Matt & Amy Dixon
with Elia, Finley and Matilda
Matt and Amy work with the Africa Inland Church in Tanzania (AICT) to manage the construction of the Sanga Sanga retreat centre and conference facilities for the Institute of Bible and Ministry (IBM) near Morogoro in Tanzania.
Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest nations; agricultural subsistence dominates its economy. Health and education sectors require massive investments.There is freedom of religion; all major faiths have the ability to share and propagate their faith. Christianity makes up 54% of the population with Islam totalling 31%.
Matt and Amy have been working with AICT at Sanga Sanga, 20 km outside Morogoro, Tanzania since 2011. Matt is managing the construction of the retreat and conference facilities for the Institute of Bible and Ministry (a department of the AICT), which seeks to ‘enable, mobilise and inspire pastors and evangelists into an ever-deepening relationship with God and effectiveness in ministry.’
Since Matt’s involvement in the project the facilities have grown, and they now include a campsite and a six-bedroom retreat house. In the past two-and-a-half years three Swiss chalet-style bandas have been built on the campsite and a large two-storey conference centre has been developed. These facilities enable seminars and courses to be hosted at Sanga Sanga, investing in pastors and evangelists of the church, equipping them to serve their communities better and to share the gospel more effectively, and enabling them to reach the unreached people of Tanzania and beyond.
Amy has supported the ministry in various ways through book-keeping; and, when necessary, helping with management and bookings of the retreat centre and campsite; helping with hosting work teams; and helping to furnish the new buildings. Amy also helps with a small sewing project called Sewing Hope.
Matt and Amy also support a church plant in a largely Muslim village called Kilkoa, about 40km from the main church in Morogoro town, through preaching and helping with Sunday School.
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Latest prayer points
- 22 June 2018
“It has been a bit of a crazy week or two of one thing after another which makes you feel like an actor in a Carry- On film!! Finley had a stye and then got hit in the head with a football and got a nasty black eye, he couldn’t open it for a few days. Matt also had nasty sties in both eyes. Tony [Swanson] has had malaria, followed by an asthma attack a few weeks later but underlying had fevers which were grumbling on. He was diagnosed with pneumonia at the end of last week and has been in a local clinic hospital on a drip and IV antibiotics. Thankfully Fin, Matt and Tony are all improving. Though prayers for full recoveries would be fantastic…Today one of the painters (Asthmani) who is sub-contracted with a team of painters working on the inside of the conference building managed to cut his right hand off with a disc cutter. He was cutting the ceiling board preparing it for skimming and painting. This is a tragic accident. They were not able to reattach the hand. Please pray for his stump to be operated on well and for it to heal well and that he will be able to regain employment despite losing his hand. There are under three weeks now until the conference building opening and it does feel like the pressure is on and the enemy is firing his arrows attacking on all sides…We thank you so much for your prayers for our family, team and workers.”
- 16 February 2018
“Now that more funding has been generously donated the work on the conference building continues. Windows with security bars are being built and installed downstairs and will continue throughout upstairs; after that the terrazzo floor will be continued throughout in addition to all internal and external doors as funds permit. We enjoyed using the conference building for the annual AICT evangelists’ conference in November and for the Sanga staff Christmas party. Bookings for various church groups, including many children’s and youth groups, have also been making great use of the retreat house and campsite facilities as well as the conference building. We are aiming for the conference building to be completed by the end of June, [please pray for] for all the decisions, work and any additional funding to make this happen.”
- 27 October 2017
Amy writes: “It was great to get back to our home and find it and our faithful staff all in good order. It was fun for the children to rediscover their rooms and belongings and get used to getting sweaty and dirty playing in the garden. The following day [after arriving back] Matt headed to Sanga Sanga to greet folks and to see what has been happening over the six months that we’ve been in UK. The campsite now has fantastic shower blocks, which were a necessary addition after the building of the campsite bandas last year. Both the bandas last year, and the shower facilities, were built with the help of two work teams from Corsham Baptist Church. Another team from UK, an Oak Hall discovering mission team, helped to paint the outside of the conference building. The Conference Building now has a permanent internal staircase. Asian-style toilets have been plumbed in the downstairs bathroom. Terrazzo flooring has been put down in a few locations including the large upstairs meeting room and the first windows are being installed in one of the upstairs offices. There is still much work needed to complete the conference building, but funds are presently very limited and continued funding for the project is a matter for ongoing prayer.”