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

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.

One of AIM’s Diaspora workers in the UK serves in a Refugee Day Centre, which has been keeping a socially distanced food and clothing service going most of last year. Please pray for the Centre as they offer much needed services within current Covid-19 restrictions.

AIM’s missionaries involved in Diaspora ministry in France share on PrayAfrica.org: “Pray for the Covid cases to lessen and no further restrictions. This city is one of two with the highest cases in France and more restrictions clamping down on activities have been put in place. Continue praying for opportunities to proclaim truth and hearing well with the mask challenges.”

“In the midst of social-distancing restrictions, we are grateful for online technology… I have been encouraged to see how God is growing the international women’s sewing group in the midst of lockdown. The team of helpers now meets weekly by Zoom to pray and plan. In addition, ladies are inviting friends to join the 2-hour online sewing sessions. Not only do the ladies learn to embroider but the group also discusses a Bible verse while they sew. This month, we talked about things that make us fearful using 2 Timothy 1:7. Please pray that the ladies would come to know ‘God who gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.’”

One of AIM’s missionaries involved in Diaspora ministry in the UK shares on PrayAfrica.org: “There are still a lot of restrictions in place here regarding meeting people inside buildings, but we are free to meet people outside. As a result, and with the warm weather, my diary is more or less full. We give thanks for this. Pray for fruitful conversations.”

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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