Inland Mission

Mark & Barbara Phippen

Sent from Christchurch South Cambs, Sawston

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.

Could you partner with the Phippens in this work?

Partner with the Phippens

Mark works remotely as a counsellor and Clinical Team Leader for Tumaini Counselling Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya. Barbara supports him.

If you would like to partner with the Phippens 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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