Mat and Katy Linley

with Phoebe, Jonah and Barnaby

Sent from Sutton Bonington Baptist Church, Nottinghamshire

Mat and Katy are based in Kijabe, Kenya. Mat is AIM Southern Region’s Regional Administrative Officer (RAO), and Katy works part-time as a Family Medicine Consultant at the AIC Kijabe Hospital.

The Linleys began serving with AIM in February 2009, working in partnership with AIM at the Good News Hospital in Mandritsara.

The hospital is a project of the Association of Bible Baptist Churches of Madagascar, with a vision to show God’s love and to bring the gospel to the people of this region, predominantly the Tsimihety people group. The hospital itself is a church planting project, seeking to establish new churches in Mandritsara town, in every town and village within the Mandritsara district, and in several district capitals between the east and west coasts of Madagascar (the main catchment area for the hospital). As well as the hospital and community health work, the project incorporates village evangelism, a gospel radio station, a French-speaking Primary School and a School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Phoebe, Jonah and Barnaby attended l’Ecole Bonne Nouvelle (the Good News School) in Mandritsara.

Working together with the local Baptist church pastor, Mat was involved in discipleship training and Bible teaching for leaders of around 70 village church groups that had started through contacts made with the hospital and the local church. He also led the multi-agency missionary team in Mandritsara and is a member of the project management committee and Board. Katy, a GP, was Head of Medicine in the hospital.

In November 2020 the Linleys moved to Kijabe, Kenya, to take up new roles with AIM’s Southern Region and the AIC Kijabe Hospital.

As RAO, Mat works closely with the Regional Director in supporting AIM’s work across several countries in Southern Africa – Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Madagascar and other Indian Ocean islands. The role includes developing new projects, overseeing special initiatives (such as the mobilisation of Malagasy missionaries) and overseeing AIM’s response to crisis and conflict in the Southern Africa region.

In her role at Kijabe Hospital Katy is also involved in training Kenyan doctors and sharing the vision to reach others through medical ministry.

Phoebe, Jonah and Barney attend Rift Valley Academy (RVA), AIM’s boarding school for missionary children. The school is located next door to Kijabe Hospital, so the children can attend the school as day students.

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Latest Prayer News

Mat Linley and Chris Power work in AIM Southern Region’s office. The Covid-19 pandemic is making it very difficult to send missionaries to new assignments in the region, so please pray for wisdom for Mat and Chris in making alternative arrangements and knowing when and how to place new missionaries. 

Praise God that the Linley family have fully recovered from having Covid-19 last month! Katy has been asked to lead a Diploma course in Family Medicine for Clinical Officers (similar to GPs) which is intended to begin this autumn. Please pray for Katy and others running the course as they prepare to begin teaching in the autumn, and pray that the Clinical Officers will grow in both professional skills and in compassion and love for those they serve in healthcare.

Mat and Katy Linley moved to Kijabe, Kenya towards the end of last year. Mat is serving in the AIM Southern Region office, and Katy has been involved in training at Kijabe Hospital while she waits to receive her licence to work as a Family Medicine Consultant. Mat has recently tested positive for Covid-19. Pray for full recovery for him and for the whole family as they settle in with the added issues of isolating.

The Linleys are currently in the UK for Home Assignment. In summer 2020 they will begin new assignments in Kenya. “Despite the current pandemic, the hope is still that, later this year, Mat will take up a position in the AIM Southern Region office (in Nairobi) where he will be part of the team supporting AIM’s work across Southern Africa… We are hoping to live in Kijabe, a small town approximately 60km to the north of Nairobi where AIM run a school, the Rift Valley Academy… The plan is that Katy can work part-time as a volunteer doctor at Kijabe Hospital, which is next door to the school, doing a combination of clinical practice and training. The new position in Kenya is due to start at the end of August, in time for the beginning of the academic year. However, as is the case the world over, there is much uncertainty about how the coming weeks and months will work out… Give thanks that in this world full of uncertainty that God is in control. Pray that we would be patient and continue to trust that God’s plans for our life will happen in his timing.”

The Linleys are currently in the UK for Home Assignment and Study Leave. “We have been exploring a move to Kenya in August 2020, and this has now been approved by AIM. Mat will be joining the AIM Southern Region office team, which supports AIM’s work in Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, and several Indian Ocean islands including Madagascar. We hope to live in Kijabe, a town about an hour and a half out of Nairobi, where AIM run Rift Valley Academy, a school which we think will be a good fit for the children. Katy is hoping to work part-time as a volunteer doctor at Kijabe Hospital, which is next door to the school, doing a combination of clinical practice and training.” Please pray for the Linleys over the coming months as plans become concrete and they prepare to move to Kenya.

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