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

Indian Ocean Islands

17 November 2017

Please pray for a man who has been meeting up for Bible study with one of our Mission Partners on the Indian Ocean Islands. Recently they studied Jesus’ birth together from Luke’s gospel and the man finished by declaring that what they had read must be lies as Jesus isn’t still here and there isn’t anywhere on this earth where Jesus is still king. Despite this he is keen to keep reading and studying so do pray that God would reveal himself to this man, through His word and that he would ask Jesus to reign in his heart.

Indian Ocean Islands

We write about the ‘Indian Ocean Islands’ rather than naming individual Islands because Christianity on ‘the Islands’ is often viewed with hostility and in some cases outlawed by the Islamic rulers. Political violence has left these islands desperately poor and natural resources are in short supply.

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Sheona Chisholm

17 November 2017

“18 months after leaving Africa, I now finally have a date for going back to Africa. When I came home at the end of May 2016 from Nairobi, I thought I might be returning to Africa in September 2016, but God (& AIM) had different ideas. If you have received my previous prayer letters you will be aware of some of the struggles I have had since going to the field & then coming home. I am still shocked at the way I have changed & my vision for the future has changed. I am however constantly being reminded “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are my ways your ways”. (Isaiah 55:8)… I am really excited about this change in ministry & thankful that AIM have found a ministry that will hopefully suit my personality & giftings… [It is hoped I will travel] to Nairobi on 23rd January 2018 & appreciate your prayers for travelling mercies.”

Sheona Chisholm

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

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Creative Access

17 November 2017

Please pray for 5 people in a Creative Access context who are learning English through studying the Bible. Pray that God would open their eyes to the truth as they read His word.

Creative Access

Creative Access refers to nations, areas or ministries where there is great hostility towards Christianity and where traditional ‘missionary work’ is not possible. Workers, therefore, need to be ‘creative’ in how they proclaim the good news of Jesus.

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Angèle Fischbach

17 November 2017

“We are grateful to God for His work in the lives of us and our friends. The Lord is good. He is faithful and leads our steps. How good it is to be in His service and under His guidance…Through various opportunities, including giving help or medical advice, we met several people from a neighbouring community. It was also an opportunity to pray for these people and to share the Word. A man from this village now comes to our worship on Sunday morning. Thank you for praying for this neighbouring community and for this father, son of one of the chiefs of this village…thank you for continuing to pray for our team so that we have the wisdom to manage the last 6 months of our time together. May our lives glorify Him.”

Angèle Fischbach

I am part of a TIMO team among the Fulani. We have had the joy of seeing God plant his church here! The team will finish at the end of April 2018 so I am seeking God's will for my future.

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Ard & Carin de Leeuw

10 November 2017

“Bible Study Groups: We see that God blesses our Bible study groups. Every week people are hearing more of God from us. We are grateful that our teammates will take over these Bible study groups as long as we are on home assignment in the Netherlands. Keep praying for the Bible study groups and that our teammates are well received and that the gospel will be spread further. Pray specifically for Loboyi, our translator and local believer who bears the greatest responsibility for this.”

Ard & Carin de Leeuw

We are living in Kali among the Laarim in South Sudan. Our main focus for the next six months is to learn the Laarim language and build up relationships. Then, through Bible story telling and discovery Bible study we want to disciple the Laarim people in their walks with the Lord, with the hope of seeing a Christ-centred church among the Laarim.

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Paul & Helen Shepherd

10 November 2017

“Paul is travelling to Obo in Central African Republic on 20-24th November with a few other doctors as part of a small AIM team. The war in CAR started up again in a big way in May when the US + Ugandan armies pulled out. It is between many rebel groups and there are now over 1 million refugees/ IDPs. AIM has been working in south-east CAR for many years and recently had to evacuate the team out due to the fighting reaching Zemio, the town they were in. The plan for this trip is to fly in, meet with the church leaders and encourage them, remind them they are not abandoned. They will also provide medical aid to the refugees doing clinics, seeing the most vulnerable and sickest. AIM have flown in several times since May providing food, tarpaulins and other support to the many affected by the fighting…Pray for Paul’s trip to CAR for safety and for the work and medical aid to be a real blessing. Pray also for Helen and the kids back in Kotido.”

