Matthias Schilling

Sent from Er-lebt Gemeinde, Landau, Germany

Matthias is preparing to join an Inbound team in Torit, South Sudan in July 2022.

Matthias has been a follower of Jesus for just over seven years. After High School he went to an international Bible School in Australia, where for the first time he had a glimpse of a multicultural environment. He then studied Mechanical Engineering while building up a small business in photography and videography.

2020 was a challenging and painful year for Matthias due to the Covid-19 pandemic and personal circumstances, but it was also the year he grew the most personally and spiritually. He noticed three things about himself: He is still single, he loves English, and God has blessed his photography and videography. He took these things to heart and began the journey to become a missionary photographer. This path led him to AIM.

Matthias is deeply passionate about helping to spread the good news of Jesus Christ with the gifts that God has given him and would love for you to partner with him in his journey in Africa. In July 2022 he will join an Inbound team serving in Torit, South Sudan. The Inbound programme supports new missionaries as they begin ministry by providing orientation into missions work with AIM through mentorship and practical training. The Inbound team trains members in ministry, language-learning skills, building relationships with churches, and team unity, among other core AIM values. Team members then move on to permanent ministries within AIM.

Matthias is hoping to serve with AIM Stories after his time on the Inbound team. AIM Stories is a team of storytellers, sharing the story of God’s work in Africa. They visit different AIM missionaries, capture their ministry, and spread news of the miracles, joy and hope of their ministry. Their goal is to share to the local church around the globe what God has been doing; to inspire those who give and pray to missionaries; and to motivate people to take part in cross-cultural mission worldwide.

Could you partner with Matthias in this work?

Matthias is producing a magazine every year to give to his supporters that contains stories, photographs, Bible verses, songs and challenges to help you get to know him and his work better. You can also receive a cpoy from him for a one-off donation. Details of how to receive a copy are on his blog, which you can access by clicking on this link.

Latest Prayer News

Matthias Schilling is preparing to join an Inbound team in Torit, South Sudan in July. Inbound teams support new missionaries as they begin ministry by providing orientation into missions work with AIM through mentorship and practical training, so that team members can then move on into long-term ministries within AIM. Matthias currently has 80% of his financial support left to raise, so please pray that God will provide the finances he needs to be able to join the team. If you would like to support him financially or through prayer, please visit his webpage at 

Early last week we received the devastating news that Peter Lokai, an Africa Inland Church pastor who worked with AIM missionaries in South Sudan for the last five years, was shot dead at his home in Torit. Please pray for Peter’s familyfriends, church, and those he worked closely with as they grieve. 

The de Leeuw family are currently in the Netherlands because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will return when possible. “While the Netherlands is going into stricter lockdown again, the opportunity has come up for us to return to South Sudan. Last week we were able to arrange many things. We are still waiting for our South Sudan visas. If everything goes according to plan, we will fly out of the Netherlands on Thursday 5th November. If the journey is successful we will be back in the Laarim on Sunday 8th November. The journey will be long and with more regulations than we are used to, but we look forward to be able to go to our home again. In the Laarim we will first be in quarantine for 10 days and then take up our work in the community.” Please pray for everything to fall into place so that the de Leeuw family can return to their ministry among the Laarim at the beginning of November.

The de Leeuw family are currently in the Netherlands because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will return when possible. “In the past few months we have taken the time to take a closer look at all our work among the Laarim. Is the vision we have for the Laarim as a team still correct? Or do we need to adjust it? What are our activities and are they effective, or do we have to stop or refine them? This is a beautiful process which is not yet finished, but we enjoy it immensely. We are grateful to God for all the work he is doing among the Laarim. We ask prayer for this whole process. That God will show us again and again which way he wants us to go with ministry among the Laarim and which activities we should do as a team.”

The De Leeuws are currently in the Netherlands because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will return when possible. “We have been seeking God to find out what his intention is for our time in the Netherlands and how we should shape it… we have noticed that daily and weekly life has been extremely exhausting and has begun to take its toll on us and the kids. In consultation with AIM we have therefore decided to offer a little more stability to us and the children… we have agreed with AIM that we will stay in the Netherlands at least until 1st November. Ard will stay working part-time with the Laarim team and part-time here in the Netherlands. This way, we will be able to cover the extra costs we have for living in the Netherlands and we can save up to buy flights and visas when we return to the Laarim… We don’t know what the future will look like. What we do know is that God has everything in his hands. And that we continue our work among the Laarim, even if it is now at a distance.” Please pray for the de Leeuw family as they find a balance for being in the Netherlands for the time being while also connecting with the Laarim team remotely.

South Sudan

South Sudan became the world’s newest country on 9 July 2011. It was the outcome of the 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. The majority of the population adhere to Christianity. Only 18% call themselves Muslim unlike Sudan, which is 97%. LEARN MORE

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