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

Carrie Pither

19 October 2018

“My colleague Hiram and I have now completed the Security and Risk Management policy and procedure report, which we submitted to the AIM Directors in September. It was well received, and so we begin to draft our implementation plan for roll-out across the organisation. This will be our biggest piece of work to date and our priority for the next twelve months. We continue to assist in dynamic security and crisis situations. In addition, we work with other faith-based mission organisations to share knowledge and improve our crisis preparations. In the coming months I have a lot of travel, and I would welcome your prayers for these journeys.” Please pray for Carrie and Hiram’s work on implementing the new Security and Risk policy, and for safety for Carrie’s upcoming travel.

Carrie Pither

I am serving in the management of AIM AIR, based in Nairobi, Kenya. AIM AIR's ministry means that missionaries can serve in remote places. I am also the International Crisis Consultant for AIM and the Security and Contingency Officer for our support services in Kenya.

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Martin & Joy Koch

19 October 2018

“Sometime later this month we hope to have the first baptism here in Lchakwai! Pray that those who will be baptized will take a strong stand for Jesus and be a witness to others. Pray that God will show them where they need to follow the teachings of Jesus rather than Samburu traditions. Two men have been attending the [baptism] classes quite regularly. We pray that at least one of them will be ready to make this step of commitment.”

Martin & Joy Koch

We are working in Lchakwai, Kenya, seeking to reach the Samburu with the gospel and disciple believers. Our prayer is that a number of Samburu will commit their lives to Christ and a fellowship of believers will be formed.

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Bridget Howard

19 October 2018

“We are at a guest house on Lake Mahazi, the ‘finger lake’ to the east of Kigali, a quiet place for the annual NCM [New Creation Ministries] staff and leadership weekend retreat. This year the matter for discussion and prayer is rather pressing as the government has recently issued new legislation regarding requirements for anyone who teaches or preaches in a church. These new requirements may have implications for our training programmes and our credentials as a training institution. Please pray for the Executive Committee as they bear the burden of implementing a strategic plan.”

Bridget Howard

I teach English to adults in conjunction with New Creation Ministries in Kigali, Rwanda. I also lead the small team of AIM personnel in Rwanda facilitating vision and direction to various members in their different ministries.

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Simon & Leanne Foulkes

12 October 2018

Leanne writes: “Over the past year, we together with you have asked God to direct us to the activities of His choosing. One answer to these prayers is an opportunity to be among international ladies and their toddlers. The morning includes a short English lesson for the ladies, a Bible story and song time, a snack and a game or craft. It’s a wonderful setting for ladies from various ethnic and religious backgrounds to mix and mingle. This is where I met Anna (not real name). She and several ladies from the same country often sit together and chat in Arabic… Anna recently returned from visiting family in her home country. On her first morning back, I was greeted with the customary cheek-to-cheek greeting and was given a bracelet. She called it a friendship bracelet. Indeed, I am blessed to have her as my friend! Please join me in praying that she, her family and friends will not only be my friend but also meet our Friend Jesus.”

Simon & Leanne Foulkes

We have recently moved to the UK from Mayotte. We now working in Cardiff, seeking to mobilise the local church to reach unreached African peoples.

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Matt & Amy Dixon

12 October 2018

Amy writes: “I was preparing to head out for an evening walk with Finley and Matilda. We were taking their bikes and just getting things ready when I was increasingly aware of a cry that was getting desperately louder under the Flame tree by our gate. Their Finley lay in a heap. He slowly stood up and, in distress, with colour draining from his face, he presented his right hand, which was flopping at an awkward angle… Matt and I headed off to get x-rays – a small miracle at that time on a Sunday. The x-ray confirmed a broken wrist… After our consultation [the next day] we drove to yet another hospital, where we were admitted and waited a several more hours to be joined by the doctor. Fin left us for theatre around 8pm, and was back with us by 9:30pm, his right arm in a large bandage… [The day after] Fin had more x-rays and then he was happily discharged a few hours later. Fin is making good progress… Matt and I found this experience both emotionally and mentally tiring. We are thankful for God’s amazing grace and to strengthen and sustain us in our weakness and the prayers and support of friends and family.” Praise God for how he sustained the family through this situation, and please pray for quick healing for Fin’s wrist.

