Africa
Inland Mission

Mat & Katy Linley

with with Phoebe, Jonah and Barnaby

Sent from Sutton Bonington Baptist Church, Nottinghamshire

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.

If you would like to partner with the Linleys in your prayers, gifts and practical support, please download and complete this form and return to Freepost RTJH-JRZE-XXKX Africa Inland Mission, Halifax Place, Nottingham NG1 1QN.

For any queries, please email: donations.eu@aimint.org

 

 

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