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

Andrea Hellemann

15 June 2018

“We used to have a “kindergarten” next to our office rooms until the social services department said that we were not permitted to combine children from the kindergarten with kids from the street. As a result, we were unable to register the kindergarten. The reason given was that a kindergarten is not allowed to be adjoined to office rooms. We then moved the kindergarten to Ntyuka, where our family houses are located and have begun building kindergarten rooms, which we also want to use for church services. The walls are up, but we don’t have a roof yet due to a lack of funding…Please pray for funding for the kindergarten roof.”

Andrea Hellemann

I work at Safina Street Network serving the street children in Dodoma, Tanzania, providing meals, spiritual teaching and assistance with education, medical, legal, and social matters. Ministry is focused on outreach to children and helping to reintegrate children with their families.

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Ard & Carin de Leeuw

15 June 2018

“Over the past few months, our team has been working to record all the Laarim written Bible stories on audio. These Bible stories together with memorisation texts, Laarim songs and the Jesus bracelet have been put on a solar radio. The idea is to distribute these solar radios to the Laarim so that they can listen to the gospel themselves without having to wait for our arrival. In this way the gospel becomes accessible without having to be able to read (which most people cannot)… We have 15 solar radios that we can distribute in Kali. Pray with us that we will give them to right people and that God will speak through the radio. That the words of God will nest in the hearts of those who hear.”

Ard & Carin de Leeuw

We are living in Kali among the Laarim in South Sudan. We have been learning language and developing relationships. Through Bible story telling and study we are discipling the Laarim, with the hope of seeing a Christ-centred church among them.

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Sheona Chisholm

15 June 2018

“I am going in a few weeks with a group of American students who are on a mission trip to AIM Air, in a wee plane to different mission stations in Northern Kenya. This is really exciting for me, to go to see where AIM have some workers. I`m going in my role as personnel co-ordinator, so that I can fully appreciate some of the difficult places our missionaries live & work. This is a 4 day trip with a safari at the end… Please pray for safety on our wee trip in the plane and for travelling mercies as we travel on the roads in Kenya.”

Sheona Chisholm

I will begin an assignment in 2018 serving at Africa Based Support (ABS) as Assistant Personnel Coordinator.

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Hannah Coggins

8 June 2018

“GREAT NEWS! We have a teacher who is able to come and teach from August to December, which will cover Heidi’s home assignment. In my next letter, I will share more details about how that came about, and the testimony it is to God’s Sovereignty and plans. Thank you for your understanding and continued prayers! What this means for me…It means I will teach just 2 grades (1 and 2). This is a wonderful answer to prayer, there were lots of dynamics that led us to pray for this change in class size, and we are grateful for God’s provision. We are continuing to pray for a teacher for January-June 2019 so that I can go on home assignment, and for the following school year to cover for Debbie. If a teacher can come by this December (in order to transition with me), I will go on Home Assignment as planned late December/early January. If this is not the case, I am prepared to postpone my home assignment so that we can complete the year with 3 classes. I am at peace about both options and trust the Lord will make His will clear in due course. Please keep praying: for teachers, and for grace as we wait on the Lord.”

Hannah Coggins

I teach at Wellspring Academy, serving missionaries in Chad. As well as teaching, I work with the staff team to develop curriculum and policies as the school develops. We also run homeschool weeks twice a year for those homeschooling across the country.

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Annemarie Boks

8 June 2018

“Workshop ‘Channels of Hope’: If you remember it well, we did organize a first workshop for the church leaders in the church district of Adi in March 2015. End of April we could organize the first renewed workshop. This time for the church district leaders of Aba. Fortunately I didn’t have to do everything on my own but could work together with one of the nurses of the hospital, Claude Waginita.…I am grateful to God that we could organize our first workshop. Certainly there are points for improvements, they never lack. It is always possible to improve. It also was quite a challenge to prepare the workshop well. It took place earlier than planned (in April instead of in May), but the collaboration with Claude was really good. It meant a big difference to me that he took it upon himself to take care of all the logistics. And also that he taught several of the topics. It meant that I could take some rest…The next workshops are planned for October. We would like to go to Dungu, Watsa and Aru then…Please pray that financial support will come in and for the organisation of these workshops. Claude has his annual leave in October, and will be available again to help. And that’s already a huge thank you.”