Matt & Amy Dixon

We are working with the Africa Inland Church of Tanzania. Matt is managing the construction of their retreat and conference facilities for the Institute of Bible & Ministry (IBM) at Sanga Sanga near Morogoro.

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Ard & Carin de Leeuw

12 October 2018

“Every Saturday morning we do a Bible study with Chief Joseph and his family. In recent weeks, there are often around 10 men, a number of women, and more than 100 children. We are very grateful for this, but we noticed that we no longer go into depth during the Bible study. So we proposed that we come to Joseph at another time during the week to do a Bible study with just the men so that we can go into more depth. For this we just need a translator who reliably turns up every time and who is old enough to join the men. Please pray with us for this.”

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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Hannah Coggins

5 October 2018

“We have so much hope because of Jesus and I am so grateful for the joy he pours into my days. My class are an absolute hoot, we laugh every day. One of my new students has medical needs and God has graciously helped him (and me!) settle into the new routine really well. I have started an English Club for students who are ELL (English Language Learners) which is proving to be a great little community for them. We have introduced new ideas for spiritual formation during our chapel times and are seeing growth in our whole school community as they pray and share together. These are examples of his work here, and I am so thankful that he is equipping me to be part of it.” Praise God for a good start to the school year, and please pray that God would continue to equip Hannah to serve her students well.

Hannah Coggins

I teach at Wellspring Academy, serving missionaries in Chad. As well as teaching, I work with the staff team to develop curriculum and policies as the school develops. We also run homeschool weeks twice a year for those homeschooling across the country.

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Amos Kennedy

5 October 2018

Amos Kennedy is a short term missionary serving among the Gabra in Dukana, Kenya. “I’ve been teaching Christian Religious Education in Dukana Boys’ Secondary School, which is an open opportunity to share the gospel with the boys in my classes. The curriculum involves reading sections of scripture with a loose basis for what you teach on after. Recently we’ve been going through Jeremiah, Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth and basics like what being a Christian really looks like, who God is and who we confess our sins to. When I’m not teaching I help out practically around the mission station – tinkering at Land Rovers, finishing up a new guesthouse, making a water tower for another village… Please pray that the boys in my classes would understand the scriptures for themselves, and that God would open their hearts to him through the reading and preaching of his word in class. Pray that we would see change in the school as a result.”

Pete & Libby Halestrap

5 October 2018

A month ago, Pete & Libby Halestrap returned to Kenya after some time in the UK over the summer: “[For many overseas workers] ‘home’ cannot be confined to one place or country, and even when you are fully immersed and settled in one place you know there will always be another that you love and miss. Nevertheless there is indeed a great richness in having more than one home, and it is an immense privilege to know and love many wonderful people across the globe. We’re reminded of this when we make the transition to the UK and back again, and fresh goodbyes are never easy. Yet in equal measure we count it a joy to be able to visit England each year, and to be refreshed and encouraged by the many people we love. We remain humbled by their support and interest, and for the opportunities we have to reconnect and share something of our Kijabe lives… And when our time is done for another year we’re grateful for smooth transitions, as we jump again from one home to another, and settle back into our Kenyan life.” Please pray for the whole family as they continue to re-settle into life in Kenya.

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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Barry & Heather Mann

28 September 2018

Barry & Heather are currently in the UK on Medical Leave. Heather was due to have an operation to remove a cancer this week: “Please pray that the operation to remove the cancer will be a success, with the surgery being as least invasive as possible and that the tissue removed has clear margins of good cells surrounding the tumour. Please pray too that the lymph nodes will be clear of cancer cells & that only the first four will need to be removed…Oh yes, pray too for Barry who will have the task of keeping Heather away from the kitchen (easy), garden (hard) and work (almost impossible!) for 2-3 weeks after the operation…There is still a long way to go and no doubt there will be many emotional ups and downs on the way but we continue to put our trust in God through this. Life may be more challenging that we may want and may take us to places that we would not choose to go to but we know that we are not on our own and that God is with us every step of the way.”

Barry & Heather Mann

Barry & Heather work with Growing Nations in Maphutseng, Lesotho. Heather is the CEO and Barry works in Communications and they are Unit Leaders for Lesotho.

