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 international women’s English classes being run by one of our Diaspora workers in the UK, which now include a beginner’s class for recently-arrived Ukrainian women and a literacy class for women who can’t read or write in any language. Praise God for these opportunities to serve among international women, and pray that God will open hearts and minds to his word through this ministry.

Please pray for AIM’s organisation-wide leadership meetings that take place in Kenya this week. Please pray that AIM’s leaders will have hearts open to how God is leading us as an organisation, and unity as they discuss key issues. Please pray for a number of AIM Europe missionaries who will be involved in these meetings, including Annette*Chris PowerSimon, Tony and Cath Swanson, and Peter Wilson. 

It can be easy to feel anxious stepping out of your comfort zone to reach out to those who are different from you. Please pray that Christians and their churches would be willing to overcome this obstacle to build relationships with people in African diaspora communities near them. Please pray that they would form friendships where they are able to talk about what they believe and share their hope in Jesus. 

Sandrine is a short term missionary serving in diaspora ministry in Montreal, Canada. She is involved with weekly food and clothing banks, monthly children’s clubs and English classes for immigrants. Please pray that she will show God’s love to those she meets and be able to speak of the hope she has in Jesus. 

Refugees often don’t choose where they are sent to when they move on from refugee camps, and although they are grateful to be out of danger they still grieve the loss of family, friends, culture, language and home. On top of this, they can frequently feel excluded by their new host country. Please pray that Christians in host countries will show generous hospitality to refugees driven by our faith, and please also pray for AIM’s Diaspora workers who are working to reach out to refugees and encourage local churches in this ministry as well.  

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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