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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
- 2 August 2019
Sheona is serving at Africa Based Support (ABS) as Personnel Coordinator. “I have now been in Africa for more than half of my assignment term, in fact I only have another 6/7 months & I will have been here for 2 years. Oh how quickly time goes by. Is that a sign of getting old or is that just that our life is busy & goes quickly. This month, as I had thought has been a wee bit busier than the past few months have been. Two of our new AIMAIR families have arrived & are currently at ABO (Africa Based Orientation). This is in Nakuru around 3 hr drive from Nairobi. This is a 3 week course & is very helpful (or I thought it was when I did it!). All new long term missionaries with AIM do ABO at the start of their first assignment here in Africa. I drove to Nakuru last week to do the ABS presentation. ”
- 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.