Barry and Heather serve with AIM in Lesotho, based at Growing Nations.
Lesotho is a Kingdom totally surrounded by South Africa, whom they depend on, as their biggest employer and buyer of their main natural resource – water. Lesotho is made up of highland villages, where people live in extreme poverty and few have heard the gospel.
They have been serving with AIM at Growing Nations since 2012. Heather works as the project’s CEO, overseeing the finances, working on grant and project funding proposals and the overall strategic development, whilst Barry is the project’s communications specialist, involved in the development of farmer training materials, photography/video production and website development. A significant part of both of their roles at Growing Nations is the mentoring, coaching & spiritual development of the Basotho staff team.
They are also AIM’s Unit Leaders for Lesotho and are responsible for the member care of 10 mission partners working across the country. Currently, Barry and Heather are in the UK on extended Medical Leave.
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Barry & Heather work with Growing Nations in Maphutseng, Lesotho. Heather is the CEO and Barry works in Communications and they are Unit Leaders for Lesotho.
If you would like to partner with the Manns 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.
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Latest prayer points
- 17 April 2020
“Growing Nations is effectively on hold for the moment. The team are unable to carry out any trainings or visits to farmers as they usually would but as an agricultural organisation it is able to manage the fields. So, this is the current focus of the team, making sure fields are well managed so that crops are protected and harvests maximised… The team are still keeping in contact with farmers via phone/WhatsApp and we are looking at how Growing Nations can share regular video updates for farmers… Donations to charities are also down so Growing Nations have already been asked to revise and cut budgets for future projects. All of this is concerning but we are all very much trusting God for His provision during this time of uncertainty. Please pray for everyone in Lesotho and the Growing Nations team at this time. It will only get harder as the lockdown continues.”
- 21 February 2020
Barry & Heather Mann are currently on a visit back to Lesotho after being in the UK on medical leave: “We have learnt over the past 7 ½ years that we may have plans but God also has His and we need to be flexible and open to His leading.
We have only been back for a few days but we have already had the opportunity to do many things, including; starting to reconnect with the Growing Nations team, who are all excited to have us back; meet with a pastor and his family in Johannesburg and talk to him about ways to engage the church in mission; stay with good friends and supporters of Growing Nations/AIM’s work en route; meet with donors to discuss a new project proposal which is due to start in April; meet with the new pastor at the local LECSA (Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa) church here in Maphutseng; we have been welcomed by the local church and Heather had the opportunity to share her testimony of God’s healing; we have both shared our story with a short term Experience Mission group who have been staying at Growing Nations for the past month; oh yes, and watch a report on Growing Nations appear on National TV!” Please pray for them as they have many things planned for their short time back in Lesotho, that they would be able to use the time week and that they would be able to discern what their next step should be.
- 6 December 2019
Barry & Heather are currently in the UK on Medical Leave, and have tried to visit Lesotho, but for various reasons this has been delayed: “Having spent many hours in various waiting rooms over the previous 19 months we have both become very used to waiting. Actually, life in Lesotho has prepared us well for that. In July we thought that our period of ‘waiting’ was over & that we would be able to return to Lesotho for a visit but that clearly wasn’t to be, so we have been back in the waiting room, but rather ‘God’s waiting room’ this time. We are ready and waiting for the right moment to at least visit Lesotho. Waiting is not always easy and has been a little frustrating at times, particularly during the moments when we have made plans only for them to be dashed. We have no idea why all of these things have happened to stop us from returning to Lesotho but clearly we are not meant to be there at the moment. We are very much trusting God in the knowledge that our return to Africa will be in His timing not ours. Our desire is to continue to serve Him so we need to be ready for when that moment comes.” Please pray for Barry and Heather as they try to get the balance right between their work for Growing Nations and other needs. Pray that God would make it clear to them when they should visit Lesotho, and that he would make clear to them what his longer-term plan for their ministry is.