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

Steve & Ruth Lancaster

7 December 2018

“For our team here in Morogoro there is plenty of change ahead, although it seems as though missionaries serving overseas live within a revolving-door environment where people are constantly coming and going. Our team mates Tony and Cath Swanson are in the process of saying their goodbyes and packing their bags after being in Tanzania for 20 years. [This weekend] they head to the UK for six months before continuing their consultancy roles with AIM, based in Uganda… Please pray for the Morogoro AIM team as we enter this time of transition. Whilst Tony and Cath will leave on 9th December, we’re hoping to have a new family joining the team in February, depending on the issuing of work permits. Please pray for this to happen soon. Ruth and I will then be heading back to the UK on Home Assignment in early March.”

Steve & Ruth Lancaster

We work with the Institute of Bible & Ministry under the Africa Inland Church Tanzania. Steve is involved in Bible teaching and Ruth handles administration and finance for the Institute and teaches English. Steve is Unit Leader for Tanzania East.

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Owen & Miriam Pugh

7 December 2018

Owen & Miriam are currently in the UK on Home Assignment, and share a number of prayer points for their team: “Please do continue to pray for the local church, those who were trained in discipleship, and also for the more secret believers, that they would all continue to press on to know Christ. May they share the good news of reconciliation with many in their communities. Please pray for our team, for the joy of the Lord to be their strength, for wisdom and peace as we serve together. Praise God for the ongoing translation work that is being done in the village. Please pray for the translators, that they would have open hearts as they hear God’s work. Please continue to pray that a new consultant would be found very soon to take over on our project.”

Owen & Miriam Pugh

We are working in a ministry team amongst the Alagwa. We are currently using a set of Bible stories, in the mother tongue, and are starting a project to translate the book of Luke.

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Karin Mende

7 December 2018

“During our AIM mission retreat in October, we celebrated our first ‘Malagasy Day’. A bus-load full of our Malagasy co-workers and mission partners joined us to glorify God… Some already-active partners of AIM expressed very clearly their views as indigenous missionaries: ‘At first, we learnt from you, AIM, then you helped us and observed our efforts, until we could do it alone. We Malagasy have ideas of how to “send out workers into the field”, but we can’t do it alone yet.’ We, as AIM, work to reach unreached people groups, like the Antakarana, Bara, Sakalava, and Indian businessmen. Indigenous partners understand culture much better and quicker then we from other countries do… Please pray for more Malagasy missionaries and open doors in churches.”

Karin Mende

I work to train expats and local church workers in transformational development and culturally relevant church planting. I hope that through seminars focussed on development that leaders will grow as God’s image bearers and that small programmes will be started.

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Pedro & Ana Silva

30 November 2018

Pedro & Ana are Appointees preparing to begin their assignment in Mozambique in 2019. “…AIM suggested to us the date of July 2019 [for the beginning of our assignment]. This date allows our children to finish this school year and gives us some time to prepare ourselves as well as to gather a group of friends to support us… Please pray for us as a family, that God will guide us and give us the wisdom we need for the whole process of preparation. Please also pray for God to provide the group of friends who will make this mission financially viable.”

Paul & Helen Shepherd

30 November 2018

Helen says: “At the Health Centre, things have been a lot easier, especially since Joe and Timothy have come in. They have been amazing, and now there’s a really good atmosphere there, and the staff seem much more invested in working there. That’s really helped me get a better work-rest balance; I was carrying a pretty heavy load there at one point and it was getting a bit overwhelming, really. So I have been able to rest – learned to rest – a bit more. Homeschooling has been going well, and I’ve started my Masters as well. Every Wednesday I have a full day in my hut by myself, and I’ve been enjoying my Masters… Please pray for people to come and join us here, because we’re looking for people to join the team towards the end of next year; we are especially looking for somebody to come and help me with homeschool. Please pray for somebody to feel the ‘call’.”