Annemarie Boks

I am a Director of the Aids Awareness Program of CECA 20, the church in DR Congo with which AIM collaborates. I am focussing on organising workshops for pastors equipping them for their ministry among those living with HIV/Aids.

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Peter & Katy Wilson

8 June 2018

“Daniel has expressed an interest in baptism and may be baptised at the end of this term. His Big Brother from the programme we run here where Big Brothers/Sisters from the High School spend time each month with their Little Brothers/Sisters from the Elementary/Primary School is getting baptised and I may get to baptise them both. Please pray for our staffing needs for next year. We need either another 6th grade Teacher (P7) or a High School Math Teacher as we have someone already that can do either. We also need a Male Counsellor and a French Teacher.”

Peter & Katy Wilson

We are working at Titchie Swot, Rift Valley Academy's primary school. RVA is an AIM run school for missionary children. Peter is the Principal and Katy teaches second grade.

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Bruce & Jan Rossington

1 June 2018

Bruce has recently made a trip to Tanzania to help translate the book of Romans into Rangi: “In addition to the two translators, other members of the language community gave their input in ‘real time’ via a Facebook page where the translators sometimes post questions about challenging words or concepts… The Facebook moment in Dodoma was a helpful reminder that African societies are forging ahead in many areas and that Bible translation needs to take account of this reality… In most places around the world, people speak three or more languages on a daily basis, making choices about which language to use on the basis of where they are, who they’re with and what they’re talking about… Identities and aspirations are caught up in these different languages and the church/translation/missions community needs to understand these dynamics in order to bring God’s word to bear on people’s lives in meaningful ways.” Please pray for wisdom for Bruce as he works with local translation teams in being able to translate the Bible in meaningful ways.

Bruce & Jan Rossington

Jan teaches French and oversees the IGCSE programme at Rift Valley Academy. Zoe, Martha and Joe study there. Bruce is Eastern Region's Scripture Engagement Consultant, helping teams make Scripture accessible to unreached people groups in their heart languages.

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Paul & Helen Shepherd

1 June 2018

“Helen has had a difficult month at the health centre with staff problems, corruption and money for salaries being delayed. She enjoys working there and loves the staff, but it has been tough. The last week has been much better and there are some encouraging signs of improvement. Please pray for wisdom for Helen in her work in the health centre and for deepening relationships with the nurses.”

Paul & Helen Shepherd

We work in Kotido, north east Uganda among the Karimojong. We serve in the local health centres and hospital, whilst also working with the local church doing discipleship and Bible storying in rural villages.

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Andrew & Anna Beckham

1 June 2018

“A large part of our recent time and effort as a team has been given to preparing for the release of a batch of ‘Treasure’ devices into the community. We have decided as a team to load these solar-powered audio devices with content that we hope will facilitate the Laarim in learning and sharing the word of God more widely… We hope to have these devices completed in the coming weeks so we can distribute them to our Bible study groups. We pray they will be a tool in helping the new Laarim believers mature in their faith, as well as share the gospel with their compounds, in this non-literate society.”

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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John & Alma Baker

25 May 2018

“Alma recently accepted a job working for an adult education centre based in our village. This is great and a real answer to prayer. She’s starting on the 1st of June part time. She will be teaching English to adults. Pray she will do a good job and God will put local people in her path who are ready to learn about Christ as well as learn English!”

John & Alma Baker

We are working with a local church on Mayotte. As well as doing evangelism and, God willing, church planting. We are also continuing to work on our French, trying to remember KiBushi and learning some KiMaore!

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Tanzania

25 May 2018

AIM missionaries in Tanzania are rejoicing following a visit from over 30 local Bible school students, staff, pastors and their wives who spent time with them to observe first-hand what mission looks like. They write “We are thankful for the ways in which they all served whilst they were with us, and for their encouragement of the believers here…We are also rejoicing that when a few students left they already felt a sense of calling to the unreached of their nation after finishing their studies…” During the visit the Jesus film was shown and one local seeker, who is showing signs of God working in his heart, requested to meet and discuss the questions he had. The meeting ended with him praying that he and his family would not be lost. “He was not ready to say that night that he was going to follow Jesus but he is moving in the right direction, and maybe he is actually closer to giving Jesus his whole life than he thinks.”

