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

Annemarie Boks

20 April 2018

Next week, Annemarie will run a workshop for church leaders about HIV. Please pray for her final preparations, travel, and her colleague who will help her with running the workshop. Pray that God will speak to all people attending, that transformation will take place, and that they all will be ‘Channels of Hope’ (the title of the workshop).

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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Frazer

20 April 2018

“Over several weeks we have been having inter-island meetings regarding the different aspects of the work. Last month I travelled to another island to join the leaders of the English programme and it was really encouraging to meet with others who are passionate about teaching and see the value of it as a way to get to know local people and reach out to them. There has been a meeting about the translation work and finally a meeting to discuss church planting. Would you join with us in praying for the results of the meeting that it’ll enable each member of the team to become more effective in reaching out to our neighbours and friends?”

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

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James & Claire Gibson

20 April 2018

“Earlier this year, Acacia International School, where Claire works, was made aware of some land that had become available. The school has been looking for an opportunity to build another campus for some time. This land is not far from Kampala and is enough acreage for the school to expand. There is also access to the lake, so canoeing and sailing may become lesson options the future!…A couple of weeks ago, a small number of parents and teachers went to visit the land and had the chance to view and pray for this opportunity the school has. In the centre of the land are two Acacia trees, which do not normally grow in that area. Please pray that if it is the right decision for the school to go ahead with this land, God will make it clear and He will make a way.”

James & Claire Gibson

James teaches and disciples veterinary students at Makarere University. He mentors them in their careers and spiritual lives to be Christian leaders. Claire is the Senior School Principal of Acacia International School, a Christian school serving local and missionary families.

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Karin Mende

20 April 2018

“Often people ask me what ‘results’ we see from our seminars. It is my desire that the interest kindled through the seminars would continue to impact the day-to-day life and, slowly but surely, bring changes in the surroundings. N, a participant, was so excited about the topics, that she brought one of her daughters along. We dealt with God’s plan at creation, worldviews, human dignity, identifying and using one’s gifts and available resources and much more. This went on for 5 very interactive days of group work, sketches and many challenging questions. Afterwards I heard from the daughter, “Karin, we siblings had already given up hope that our mother would ever understand us. In only 5 short days God has completely changed her. We finally feel understood and valued. That is wonderful!” I hope that many lives of the Malagasy who have taken the training would reveal God’s power to change as well.”

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 programmes will be started.

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Hannah Coggins

13 April 2018

“Ever since I started working with TCKs (Third Culture Kids), giving them tools to handle their feelings has been a passion of mine. I have lots to learn about the depth of this, but so far have come to the conclusion that looking at Jesus’ response to Biblical characters’ feelings is a great place to start! Jesus consistently loved, comforted and protected His own. He also forgave them when they made the wrong choices in response to their feelings. John 21, where Jesus asks Peter ‘Do you love me?’ 3 times, is a beautiful picture of Him coming to us again and again. Amazing…If you teach children the Bible in any capacity, you will know the responsibility and privilege that comes with that…and [I] would be grateful if you would pray for these things for me: Pray that God speaks directly to the hearts of each of my 14 students as we study Ephesians this April-May; Pray for the students who struggle with self-esteem – pray that they can come to a deep understanding that Jesus loves them and has a plan for their lives; Pray that the Holy Spirit will help me to model being patient and kind, especially on the hot, tired days!”

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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Ard & Carin de Leeuw

13 April 2018

“Yesterday [8th April] our son is born at the hospital. His name: Juda Levi Ben-Joshua de Leeuw; Weight: 4180 grams; Time: 1.52 PM; Mother and baby are doing very well.” Give thanks for Juda’s safe arrival and pray for Ard & Carin as they now begin the process of getting paperwork in order so Juda can return with them to South Sudan.

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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Kathleen Burns

6 April 2018

“I can now tell you what my new assignment will be. There will be two parts to it………… Part one: I am now the Health Liaison person for Central Region (CR). This role will involve assisting with health care issues in and around CR. A large number of our missionaries live and work outside of Kampala/Uganda so when medical emergencies arise, I will be involved via phone or in person, helping to triage urgent medical situations and making sure that our members receive the best care possible. I will also be involved with some health education and updating our members on relevant health issues. Part two: I will now be involved in mobilising nationals to get involved with missions. There will be a direct tie in with linking nationals with CR members in outreach areas and exposing them to missions. This will also involve working through some type of mission exposure materials with them and discipling them before they go. Please pray as I continue to process my last 12 years on the islands and as I now begin my new assignment. I will be travelling on the roads a lot more so please pray for protection. Pray as I spend some time in and around Kampala looking at and researching the various hospitals and clinics and finding the best medical doctors/specialists that are available. Please pray as I get involved with mobilising that God would help me and others identify those who have a heart for mission.”

Kathleen Burns

I work with locals in the fishing communities on the Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria. Our team is involved in community health work and evangelism, and also with discipleship training of pastors wives and women in the church.

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Peter & Katy Wilson

6 April 2018

“Communication between doctors and insurance company happened but Katy was still experiencing significant pain in her foot. So the insurance company wanted us to travel to see another doctor in South Africa which we did. He believes she broke a bone in her foot that had healed but that she had a secondary injury from compensating from the pain. He recommended crutches for 6 weeks. She’s 4 weeks in, has a stress fracture in her hand now and while the secondary injury feels better, the original injury is still causing pain. We’re really praying that after the 6 weeks everything will be fully healed and Katy can move on from all this.”

