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
- 12 October 2018
Amy writes: “I was preparing to head out for an evening walk with Finley and Matilda. We were taking their bikes and just getting things ready when I was increasingly aware of a cry that was getting desperately louder under the Flame tree by our gate. Their Finley lay in a heap. He slowly stood up and, in distress, with colour draining from his face, he presented his right hand, which was flopping at an awkward angle… Matt and I headed off to get x-rays – a small miracle at that time on a Sunday. The x-ray confirmed a broken wrist… After our consultation [the next day] we drove to yet another hospital, where we were admitted and waited a several more hours to be joined by the doctor. Fin left us for theatre around 8pm, and was back with us by 9:30pm, his right arm in a large bandage… [The day after] Fin had more x-rays and then he was happily discharged a few hours later. Fin is making good progress… Matt and I found this experience both emotionally and mentally tiring. We are thankful for God’s amazing grace and to strengthen and sustain us in our weakness and the prayers and support of friends and family.” Praise God for how he sustained the family through this situation, and please pray for quick healing for Fin’s wrist.
- 31 August 2018
“As we look ahead there are many changes afoot within our AIM team here working with Institute of Bible and Ministry. Cath and Tony [Swanson] leave for their Home Assignment in December, they will then be moving onto life in Uganda being in Entebbe near the International Airport as much of their lives are spent flying around the world. Pastor Yohana Batano and his family moved to Sanga Sanga from Dar es Salaam in April. Yohana has worked alongside Tony and Steve for many years teaching at the regional seminars of IBM. He has now been employed by the Church to take on Tony’s various roles at Sanga Sanga. In January we will be joined by another AIM family, the Wildasins who have been in Tanzania on and off for seven years, they were part of the same group of new missionaries that arrived with us in Kenya in 2011. They will be coming to help develop the sustainable agricultural work. Please pray for grace and wisdom for management of Sanga Sanga over the coming months as things transition.”
- 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.”