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The latest news, blog posts and prayer items from missionaries serving in Africa and among Africa's people.

Zigua

18 September 2020

The Zigua of Tanzania. PrayAfrica.org shares: “Praise the Lord for the Zigua people, who are beginning to soften to the gospel. Pray that the Lord will raise up some brave souls who will lead the others in rejecting Islam and clinging to Christ. Pray for the Good Shepherd to minister to them, leading them into His fold and keeping them safe in His hand.”

Pray for the unreached Zigua

Little education, little healthcare, no gospel witness. This is the state of the Zigua people in KomSanga village located in northeastern Tanzania.

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Paul and Helen Shepherd

18 September 2020

Paul and Helen Shepherd work in Kotido, Uganda, among the Karimojong, serving through healthcare whilst working with the local church. “We have seen a lot of deaths of children the last 2 weeks mainly due to anaemia (destruction of the red blood cells) from malaria which has been tragic. There are many factors leading to this; there’s no blood in Karamoja at the moment due to countrywide shortages due to COVID, families are really poor at the moment as the harvest has not quite come and we’re in our 9th month of a livestock sale ban (main source of income for the Karimojong) due to foot and mouth disease, so they are coming late to seek healthcare and the underfunded health system is dealing with 2 epidemics (COVID + cholera). Pray the deaths will stop, the families will seek healthcare early, that the livestock ban will be lifted, that cholera cases will decline and for the health system -blood, staff, COVID etc. A Christian family Paul visited on Thurs, Jonah and Christine, have lost 2 children in the last month – a premature baby and a 2 yr old from malaria – pray for them. Pray that God will hold them fast and make his presence known in their darkness, that in the depths of their pain they wouldn’t let go of the hope they have in Christ.”

Paul & Helen Shepherd

We work in Kotido, Uganda among the Karimojong, serving through healthcare whilst working with the local church.

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Hervé and Nathalia Ramangalahy

18 September 2020

Hervé and Nathalia Ramangalahy are new members of AIM, about to take up their first assignment in Madagascar. “God is great! We’re going to be able to leave!! Saturday September 19th, we will fly to Antananarivo. We moved to Burdignin less than three weeks ago, thinking of staying there until the official opening of the Malagasy borders (not before October). After an initial refusal, Madagascar agreed to grant us seats on a special repatriation flight for the whole family. What a surprise! We are convinced that this is really an answer to prayers! Thank you Lord! The countdown has then started to settle all the administrative procedures before our departure! After about 14 hours of travel, we will arrive in the capital: Antananarivo. We will have to go to a hotel for a 4 days confinement. Then, we will join Hervé’s family – whom we are looking forward to see again! – and we will make the procedures to transform our visas into long-term residence permits. After around 2 weeks in Tana, we will be able to leave for Nosy Be.”

Hervé & Nathalia Ramangalahy

We are currently preparing to join a ministry team working among the Sakalava on the island of Nosy Be in Madagascar.

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Datooga

11 September 2020

The Datooga are an unreached people group who live in central Tanzania. They are a large group of former nomads who have now settled as farmers, and have animistic beliefs. PrayAfrica.org writes: “Please continue to pray for Datooga evangelists and pastors to be sent to all corners of the people group. Pray that the Lord will raise up those men and women. Then also please pray for the churches in Tanzania to be filled with a passion to see the Great Commission fulfilled in every people group in the country, including the Datooga. Pray that it will be their own sons and daughters they send out. Pray they will support them generously, visit them, care for them, and stay in touch with them.”

Pray for the unreached Datooga

The unreached Datooga live in Central Tanzania, with their homeland near Mount Hanang - a mountain which plays an important role in their songs and myths.

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Ard & Carin de Leeuw

11 September 2020

The de Leeuw family are currently in the Netherlands because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will return when possible. “In the past few months we have taken the time to take a closer look at all our work among the Laarim. Is the vision we have for the Laarim as a team still correct? Or do we need to adjust it? What are our activities and are they effective, or do we have to stop or refine them? This is a beautiful process which is not yet finished, but we enjoy it immensely. We are grateful to God for all the work he is doing among the Laarim. We ask prayer for this whole process. That God will show us again and again which way he wants us to go with ministry among the Laarim and which activities we should do as a team.”

Ard & Carin de Leeuw

We live among the Laarim in South Sudan learning language and culture to share the gospel with them.

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Kathleen Quellmalz

11 September 2020

“I thank God for the opportunity to teach God’s word and minister to the children and youth at the Children’s Remand Home. Recently the Officer in Charge called asking me to counsel a young 17-year-old boy who had tried to kill himself. He was abandoned when he was two years old, raised at an orphanage, he never was able to complete even Primary school, now he needed to stand on his own two feet aged 17 and he got in trouble. He did not see a reason to keep on living. We talked and prayed for a long time. One week later he was the first one in the classroom and greeted me with a smile. Asking him how he was doing, he said that he feels so much better. Thank God for bringing hope into his heart.”

Kathleen Quellmalz

I work with Safina Street Network in Dodoma, Tanzania. As Director, I seek to equip and guide staff in the various areas of the ministry and seek God’s will along with the leadership team for future development.

