Simon and Miriam Desborough

Sent from Gateway Church, York

Simon and Miriam are preparing to serve in Antananarivo, Madagascar, after having studied Biblical and Intercultural Studies at All Nations Christian College. Before this, Simon was a secondary school teacher, and Miriam was a nurse. Simon has taken up an exciting opportunity in Diaspora ministry in the East Midlands, and Miriam is volunteering alongside him.

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 Africa. Reaching out to these populations is called diaspora ministry. AIM’s Diaspora workers serve in strategic communities where significant populations of ethnic Africans live, and we seek partnerships with Christ-centred, biblically-based churches. Working in cooperation with these churches, AIM missionaries such as Simon and Miriam have a unique opportunity to build relationships and share the hope of Christ with people groups we would not normally have the opportunity to work among.

When they serve in Madagascar, the Desboroughs’ primary role will be to mobilise Malagasy Christians for God’s mission. They are convicted of the need to invest in Malagasy churches in the capital and encourage them to send missionaries to preach the holistic gospel of Christ in other areas of the country and overseas. By developing partnerships with a range of churches and organisations, they aim to raise awareness of the need for mission. It is then vital to ensure that churches and prospective missionaries have high quality mission training, and that their deployment is well facilitated.

A core tenet of AIM is to minister among Africa’s least reached peoples, therefore they are resolved to engage the unreached Gujarati people that reside in Madagascar. Through business, the Gujarati have amassed a large proportion of the wealth in Madagascar. The Desboroughs hope initially to network with existing Christian businesses in order to connect and develop relationships with the Gujarati, seeking creative ways to proclaim the gospel.

With her healthcare expertise as a nurse, Miriam aims to serve vulnerable women in Madagascar. Working with existing charities, she intends to offer the hope and restoration found only in Jesus to the many trafficked and trapped women working in the sex industry.

Latest Prayer News

While Simon and Miriam Desborough are preparing to serve in Antananarivo, Madagascar, they are serving in Diaspora ministry in the East Midlands. They are seeking to build relationships with diaspora peoples living in the local area and encourage the church that they are partnering with. Please pray for wisdom and guidance for the Desboroughs as they discern which relationships and opportunities to get involved in. 

Simon and Miriam Desborough are hoping to begin their assignment in Madagascar next year, and in the meantime will serve in Diaspora ministry in the East Midlands, partnering with a local church in their outreach. Praise God for the opportunity to serve in this ministry, and pray that this ministry will bless the church that the Desboroughs are working with and prepare them well for their assignment in Madagascar. 

Simon and Miriam Desborough’s assignment in Madagascar has been delayed until next year because Madagascar’s borders are still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and because the Desboroughs are expecting a baby in early 2022. They are considering UK Disapora ministry while they wait to go to Madagascar. Praise God for the joyful news of their baby, and please pray for the family during the pregnancy. Pray also for wisdom for them and AIM in discerning which Diaspora ministry Simon and Miriam could get involved in. 

Sadly, Covid-19 cases and deaths are the highest they have ever been in Madagascar, with devastating effects on healthcare, infrastructure and society. Because of this it is uncertain whether Simon and Miriam Desborough can begin ministry in the country in October. Please pray that God will bring relief to Madagascar and limit the spread of Covid-19. Pray that God will show AIM and Simon and Miriam what their next steps should be during this uncertainty. 

Pray for more local and foreign Christian workers, church planters and children’s workers to serve God’s kingdom in Madagascar. Many current missionaries plan to return to their home countries in the next two years. Join us in praying for many more to come and sustain the ministry.


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