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

Amos Kennedy

22 February 2019

Amos Kennedy is a short term missionary serving among the Gabbra in Dukana, Kenya. “Normally the Gabbra evangelist/mechanic employed here, Duba, and I head out around sunset in order to reach the villages by the time everyone is back from their days herding the animals and to coincide with the time of night when they would be telling stories…Last week we went out to one village and waited while a goat was slaughtered and prepared for us and we were, of course, given fresh skin bracelets to show that we were the honoured guests the animal had been slaughtered for. This isn’t a fast food process so we expected to be there all night, which was a great chance to sit under the stars and listen to the old men tell stories after we had shared our story about God who created this world, the sin that man fell into and is guilty of, and the Lamb that was sent to redeem us. This is something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed and look forward to getting to do. Just the other day I asked the wzee (elders) at one of the studies if they had ever heard the name of Jesus before the studies began last year, and they said no – we had never heard that name. Praise God for increased opportunity to tell of his goodness to people who are fresh to the gospel, and please pray that they would truly grasp and understand as we spend more time together in the word.”

Steve & Ruth Lancaster

22 February 2019

The Lancasters are currently preparing to go on Home Assignment, and Steve writes: “…this term seems to have been tougher than our first one. I’ve struggled with illness for the past 10 months (sinusitis and gastritis) and we’ve both had bouts of what they call ‘culture fatigue’, although which missionary hasn’t experienced this?!… Ruth has also felt the burden of various responsibilities more this term… However, we do have much to praise God for! Many positive things have happened during this second term. I’ve driven over 50,000km without accident or breakdown. We’ve seen the Conference Centre [at Sanga Sanga] grow to its completion with the facilities being well-used by various groups. I’ve preached or taught over 160 times, mainly to Tanzanian pastors and leaders, and have had a go at my first Swahili commentary. Ruth has dealt with over 80 bookings at Sanga with over 2,600 people staying there; taught several English courses; and she’s also processed donations for work at Sanga totalling 507 million Tanzanian Shillings (£170,000)! We’ve also had the pleasure of introducing family members to Tanzania, as well as a number of church teams and Oak Hall groups. It was also heartening to hear that a number of those Oak Hall folks have gone on to invest further in mission. So, whilst we travel home with jaded eagerness we’re counting our blessings, and we’re thankful for what God has gifted us to do… Please pray for us as we aim to finish well and hand over our various responsibilities. Pray that our Home Assignment would be a time of refreshment, physically, mentally and spiritually.”

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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The Rendille

15 February 2019

The Rendille are a semi-nomadic unreached people group living in the Kaisut Desert east of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. PrayAfrica.org writes: “Lately, there have been many sad things happening in the Rendille town of Korr. Many deaths, illnesses, hard marriage situations and more. Tonight a momma said, ‘Are we being punished? Why has 2019 been so hard? When will blessing come?’ Please pray for the Rendille. Pray that they cling to Jesus our hope. Pray that even through these hard challenges that seem to keep coming, people see Jesus. That people would turn to the Church for guidance and help and that the Church would welcome them.”

Annemarie Boks

15 February 2019

“30 years ago I boarded the plane for the very first time to start ministry in Zaire (now DR Congo), not knowing what would happen or what to anticipate. The flight was long and brought me first to Nairobi in Kenya. After a couple of days I flew to Zaire and entered through Bunia. Then it was off to Oicha. While my job description had said that it was mainly nursing with maybe some teaching on the spot, the first question I was asked was if I came to teach at the school of nurses. Having no clue what that would imply, I answered that I was willing to try and then opted to teach about Community Health. 30 years later, I can tell that this teaching prepared me for the work I am doing now. I still am teaching, only no longer in the school of nurses but in the community and in the church, and about HIV and AIDS. And I am doing so much more, like writing books, translating books, producing, filming and editing movies, testing people for HIV, and so on… During all these years God has been with me, he has walked before me and protected me under his wings. He has called me to serve Him in Congo and has proved to be a faithful God. I pray that I may prove to be faithful to Him.” Praise God for his faithfulness in leading Annemarie and being with her in her ministry for the last 30 years!

Annemarie Boks

I am a Director of the Aids Awareness Program of CECA 20, the church in DR Congo with which AIM collaborates. I am focussing on organising workshops for pastors equipping them for their ministry among those living with HIV/Aids.

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The Alagwa

15 February 2019

The Alagwa are an unreached people group living in 15 villages in a remote area in the hills and mountains of central Tanzania. PrayAfrica.org writes: “Please pray for a couple who are really showing evidence of their faith in Christ in their private lives. In their public lives, they are still behaving and self-identifying as Muslims. May God’s Holy Spirit give them the understanding to see that their identity is now in Christ, and the strength to let their lights shine.”

Indian Ocean Islands

8 February 2019

The Indian Ocean Islands are a Creative Access location in the Indian Ocean. Each island has its own distinctive people group, with their own language, culture and beliefs, but all practice some form of Islam mixed with a variety of traditional animistic beliefs, occultism, ancestor worship and fear of the spirit world. PrayAfrica.org writes: “For the next couple of months, the island translators are working on a project to create some Bible storybooks that they can use with their children. They are working with a worker they’ve never worked with before, so pray for good communication and that the project would be a success and a good tool for helping islanders share their hope with their children.”

