John & Alma Baker
with Anya and Micah
John and Alma are engaged in church planting on the island of Mayotte. They are also working alongside the local ex-patriate church.
John and Alma left their jobs as Primary School teachers in 2010 to serve with AIM on a TIMO team in Mayotte. When the team ended, they returned to the UK, where John completed the Cornhill training programme in Bible handling and preaching, and Alma taught English and maths to women in London’s East End.
Mayotte is a small tropical island located in the Indian Ocean. It became an overseas department of France in 2011 and has since become the home of many immigrants from Africa and neighbouring islands. The language of the majority is Shimaore, the second most widely spoken native language is Kibushi. The vast majority of the population is Muslim.
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They returned to Mayotte in 2016. The Bakers now live near the capital, in an area where lots of different immigrant populations live alongside the local Mahorais population.
The people of Mayotte have been very resistant to the gospel. They live in communities which are outwardly harmonious and comfortable, but in reality are full of discord, family breakdown and confusion.
There is a dual focus to the Bakers’ work. Ultimately, they are in Mayotte because the population is almost entirely without the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are over 250,000 people living on the island, and you could count the number of Mahorais believers on your fingers. Therefore they are in Mayotte as evangelists, and, hopefully, church planters. They want to see local congregations of believers spring up all over the island.
There are a few small evangelical congregations there. These are largely Malagasy, African and European ex-patriate churches, and so John and Alma have a second, related focus to their ministry of service to the church which God has brought to Mayotte.
John and Alma believe strongly that God works in the lives of his people, and in the lives of people he draws to himself, by speaking to them by his Word. So they seek to spend their time opening the Bible, explaining it, proclaiming it, defending it and living in obedience to it among the people of Mayotte.
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Partner with the Bakers
John, Alma & Anya Baker are seeking to reach the unreached people of Mayotte with the gospel.
If you would like to partner with the Bakers 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
- 1 May 2020
The Bakers are now in the UK on Home Assignment. John writes: “…these months of Home assignment [have been] about resting, finishing my studies and planning our next step in ministry and life. Quite early in our Home Assignment it became obvious that our ministry in in Mayotte had sadly come to an end before we would’ve wanted and as things stood we wouldn’t be going back any time soon… The good news from us is that we have a new ministry to move on to. I have accepted a job as Associate Minister at a church in Essex… The provision of this church has been an incredible answer to prayer and is a job and a church we are very excited about. The current pandemic will obviously affect how we are able to join the church and how I am able to work, but in whatever form it takes we are excited to start this new challenge.” Please pray for John, Alma and the children as their time serving with AIM comes to an end and John begins ministry at this new church.
- 14 February 2020
The Bakers are currently in the UK on Home Assignment. John writes: “Alma gave birth to Micah John Baker [on 5th December]! He is doing very well. Anya too is getting on great in England. She loves school and most other aspects of being here… I am spending my time studying with SATS. I aim to finish off my theology degree before Easter. Being on Home Assignment also allows us the time to pursue other training. Last week I took part in a very good two day Proclamation Trust course on preaching in cross-cultural contexts and I am also reading on various topics outside of the remit of my theology degree. We are also starting to explore what our next step will be. Please pray for us as we talk to people in our churches, in AIM and in our families about what we could do next.”
- 6 December 2019
The Bakers are currently in the UK after needing to return from Mayotte earlier than expected. “We flew back to the UK in early October having sold off, packed up, and handed over in Mayotte. The process was smooth but not easy… At the moment we are resting and recharging and waiting for a baby to be born… Please pray for us as we talk with both the leadership of our sending churches and with AIM about future ministry and as we seek to use the gift of an extended home assignment wisely.” Baby Micah was born earlier this week, so praise God for him and please pray for the Bakers in these first weeks of being a family of four.