Ann

Sent from St Giles Church, Northampton

Ann works among an unreached people group in northern Chad, supporting a local church through Bible studies and treating mentally ill patients and epileptics in two church clinics.

She has been working with AIM in Africa since 1988, first at Kapsowar hospital in Kenya, before moving to Chad in 2004. Her work in Kapsowar prepared her well for Chad, teaching her administration skills and giving experience in a wide range of medical work. She was also very involved in church work, preaching in a local church and helping to run seminars training elders, women and youth leaders of the district’s churches. She began working in Chad at Bebalem Hospital, caring for patients and running the coordination of the church’s health centres, aiming to train others in good-quality Christian medical care.

In April 2015 Ann moved to the north of the country to work among an unreached people group. She was involved in sharing the gospel with local people and discipling believers; as well as encouraging women and teenagers at a small Arabic-speaking church; and treating mentally ill and epileptic patients.

In February 2020, Ann moved to a large village among the Neem* people. She works in a small hospital mainly seeing mentally ill and epileptic patients twice per week. The rest of her time is spent in continuing language learning and in building relationships with local women sharing the gospel where possible and preparing for a future team. She also try’s to support the work of the local church, a small, not very active church whose members are all from southern Chad. Services are conducted in French but there are many ethnic groups represented and significant numbers of women hardly speak French. Much prayer is needed for the church, for a team to help Ann in the work of reaching out, and for language learning since in some areas Arabic is spoken, in other areas they use the local language and in church and hospital French is used.

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*Name of people group changed for their security.

Latest Prayer News

Ann has begun working alongside a local believer to prepare audio versions of the parts of the Bible available in the Neem’s* language. Please pray that they can make good recordings and that God will use the recordings to bring many Neem* to Christ.

*The name of this people group has been changed to protect local Christians and those ministering among them.

Ann continues her psychiatric work in the local hospital. She is not seeing many patients, even though the rainy season has finished and the roads are passable: “Please pray that relatives of these people, who are often very troubled by their illness, would recognise their suffering and make the effort to bring them to see me and not only a few times until they are improved but for many years. Please pray also for the district’s new medical officer and his leadership of the local hospital and health centres. Pray that he can ensure that the resources of the hospital are efficiently used and that patients will be attracted back to the hospital.”

Paul has arrived in Chad and has enjoyed re-connecting with friends in his location, where he worked in a previous short term placement. Please pray for one of his previous students from that placement, who was very interested in the Bible stories that Paul used in teaching his English class. In Paul’s recent visit to him they went over their previous conversations about God again. Please pray that this friend will come to faith, and for other friends who have shown interest in the Bible.

Please pray for Paul, who is preparing for his first long term assignment with AIM in Chad. He has previously served with AIM in Chad as a short term missionary working to teach English, and is looking forward to returning to this ministry as a long term missionary.

Julia King is a short term missionary serving in teaching at Wellspring Academy, Chad. “This month, God has been challenging me about where I find and seek my strength… Letting go and allowing God to take control can be a scary concept. However, here, in this new place where I feel so underqualified and lacking, I have found that I have never been lacking in strength. Even when I have made mistakes, I have felt held by God. I have experienced peace in my mistakes and have recognised God at work, even in those moments where I don’t know what to do or say… What if I was willing to open my eyes to my weakness and, instead of panicking that I might not be enough, accept that I am nothing without Him and rest on His mercy and grace? How different my life would look! How much stronger I would be for recognising (and accepting) my own weakness. How much more God would be glorified… God is still speaking into my life in powerful ways. Thank God for his faithfulness and persistence in this. I know there is still much to learn, but I thank him for his patience with me. Please pray that God would continue to teach and grow me in his ways and his time, and that I would be listening and obeying when he does.”

Chad

Chad became independent from France in 1960. Since then, its politics have been characterised by violence, coups and insurgencies. It is a secular state with freedom of religion. Muslims are dominant in government, trade and the army, although they are only just the majority religion (approx 53%). LEARN MORE

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