Alan and Pauline Jordan

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The Jordans serve with the Africa Inland Church at the Northern Bible Training Centre in Marsabit, northern Kenya. Alan teaches at the Training Centre and Pauline is the Administrator of the local Africa Inland Church primary school.

Alan and Pauline’s journey into cross-cultural mission started in 1993, when they felt the Lord’s call for Alan to leave his job as an RAF aircraft engineer and serve him somewhere on the mission field. They served with AIM for two years, working with AIM Air in Nairobi. When they returned to the UK, Alan finished his Theology degree at Bible college and Pauline ran the family home, but the desire to return to serve in Africa remained.

In January 2019 they moved to Marsabit in northern Kenya to be part of a larger team working alongside the Africa Inland Church (AIC). Marsabit is 550km north of Nairobi, and is the political, social and economic centre of northern Kenya. It is also home to eight distinct people groups, including the Samburu, Gabbra, Borana and Somali peoples.

The Jordans live locally within Marsabit, and spent the first few months there setting up home and building relationships with the local Bishop and church leaders. Alan now teaches at the Northern Bible Training Centre, helping pastors grow in their knowledge of the Bible and training them in their pastoral ministry. Pauline teaches English.

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Because of government restrictions in Kenya schools the Northern Bible Training Centre won’t re-open until January 2021, so the Jordans are planning to return to the UK for eight weeks in the autumn to raise more support. Please pray for safe travel for Alan & Pauline, and that God would provide the finances they need to continue their ministry in Marsabit.

 “As churches have not been able to meet together, we have been able to help with the services on the local radio station. This has been very beneficial to so many people who are isolated in their remote areas, listening on their mobiles. It has been encouraging from the amount of people phoning in for prayer… Praise God for successful services for teenagers and youth on the local radio station during the pandemic.”

“Pauline bought food for her school a few days before the government closed all education facilities so she has used it up to make small food parcels for needy families who come for help at our gate. It has worked so well that Buke and Pauline have been able to put together sorghum, millet and maize from Buke’s garden to make a local porridge called ugi. Please pray for discernment about who to give food parcels to, and for Pauline as she tutors Buke’s three girls and the little boy next door.”

“Pauline was asked to be Principal of the new AIC Primary School but as she is not Kenyan-registered she turned it down, so instead she was asked to be the Administrator, which in effect is the same job. With the years of experience she has had working at primary schools in the UK she is able to draw on all the training she received. The school has increased in numbers to 28 children aged 3-8. It’s a job with many challenges: a new Kenyan curriculum, two teachers, no teaching resources, not enough tables and chairs, a disabled child, buying fire wood to cook lunch and a deficit! But she loves it and faces every day with whatever comes her way. Please pray for Pauline as she begins to establish her new role as Administrator at the AIC Marsabit Academy, organising the new Kenyan curriculum, schemes of work, resources, teachers and completion of the buildings, plus a bit of teaching; but most of all surrounding the children in a Christian environment.”

“The Bible Centre students completed the Church History module and have now returned home to their villages to work within their churches. Please pray for all the students as they are back in their churches and rural village locations. Pray for rain especially in Korr as they have had none, and it is the rainy season! Pray also for peace amongst the tribes, especially as pastoralists move their livestock to water and grazing pastures.”

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