Mat & Katy Linley
with with Phoebe, Jonah and Barnaby
Mat and Katy are currently in the UK on Home Assignment and are due to take up new roles with AIM’s Southern Region from Autumn 2020, although Mat is currently working remotely on the leadership team for Southern Region. Once they move to Kenya, Katy will work at AIC Kijabe Hospital.
Kenya gained independence from Britain in 1963. Since then British tourism has been a key element of Kenya’s economy, however, unemployment, poverty and crime remain high. Whilst the majority religion is Christianity, Kenya’s ethnic diversity and vast countryside means there are still many unreached with the gospel.
From 2009-2019 the Linleys served with AIM at the Good News Hospital in Mandritsara, Madagascar. The hospital is a project of the Association of Bible Baptist Churches of Madagascar, with a vision to show God’s love and to bring the gospel to the people of this region, predominantly the Tsimihety people group. The hospital itself is a church planting project, seeking to establish new churches in Mandritsara town, in every town and village within the Mandritsara district, and in several district capitals between the east and west coasts of Madagascar (the main catchment area for the hospital). As well as the hospital and community health work, the project incorporates village evangelism, a gospel radio station, a French-speaking Primary School and a School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Working together with the local Baptist church pastor, Mat was involved in discipleship training and Bible teaching for leaders of around 70 village church groups that had started through contacts made with the hospital and the local church. He also led the multi-agency missionary team in Mandritsara and is a member of the project management committee and Board. Katy, a GP, was Head of Medicine in the hospital.
Mat has taken on the role of Regional Administrative Officer (RAO) with AIM’s Southern Region office, based in Nairobi. He works closely with the Regional Director in supporting AIM’s work across several countries in Southern Africa – Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Madagascar and other Indian Ocean islands. The role includes developing new projects, overseeing special initiatives (such as the mobilisation of Malagasy missionaries) and overseeing AIM’s response to crisis and conflict in the Southern Africa region.
The Linley family will be based in Kijabe, a small town on the edge of the Rift Valley, about 50km north of Nairobi. Kijabe is home to the AIC Kijabe Hospital, where Katy will work as a doctor and be involved in training Christian Kenyan doctors to become General Practitioners with a vision to reach others through medical ministry in Kenya and beyond.
Phoebe, Jonah and Barney will all attend Rift Valley Academy (RVA), AIM’s boarding school for missionary children. The school is located next door to Kijabe Hospital, so the children can attend the school as day students.
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The Linleys are currently in the UK and will begin new assignments based in Kenya in the Autumn. Mat is currently working remotely as AIM Southern Region’s Regional Administrative Officer, and when they are in Kenya Katy will volunteer as a part-time doctor at Kijabe Hospital.
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Latest prayer points
- 12 June 2020
The Linleys are currently in the UK for Home Assignment. In summer 2020 they will begin new assignments in Kenya. “Despite the current pandemic, the hope is still that, later this year, Mat will take up a position in the AIM Southern Region office (in Nairobi) where he will be part of the team supporting AIM’s work across Southern Africa… We are hoping to live in Kijabe, a small town approximately 60km to the north of Nairobi where AIM run a school, the Rift Valley Academy… The plan is that Katy can work part-time as a volunteer doctor at Kijabe Hospital, which is next door to the school, doing a combination of clinical practice and training. The new position in Kenya is due to start at the end of August, in time for the beginning of the academic year. However, as is the case the world over, there is much uncertainty about how the coming weeks and months will work out… Give thanks that in this world full of uncertainty that God is in control. Pray that we would be patient and continue to trust that God’s plans for our life will happen in his timing.”
- 8 November 2019
The Linleys are currently in the UK for Home Assignment and Study Leave. “We have been exploring a move to Kenya in August 2020, and this has now been approved by AIM. Mat will be joining the AIM Southern Region office team, which supports AIM’s work in Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, and several Indian Ocean islands including Madagascar. We hope to live in Kijabe, a town about an hour and a half out of Nairobi, where AIM run Rift Valley Academy, a school which we think will be a good fit for the children. Katy is hoping to work part-time as a volunteer doctor at Kijabe Hospital, which is next door to the school, doing a combination of clinical practice and training.” Please pray for the Linleys over the coming months as plans become concrete and they prepare to move to Kenya.
- 3 May 2019
The Linley family are currently in the UK after having finished working in Madagascar. “We trust that God has something else prepared for us that will become clear in coming months. We’re currently exploring possibilities serving elsewhere in Africa with AIM, but may be back in the UK for about 12 months, during which time we hope to catch up with family, friends and supporting churches. Katy is also planning to take exams and work towards being re-licensed to practice as a GP in the UK.” Please pray that God would clearly guide them into where he wants them to serve next.