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
- 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.
- 21 June 2019
Barry & Heather are currently in the UK on Medical Leave. “Heather has now been discharged by her oncologist. When we saw him, he was very pleased with the way the all the treatment had gone & confirmed that Heather’s prognosis was very good, especially given the complete response she had through the chemotherapy, with no sign of any cancer cells remaining… We are planning an extended visit to Lesotho for two months. We both feel that this is a critical time for Growing Nations and being on the ground will hopefully make communication and final donor reporting far easier. We hope the trip will also help us to establish ‘What next’ for us. Are we still needed at Growing Nations, especially after being away for the past 15 months? If we are needed, in what capacity will that be, will our roles be different and will we be able to take on other work for AIM? Alternatively, are there other roles away from Lesotho that God is calling us to? We would certainly value your continued prayers for God’s guidance & leading in all of these things.”
- 29 March 2019
Barry & Heather are currently in the UK on Medical Leave. “…throughout Heather’s treatment back here in the UK we have continued to work with Growing Nations and the AIM team in Lesotho as far as we possibly can. On the Growing Nations side, this has involved many hours of Skype calls, working on funding reports, finances, story-writing and helping to support the Growing Nations staff team as they run the project on a day-to-day basis. We have also been leading the AIM Lesotho unit from afar, looking after member care, Farming Quest logistics and other admin-related tasks. It has been a real blessing that we have been able to carry out these tasks from the UK, but as the number of hospital visits reduce and Heather recovers it is important that she gets the balance right between work and recovery. Please do join us in praying through this next stage in Heather’s recovery for us both that we get that balance right.”