Barry and Heather Mann

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Barry and Heather work with Growing Nations in Maphutseng, Lesotho. Heather is the CEO and Barry works in Communications and they are Unit Leaders for Lesotho.

They have been serving with AIM at Growing Nations since 2012. Heather works as the project’s CEO, overseeing the finances, working on grant and project funding proposals and the overall strategic development, whilst Barry is the project’s communications specialist, involved in the development of farmer training materials, photography/video production and website development. A significant part of both of their roles at Growing Nations is the mentoring, coaching & spiritual development of the Basotho staff team. 

They are also AIM’s Unit Leaders for Lesotho and are responsible for the member care of 10 mission partners working across the country. Currently, Barry and Heather are in the UK on extended Medical Leave.

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AIM’s missionaries who serve in Lesotho are all waiting to be able to return to their ministries in-country, but to do so they must travel through South Africa. Please pray for them and Barry Mann, AIM’s Unit Leader for Lesotho, for wisdom as to when they can return to their ministries in Lesotho and patience for waiting on God in the meantime.

Barry & Heather are currently in the UK on long-term Medical Leave, but are working remotely. “[Since our visit to Lesotho in February] We have been back in the routine of working from home, supporting the Growing Nations team remotely, overseeing finances, policies, preparing funding proposals and the like… Heather has taken on an additional role, overseeing the finances of AIM’s Southern Region and she has been busy reviewing existing financial processes and starting to enhance them where necessary. Barry, along with others, has been helping our home church put together worship videos for their online weekly services…The biggest challenge is that things can become a little draining, as there is no division between the different aspects of life, as everything is carried out in the same way, in the same place… please pray for ourselves and the many others in AIM who find themselves working remotely that we may all be effective in our ministry, are able to work efficiently from home, have the ability to balance our time and remain open to God’s leading.”

“Growing Nations is effectively on hold for the moment. The team are unable to carry out any trainings or visits to farmers as they usually would but as an agricultural organisation it is able to manage the fields. So, this is the current focus of the team, making sure fields are well managed so that crops are protected and harvests maximised… The team are still keeping in contact with farmers via phone/WhatsApp and we are looking at how Growing Nations can share regular video updates for farmers… Donations to charities are also down so Growing Nations have already been asked to revise and cut budgets for future projects. All of this is concerning but we are all very much trusting God for His provision during this time of uncertainty. Please pray for everyone in Lesotho and the Growing Nations team at this time. It will only get harder as the lockdown continues.”

Barry & Heather Mann are currently on a visit back to Lesotho after being in the UK on medical leave: We have learnt over the past 7 ½ years that we may have plans but God also has His and we need to be flexible and open to His leading.

We have only been back for a few days but we have already had the opportunity to do many things, including; starting to reconnect with the Growing Nations team, who are all excited to have us back; meet with a pastor and his family in Johannesburg and talk to him about ways to engage the church in mission; stay with good friends and supporters of Growing Nations/AIM’s work en route; meet with donors to discuss a new project proposal which is due to start in April; meet with the new pastor at the local LECSA (Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa) church here in Maphutseng; we have been welcomed by the local church and Heather had the opportunity to share her testimony of God’s healing; we have both shared our story with a short term Experience Mission group who have been staying at Growing Nations for the past month; oh yes, and watch a report on Growing Nations appear on National TV!” Please pray for them as they have many things planned for their short time back in Lesotho, that they would be able to use the time week and that they would be able to discern what their next step should be. 

Barry & Heather are currently in the UK on Medical Leave, and have tried to visit Lesotho, but for various reasons this has been delayed: “Having spent many hours in various waiting rooms over the previous 19 months we have both become very used to waiting. Actually, life in Lesotho has prepared us well for that. In July we thought that our period of ‘waiting’ was over & that we would be able to return to Lesotho for a visit but that clearly wasn’t to be, so we have been back in the waiting room, but rather ‘God’s waiting room’ this time. We are ready and waiting for the right moment to at least visit Lesotho. Waiting is not always easy and has been a little frustrating at times, particularly during the moments when we have made plans only for them to be dashed. We have no idea why all of these things have happened to stop us from returning to Lesotho but clearly we are not meant to be there at the moment. We are very much trusting God in the knowledge that our return to Africa will be in His timing not ours. Our desire is to continue to serve Him so we need to be ready for when that moment comes.” Please pray for Barry and Heather as they try to get the balance right between their work for Growing Nations and other needs. Pray that God would make it clear to them when they should visit Lesotho, and that he would make clear to them what his longer-term plan for their ministry is.

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