future. As I said in my last letter, I still felt that God was wanting me to go back to Africa with AIM, but how that would look still had to be discussed…” A possible new assignment has been found for Sheona and we are currently working out the details. Please pray for us and her as this process takes place.

Sheona

I am currently studying at All Nations college as I wait on God's leading for my next assignment.

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Paul & Helen Shepherd

13 July 2017

Paul & Helen recently sent us a video update of their work. They particularly ask for prayer for the local community, including some of their teammates, who have been deeply affected by the deaths of 2 young boys in a road traffic accident. Helen asks for prayer as she deals with changes in the health clinic where she serves as this has resulted in some conflict and tensions in relationships. They thank God for recent good health for all the family and ask us to pray for open doors for the gospel in the villages surrounding where they are based.

Paul & Helen Shepherd

We will be serving among the Karimojong, making Jesus known in this unreached people working in healthcare and with local churches.

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Andrew Wallace

13 July 2017

“I have begun my journey back to the UK. The last week has been an emotional journey of painful, but good goodbyes. Finishing well is hard, yet I believe that God, in his mercy, has made it happen. Goals were achieved, gifts were given, assurances of prayer exchanged. Despite numerous well-ups, I’ve managed to keep my tears from overflowing the eyelids so far this week. The moments that brought me to the brink include:

 

The co-existence of the excitement of returning with the grief of leaving is hard to describe… but in a word, I would say I feel thankful. Thankful to God for everything that he has done and everything that he is going to do.” 

Andrew Wallace

With a year's worth of language and culture learning completed I am devoting more time to ministry through the local school; leading devotions, teaching, songwriting and creating dramas. With the Focus team now all on site a lot more time is given to team-building and assisting one another in language and culture learning. Among this remains the importance of visiting people in the community, forming relationships through which we share the Word of God.

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Verena Schafroth

7 July 2017

From August 2017, Verena will be based in Lichinga (north-west Mozambique), to help establish a new bible school there from 2018 onwards. She writes: “I will be teaching an intensive course on the gospel of John in Mueda -a few hours north of Pemba. (This happens 2nd – 8th July). Please pray for travel mercies, good relationship building with the students, and strength for the week. The move to Lichinga is now becoming more tangible and I have already started packing. It is supposed to happen during the first week of August. Please pray for strength for these last few weeks – that I can still concentrate on my teaching while also packing up my house. Please pray that I can finish well in Pemba and for strength to navigate all the logistics of my move to Lichinga.”

Verena Schafroth

After language preparation in Portugal, I moved to Pemba in September 2015. After an initial orientation period, I will start teaching theology in March 2016 at the Colégio Teológico de Pemba, which is an interdenominational Bible school seeking to train Christian church workers. I hope to get further involved with a teaching ministry in the various churches of the area.

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Pete and Libby Halestrap

7 July 2017

“Sadly this agreement (between the nursing union and the government) has recently broken down and the national nurses are back on strike, leading to greater pressure on our own hospital once more. We are seeing rising patient numbers in our already full wards and discouraged and overwhelmed staff who haven’t yet recovered from the effects of the last strike. Please pray for a swift resolution to this situation, and for energy and perseverance for those who stand in the gap and pick up the pieces of a broken system. Please also pray for new leadership in the hospital as they face the challenge of supporting the staff and continuing the process of rebuilding relationships and recapturing the vision of the hospital after a period of internal instability.”

Pete & Libby Halestrap

We serve at Kijabe Hospital, Kenya with Pete overseeing the care of the outpatient & emergency departments as well as developing training programmes.

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Jessica Goldschmidt

7 July 2017

“Juliette (my friend, language helper and translator) and I have been visiting Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) to hear WHY WAIT? lessons being taught… As a guest, I am regularly given the opportunity to speak. With Juliette’s help in translating, I asked them what they thought the most important decision to make in life was. They gave good replies, but I told them that I thought there was an even more important one, which was to decide whether we would follow Jesus or decide to live our own lives. I mentioned how just knowing about the fact that Jesus died on the cross wasn’t enough… After we finished, the pastor then asked the sewing students if any of them wanted to give their life to Jesus and one of the girls did! Yes God had much bigger plans than I did when visiting that VTC!” Praise God for this confession of faith and pray that this student would become a faithful disciple of Christ. Pray for similar opportunities in Jessica’s work.

