Simon

Sent from Emmanuel Church, South Croydon

In 2005 Simon and Sue, with their two girls joined a TIMO team that spent two years living with the Datooga in the Lake Eyasi area. On the team’s completion, they felt a burden to remain in the area to continue the discipleship of Datooga believers, through Bible teaching seminars, and also to encourage and enable the local Africa Inland Church Tanzania evangelists and leaders, as they seek to reach the unreached in the area.

Simon shared: ‘In the last few years we have seen a few Datooga men and women make a commitment to follow Christ and feel the desire to share the gospel among their own people. This has resulted in a number of new churches being planted, often in rural and hard to reach places. Our role working alongside the Tanzanian church is to assist these churches as they seek to reach out to their Datooga neighbours.’

In 2018 they returned to the UK and Simon began work among African diaspora. He now leads outreach to diaspora communities here, focusing on those communities originating from Africa. The task is so great, though, that outreach cannot be the exclusive domain of the ‘ministry professional.’ Simon works with local churches to help them reach their unreached diaspora neighbours, helps facilitate short term teams to go to African communities in the UK and supports the international work of our Diaspora Region.

 

Latest Prayer News

Praise God that the Welsh government has eased restrictions, which means that for the first time since March 2020 the International Women’s Sewing Group in Cardiff (part of AIM’s Diaspora ministry) will be back working together on sewing machines. Please ask God to provide both helpers and ladies to attend as they seek to share God’s love in these sewing classes.

Teaching English as a second language is often how diaspora workers serve those who have come to English-speaking countries from overseas. Please pray that workers involved in teaching English will serve their students well. Pray for opportunities to talk about faith and to share God’s love with those they are serving. 

Please pray for the Short Term UK Diaspora team, which begins today and runs until 8th August. The team is partnering with a Midlands city centre church to run a week of events building on the work this church has already been doing among its diverse local community. Pray that the local community will see something of God’s love for them through these events. Pray for opportunities for team and church members to speak of Jesus. Please pray for this church’s ongoing witness to the community.

Please pray for the Short Term Diaspora outreach team that will be running in the UK, starting next weekend. Please pray that the team will be a blessing to the ministry of the church that they will be working alongside. Pray that all the team members will remain free from Covid-19 infection and that the team wouldn’t be disrupted by members needing to self-isolate. 

Part of the ministry of one of AIM’s Diaspora workers is their involvement in a homework club for teenagers whose first language is not English. Praise God that the homework club has been able to re-start and expand as the UK’s Covid-19 restrictions have been easing. Please pray that God will provide more Christian volunteers who have a heart to serve these students and share their faith with them. 

United Kingdom & Europe

Ministry in the United Kingdom & Europe ranges from being a part of mobilising offices, to teaching in Bible colleges to being involved in work among the African Diaspora across the continent. LEARN MORE

Diaspora

Taking the good news of Jesus to Africa’s hardest to reach people does not always mean a move to Africa. Today, millions of Africans live outside of Africa: in North America, Europe, and around the globe – the African diaspora. LEARN MORE
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