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Sheona is serving at Africa Based Support (ABS) as Personnel Coordinator.
Located in Nairobi, Kenya, ABS is a ministry of Africa Inland Mission (AIM). It exists to coordinate and provide essential support services to enhance the ministries of missionaries from AIM and several other like-minded organisations.
AIM and ABS place high value on caring for missionaries to ensure they are thriving in their cross-cultural life and ministry. Having people specifically working to provide this care is vital.
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.
Sheona’s work with ABS is very varied, and she provides support for missionaries in a number of different areas. She provides administrative support and ensures that systems and processes are followed.
Sheona is excited about her new role, even though for her it is a huge change of career. For over 30 years she worked in nursing and midwifery. Most recently, she worked in midwifery leadership in a very busy high-risk labour ward. This new direction will be a challenge, but Sheona hopes to be able to use her non-clinical skills and gifts.
Sheona returned to the UK from working on a team in the Indian Ocean Islands in 2016, and since then has studied at All Nations Christian College. In that time, she has been challenged to lay down her passion for maternal mortality and morbidity and instead be passionate about the gospel. Although this is now a supportive role rather than a frontline role, Sheona believes that she can still fulfill her calling, albeit in a very different way.
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Sheona serves at Africa Based Support in Nairobi, Kenya.
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Latest prayer points
- 7 June 2019
“[In April] I mentioned the drought here in Kenya. Thank you to everyone who prayed, on the Saturday before Easter, we had some rain, Easter Sunday we also had a little, but on the Monday and most of that week we had some crazy rain and thunder and lightning storms. We still need more rain as this is meant to be the long rainy season, so please pray that we will continue to have rain, but that it will remember to stop!”
- 18 April 2019
“Part of my job is co-ordinating the comings and goings of our new ABS missionaries. When I have confirmed dates for any of our new staff, I will arrange their initial few days here in Nairobi… I will arrange an airport pick up, then they are taken to (usually) our guest house here in Nairobi… If the missionary is a short termer, I will meet with them, take them to a shopping mall close to Mayfield, organise SIM cards, money, and shopping for initial supplies and have a coffee and discussion and answer any questions. I will then take them to their accommodation and to meet with their new team leader or co-workers. If they are a long term missionary they are encouraged to come at least two days before they go to Africa Based Orientation (ABO).” Please pray for Sheona’s work in welcoming ABS’ new missionaries and helping them to settle in to life in Kenya.
- 4 January 2019
“2019 looks as if it will be busy. At the moment we have four expected AIM AIR pilots, their families and an AIM AIR mechanic and family coming to join us. They are coming in May and July. We also have some short term counsellors for Tumaini, and a short term couple coming to On Field Media in January. It’s exciting to see new folk coming to join ABS and it’s an answer to prayer.” Praise God for providing these missionaries to serve in the various ministries of ABS this year, and please pray for them as they prepare to go to the mission field and settle in to their assignments. Pray for Sheona and others at ABS as they welcome them and help them settle in. If you’d like to find out more about AIM AIR, On Field Media, AIM AIR and other ministries of ABS, you can visit their website at www.aimabs.org.