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

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. 

Please pray for the AIM Diaspora team in Finland, led by Timo and Laura. They are hoping to equip, empower and encourage Christian refugees in the country to speak to others about Jesus. Please pray that God will be raising up Diaspora believers who are committed to sharing the gospel with others. If you would like to give to Timo and Laura’s work, you can do so by visiting their webpage: eu.aimint.org/timo-and-laura

Please pray for wisdom and guidance for the leaders of a new Diaspora ministry team that has been formed in Finland. Finnish is a difficult language to learn, and even refugees who have lived in Finland for several years struggle to converse in it. This lack of a common language is a challenge for the team, who will be needing to switch between several different languages, depending on who they are speaking with. Please pray that God would give team members the ability to communicate clearly and serve those they are reaching out to well despite language barriers.

As well as meeting over videocall to sew and read the Bible together, the international women’s sewing group run by one of our UK Diaspora workers continues to serve its community through the Covid-19 pandemic and has recently been sewing eye masks to help patients sleep in a local field hospital. Please pray that these women will see God’s love for them in the Bible passages they read, even as they show love to their community.

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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