Simon & Sue French
with Hannah and Jasmine
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%.
The Datooga people, around 200,000 in number, live in Northern and Central Tanzania, often in remote locations. Traditionally they are semi-nomadic cattle herders. Although their cattle are still very important, they are increasingly settling in one place and supplementing their income by subsistence farming. This change in lifestyle creates new opportunities to reach them more easily with the Gospel.
Simon and Sue work with Datooga evangelists like these pictured, seeking to enable and equip the Datooga church to reach out to their own community.
In 2005 Simon and Sue, with their two girls Hannah and Jasmine, joined a TIMO team that spent two years living with the Datooga in the Lake Eyasi area. On the team’s completion, they felt a burden to remain in the area to continue the discipleship of Datooga believers, through Bible teaching seminars, and also to encourage and enable the local Africa Inland Church Tanzania evangelists and leaders, as they seek to reach the unreached in the area.
Simon writes: ‘In the last few years we have seen a few Datooga men and women make a commitment to follow Christ and feel the desire to share the Gospel amongst their own people. This has resulted in a number of new churches being planted, often in rural and hard to reach places. Our role working alongside the Tanzanian church is to assist these churches as they seek to reach out to their Datooga neighbours.’
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The Frenchs work with the local church primarily in reaching the Datooga. From July they will be on home assignment.
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Latest prayer points
- 11 October 2019
Simon is AIM’s Diaspora UK Unit Leader, developing opportunities for AIM members to share the gospel among African Diaspora in the UK. “AIM is looking to partner with a church in the East Midlands which is situated on the edge of an estate which is home to around 3,000 people from the African continent, the vast majority of whom have heard little or nothing about the Christian faith. The church has asked AIM for advice and assistance regarding their local outreach.” Praise God for the opportunity to support this church in their outreach, and please pray that AIM will be able to support them well.
- 15 March 2019
“Simon enjoyed the two conferences which he attended in Kenya in February one of them being a gathering of AIM members who are involved in work with African Diaspora in Europe and the Americas. AIM has now initiated 17 teams of people (mainly local volunteers) to work among immigrants and African Diaspora outside of the African continent. These teams use strategies such as English teaching, children’s camps, advice and help for migrants and friendship meals to develop relationships with people and open opportunities to share the Gospel with them. The goal is to have 40 teams up and running by the end of 2020. It would be wonderful if some of these new teams were in the UK. Please pray that God will enable this work to continue to grow.”
- 21 December 2018
Simon & Sue are currently on Home Assignment. After Home Assignment, Simon will move into a new role as Unit Leader for Diaspora UK. “As we move into 2019 we will be entering a further period of change. Having worked in ministry together for the last 14 years, Simon and Sue will be working separately. From January Sue will be leaving AIM and seeking local part-time employment. Simon has been researching possible work among the African Diaspora living in the UK and from January that is what he will be doing, working with AIM both in a local Diaspora ministry and helping develop and expand AIM’s Diaspora ministry elsewhere in the UK… About half of Simon’s time will involve ministry in and close to the Croydon area. The other half of his time will be spent looking for opportunities for Diaspora ministries that can be developed elsewhere in the UK. Included in the position is a leadership and mentoring role, serving other AIM members who work in Diaspora ministry in the UK… Please pray for Sue as she seeks employment, and for guidance for Simon as he starts his new role.”