Jessica Goldschmidt

I coordinate a life skills curriculum called WHY WAIT? based on biblical principles and work in a youth camp ministry called 3dChristianCamps, the 3 ‘D’s’ standing for Discover, Decide, Do it, as that is our desire for the camp participants!

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Paul & Helen Shepherd

30 June 2017

Recently, tragedy occurred on the Church of Uganda compound where we live. Two young boys – aged 4 and 7, orphans who were being raised and cared for by various people on our compound and in the church community – drowned in a recently dug, very deep, water pit in an obscure part of the compound. The water pit looked about half a metre deep, when it was actually closer to 4-5 metres deep. The boys didn’t know that, and they couldn’t swim. Their deaths have struck at the heart of the people who knew and loved them. We are sad.” Please pray for Paul and Helen; Ruth Mahood, who was involved in trying to rescue the boys; and particularly Josephine (the boys’ carer) and her family, along with the rest of the community; as they grieve.

Paul & Helen Shepherd

We will be serving among the Karimojong, making Jesus known in this unreached people working in healthcare and with local churches.

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Andrew Wallace

30 June 2017

Andrew has recently befriended a man called Lukwa and had much opportunity to talk with him about the Word of God and Jesus. “This message is a lot to take in for a man who has lived his whole life without knowledge of the Gospel, but by the grace of the Holy Spirit he is understanding more little by little. I believe that his confession of faith last night in the things he understood was sincere and celebrated by God, who has caused himself to be found by another soul who was seeking him… Thank you all for your prayers for Lukwa, and please continue to pray that he might be protected and grow in his faith. Pray that he will truly share the Gospel with his household and that they too will believe.” 

Andrew Wallace

With a year's worth of language and culture learning completed I am devoting more time to ministry through the local school; leading devotions, teaching, songwriting and creating dramas. With the Focus team now all on site a lot more time is given to team-building and assisting one another in language and culture learning. Among this remains the importance of visiting people in the community, forming relationships through which we share the Word of God.

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Loots & Nancy Lambrechts

30 June 2017

The Lambrechts family are currently in the UK for two months’ Home Assignment, before moving to South Africa in mid-August. Until the end of 2018, Loots will visit Rwanda every few months in order to help support, advise and encourage Rwandan partners as they now lead Preach The Word (PTW). “We are prayerful about a future ministry from within South Africa. We have a few ideas which we are investigating, and hope that once we are on the ground in South Africa we will have more clarity on what the real possibilities are. Please pray for the Lord’s guiding in this regard. We know that he holds the future and has a plan for our lives. Pray that he would give us wisdom and clarity. Also pray for the local leaders in Kigali, for Determine, Daniel, Asnath and Innocent. Pray that the Lord would keep them faithful and give them strength for the task of leading PTW and Gospel Community Church. Pray for Loots’ time with them in August, that it would be an encouraging time for all.

Loots & Nancy Lambrechts

We work on the Preach the Word (PTW) training course, equipping students to read and teach the Bible faithfully and pass it on. Our hope and prayer is that through PTW, God will raise up many godly church leaders in Rwanda and beyond; leaders who will equip God’s people for works of service, fully matured, and rooted in Christ Jesus.

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Hannah Coggins

23 June 2017

Hannah is currently in the UK for a period of annual leave, and asks for prayer: “Praise God for safe travels [here] and for time with family. Please pray for emotional and spiritual refreshment during this break, and pray for ongoing planning and preparation for the new school year. There are lots of changes which bring a fresh set of joys and challenges.

Hannah Coggins

I teach the youngest class at Wellspring Academy, a school serving mission partners here in Chad. As well as teaching, I am working with the staff team to develop curriculum and policies as the school grows and develops. We continue to run homeschool weeks twice a year for those homeschooling across the country. I am also continuing French study and building relationships in the community.

