Mat and Katy are currently in the UK on Home Assignment and are due to take up new roles with AIM’s Southern Region soon. Before their Home Assignment, the Linleys were 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.
Mat and Katy are due to take up new roles with AIM’s Southern Region, based in Kijabe, Kenya, during 2020.
Mat will be taking on the role of Regional Administrative Officer (RAO) with AIMs Southern Region office, based in Nairobi. He will be working closely with the Regional Director in supporting AIMs 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 AIMs response to crisis and conflict in the Southern Africa region.
Katy will work as a doctor at Kijabe Hospital and hopes to be involved in training on the postgraduate General Practice training programme for Kenyan doctors and sharing the vision to reach others through medical ministry.
Phoebe, Jonah and Barney will all attend Rift Valley Academy (RVA), AIM’s boarding school for missionary children. The school is located next door to Kijabe Hospital, and the Linleys are seeking local housing so the children can attend the school as day students.
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