Tony and Cath have been serving with AIM since 1998. For 20 years they worked alongside the Africa Inland Church in Tanzania (AICT), where Tony coordinated the Institute of Bible and Ministry and Cath worked in HIV and children’s ministry. Soon they will be moving to Entebbe, Uganda to carry on their work as AIM’s African Mobilisation Consultant and Child Safety Officer from a new location.
80% of Uganda is engaged in agriculture. The healthy economy of the 1960s was crippled in 1972 by the expulsion of the Asian business community, and then virtually destroyed by tyranny and wars. It has steadily improved since 1992. Under previous government regimes there were restrictions on persecuted Christians, but there is now freedom of religion.
Before Tony and Cath started serving with AIM in 1998, Tony worked as a pastor and Cath as a health visitor based in West Sussex. From 2005 they worked alongside the AICT in Morogoro, Tanzania – Cath originally in HIV and children’s ministry, and Tony coordinating the Institute of Bible and Ministry. This is a multifaceted ‘on the job’ programme of teaching and dynamic interaction which aims to ‘enable, mobilise and inspire’ church leaders to a closer walk with the Lord and increased effectiveness in ministry.
The Swansons believe that the Church is God’s chosen way to bless and transform communities and the world. As Christians faithfully live as salt and light in their communities they are beacons of hope, justice, healing, revelation and living faith.
The African Church is growing, vibrant and confident in the gospel, and has tremendous untapped potential to reach the unreached with the good news of Christ. AIM created its African Mobilisation Hub to help AIM serve churches in Africa by enabling them to send their own missionaries. Since 2015, Tony has been AIM’s African Mobilisation Consultant, coordinating the Hub’s work and ensuring that it stays focussed on its aim of seeing African Christians being sent to the mission field.
Cath is AIM’s Child Safety Officer. AIM takes seriously its God-given responsibility towards the children of its missionaries, longing to see them develop into confident adults who know and love Jesus and can thrive in this fallen world. AIM also has several ministries among African children and recognises its responsibility towards them to ensure a high standard of conduct and care. Cath leads the Child Protection team, dealing with safeguarding issues and helping AIM to be an organisation where children are safe and cared for.
Tony and Cath are moving from Tanzania to Entebbe, Uganda. As the home to Uganda’s main international airport, moving here will better facilitate the international travel that both their roles involve.
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Tony and Cath work for AIM’s International Office. Tony is AIM’s African Mobilisation Consultant and Cath is AIM’s Child Safety Officer.
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Latest prayer points
- 23 November 2018
Tony & Cath are about to leave Tanzania for Home Assignment in the UK, before moving to a new location in Uganda. About leaving Tanzania well, they write: “One of Cath’s favourite quotes is from Yann Martel: ‘It is a terrible thing to botch a farewell.’ Thankfully, Tanzania culture wholeheartedly agrees, and we are currently going through the whole gamut of saying kwa heri. Please pray with us for the staff at Sanga Sanga, pastors, for the Sunday School teachers, for our team – and for many of our local friends who have come to rely on us in various ways.”
- 3 August 2018
In December, Tony & Cath will relocate to Uganda. “There is good news in relation to our transition from Tanzania in December. The church has now appointed Tony’s successor, Rev. Yohana Batano, as Coordinator for the Institute. Please be praying for him as he gets used to life and ministry at Sanga Sanga [the base of the Institute].”
- 16 March 2018
“[Recently] I (Tony) had the privilege of meeting with a Tanzanian pastor whom I have known for two decades, called Alfred Ndaro. Alfred is a man in his late 50s who has given his life to serving God. Through tears, Alfred explained his desire to see the Africa Inland Church awake to its responsibility of taking the gospel to the remaining unreached peoples of Tanzania and beyond. Together with a Japanese SIM missionary colleague, he was seeking to set up a Mission’s Summit to coordinate the disparate missionary outreaches that are going on across Tanzania and to seek to mobilise the Tanzanian church to this call. We met together in Dodoma, the capital city of Tanzania, together with colleagues from AIM and AICT. Looking around the room I was in the presence of greatness; their stories and testimonies of God’s goodness and faithfulness would keep us occupied for hours. Missionary doctors, agriculturalists, school teachers and preachers of the gospel, praying and planning together to see God’s Kingdom Come and His will be done among the unreached. Please pray for Alfred, for the plans for his organisation MAPANA in training churches to engage in the Great Commission. It would be wonderful if MAPANA and the Institute of Bible and ministry could collaborate in making this vision a reality. Watch this space…”