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Kathleen Quellmalz

15 September 2017

“In June we again held our Teen-Camp for the 14-18 year olds. This year the theme was: “Be different — be like Jesus”. Three of our camp leaders this year were “former campers”. Once themselves participants, they have grown in the meantime to become co-workers and leaders. For Robert, it was the first time that he was there as a group leader. After the completion of his Secondary School, he decided to join Safina as a volunteer for a few months before starting his A-levels. We are looking forward to this new generation. Presently, there are 11 former youth, who work full-time or as volunteers with Safina…It is in my heart to train, assist and encourage our young co-workers. Unfortunately, at the moment I am too involved in administrative tasks. However, a structural change will be taking place on the management level of Safina in the coming months. Please pray for this important process, which is at the same time a benchmark for the coming years. Pray for wisdom, clarity and unity in the upcoming decisions.”

Kathleen Quellmalz

I work with Safina Street Network in Dodoma, Tanzania. As Director, I seek to equip and guide staff in the various areas of the ministry and seek God’s will along with the leadership team for future development.

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Andrew Wallace

15 September 2017

“Discovery Bible Study (DBS) has been continuing at different homes within the community with many encouraging signs of people wanting to learn more about the Word of God. Mary Mariko continues in her enthusiastic, faith-filled prayers and has also been song writing – much to my delight! There are testimonies from the community of answered prayer, as well as from within our team. God is demonstrating his power among the Laarim. Pray that there would be more homes eager to host a DBS. The Jesus film (a film of the Gospel of Luke that has been made available in the language of a neighbouring tribe) is also being shown in different homes upon invitation from the head of the household. Pray that it would cause many to want to find out more about Jesus.”

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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Mark & Barbara Phippen

15 September 2017

“Praise God that next week we have a psychologist coming from the US to work with [Tumaini] for the next 6 months or so. To move continents, settle into a very different situation and to quickly pick up therapeutic work in a brief time is a big ask! Pray that she will be led and equipped by God to do just this.”

Mark & Barbara Phippen

Mark is working as a counsellor and the Clinical Team Leader at Tumaini Counselling Centre, part of AIM Care, which is available to support AIM or other missionaries. Tumaini works to provide preventative and restorative mental health services and pastoral care. Barbara teaches English to theology students and co-leads a ladies' Bible study group at Africa International University. They will be on Home Assignment in the UK from January until the end of April 2016.

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Andrew & Anna Beckham

8 September 2017

“On Wednesday evening we were hugely encouraged by the group meeting at our friend Mary Marko’s home. Mary was asked to begin with some opening worship and, after initially stumbling through some songs she has heard us teach the children, she decided instead to lead two songs she has written herself. All the other adults from her compound knew them too and they loudly sang of Christ’s death and resurrection for them. Anna then shared the story of Jairus’ daughter risen from the dead. After a collective family retelling of the story, and a discussion of what they had learnt from God’s Word this week, they concluded that Jesus had power. Real power. Each in turn then spontaneously gave testimony of how they had seen this power at work in recently answered prayer. Even a newcomer to the group called Lomugwe described that while we were away her child became very sick and she didn’t know what to do. So she repeated the words of prayer that she had heard us speak before, talking to her Father God and asking him to chase away the sickness of her son. The next day he was completely better. Later Mary told us that Lomugwe had previously refused the Word of God, but Mary has been teaching her every day, and now she accepts the way of Jesus in her own life. Praise God! The meeting concluded with further prayers, for healing, for food, for peace, but remarkably also, prayers of thanks to God. This is something unbelievably counter-cultural for a people where generations of foreign aid has created something of a culture of expectation rather than gratitude. The events of that evening are nothing short of miraculous and something that has encouraged us daily in our ministry. We hope to similarly encourage you in your prayers!”

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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Eastern Region Office

8 September 2017

Eastern Region Office have been praying for a hold up in issuing work permits in Tanzania which has been having an effect on our members and their ministries. “We received confirmation from Unit Leader Steve Lancaster today that we have just received 13 work permits for Tanzania. Here in Eastern Region office the document we placed before the Lord to beg for these permits was asking Him to move on our behalf by September. Steve was in the Dar es Salaam office on 31st August when he received this answer to our prayers. There are still a number of new permits that we are waiting for, and it is important to remember that with the work permits in hand we now still need to receive residency permits. But this is a huge answer to prayer for all of Eastern Region.” 2 of the outstanding permits are for Matt & Amy Dixon, who need them before they can return to ministry in Tanzania following home assignment in a few weeks. Please pray that they would be issued quickly so that the Dixons and others may continue to serve in Tanzania.