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Owen & Miriam Pugh

28 September 2018

“[Please pray for] a month-long training which is being hosted by the church. There are 18 Christian delegates, sent by their churches from different people groups in the region. This is part of a training programme, in partnership with Global Disciples, to mobilise churches to send people to the unreached in remote areas. They are planning to work towards planting a church in a neighbouring area at the end of this time. Please pray for the delegates, that God would inspire them with his love and passion as they learn; pray against spiritual opposition; pray for the health and protection of all those involved; pray for the area that the delegates will be taken to at the end of the ‘classroom’ training. May there be open hearts ready to hear the good news about Jesus.”

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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Seb Allwright

28 September 2018

“I’ve been encouraged lately with opportunities to come alongside university students and explore missions together. When we take a glimpse into the past, we see that prayer, university students and missions movements are linked throughout history. The American mission movement was born in 1806 after five university students held a prayer meeting under a hay­stack while taking refuge from a thunderstorm. They discussed the spiritual darkness in Asia, every Christian’s responsibility to do some­thing, and then they prayed. As a result of that moment, those men dedicated themselves to the Great Commission and the “Haystack Prayer Movement” spread, sparking the creation of mission agencies which sent many Americans overseas to preach the gospel. I am convinced that university students here will be at the heart of a missions movement. Please pray for continued opportunities to explore missions and take intentional steps towards it.”

Seb Allwright

I am working as the Mobilising Coordinator for Central Region seeking to mobilise nationals to reach the unreached in Africa. My role involves meeting church leaders, individuals and AIM members to envision ways to mobilise the church for mission.

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Martin & Joy Koch

21 September 2018

“In our last prayer letter, we mentioned that Pastor Lekorere would come to explain the meaning of baptism to those who were interested. He came and not only talked about baptism, but also taught the first of 18 Bible lessons that baptism candidates learn. We continued to have Bible classes every Saturday that we were in Lchakwai. Between 15 and 25 women have been attending and two men have participated regularly… Pray for those who attend, that they will understand the teaching and follow Christ with their whole hearts. Pray especially for those who will be baptized.”

Martin & Joy Koch

We are working in Lchakwai, Kenya, seeking to reach the Samburu with the gospel and disciple believers. Our prayer is that a number of Samburu will commit their lives to Christ and a fellowship of believers will be formed.

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Andrew & Anna Beckham

21 September 2018

Andrew & Anna are currently in the UK on Medical Leave. Andrew writes, “After two weeks on the ward [Anna] was discharged back home to continue her rehabilitation, aided in large part by the necessity to negotiate a floor strewn with Lego pieces and cuddly toys. Having made reasonable progress we attended the oncology appointment and we are grateful that Anna commenced chemotherapy this morning. Due to continued significant symptoms and general underlying weakness this has been started as an inpatient in hospital while the medical team assess how Anna is able to tolerate the proposed treatment plan. God willing Anna will be able to come home later this week and continue chemotherapy for the coming two months before further reviews to assess its efficacy. This is not a stage we thought we would be at one month ago. We praise God for many answers to prayer that have brought us this far. This afternoon Anna and I sat together to commit her, our family and this medical process once again to God’s good and perfect plans. As we read together of God’s steadfast love for us… we were encouraged to put our hope not in the chemotherapy drugs themselves, nor in the wisdom and skill of the medical teams, but in God alone. Only his faithfulness is unfailing. We pray that he will be our portion whatever the coming months hold.”

Andrew & Anna Beckham

We are currently part of a focus team working among the Laarim people of South Sudan. After our initial year of language and cultural learning we hope to engage in health care ministry, to support the development and growth of the church among this unreached people group.

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Kirsty

21 September 2018

Kirsty is returning to the Island after some Medical Leave in the UK. “As I think about and prepare to go back I am filled with a whirr of emotions – I am so excited about seeing people, being reunited with friends, neighbours, teammates and catching up on all that has happened in village life while I’ve been away (living in such a small place it does have an extended family feel). I’m also looking forward to having routine and a job again (being in limbo has been hard mentally and emotionally), but I know there are going to be challenges going back too – there’s going to be expectation, questions that I’m not going to have full answers to (particularly in regards to my health). Many people are convinced it’s because of demonic possession or a curse because I choose to stay single, and my lack of recovery, in spite of access to good healthcare, will add to confirm this. Pray for wisdom in dealing with comments and questions about this from genuinely concerned friends. Pray that I would be God-honouring and God-glorifying in my answers.”

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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