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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Barry & Heather Mann

10 November 2017

“Over the past few weeks we have been studying the books of Daniel and Joshua [with the new resident students] & both of these books contain words of great encouragement & we trust that the students particularly will take to heart what they have learnt. One of the challenges that they face during their times at home is pressure from peers and family for them to follow family ancestral worship practices. We would therefore love it if you would join us in praying for each of them individually. Please pray that they will follow the words spoken by the Lord in the book of Joshua so that they will retain their passion & that God will continue to grow them spiritually over the coming season.”

Barry & Heather Mann

We have been working with Growing Nations, a church-based agricultural organisation teaching Farming God’s Way and transformational development in Lesotho and across Southern Africa, since 2012. Heather is the CEO of Growing Nations and Barry is working to develop the communications and media side of the project. Both our roles are primarily to disciple, mentor, equip and empower the local Basotho team. Barry is also the AIM Lesotho Unit Leader.

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Steve & Ruth Lancaster

10 November 2017

“Steve has just returned from Iringa where he has been teaching at the last of this year’s regional seminars. If this were Steve writing you would now get a series of stats—numbers of kilometres driven, hours on the road, numbers of sessions taught etc! Suffice to say, however, that 138 pastors, evangelists and their wives have received teaching on godly leadership this year. Let’s pray that God will use them to shape His church into a model for the world to follow.”

Steve & Ruth Lancaster

We work with the Institute of Bible & Ministry under the umbrella of 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 also Unit Leader for Tanzania East.

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Indian Ocean Islands

3 November 2017

One of our Mission Partners wrote recently with news from the Indian Ocean Islands. “Yesterday the man who was like my father here died. He’d been sick for several months and no one seemed to know what was wrong with him. I ate at his house with his family nearly every day; I have shared in their joys and sorrows. Today (Monday) he was buried, with hundreds of men attending his funeral, something of a testimony to his far-reaching kindness. To add to this sadness, his mother died only last week. I’m feeling the loss acutely. I shall miss him. He was so kind to me and the way the whole family have welcomed me in has helped me settle here more easily…But my tears also come because I feel like I’ve failed this man. Did he know or understand the truth? My language is limited but did I make the most of the opportunities? I don’t know. But it’s teaching me a hard lesson: life is short and we don’t know when it will end, so we’ve got to make today count! Whilst I grieve, I know that God still has the power to bring something beautiful out of the pain. Please pray for the family in their grief that they will find Hope.”

Indian Ocean Islands

We write about the ‘Indian Ocean Islands’ rather than naming individual Islands because Christianity on ‘the Islands’ is often viewed with hostility and in some cases outlawed by the Islamic rulers. Political violence has left these islands desperately poor and natural resources are in short supply.

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Tony & Cath Swanson

3 November 2017

“This week IBM Bible teachers Steve Lancaster and Rev Yohana Batano are in Iringa, teaching at the last of this year’s regional pastors’ seminars. Pastors, evangelists and their wives from as far as away as Songea in the far south west of Tanzania will gather together to receive teaching entitled “Show Me a Leader with Moral Integrity”. In these days when world leaders often leave a lot to be desired, the Church has the opportunity to model godly leadership—but sadly this doesn’t always happen. So this teaching is crucial for the ministers of the AICT. Pastor Seseja who attended the seminar in Magambua in August commented, “I have woken up in my heart to things I need to deal with and think more about.” Pray that God will enable Pastor Seseja and each one who receives this teaching to grow in their knowledge and practice of leadership that is characterized by integrity and godliness.”

Tony & Cath Swanson

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.

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Emily Bushell

3 November 2017

Emily is a short term member serving alongside the Digo TIMO team helping with home-schooling. She writes of her recent experience meeting a Digo believer “She became a Christian after missionaries came when she was a small child. They helped her get healing from an infection. And this began her personal journey. She faced family difficulties yet from a young age has declared that she will never leave Jesus because even if you kill her you can’t take him away. She is a Digo. This is the reality of many Digo Christians. I also got to visit a Digo led and congregated church. This is a small village church whose Pastor risks his life daily just by remaining in the area with his wife and kids. But he knows God’s presence, God has spoken to him in many ways including the dream that led him to follow Jesus in the first place. Beyond what I can bring to this community are those Digo who are already Christians. They have left Islam whether they were following it fervently or nominally and they face a challenging life but they know God, they know the cost and the blessings and they know how to relate to their neighbours far better than I. Please pray for me to know how to witness well to my neighbours but also for the local Christians here. I am teaching the American kids, getting to know my neighbours, visiting other areas, open up my home for kids’ ministry each Saturday, have been visiting the SEN school and meeting with friends for tea. Please pray for intentionality and fruitfulness in my moves.”