Paul & Helen Shepherd

We work in Kotido, north east Uganda among the Karimojong. We serve in the local health centres and hospital, whilst also working with the local church doing discipleship and Bible storying in rural villages.

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Pete & Libby Halestrap

30 November 2018

“[A few weeks ago] Pete visited a region of Kenya where there is huge medical need as well as very little gospel presence. We praise God that the trip was a very positive one and that Pete and his colleagues were able to meet with a number of key medical officials and discuss what role Kijabe Hospital might have in supporting the healthcare of the area. We are so thankful that travelling under the good name of Kijabe Hospital meant Pete had a warm welcome and saw many open doors to the possibility of future partnerships. Very recently a colleague applied for a significant financial grant to enable this partnership to develop and flourish, but we continue to wait on the Lord for his timing and provision of the necessary resources. Please praise God for a positive and safe time for Pete while visiting this area. Please pray for ongoing momentum and continued positive relationships as plans move forward. Please pray that God will call just the right people to be part of a new team planning to be based there, and that he will provide the necessary resources to enable it to grow. Please pray for softened and receptive hearts for those who live in this area.”

Pete & Libby Halestrap

We serve at Kijabe Hospital, Kenya with Pete overseeing the care of the outpatient & emergency departments as well as developing training programmes.

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Paul Wheatley

23 November 2018

Paul  is a short term missionary serving in English teaching in N’Djamena, Chad. “At the English college, conveniently located just down the road from my house, I have absolutely loved getting to know the students, all of whom are so incredibly welcoming and kind. I’ve already been invited to various houses and events, including a wedding, and have equally been able to have many friends come to mine. In the classes, I have only really been observing for the moment, which has allowed for more time to simply chat with the students about the amazing things we’re reading in classes (the Old Testament in lower-level studies, New Testament in higher-level). I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how open the students are to discussing what could very easily become extremely sensitive topics, and by how keen they are to find the truth about Jesus. Praise God that I have already been able to start reading the Word with one student, and that more are interested in doing the same. As classes take a break over most of December, I’m looking forward to this perfect opportunity to take serious time to build on relationships with the students and my neighbours.”

Tony & Cath Swanson

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.”

Tony & Cath Swanson

Tony is coordinator of the Institute of Bible and Ministry and is African Mobilising Consultant under the International Office. Cath is Child Safety Officer for AIM.

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Kathleen Quellmalz

23 November 2018

Kathleen has just returned to Tanzania from Home Assignment in Germany. “I look gratefully back on the past three months, our Safina Tour through Germany, Home Assignment Conference and a 25th anniversary celebration at DMG and, as the grand finale, my father’s 90th birthday. Our life is moving. We are all on our life journey. This includes coming and going, hellos and goodbyes. Psalm 121 is a so-called travel psalm or pilgrim song… Even then, people were travelling and the trips were not safe. But the Psalm expresses great security. They know about their guardian, who keeps his eyes open, to whom they entrust themselves, from whom help comes and who brings them safely to the goal, not only in this time, but also into eternity. To this guardian I may entrust my family, which I leave behind, and with this guardian I go confidently back to Tanzania.” Please pray that Kathleen would know God’s protection and care for her in the next term of her ministry in Tanzania.

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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Marsali Campbell

16 November 2018

“[A] strategic area for Dwelling Places’ ministry is in Karamoja, the northeast district in Uganda where the majority of street-connected children originate from – our relationships with communities, elders, leaders and Government officials have been so blessed, and it’s encouraging to see God working and moving in these areas, turning hearts of stone to hearts of flesh. Another new area is working with the bus companies as we recognise they are key partners in recognising children travelling alone and those children potentially being trafficked.” Praise God for the opportunities that he has given for Dwelling Places to work with communities, authorities and organisations and pray that he will continue to soften hearts to him and rescue restore street-connected children to their communities and families.

Marsali Campbell

Marsali serves with Dwelling Places, providing healthcare for children living on the streets in Kampala and Karamoja.

