Bruce and Jan Rossington

Zoë, Martha and Joseph

Sent from Kensington Baptist Church, Bristol

Bruce is a Bible Translation Consultant, a Scripture Engagement Consultant and the Chair of AIM’s International Council. Until the Rossingtons relocated to the UK in July 2021 Jan taught French and oversaw the IGCSE programme at Rift Valley Academy, which supports missionaries by educating and mentoring their children.

Bruce and Jan began serving with AIM on a TIMO team based in Kigali, Rwanda in 2006. This prepared them for long-term ministry in Africa by teaching them key principles of cross-cultural ministry through learning about Rwanda’s language and culture and the challenges facing Rwandan pastors. Bruce then began an assignment at the Rwanda Institute of Evangelical Theology in 2008.

In 2012 the Rossington family was seconded by AIM to SIL-Cameroon, a partner organisation of Wycliffe Bible Translators, which works with Cameroonian churches who have a vision for translating God’s word into the mother tongue or ‘heart language’ of Cameroon’s 279 people groups. With so many ethnic groups and so few Bibles (20 in all), Cameroon is one of the world’s priority areas for Bible translation. Bruce’s role was to train Cameroonians in the principles of Bible translation and to give them the theological and linguistic tools that they need to take the lead in their translation project. He also checked their work to ensure that it was as accurate, clear, and natural-sounding as possible.

Jan was involved in a variety of ministries. As well as home-schooling Martha and Joe, she was Vice-chair of the Board of Governors of Rain Forest International School, which Zoë attended. She was also active in the women’s group at the local church that the Rossington family attended. In all these ministries, they built on the language and culture skills that they picked up during their five years in Rwanda.

In August 2014 the Rossingtons moved from Cameroon to Kenya. They were based at Rift Valley Academy, AIM’s boarding school for missionaries’ children that enables families to serve God all over Africa. Jan was a full-time member of the staff team at RVA, teaching French, overseeing an IGCSE programme and helping students with their UCAS applications to the UK. Outside the classroom, both Jan and Bruce had opportunities to encourage, mentor and disciple students as they live away from their families and process what it means to grow up as ‘Third Culture Kids’. History shows that a good number of these students return overseas to serve in cross-cultural situations or take up leadership positions in their local church.

Having previously worked in theological education, Bruce is now serving in the fields of Bible Translation and Scripture Engagement. As a Translation Consultant, he trains and checks the work of national Bible translators around East Africa, using Swahili and French as the bridge languages between him and his African colleagues. As a Scripture Engagement Consultant, he provides advice, training and support to teams which are making Scripture accessible to unreached people groups in the language and medium that best enables them to engage with God’s Word.

In July 2021 the Rossingtons relocated to the UK. Bruce now has an additional role, supporting Diaspora teams in Europe. Jan is working in Diaspora ministry in the Bristol and Bath area, working with African unreached people groups.

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Latest Prayer News

Bruce and Jan Rossington are serving with AIM based in the UK. As part of his work as Scripture Engagement Consultant, Bruce recently visited the Indian Ocean Islands to check sections of the gospels of Matthew and Luke that have been translated into the local language. Praise God that working with local translators has led to deep conversations with them about Jesus. Please pray that God will continue to speak to the local translators through his word, and for Bruce as he continues to work with the team on the Islands to translate these gospels. 

Bruce and Jan Rossington are currently on Home Assignment in the UK, having relocated from Kenya last summer. As they resume ministry this month, Bruce will resume his role of Scripture Engagement Consultant with checking sections of the gospels of Luke and Matthew that have been translated into the language of the Indian Ocean Islands. Please pray that he will be able to give helpful and insightful feedback to the translation team in the Indian Ocean Islands. 

This summer Bruce and Jan Rossington relocated to the UK and began Home Assignment. As they prepare to resume ministry activities at the beginning of next year, they have begun to investigate diaspora ministry. Please pray for clear guidance as to what ministry opportunities the Rossingtons should be involved in. 

Bruce and Jan Rossington and their family have relocated to the UK and are now on Home Assignment. Pray that this Home Assignment will be restful and refreshing for them, and please also pray for clarity about what AIM ministries they should take on next year. 

Please pray for Bruce and Jan Rossington as they make arrangements to relocate to the UK this summer. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, international travel is unpredictable at the moment. Please pray that God will provide a way for them to return to the UK at the right time. 

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