Russ & Lyn Noble

Sent from Gillingham Baptist Church, Kent

Until February 2018, Russ & Lyn worked with the AIC South Sudan, developing and encouraging adult literacy in mother tongues. They desired to see adults reading the Bible in the language they understand best. Most women cannot read or write and some are leaders in the church. The Nobles were also involved with children’s ministries.

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Please pray for a number of retired AIM missionaries who are currently in hospital; especially for Netty Sinclair who has just received a difficult diagnosis and is very ill.

On Tuesday 10th April a number of us from the office attended a thanksgiving service for the life of Colin Molyneux who served with AIM in various capacities for over 35 years, including in Kenya, Madagascar, Chad and the UK. During the service Peter Maclure, a retired AIM missionary, read out a tribute to Colin’s work with AIM which you can read here. Please pray for Colin’s wife, Rosemary, and the wider family as they continue to mourn a much loved husband, father, brother and grandfather. Give thanks for the ways in which God blessed and used Colin throughout a life which has been characterised as “a life lived for Jesus”.

“encouraging news was the photos sent by Taban and Solomon of their church in Imilai (two hour’s ride south of Torit) on Christmas Day. Marta, from the literacy class where teachers Solomon and Kamilo (who died in 2014) started, is reading the Otuho New Testament for all to hear in their own Otuho language. We are so thankful for this encouragement to others to learn and hear God’s Word read, and to know the church is alive there in Imilai. Because of insecurity we had not been able to visit there for the last three years.”

Russ and Lyn are preparing to retire after many years serving with AIM in South Sudan. They will be departing Africa at the end of this month. Pray for them in this season of change. They give praise to the Lord for a successful language teachers’ course for nine Lopit last month. They used part of a recently translated book of Genesis during morning devotions and the trainees appreciated being able to use the Scriptures in their mother tongue language. Each teacher was provided with a full pack of Lopit materials and a head full of knowledge. Pray that the work God started through the Nobles will continue going forth into South Sudan and beyond.

Earlier this week Russ & Lyn returned to South Sudan after spending some time in Kenya. “It is the dry season now: months of no rain, oppressive heat, dusty dry air filled with dust and fire smuts from the fields burning off getting ready for the rains in April – a colourless landscape with nearby hills lost to view… However, the dear folk who live here on the brink of a possible war have been welcoming and we seek to learn how we can best encourage them and give them new opportunities to grow, even in different ways, now. We have to explore more whether we can get a literacy class going again, or some teacher training in another area. What is the best thing to do for the Toposa boys we help? Is it the right time to try trauma healing, and who can help? How can we be a better support to others – Mission colleagues and South Sudanese? We just got back on Monday after six weeks away, and we press on, praying and trusting the Lord will open the best doors to go ahead.” Please pray that God would clearly guide Russ and Lyn as to the best ways they can serve in Torit at the moment.

South Sudan

South Sudan became the world’s newest country on 9 July 2011. It was the outcome of the 2005 peace deal that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war. The majority of the population adhere to Christianity. Only 18% call themselves Muslim unlike Sudan, which is 97%. LEARN MORE

Language & Literacy

For the word of God is alive and active. But what if God’s word hasn’t been translated into your language yet? Or if you simply have never been taught to read? LEARN MORE
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