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
- 7 August 2020
Simon is AIM’s Diaspora UK Unit Leader, developing opportunities for AIM members to share the gospel among Africa Diaspora in the UK. “When the Covid-19 pandemic started I realised I was going to be working from home more, at least initially. So I enrolled on an online Teaching English as a Foreign Language course. The course, which I will complete in a few weeks’ time, has been interesting and I am already seeing benefits as I help refugees improve their English. I am currently meeting one-to-one with three individuals one or two times a week. The lessons are being done outside (usually in a park). While this type of setting is not ideal, meeting one-to-one is giving me the opportunity to get to know the students and have discussions with them that would be difficult in group settings.” Please pray for the three men that Simon is currently teaching English and that Simon will be able to share the good news of Jesus with them too.
- 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.”