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.’
Partner with the Frenchs
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
- 27 March 2020
Simon is AIM’s Diaspora UK Unit Leader, developing opportunities for AIM members to share the gospel among Africa Diaspora in the UK. “The voluntary initiatives among the local refugee community which I am usually involved with are either ceasing to operate at present or are severely curtailed. That said, people are still communicating with each other by e-mail and WhatsApp and ways are being found to help some of those in real need. I am staying in touch with several families who I have been assisting, a couple of whom have recently contacted me to see if there was any way they could help our family at this time. Please pray for refugees and asylum seekers who have recently been allocated housing. They face the challenge of setting up a home while on a limited income at a time when some shelves are bare in the shops. The Refugee Day Centre are arranging food parcels (with food for two days for a family of four) for some of the local refugees who are soon to be re-housed away from the local area.”
- 6 December 2019
Simon is AIM’s Diaspora UK Unit Leader, developing opportunities for AIM members to share the gospel among Africa Diaspora in the UK. “My prayer for 2020 is that as AIM seeks to encourage and facilitate outreach among the unreached in the UK more people will come forward to join the work. For example, we aware of a church in the East Midlands which is actively reaching out to the unreached living in their community but would like someone with experience of working with Africans to help them. My hope is that AIM will soon be in a position to help provide personnel in these types of situations.”
- 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.