Mark is working remotely as a counsellor and Clinical Team Leader at the Tumaini Counselling Centre, part of AIM Care. Barbara supports him in his work.
After spending time helping at the Tumaini Counselling Centre in Nairobi as part of a short term trip in summer 2011, Mark & Barbara believed that God was calling them back to use the skills he has given them on the mission field for his glory.
‘Tumaini’ is the Swahili word for ‘hope’. The missionary life can be very rewarding, but can also be tough. There is a real spiritual battle, and, of course, missionaries are not exempt from the physical and mental health problems that can afflict anyone. The staff, who are themselves missionaries, work to ‘provide preventative and restorative mental health services and pastoral care in order to enhance missionary resilience and fruitfulness.’ Mark has been a counsellor for over 30 years and took early retirement from his position as Head of Counselling at Cambridge University to go to Nairobi.
Barbara taught adult literacy in Essex for over 15 years, and while Mark worked at Tumaini she worked at Africa International University, teaching English and discipling theology students and pastors’ wives.
In 2016 the Phippens moved back to the UK, and now Mark remotely supports the work of Tumaini as their Clinical Team Leader.
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Mark works remotely as a counsellor and Clinical Team Leader for Tumaini Counselling Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya. Barbara supports him.
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Latest prayer points
- 11 October 2019
“The time is approaching when we will retire as missionaries with Africa Inland Mission. It is a time of mixed feelings for us, as we have been associated with AIM since February 2010. However, as this season draws to a close, we wonder what the Lord has in store for us; after all, we don’t retire as Christians! After six years, Mark passes on the Clinical Team Leader role for the Tumaini Nairobi and Kampala Counselling Centres at the start of November, but will continue with the handover until the end of the year. In fact, Mark has also been handling recruitment enquiries for Tumaini and will continue with this into 2020, until a colleague who has recently returned to the US can take that on. So, we are in a period of gradually bowing out… Please pray for Mark’s upcoming trip to Nairobi and Kampala and the handover of the leadership role to Gunilla, and for the Lord’s leading in our lives in retirement.”
- 5 July 2019
Mark shares, “We have several times wondered whether it would be possible to keep the centre going in Kampala, as the staffing there is so small. But each time, so far, the Lord has provided. Yet here we are again wondering about the future from 2020. Judith [who leads the centre in Kampala] returns to Kampala in September after her home assignment in Germany, but we are all clear that we need a team there for it to be sustainable; for a single therapist working alone, it really cannot be done. So, again, we find ourselves thinking and praying…” If you know someone with counselling, psychiatry or psychology skills why not point them to our current vacancies?
- 16 November 2018
Mark writes: “I want to praise God for an answer to many prayers about being able to keep our Kampala centre open while its sole member of staff will be back in her home country for much of 2019… We desperately need more professional staff still; we are currently turning away about two-thirds of the requests that we receive for help due to insufficient staff – though we always prioritise members of AIM, and are able to see them. And our team member who had to leave a ‘creative-access’ country at short notice is in the process of praying through what their future direction should be. I am currently struggling with setting the budget for 2019 – struggling because we do not have enough money to cover the costs of employing our national staff who run our centres.” Praise God that he has already provided so that the Kampala centre can remain open next year, and please pray that he will provide for the other staffing and financial needs of Tumaini.