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Alan & Pauline Jordan

16 November 2018

Alan & Pauline are preparing to go to their assignment in Marsabit, northern Kenya, to work with the Africa Inland Church in a Bible training centre and children’s ministry. “Within the last week we have seen a sudden surge in the raising of our support. AIM have confirmed there are sufficient funds for us to go. We are excited and now busy preparing to pack for our imminent departure in December. We are planning to spend Christmas in Nairobi with family before we start the Africa Based Orientation in Nakuru on 16th January… John & Hey Ran Kang are already in Marsabit setting up the Bible School. Through WhatsApp we were able to gain some info of what life is like for them living in Marsabit. They told us of the much-needed rain which has started. We are looking forward to working alongside these experienced missionaries.” Please pray for Alan and Pauline as they prepare to leave for Kenya, and pray for God’s blessing on their orientation and getting used to living and working in Marsabit.

Alan & Pauline Jordan

We are hoping to move to Marsabit in northern Kenya during 2018. Alan will work to establish a Bible training centre for the Africa Inland Church and Pauline will be involved in children's ministry.

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Mark & Barbara Phippen

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.

Mark & Barbara Phippen

Mark works as a counsellor and Clinical Team Leader at Tumaini Counselling Centre. Tumaini works to provide preventative and restorative mental health services and pastoral care. Barbara supports him in his work.

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Amos Kennedy

9 November 2018

Amos is a short term missionary serving among the Gabbra in Dukana, Kenya. “This week we’ve just finished off the water tower for the village of Kubi Adi. What a good thing it was to see the tower standing after so long! The well had already been dug and so all that was left for us to do was bring a water tank, solar panels and piping so the people would have a closer access point. The well site was inaccessible – even by Land Rover – and so we had to carry the heavy frame and all equipment into the site by hand, through scrub and thick mud… Hopefully the whole project will be completed by the end of this month, and the people will get the chance to hear the gospel every time we go… Pray that we will be able to complete the water project at Kubi Adi within the next month. Pray that the Gabra people in that place would not only be provided with physical water but spiritual water which will quench their souls eternally.”

Ruth Mahood

9 November 2018

Ruth is in the UK on Medical Leave. “Last week I spent some time at AIM Europe’s headquarters in Nottingham… It was helpful during the meetings to reflect on the past 18 months and all that has happened in that time. We also talked through what the future might look like. From a health point of view I am not in a position to return to Africa at present. So as I wait for healing and refreshing, God has opened up opportunities to study and gain knowledge and skills that will be of benefit in the future. I have begun a course of theological study, a counselling skills course and a biblical counselling course. As I continue with these studies I will have a period of Study Leave with AIM. The future isn’t clear but as I take the next six-to-eight months to study and await medical clearance I am continuing to seek God and pray that he would allow me to dream big again as to what the future might hold… Please pray for wisdom in how I spend my time and as I get to grips with studying; and for God’s continued healing and direction, and that I would continue to have patience to walk at his pace.”

Ruth Mahood

I am serving among the Karimojong. Through my work in healthcare and the local church, I am seeking to make Jesus known among this people group.

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Kathleen Burns

9 November 2018

Kathleen serves in Uganda as AIM Central Region’s Medical Health Coordinator. “One of the first priorities in my new role as Medical Health Coordinator was to meet with our missionaries and develop and strengthen relationships with them, in particular with those who are working in healthcare. So in August I travelled to Moroto, which is in northeast Uganda, to visit with our team who are working with the Karimojong… There is a Ugandan lady who works with the team in Moroto. She herself was a prisoner a few years ago when she accepted Christ. God has now given her a heart to minister to these ladies in [the women’s] prison. It really was powerful to hear her testifying and sharing with these ladies about God’s forgiveness and freedom… Pray for those dear ladies in prison, that God would break in and ‘set them free’.”

Kathleen Burns

I work with locals in the fishing communities on the Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria. Our team is involved in community health work and evangelism, and also with discipleship training of pastors wives and women in the church.

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