Sent from Free Evangelical Church, Marburg, Germany
Karin works in transformational development and Aids ministry in Madagascar.
Madagascar The world’s fourth biggest island boasting flora and fauna that exist nowhere else on earth. 92% of the population exist on less than £2 per day. 41% of the population identify with Christianity, 7% with Islam, the majority follow Traditional African Religions.
She began serving with AIM in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 1983, where she worked as a nurse. Following instability the AIM team left in 1997. After leaving CAR, Karin undertook two years of theological study before beginning service in Madagascar as a theological education leadership trainer in 2001.
At first, Karin was involved in discipleship training. But, God led her into church-based Aids teaching from 2004 onwards. After a ‘coup d’état’ in Madagascar (2009) and a leadership crisis in AIM’s unit, I served as interim unit leader for 2 years. During that time, I got involved with AIM’s exciting transformational development work.
Beginning in 2011, I started to organise seminars for church- and community leaders and/or missionary teams. With a few Malagasy co-workers we continue to train and encourage national ownership.
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Karin work to train expats and local church workers in transformational development and culturally relevant church planting.
If you would like to partner with Karin in your prayers, gifts and practical support, please download and complete this form and return to Freepost RTJH-JRZE-XXKX Africa Inland Mission, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN.
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Latest prayer points
- 15 March 2019
“I read this yesterday, ‘Samuel then took a large stone. He named it Ebenezer (‘stone of help’), for he said, “Up to this point the LORD has helped us!”’ 1.Sam 7: 12 In great fear of their enemies Israel asks Samuel for prayer. He calls the people to repent and to obey God 100%. In the presence of the assembled people Samuel sacrifices a lamb. God’s supernatural intervention defeats the enemies. Reading about this stone of remembrance I had to think about the many ‘standing stones’ you see in Madagascar. They are signs to remember important people or events. March 2019 is such a memorial for me. It is 18 years ago that I arrived here. Looking back over this time, I can gratefully say “up to this point the Lord has helped me”. He wants us to thank him. Sure!y, we all have many reasons to thank God. Where do you want to set up your ‘Ebenezer’?”
- 7 December 2018
“During our AIM mission retreat in October, we celebrated our first ‘Malagasy Day’. A bus-load full of our Malagasy co-workers and mission partners joined us to glorify God… Some already-active partners of AIM expressed very clearly their views as indigenous missionaries: ‘At first, we learnt from you, AIM, then you helped us and observed our efforts, until we could do it alone. We Malagasy have ideas of how to “send out workers into the field”, but we can’t do it alone yet.’ We, as AIM, work to reach unreached people groups, like the Antakarana, Bara, Sakalava, and Indian businessmen. Indigenous partners understand culture much better and quicker then we from other countries do… Please pray for more Malagasy missionaries and open doors in churches.”
- 10 August 2018
Karin is coming to the end of her Home Assignment and will return to Madagascar at the end of the month: “Living in this fast developing digital world, I noticed, we have become more or less dependent on this system. I will not say much about this. But what I discovered for myself is I have certain insecurities or fears, because I do not understand or cannot follow some procedures any longer. Planning for the future, managing your day-to-day money, however, are important skills. In a relatively short time I have to learn a huge amount of new things. Often I have to ask for help which is not always easy. Wonderfully enough, God has promised help and wisdom where I don’t have enough. Thinking about my future I am convinced that my long years of experience in different cultures may come useful in our multi-cultural Germany. In this regard God will surely reveal His plans to me. I trust him that He wastes nothing…I am asking special wisdom for my probably last term on the big island. What are God’s priorities? To whom can I hand over my work? Please pray!”