Matt & Amy Dixon

27 October 2017

 Amy writes: “It was great to get back to our home and find it and our faithful staff all in good order. It was fun for the children to rediscover their rooms and belongings and get used to getting sweaty and dirty playing in the garden. The following day [after arriving back] Matt headed to Sanga Sanga to greet folks and to see what has been happening over the six months that we’ve been in UK. The campsite now has fantastic shower blocks, which were a necessary addition after the building of the campsite bandas last year. Both the bandas last year, and the shower facilities, were built with the help of two work teams from Corsham Baptist Church. Another team from UK, an Oak Hall discovering mission team, helped to paint the outside of the conference building. The Conference Building now has a permanent internal staircase. Asian-style toilets have been plumbed in the downstairs bathroom. Terrazzo flooring has been put down in a few locations including the large upstairs meeting room and the first windows are being installed in one of the upstairs offices. There is still much work needed to complete the conference building, but funds are presently very limited and continued funding for the project is a matter for ongoing prayer.”

Matt & Amy Dixon

We are working with the Africa Inland Church of Tanzania. Matt is managing the construction of their retreat and conference facilities for the Institute of Bible & Ministry (IBM) at Sanga Sanga near Morogoro. IBM gives ongoing theological and practical training to pastors, evangelists and their spouses seeking to encourage, mobilise and inspire pastors through life-long learning.

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Carrie Pither

27 October 2017

“I was recently approached by our AIM International Director asking me to consider the International Crisis Consultant role for the organisation. Whilst a career in the British police seems a perfect background for accepting the role, I have spent the last month in careful ‘research’ and prayer to decide if this was a good role to move into. I’m excited to tell you that following that period of discernment, I have accepted and will start in December. I will remain in Nairobi and will retain some of my other roles. Life will be busy! I will be working with a colleague Hiram, who comes from an American policing (law enforcement) background so we shall be an interesting team!” Please pray for Carrie as she prepares to move into this new role, for a good working relationship with Hiram and that she’ll transition into her new work well.

Carrie Pither

I am serving with AIM Air, a small airfleet based in Nairobi, Kenya. AIM Air's ministry means that missionaries can serve in remote places and reach the unreached with the gospel. I'm seeking to use my skills and giftings to help with management and systems.

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Seb Allwright

27 October 2017

Seb is now the Mobilisation Coordinator for Central Region, working to see the local church in the region send its own missionaries. “How are we going to see the remaining unreached people groups in Africa, those cut off from the good news of Jesus, reached? One answer is for the churches across Africa to take up the baton and run with AIM and other mission agencies in seeing this happen. How will this happen? How do we encourage the churches to be part of this? How can the churches in Africa send missionaries? What models are there to learn from? Is the traditional missions model going to work? How are the right people to be sent from churches identified, trained and sent? These, and many more, questions are what I’m now focussed on trying to answer to work towards seeing the Church in Central Region (Uganda, Chad, South Sudan, Rwanda, CAR and DRC) mobilized to mission. The dictionary definition of mobilize is the preparing and organising of troops for active service. I like this! It’s what we’re trying to do, preparing and helping organise the church in Central Africa for active service. So I’m now no longer involved in Personnel directly, though of course we need people to see this happen! But I’m rather focussed on this. I have a blank sheet of paper and told to go and have fun… I’m spending time meeting individuals, church leaders, para-church organisations and other mission agencies to try and help answer these questions to give some clear direction for us in Central Region as to how we will do this.” Please pray for Seb as he works on how AIM can encourage and involve the local Church in Africa in sending its own missionaries.

Seb Allwright

I'm the Personnel Coordinator for AIM’s Central Region. I work closely with AIM’s Unit Leaders to see all long term and short term members in Central Region thriving in their ministry and growing in Christ. I'm also responsible for working with the mobilising offices to bring new members to the field in places which will contribute to and support the vision of AIM.

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Angelika Maader

20 October 2017

“[please pray for] the 9 students who are preparing to finish the program in June 2018; that their internships will show what they have understood spiritually and they can be an asset in their communities.”

Angelika Maader

I teach at INTENA (Seminário Teológico Evangélico de Nampula). I am also involved in theological education in a number of different ways in Mozambique.

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