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Caroline Bell

4 September 2020

Caroline is currently on Home Assignment in the UK and will return to Uganda when possible. “In my last prayer letter I wrote that I was hopeful I might be able to return to Uganda in August or September. I am still in the UK, with no clear idea of when I will be able to return. As I face being here potentially for several more months I have been exploring the possibility of studying one (or two) modules online from All Nations Christian College. An advantage of being able to study online is that if I return to Uganda before the module is completed, I can continue to participate from Moroto. Please pray for wisdom and leading from the Lord on how to use my time as I wait to be able to return to Uganda. Please pray for increased trust, contentment and patience in the waiting.”

Caroline Bell

I live with the Karimojong, seeking to share the gospel, so that they may truly know Jesus for themselves.

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Kirsty

4 September 2020

“With the opening of schools, we are preparing to open English classes and I have been busy lesson planning. I haven’t taught since 2013 and hope to have 2-3 lower level classes which should start at the beginning of September. Please pray for preparations for these. Ownership of these classes is on each group or association, and we work alongside coordinators who are responsible for contacting students, organising books, premises, times etc. Please pray for a smooth start and for smooth speech.”

Kirsty

I am preparing to lead a medical team in the Indian Ocean Islands.

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Alan & Pauline Jordan

4 September 2020

Because of government restrictions in Kenya schools the Northern Bible Training Centre won’t re-open until January 2021, so the Jordans are planning to return to the UK for eight weeks in the autumn to raise more support. Please pray for safe travel for Alan & Pauline, and that God would provide the finances they need to continue their ministry in Marsabit.

Alan & Pauline Jordan

We serve with the Africa Inland Church at the Northern Bible Training Centre in Marsabit, northern Kenya. Alan teaches at the Centre, and Pauline is the Administrator of the local AIC primary school.

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Mwani

28 August 2020

The Mwani live along the coast of northern Mozambique. Influenced by seafaring Arab merchants centuries ago, their culture is characterised by fishing and folk Islam. PrayAfrica.org shares: “The city of Pemba has received thousands of refugees and many residents have offered shelter even though they barely have enough room for their own families. We have started meeting with a group of believers committed to helping these families not only with food and clothing, but also with the gospel – seeking to disciple this group which is predominantly Muslim. Please pray that God would guide this process and that those whom He has brought here would come to know the true Saviour.”

Pray for the unreached Mwani

Mwani literally means ‘beach’ and life is tied to the ocean. They live along the coast of northern Mozambique and were influenced by sea-faring Arab merchants centuries ago.

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Zigua

28 August 2020

The Zigua live in a small coastal region in northeast Tanzania, near to Dar-es-Salaam. PrayAfrica.org writes, “Pray for a Christian couple who are sharing the gospel among the Zigua people. Pray that through them many Zigua will come to know Christ and become his faithful disciples and followers. Pray that many churches can be started among the Zigua people, and that they will leave behind their former religion and ways. Pray that all their focus will be on the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Pray for the unreached Zigua

Little education, little healthcare, no gospel witness. This is the state of the Zigua people in KomSanga village located in northeastern Tanzania.

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Diaspora Ministry in the UK

28 August 2020

One of AIM’s missionaries involved in Diaspora ministry in the UK shares on PrayAfrica.org: “There are still a lot of restrictions in place here regarding meeting people inside buildings, but we are free to meet people outside. As a result, and with the warm weather, my diary is more or less full. We give thanks for this. Pray for fruitful conversations.”

Sheona Chisholm

28 August 2020

Sheona was, until recently, serving as Personnel Coordinator for Africa Based Support in Nairobi, Kenya. She will soon be taking up a voluntary role with AIM in Scotland. “On the 6th of July, my Mum sadly passed away. We had thought we would lose her around six weeks before as she had felt abandoned as we weren’t allowed to visit the home, due to the government’s Covid-19 ruling. Thankfully the home recognised that she was going downhill, so we were allowed in to see her, which we did on a daily basis, she initially seemed to turn the corner, the home think due to us visiting, but I also think due to prayer. Sadly she deteriorated further and passed away into the arms of her Saviour very peacefully. In these special weeks that we had with Mum, we spent a lot of time in prayer with her/ singing with her and just being with her, and we as a family are very thankful that we did manage to be with her.” Please pray for Sheona and her family as they grieve the loss of her Mum.

Sheona Chisholm

Until recently, I served with Africa Based Support in Nairobi, Kenya. In October I will start volunteering with AIM in Scotland.

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Hervé & Nathalia Ramangalahy

21 August 2020

The Ramangalahys are preparing to join a ministry team working among the Sakalava on the island of Nosy Be in Madagascar. Madagascar’s borders are currently closed, and the Ramangalahys are waiting for them to open so that they can begin their assignment. Praise God for the family’s commitment to ministry among the Sakalava, and please pray that they will be able to travel to Nosy Be soon.

Hervé & Nathalia Ramangalahy

We are currently preparing to join a ministry team working among the Sakalava on the island of Nosy Be in Madagascar.

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Paul & Helen Shepherd

21 August 2020

“Pray for the cholera outbreak – there’s been over 100 cases now and at least 10 deaths. However because the local government hasn’t managed to get a sample to the main Uganda laboratory for confirmatory tests the outbreak has not been declared and government/WHO response is still minimal. Pray this week it can be confirmed and the various support from government/NGOs can come to contain this outbreak, pray for the staff we work with who working very hard to care for the patients and pray that the community education regarding water safety is adhered to. Covid is also starting to rapidly increase in Uganda and we’re in the peak of our malaria season which will only increase pressure on the health system here.”

Paul & Helen Shepherd

We work in Kotido, Uganda among the Karimojong, serving through healthcare whilst working with the local church.

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