Seb Allwright

Sent from Tadley United Reformed Church, Basingstoke

Seb works with church leaders and members to help them create a vision for mission. He lives and works in Uganda as the Mobilisation Coordinator for AIM’s Central Region.

Seb has always had an interest in Africa, and as a boy was fascinated by the continent. ‘From a young age God placed something in me for Africa, at that stage I didn’t know what it was.’

Seb first served with AIM as a short term missionary in 2010. He spent a year in Mbarara, Uganda, where God instilled in him a heart for young people. He has served with AIM long term since 2011, first in discipling young people until becoming the Short Term Coordinator for Central Region in August 2014. In September 2017 he began working as Central Region’s Mobilisation Coordinator. With all these changes, God has given Seb a passion to see churches in the region mobilised for mission.

The churches in Central Region are growing. They are large, colourful, and vibrant. Some are influential. But they aren’t reaching their full potential in playing the part that God has called them to in their own countries and around the world. Seb desires to see the churches in central Africa reaching this potential to take the gospel to the unreached. He is focussed on giving AIM in Central Region vision and strategy for their work in mobilising the churches they partner with and discipling believers to be sent as missionaries to the unreached. He has the privilege of sitting and talking with church leaders and AIM members, discussing and seeking creative ways for the churches to be mobilised for mission. Seb also spends time with individuals opening Scripture to see God’s heart for the world and the part they can play in this as young men and women who God might be calling to the mission field.

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Latest Prayer News

Seb has recently returned to the UK for Home Assignment. “Whilst I’m in the UK I am still working on the sending network I’m setting up with partners in Uganda… Before I left I had a wonderful meeting presenting the network to a church leadership team. The response was enthusiastic and they’re now working on what it looks like within the church to send missionaries through this network to North Africa and the Middle East… Pray for the church in Uganda and meetings ongoing with church leaders regarding sending missionaries to North Africa and the Middle East. Pray for clear vision and for open doors for the gospel to go forth to some of the world’s least reached peoples.”

“I met with the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and had a precious time of fellowship with him sharing our hearts and dreams for the church. He was ‘enthroned’ as Archbishop in early March and two weeks later churches were closed. This season is obviously not what he anticipated when he took on this significant role but maybe the Lord called him for such a time as this. We shared the opportunities that Covid-19 has presented to the church here and globally and believe this is a time for the church to refocus and strategize. I look forward to working closer with him in the months ahead as we seek to see the Church of Uganda engaged in what God is doing across the world. Pray for the church to be a voice of hope and reason in this hard time. Pray for a movement of missionaries from Sub-Saharan Africa to the world!”

“A Ugandan friend of mine is studying in North Africa. He loves the Lord and is living in a hostel where every single person is Muslim. He speaks regularly of the challenges, opportunities and joy he finds in being friends with them. He has had opportunities to speak of Jesus, to understand their beliefs also, to mourn and laugh and cry together. To celebrate different festivals together. He said to me the other day, ‘I wish I had some training before I came here.’ He went for studies, unaware of the opportunities he would have, but is grasping them day by day. We call people like him ‘Global Professionals’… [I have begun] to set up a network of Global Professionals from sub-Saharan Africa… We will be equipping through training and envisioning, connecting with partners in the regions they will be in and supporting churches and Global Professionals through a variety of means. All of this will be in the context of community… From the conversations I have had with university students and church leaders, this is scratching an itch. There is a desire for such a network here.” Please pray for Seb and others as they work to set up this network. Pray that the network will be a catalyst for more global professionals to spread the gospel in unreached areas.

 “A few weeks ago I helped lead a group of church leaders from a part in Uganda called Soroti to Karamoja region on an exposure trip called FUEL-X. This is designed to provide exposure for people with leadership roles within the church, those who have some level of influence, to the needs and opportunities in UPGs (Unreached people groups) across the region. The hope is through this exposure people will catch a vision for mission among UPGs and consider how to respond individually, but primarily as a church. To process the role their church or churches can play in reaching the unreached. We did this through connecting the leaders with different missionaries to share experiences, to visit different areas to see the needs and opportunities first hand, to hear from local church leaders at different levels about the challenges they face in ministry particular to the location they serve in and to experience in some small way how people live for example food, water, travel challenges, environment etc. I hope this model can be used across the region. This was a precious time with these church leaders, and the feedback following has been encouraging with a greater vision and further training planned.” Please pray that through the experience of these church leaders their churches’ heart for the unreached will grow.

“I’ve been encouraged lately with opportunities to come alongside university students and explore missions together. When we take a glimpse into the past, we see that prayer, university students and missions movements are linked throughout history. The American mission movement was born in 1806 after five university students held a prayer meeting under a hay­stack while taking refuge from a thunderstorm. They discussed the spiritual darkness in Asia, every Christian’s responsibility to do some­thing, and then they prayed. As a result of that moment, those men dedicated themselves to the Great Commission and the “Haystack Prayer Movement” spread, sparking the creation of mission agencies which sent many Americans overseas to preach the gospel. I am convinced that university students here will be at the heart of a missions movement. Please pray for continued opportunities to explore missions and take intentional steps towards it.”

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80% of Uganda is engaged in agriculture. The healthy economy of the 1960s was crippled in 1972 by the expulsion of the Asian business community, and then virtually destroyed by tyranny and wars. It has steadily improved since 1992. Under previous government regimes there were restrictions on persecuted Christians, but there is now freedom of religion. LEARN MORE

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