Sheona Chisholm

Sent from Chalmers Ardler Church, Dundee

Before joining Africa Inland Mission (AIM) as a long term missionary in 2015, Sheona worked in nursing and midwifery for over 30 years. In 2016 she returned to the UK from serving on an AIM team in the Indian Ocean Islands, and studied at All Nations Christian College for two years. In that time, she was challenged to lay down her passion for maternal morbidity and mortality and instead be passionate about the gospel.

Sheona began serving with Africa Based Support (ABS) in Nairobi, Kenya in 2018. She started serving at ABS as Assistant Personnel Coordinator, and then as Personnel Coordinator until she finished her time serving as a long term missionary with AIM in July 2020.

Located in Nairobi, Kenya, ABS is a ministry of AIM. It exists to coordinate and provide essential support services to enhance the ministries of missionaries from AIM and several other like-minded organisations.

AIM and ABS place high value on caring for missionaries to ensure they are thriving in their cross-cultural life and ministry. Having people specifically working to provide this care is vital.

Sheona’s work with ABS was very varied, and she provided support for missionaries in a number of different areas. She provided administrative support and ensuring that systems and processes were followed.

Sheona now works with the AIM Europe office in a voluntary capacity based in Scotland.

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“AIM will soon be launching a new role, that of volunteers. I don’t know what the exact title will be yet, but I shall be a volunteer AIM representative for Scotland… Once some of the restrictions regarding non-essential office working have been removed, I am to be based in a new facility at my church where I am hoping to combine my AIM role and my church admin role. This to me is exciting and a true answer to prayer, but frustrating that I can’t start just now and I just need to be patient and trust God’s timing.” Praise God for his provision of a space for Sheona to work once restrictions allow, and please pray for Sheona as she waits.

Sheona was, until recently, serving as Personnel Coordinator for Africa Based Support in Nairobi, Kenya. She will soon be taking up a voluntary role with AIM in Scotland. “On the 6th of July, my Mum sadly passed away. We had thought we would lose her around six weeks before as she had felt abandoned as we weren’t allowed to visit the home, due to the government’s Covid-19 ruling. Thankfully the home recognised that she was going downhill, so we were allowed in to see her, which we did on a daily basis, she initially seemed to turn the corner, the home think due to us visiting, but I also think due to prayer. Sadly she deteriorated further and passed away into the arms of her Saviour very peacefully. In these special weeks that we had with Mum, we spent a lot of time in prayer with her/ singing with her and just being with her, and we as a family are very thankful that we did manage to be with her.” Please pray for Sheona and her family as they grieve the loss of her Mum.

Sheona is now on her final Home Assignment in the UK before finishing her full-time service with AIM. “Life certainly looks very different from what I was expecting when I left Nairobi at the beginning of March… These are truly challenging times we are living in. I have had odd moments of fear and trepidation about what the future holds, but I keep coming back to who holds the future. If we put our trust in Jesus it doesn’t mean that nothing bad will happen or that we won’t walk through suffering or hardship, but he will walk alongside us… It has been difficult to discuss what my role with AIM would be due to the lockdown, but I have managed to have some discussions with AIM’s leadership, who have been very helpful. I will have a voluntary role… I will combine this role with doing some admin at my church.” Please pray for Sheona as she finishes her formal service with AIM as a long term missionary and anticipates beginning her voluntary role with AIM in the summer.

Sheona will be returning to the UK in March. “2019 has been a year of blessings, confusion and difficult decisions… I really love being here in Kenya, I live in a beautiful apartment & really enjoy doing personnel stuff. Never if you had asked me years ago would I have said not working clinically would have brought me pleasure, but God knows who I am & I really enjoy the member care & surprisingly the admin side of things… But – for a few reasons – personal, I need to leave Africa… concern for my parents is getting worse & wanting to support them and my siblings has meant I can’t work from Nairobi. This has been a hard decision, but I feel a peace that I will be going home to Scotland after just over two years of living here in Nairobi… I am praying that AIM will be able to find an assignment that I can do from Scotland… Please pray with me as I spend my last few months here in Nairobi. Pray that I will finish well in my final two months. Pray that I will know what my future looks like and that I’ll have patience to trust in God.”

“There is excitement over the next few months as we have more folks coming to serve here with AIM Care, AIM AIR and On Field Media (OFM). In October we have two more new AIM AIR families coming to Nairobi; then in January a new OFM single woman is coming to Nairobi; in February an AIM Care family (two psychiatrists) are coming to serve here; then in July we have more AIM AIR and OFM families coming to serve. Sadly we do have other folks leaving Nairobi. So there are lots of comings and goings. Sometimes folks go on Home Assignment for 4-6 months and other times it’s folks leaving to serve elsewhere.” Praise God for sending these new missionaries to Africa, and please pray for them as they prepare to being serving in Nairobi. Please pray for Sheona in her role in helping new missionaries settle in to serving as part of Africa Based Support.

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