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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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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Martin & Joy Koch

8 September 2017

“Please continue to pray with us that five Samburu men, elders or moran, will decide to follow Jesus by the end of 2017. Pray for many opportunities to proclaim the gospel. Pray for conviction, that they will recognize their need for a Saviour. Pray that they will seek after God. Pray also for the women who attend church that they will understand the Word that they hear and the songs that they sing. Pray that they also will truly seek after God. Pray especially for the four women who try to meet on Friday afternoons for praise and prayer. Pray for Martin and I that we will live close to God and grow in our love for Jesus. Pray for wisdom in setting our priorities, and that we would be sensitive to obey his leading. Pray for improvement of our Samburu language skills.”

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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Karin Mende

1 September 2017

“I can hardly believe it, Hary’s wife and third child died in June in childbirth. He has been an evangelist among the Bara tribe for 8 years now, a servant of God who endured hardship, hostility and health problems, he who has also seen real transformation in cattle thieves, he is going through immense suffering right now; – many questions remain unanswered. His pain has become my pain as well. I feel utterly helpless. It is near impossible to find words of comfort. He was here again today to look for help from God’s word and asking for prayer. His own relatives and ‘friends’ only have empty words and criticism to pass on. Please pray for Hary and his two boys, especially for God’s consolation and guidance for the future. May God bring life out of his wife’s death.”

Karin Mende

I work to train expats and local church workers in transformational development and culturally relevant church planting. I hope that through seminars focussed on development that leaders will grow as God’s image bearers and that small sustainable programs will be started, even outside the church.

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Barry & Heather Mann

1 September 2017

“During April, May & June, Barry spent a lot of time sorting out formalities for Tobias & Caleb, the two Extreme Shepherd Team members who have returned to Lesotho to continue their ministry. This has involved meetings with the District Administrator, the Principle Chief, Area Chiefs & local chiefs, most of whom are located in rather out of the way locations. Please pray that they will both be able to re-establish contact with the shepherds who have previously committed their lives to Christ. Pray that they will be able to disciple them and encourage them to share the gospel among their peers. This is easier said than done in a transient community, especially during the winter months when the shepherds often return to their home villages or even head into South Africa looking for work.”

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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Pierre-Alain & Emmanuelle Luder

1 September 2017

“During the girls’ April vacation, we travelled to Cape Town for a three-week training session on church-planting. Mornings were spent in class, the afternoon was devoted to practice. We went to a Township a few minutes away from the training centre. This was an occasion for interesting meetings and sometimes passionate discussions…we are still exploring how we can engage locally and concretely. We went to distribute soup and clothes to people sleeping outside and joined a group in the local police who meet to pray and go to the hot spots of the city to meet the people who frequent them. Finally, an elder from our church asked us if we wanted to take responsibility for a house group and the Mission Leader, who is very interested in the training that we have followed in Cape Town, would like to start something with us within the church. We are delighted!”

Pierre-Alain & Emmanuelle Luder

Following our home assignment we hope to join the Southern Region Office in Johannesburg at the beginning of 2016. Our job then would be to support the Unit Leaders in their diverse responsibilities, especially regarding member placement and member care, training and development of leaders. We will also be involved with working with mission partners’ children and Short Term programmes.

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Paul & Helen Shepherd

1 September 2017

“Paul has started doing some chronological bible storying with Simon Peter and Amuk in a collection of manyattas called Nagirigiroi. It has been going well with the group growing from 10 women to 25 women and 15 men this week. Please pray people continue to come after the initial interest wains and that through hearing the word of God all in Nagirigiroi would come to know Jesus as their saviour.”