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Martin & Joy Koch

23 June 2017

Please continue to pray for five Samburu men to follow Christ by the end of 2017. We are praying for a number of men by name but do not know yet just which men God will draw to Himself. Five Samburu men who acknowledge Jesus Christ as their Lord will be a great setback to the dominion of Satan here – pray with us for this miracle. He is able!

Martin & Joy Koch

Our team is now sharing the Samburu One Story Bible stories with their Samburu friends. Our prayer is that as the Team comes to an end in March, a number of Samburu will commit their lives to Christ and a fellowship of believers will be formed that will continue to expand Christ’s kingdom.

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Andrew & Anna Beckham

23 June 2017

During our time in Nairobi last month we spent time in prayer and felt excited that God gave us a big vision for a Christ-centred clinic here in Chauwa. This is a huge ask, but a suitably God-sized project to embark on. However, this vision is impossible unless those already working in the clinic know and trust Jesus for themselves. We pray for the five clinic workers (Maurice the ‘doctor’, Marko the assistant, Margaret and Agatha the Traditional Birth Attendants and Amos the Community health worker) to come to follow Jesus, and that though their personal transformation the clinic could become a place of excellent, sustainable, holistic, and truly Laarim, healthcare. Please join us in prayer to this end! Pray for us as we look to witness to, disciple and serve alongside the clinic workers.

Andrew & Anna Beckham

We are currently part of a focus team working among the Laarim people of South Sudan. After our initial year of language and cultural learning we hope to engage in health care ministry, to support the development and growth of the church among this unreached people group.

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Mari Jenkins

16 June 2017

Mari is currently on a three-month short term placement in Kapsowar, Kenya, using her professional skills as a physiotherapist. She writes, “Things have been going well and I’m really enjoying the work. I feel part of the team and have even been given a Kenyan name by those I’m working with! There have, however, been some frustrating times, especially due to language translation when trying to help patients. This area is fairly deprived so there are a number of patients who have never gone to school and therefore did not get the opportunity to learn Kiswahili. So, they only speak their mother tongue of which there are over 40 different ones in Kenya! This makes it hard even for the Kenyans to communicate with one another on times.” Please pray that over these next few weeks the patients who need orthopedic surgery would come and get the right treatment. Pray for patience and help when translation is hard, and that Mari will continue to do her job well and show Christ through it. Finally please pray for more opportunities to have good meaningful conversations with three local student girls she has made friends with and also with ‘Mama Brian’, a young single mother who Mari has met.

F*

16 June 2017

There are so many opportunities to share and talk with people… Disussions range from rather condescending sermons, to polite listening but no real interest in learning more of what I believe, to some genuine curiosity and surprise that I don’t do things like them. Sometimes it can be very frustrating as I reach the limits of my language ability very quickly… It is a time of real opportunity, and therefore real spiritual battle. We need your prayers; many of the team are having really good conversations with friends and neighbours, but at the same time feel tired and challenged. Pray for perseverance, pray for breakthroughs of the Holy Spirit into people’s lives, pray for a great movement of turning to Jesus.

‘F’*

Following my time as part of a TIMO team in Lchakwai, Samburu county in Kenya, I will be joining a team providing English teaching alongside evangelism and church planting on the Indian Ocean Islands.

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Tim & Beth Wood

9 June 2017

Students in the BA program at Sofala Bible Institute have to write and defend a final project in order to graduate. Both of us participated in the defence for students for whom we were the supervisors… Beth was the supervisor for Salésio… He analysed the functioning of Sunday schools in a small town 30 miles from Beira. Salésio feels equipped to lead seminars on promoting Sunday schools in rural areas. At his defence the director of the school made a commitment to partner with him in this endeavour. Pray that this project will have an impact for eternity by blessing children.

Tim & Beth Wood

We serve at Sofala Bible Institute in Beira, Mozambique, and minister in a local church through discipleship and teaching.

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