Angelika Maader

8 February 2019

“The doors [of INTENA] are open for biblical training, and the participants are from various denominations. Not all of them are Christians, but they are interested in learning more about the Christian faith. For 12 weeks Elisio was teaching the way to salvation to a group of people. They then asked him to continue with the studies. The youth group of his church also asked him to start biblical studies with them. The doors of their hearts are open towards the Word of God!” Please pray for Elisio as he teaches this group more about the Bible, and please pray that through these studies God would bring them to faith in Jesus.

Angelika Maader

I teach at INTENA (Seminário Teológico Evangélico de Nampula). I am also involved in theological education in a number of different ways in Mozambique.

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Joan Mackenzie

8 February 2019

Joan Mackenzie is in the UK on her final Home Assignment before retiring from missionary service. “I am hoping to buy a home with some help from Whitefield’s housing trust and just this week I heard that they may soon be able to help me buy a property. Hopefully I will hear more in the next week or so. Your prayers would be appreciated as time is passing and I will be retiring officially at the end of July.”

Joan Mackenzie

I am involved in education relating to general health and maternal and infant care among Muslim women in north Ndjamena. I work alongside Chadian colleagues to improve health and find opportunities to build friendships and share the gospel.

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Ard & Carin de Leeuw

8 February 2019

The de Leeuw family are currently in the Netherlands on Home Assignment after the Laarim Focus team finished at the end of 2018. “The work among the Laarim is not finished yet. The current team stopped last December and the desire is that a new team will start mid-2019. At the moment there are no new applications. Pray for this, that God will put it in the hearts of the right people to serve among the Laarim. People who can be used by God to found the first churches in the Laarim and help the Laarim believers grow in their relationship with God.” We will be writing about this new team in the April-June edition of Connect, so watch this space for more information.

Ard & Carin de Leeuw

We are living in Kali among the Laarim in South Sudan. We have been learning language and developing relationships. Through Bible story telling and study we are discipling the Laarim, with the hope of seeing a Christ-centred church among them.

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Alagwa

1 February 2019

The Alagwa are an unreached people group living in 15 villages in a remote area in the hills and mountains of central Tanzania. PrayAfrica.org writes: “In the past year two sons of a powerful village elder have become baptized believers. Their father is trying to use scare tactics about their inheritance to control them. He has summoned them to court. Please pray that they will trust their heavenly Father, and his Holy Spirit will continue to remind them of his love that doesn’t control us through fear.”

Gabbra

1 February 2019

The Gabbra are an unreached people group who live in the Chalbi desert along the border of Kenya and Ethiopia. PrayAfrica.org writes: “Recently a group of nomads have watched the Jesus Film and have been listening to the audio Bible. They have also received some health care from the missionaries. Pray that they will be moved by the Holy Spirit and understand that Jesus is the Son of God and turn their lives to him.”

Diaspora

1 February 2019

AIM Diaspora’s missionaries working in Detriot share on PrayAfrica.org: “We have many opportunities to interact with people as they come to our homes. We desire to study the Bible with our friends in our homes, at the church, or in their homes. Ask God to work in the hearts of our friends to join us in Bible study.”

Alan & Pauline Jordan

1 February 2019

Alan & Pauline Jordan are in Kenya, preparing to go to their assignment in Marsabit to serve with the Africa Inland Church. “We are currently on a three-week orientation and training programme in Nakuru. It is very interesting and will help us with our work in Marsabit. As part of our familiarisation with the church in Africa we visited a rural Africa Inland Church called Kilewet. It was a small new church which took half an hour to drive to on a dusty track. Pauline was asked to tell a Bible story to about 30 children under a tree! Alan was invited to sing in Swahili with the pastor and elders of the church. Our team were made very welcome and have been invited to go [this] Sunday when Alan has been asked to preach.” Please pray for Alan as he preaches on Sunday, and that he will bless the church in Kilewet with his sermon. Please continue to pray for him and Pauline as they adjust to life in Kenya and prepare to go to their assignment 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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Lopit

1 February 2019

The Lopit are an unreached people group who live in the Lopit hills in Torit district, South Sudan. PrayAfrica.org writes: “Recently the church leaders told a story of the village elders visiting and threatening to close the church because the church leaders refuse to take part in cultural ceremonies which contradict their faith. We are thankful that the issue seems to have died down for now, but please pray for the church and the leaders. Pray for discernment and strength to say no and how to do this in a way which points people to Christ. Give thanks for their boldness and courage as they face these pressures on a daily basis.”

Kirsty

25 January 2019

“You may remember a young woman some of my colleagues spent months nursing back to health after she set herself on fire. With hours of sacrificial care over many months, she saw and heard the love of Jesus and the gospel poured into her, as they shared in word and deed. Her wounds eventually healed, yet her scars, both physical and emotional remained… Whilst she doesn’t live in the village any longer, she has kept a close friendship with my colleague and talks about the love and care she received when others, who should have cared, turned their backs and didn’t want to know. Earlier last year, she spoke about how someone becomes a believer but didn’t take the step at that time. However, as Christmas approached, she asked how she could be involved and came to our multilingual service in the capital. During which she said she was ready to follow and we had the opportunity to pry with her as she became our sister. Shortly after this, she travelled away, where she will remain for a month or so. Pray she is able to meet and be discipled by local believers there and that this time would be a real time of growth… Pray that she will not be led astray to follow old ways and temptations, but that all around her would see the transformation Jesus has brought. Pray for courage to stand firm!”

Kirsty

I live and work as a nurse in a remote Island village, seeking to share Christ's love through clinic activities and relationships with friends.

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