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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‘F’

25 August 2017

“It’s been a busy season for me. As our team of teachers has shrunk (and will continue to shrink), I’ve found that I’ve been teaching a few more classes. On the one hand I’ve really enjoyed getting my teeth into something I love and to have a role here, when often I feel like I’m floundering in matters of culture and language. On the other hand, it has meant that I haven’t been at home much and many of my relationships with my neighbours have suffered as a result. As I reflect on this season, I’m learning that Busy isn’t always Better. I think I can put more of my identity in my professional skills than in anything else. It’s more comfortable for me to be in front of a class of students than to be sitting with a group of people who laugh at me because I don’t understand what they’re saying. But there may be value in just sitting with those people. And my identity is more than my professional skills, as useful as they are here. I am a child of God.”

‘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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John & Alma Baker

25 August 2017

“Yesterday we baptised Moses*.  We shared with you about his story last year. He comes from Madagascar and grew up in a [family that follows a different faith], so to be baptised is a big step. It was a great day.  Praise God for him and pray for him, we are aware that the time after baptism is often difficult spiritually.”

John & Alma Baker

We are in our first year back on Mayotte after a four and a half year absence. We are planning on working with a local church as well as doing evangelism and, God willing, church planting. We will also be continuing to work on our French, trying to remember KiBushi and maybe learning a bit of KiMaore!

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Bridget Howard

25 August 2017

“The week before I went to [the AIM Conference in] Kampala the 4th year pastors were at NCM accompanied by their wives – the usual practice for the graduating class – to treat the subjects of family life, conflict resolution in marriage and the role of a pastor’s wife. As usual the men were smartly dressed in the company of their wives. I return after the departure of the wives to find the men back to T-shirts and flipflops! And I’m straight back into teaching their English module, teaching extra hours to make up for the missed lessons last week. I returned to more contrast. Dominique, my night guard, had news of the birth of a sixth child but the baby died a couple of days after birth. Gilbert, my day worker, had happy news of the birth of a second daughter. We mourn and rejoice at the same time…Many of you have journeyed with me during all these years. Thank you. And God journeys with us all the days of our lives. The words of Psalm 71:17-18 express my testimony and prayer. God is good all the time; all the time God is good.”

Bridget Howard

I teach English to adults in conjunction with New Creation Ministries in Kigali, Rwanda. Students include adults wanting to improve their general English, pastors taking a module of English at the Pastors’ Training School, and adults studying in English at the Christian Leadership Institute. I also lead the small team of AIM personnel in Rwanda facilitating vision and direction to various members in their different ministries.

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Angelika Maader

25 August 2017

“Give thanks for a blessed [recent] conference with pastors. There were some good spiritual biblical contributions. Above all, I am grateful for many encounters and opportunities to make contacts again…Please pray for the pastors and participants at the conference that they did not just regard it as a good time, but that there would be real change in their spiritual life and thereby also help the church to grow spiritually. It lacks understanding of salvation and forgiveness by Jesus Christ.”

Angelika Maader

I am part of INTENA (Instituto teológico evangélico de Nampula) as a teacher and pedagogic dean. Being part of PROFORTE (Programa de formação theológica evangélica de Moçambique) helping Bible schools to improve.

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Andrew Chard

18 August 2017

Andrew is AIM’s Europe Director, based in Nottingham. “I have just returned from an AIM Diaspora Short Term Team to Malta. This is the first time AIM has run diaspora teams…In all, about thirty people gathered in Spain for three days of evangelism training prior to going to our various locations. During this time we were taught how best to approach people on the streets and in parks to share the gospel with them. We were introduced to a helpful phone App called ‘KOLO WORLD’ which has the Jesus film and audio Bible in nearly 1000 languages. It was so helpful when we were talking to people from places like Ghana, Somalia, Nigeria, Eritrea and Malta, to have the scriptures in their own language…Each day on Malta we would decide on a location to visit then split into twos or go on our own to talk to people who were hanging around and had time to talk. I was amazed that everyone I approached was keen to talk and tell me the story of how they got to Malta, and it was easy to engage in gospel conversation using the app – very encouraging…What we hadn’t planned was to witness 35 baptisms at the beach in Jerez on the first day of being in Spain as part of the on-going outreach from the evangelical church we were partnering with. It was a wonderful blessing for us to see whole households being baptised together from different ethnic backgrounds – what a wonderful foretaste of heaven. The trip would have been worth going for just for that day alone!” Give thanks for this trip and pray for our ongoing work with diaspora people across Europe.

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