Peter and Katy Wilson

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Sent from Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh

The Wilsons work at Titchie Swot, Rift Valley Academy’s primary school, an AIM-run school for missionary children. Peter is the Principal and Katy teaches fourth grade.

They began serving with AIM in 2002, when they worked for two years as volunteer coordinators for the Eastern Region office in Kenya. On their return to the UK they both went into teaching, and in 2009 went to Namibia to serve on an AIM team working with the Ministry of Education and the local church on the Kaisosi Evangelical Bible Church Orphans and Vulnerable Children Project, seeking to serve orphans and vulnerable children. In summer 2010 they returned to working in the Eastern Region office as Short Term Coordinators, and in 2012 joined a team seeking to reach the unreached on one of the islands in the Indian Ocean.

In December 2013, Peter and Katy returned to serve in Kenya again, this time at Titchie Swot, seeking to serve missionaries through educating and discipling their children.

“Having worked among a Muslim people group on an Indian Ocean Island we came to a point where we sensed the Lord taking us away from that for a season, largely due to sickness and our kids’ educational needs. God has led us to Rift Valley Academy (RVA), AIM’s boarding school in Kenya. Here, we have the privilege of supporting families who, like we did, live in remote or difficult places, often places where there are no good educational options. Through RVA we now have the opportunity to help numerous families stay in their remote locations, serving to reach unreached people groups in a way they couldn’t do without educational support. Instead of having to go home for their children’s education, missionary parents are able to send their children to RVA, a place where they can be assured of the Christian teaching they receive. We are therefore more than teachers here. We are parents, coaches and mentors. While we have a desire to see all the nations God has made come before him in worship, for this season we have this wonderful privilege of discipling future missionaries here.”

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Please pray for Peter Wilson as he prepares to take over as the Superintendent of Rift Valley Academy in August, and pray that God will provide someone to take over his responsibilities as the Principal of Titchie Swot. 

“The Kenyan government recently allowed certain grades to return to school. Like many other countries this coincided with a spike in the number of Covid cases. The plan is for a full staged return in the next few weeks. It is still our hope however that come January we will be able to open as we are still spread all over the globe. We’re currently putting together protocols for what life will look like when we bring staff and kids back… We are in the process of surveying our student body to determine how many will return. We expect there to be a large number with many families already returning to their ministries having taken this time for a home assignment…” Please pray for Peter, Katy and the rest of the staff at RVA as they continue to make plans for the school to return to in-person teaching.

“As we’re still online there are no students except for the 20 plus staff kids. We heard that the government are proposing an October start for some schools instead of the initially proposed January start. Our hope would be that this makes our plans to start in January more likely. All schools need to fill in a lot of paperwork and be given approval and so a lot of time and effort is going into creating protocols for everyone to follow should we be allowed to return.” Please pray for the staff team at Titchie Swot and Rift Valley Academy as they work to get the right things in place for students to be able to return safely in January.

“…it [has been] somewhat dispiriting to start the new academic year without any students on campus. We’re hoping that the Ministry of Education will allow schools to reopen in January. With RVA students currently scattered all over Africa and in their passport countries, the School may need to establish a hybrid model of teaching, offering online classes to those students who can’t travel to Kenya  Please pray for Jan and her colleagues as they grapple with this reality and experiment with ways of combining in-person teaching with an online offering.”

Kerry Laffey has recently completed her short term missionary service as a teacher at Rift Valley Academy (RVA) in Kijabe, Kenya, and has been serving remotely from the UK since the end of March. “Having had a few months extra here has been a blessing in so many ways, but it is tinged with sadness as I wonder what those four months might have looked like had I stayed in Kenya. As you know I continued to teach my 5th grade class online and we wrapped up the term with one final zoom, across four different continents, complete with class awards and reminiscing with fun stories from the year… It was incredible to be a part of the work God is doing amongst the unreached people groups of Africa. One of my highlights was each morning I would pray with my class. Their families work in some remote parts of the continent and to hear their prayers for the gospel to be spread across the nations was so moving: their genuine love of one another and of Jesus at such a young age regularly challenged me in my own faith… Please do continue to pray for AIM, RVA and Kenya. All schools in Kenya will remain closed until January 2021 and Covid-19 cases on are the rise. Some missionaries have returned to their sending countries, others have stayed. Pray for those making decisions about what is best for their family to do over the coming weeks and months and for new staff members who are preparing to start working at RVA.”

Kenya

Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963. Since then British tourism has been a key element of Kenya’s economy, however, unemployment, poverty and crime remain high. Whilst the majority religion is Christianity, Kenya’s ethnic diversity and vast countryside means there are still many unreached with the gospel. LEARN MORE

Teaching

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