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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Annemarie Boks

23 March 2018

“I know that I want to go to teach about HIV to church leaders from this year on. I am in contact with the regional legal representative to make it possible to do the teaching in May in three of the eleven CECA church districts, in Aba, Dungu and Watsa. For October, when there will be other meetings in the church districts again, it might be possible to do the teaching in some other districts…Also, in the week before Easter, the young people will have a conference and there they will highlight the importance of youth for God. He wants to use them and prepare them for service, make them into disciples. The Bible studies will be about marriage. What is a marriage that is following God’s will? My part in the conference will be to stress the importance of following God’s will in marriage through further explanation and in showing the short movie that we prepared as AIDS Program about ‘Marriage according the will of God’. [It was] beautiful to see, on February 16, the day after my arrival in Adi, a halo around the sun; encircled by two rainbows. To me it meant to be a sign of God also that He has this year in His hands.”

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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Martin & Joy Koch

23 March 2018

“We have continued to have 20 women or more at our Sunday services. There has been talk of building a church building. However, the funds for that are lacking as the women strive to get enough money to buy the food they need. There has also been talk of baptism. At least two of the women are eager to be baptised. Pray that God will lead us and give wisdom as to how to go forward. Please continue to pray with us for Samburu men to seek to know Jesus. Pray especially that some men will dare to attend church. Several men have said that they will come, but we are still waiting to see them on Sunday. Pray for wisdom for Martin, as to what he may be able to do to reach out to the men.”

Martin & Joy Koch

We are working in Lchakwai, Kenya, seeking to reach the Samburu with the gospel and disciple believers. Our prayer is that a number of Samburu will commit their lives to Christ and a fellowship of believers will be formed.

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Georgette Short

23 March 2018

“Most of the students from Tilsley attended the recent Passion for the Unreached event when it came to Motherwell at the end of last year. A number of them were really challenged by the message of the evening and are interested in looking into serving with AIM at some point in the future. Ruth Box has followed up with some of them and they are actively exploring options. Please ask the Lord to show them his purposes for their lives.”

Georgette Short

Having left Kenya in 2015, I have been serving at Tilsley College in Motherwell since January 2017. Tilsley aims to equip people to be involved in mission. I am teaching third year courses and mentoring students.

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Owen & Miriam Pugh

16 March 2018

Owen recently took over leadership of their team. They write “Please pray for Owen, as he seeks to lead the team in a God-honouring way. We are thankful to God for the people he has put in place to support Owen, and also for the preparation he has had through times like [AIM leadership meetings] last month. Stepping into this role is a change of pace; please pray for us as a couple and as a family that we will cling to Jesus and rest in him. Please pray especially for wisdom, insight and courage.”

Owen & Miriam Pugh

We are working in a ministry team amongst the Alagwa. We are currently using a set of Bible stories, in the mother tongue, and are starting a project to translate the book of Luke.

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Tony & Cath Swanson

16 March 2018

“[Recently] I (Tony) had the privilege of meeting with a Tanzanian pastor whom I have known for two decades, called Alfred Ndaro. Alfred is a man in his late 50s who has given his life to serving God. Through tears, Alfred explained his desire to see the Africa Inland Church awake to its responsibility of taking the gospel to the remaining unreached peoples of Tanzania and beyond. Together with a Japanese SIM missionary colleague, he was seeking to set up a Mission’s Summit to coordinate the disparate missionary outreaches that are going on across Tanzania and to seek to mobilise the Tanzanian church to this call. We met together in Dodoma, the capital city of Tanzania, together with colleagues from AIM and AICT. Looking around the room I was in the presence of greatness; their stories and testimonies of God’s goodness and faithfulness would keep us occupied for hours. Missionary doctors, agriculturalists, school teachers and preachers of the gospel, praying and planning together to see God’s Kingdom Come and His will be done among the unreached. Please pray for Alfred, for the plans for his organisation MAPANA in training churches to engage in the Great Commission. It would be wonderful if MAPANA and the Institute of Bible and ministry could collaborate in making this vision a reality. Watch this space…”

Tony & Cath Swanson

Tony is coordinator of the Institute of Bible and Ministry and is African Mobilising Consultant under the International Office. Cath is Child Safety Officer for AIM.

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Sheona Chisholm

16 March 2018

“I feel I`m now settling down a bit here in Nairobi. I`m beginning to understand a bit about my job, although it is very different from what I am used to, I think I`m beginning to do ok! My colleagues are great, very helpful & they understand that this is a completely new job for me… [Please give thanks and praise for] my colleagues’ patience as I learn the ropes in my new job.”

Sheona Chisholm

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

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Creative Access

9 March 2018

We have received news from one of our workers in a Creative Access country reporting of about 10 new believers recently. These believers are now asking to be discipled by AIM missionaries and so plans are being put into place for regular meetings. Please pray for the Lord’s wisdom and protection as these meetings are organised and pray for growth, both spiritual and physical, of the church in this area.

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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