Pray for the unreached Alagwa

Since 2010 missionaries have been living and working among the Alagwa, seeking to share the gospel and support new believers in a fledgling church.

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Ruth Mahood

18 May 2018

“It was a joy to be able to speak at the AIM Scottish conference and update folk in Dundee, Shetland, Inverness, Aberdeen and London on what God has been doing in my life over the past year. It was lovely to spend time chatting with so many who have held me in prayer so faithfully. I cannot thank everyone enough. A friend told me how he prayed for me every morning at 6:50am. What a privilege it is to pray for others and what a privilege to know that others are praying for me so faithfully. I loved using some of what I’ve learnt over the past two years at Europe Based Orientation. Five new appointees to AIM attended and will, God willing, head to Africa over the coming year. There was great joy in being able to come along side these folks and be of some support to them. There were a few moments where I felt the loss of not being in Africa myself, but those moments were far outweighed by the joy it was to use the experiences given to me by God in the preparation of others. It was lovely to have a renewed sense of the AIM family while there and I will treasure the memories of this week and the new friends I made.”

Ruth Mahood

I am serving among the Karimojong. Through my work in healthcare and the local church, I am seeking to make Jesus known among this people group.

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Mark & Barbara Phippen

18 May 2018

“The leader of our Kampala centre has had to be back in Germany in order to get medical treatment, but I’m glad that she will be back in Kampala in June after four months away. We have also heard that our other counsellor in Kampala will be leaving us to move to other member case work at the end of August. This little centre, with its faithful team, has been through considerable difficulty – under spiritual attack we would say – since it opened in 2016. But the need amongst missionaries working in some difficult areas – including South Sudan, Chad, Central African Republic and DR Congo – is considerable. Having talked and prayed with our team and other leaders in Africa Inland Mission, we are convinced the Centre should remain open. So please pray with us for God to release the needed staff!”

Mark & Barbara Phippen

Mark works as a counsellor and Clinical Team Leader at Tumaini Counselling Centre. Tumaini works to provide preventative and restorative mental health services and pastoral care. Barbara supports him in his work.

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Simon & Sue French

18 May 2018

“The Bible storying project reached another milestone last week with a small group of Datooga men and women spending a few days in Karatu at our house checking all the stories in the set. Gabriel, the evangelist being equipped to take on the project after we leave arrived a day early to spend time with Simon developing his knowledge and skills on the computer/technical aspects of the project. There is just one more story to record to complete the set of 28 Bible stories from Creation to the death and Resurrection of Jesus all recorded in the Datooga language. These coming weeks will see Simon and Sue visit all the local churches in the pastorate to say our farewells and thanks. We will also be tying up loose ends with the various projects we are involved in and packing up our house. Thank you for praying with us.”

Simon & Sue French

We work with the local Africa Inland Church primarily in reaching the Datooga. Our role also includes helping to facilitate a chronological Bible storying project in the Datooga language. From July we will be on home assignment in the UK.

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Steve & Ruth Lancaster

11 May 2018

“We mentioned in our last update that Ruth was busy preparing a series of English lessons with a difference. During the last month she’s been able to record a number of programmes for a local Christian radio station run by Faith Baptist Church here in Morogoro. The station is hoping to go live at the end of the year and they’re busy stockpiling material ready for their launch. Away from the microphone, there’s been a lot to do for Ruth at the home of the Institute of Bible & Ministry with bookings on the increase and the accounts to look after, plus the launch of the ‘Friends of Sanga Sanga’ scheme along with the new IBM website!… Please pray for Ruth as she helps to organise the AIM Women’s Retreat in Arusha in mid-May, and for strength and energy to carry out her various roles at Sanga, particularly in regard to finance.”

Steve & Ruth Lancaster

We work with the Institute of Bible & Ministry under the Africa Inland Church Tanzania. Steve is involved in Bible teaching and Ruth handles administration and finance for the Institute and teaches English. Steve is Unit Leader for Tanzania East.

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