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Andrew Beckham

17 January 2020

Andrew will finish serving with AIM at the end of this month, but shares some news of the clinic that he and Anna were involved with among the Laarim: “Our Laarim brother Angelo Lowuyo has decided to seek healthcare training in Kenya so he can be of greater assistance amongst his people group. He hopes this will enable an increased role in the local clinic, providing better pay and a platform for ongoing evangelistic outreach to the Laarim. He is currently in the application process but may be going to Nairobi this summer… Denis and Alice continue in their respective roles as Clinical Officer and Midwife at the clinic in Kimatong. They have also been joined by another midwife and a nurse for a year. Angelo also still works at the clinic every week. This is such a huge change from two years ago, and an amazing and encouraging answer to prayer.” Please pray for God’s guidance for Angelo, and for sustained transformation of the health system.

Andrew Beckham

Until summer 2018 I was part of a focus team working among the Laarim people of South Sudan, with my wife Anna and daughter Phoebe.

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Chris & Sarah Power

17 January 2020

“Life in Nairobi has been busier than we imagined! We feel more and more settled in our roles in the office and have really benefited from having Loren & Donna, our more “senior” colleagues(!), to chat things through with and learn from. It’s been an adjustment to have a day job (obviously with phone calls and meetings seeping into evenings too sometimes!). Because the people we’re interacting with are all at a distance (spread out across the Southern Region countries), it has made us ask what our role is with the local people here who we see face to face in our church, neighbourhood and at the school gates. Chris had the opportunity to preach at a different church a few weeks ago which was eye-opening because it was smaller and more rural than the church we’ve joined. He enjoyed getting a taste of a more traditional side of Kenyan culture.” Please pray for guidance for Chris, Sarah and the family as they consider God’s call on them locally as well as how they serve AIM’s missionaries in Southern Region.

Christoff & Sarah Power

We work in AIM Southern Region’s office, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Chris is the Regional Administrative Officer and the Mayotte Unit Leader, and Sarah serves in Member Care and is a Coach for Southern Region.

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Caroline Bell

17 January 2020

Caroline is currently on Home Assignment. “Raiding cows from neighbouring clans and tribes is part of Karimojong culture. [At the beginning of January] there was a peace meeting between two rival Karimojong clans. During the meeting two men were killed, one of whom was related to Nita’s language teacher and friend. Details are very limited so we don’t yet know exactly what happened or why. Please pray for all those concerned in the meetings that a peace settlement can still be made. Pray that the region will not return to fighting. Pray for the families who are grieving. Pray that there will be true forgiveness.”

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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Steve & Ruth Lancaster

10 January 2020

In November the Lancasters returned to Tanzania after having been in the UK on Home Assignment for several months. Steve writes: “Since our return Ruth has been spending hours with her head in the cash books, sorting out vouchers and receipts from the last eight months and playing the detective in trying to work out what came from which budget etc! It’s consumed her every waking thought (and some night-time thoughts as well!) but headway is being made slowly. My efforts have been focussed more on unit leadership matters, which has meant more time behind the wheel as I visited various missionaries in the unit… Please pray for me as I being my teaching preparation for seminars in 2020, and pray for Ruth as she wades through the accounts, checking and correcting.”

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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Claudia Middendorf

10 January 2020

Claudia has been involved in the relief efforts after Cyclone Idai landed in Mozambique early last year: “I talked with Pastor Marcos about our desire to help individual families in need of a new roof… Within a short time he identified four single women in his community who needed help and four families outside the community. We agreed that I would come to his church on the Sunday… At this service two guests of the district leadership of the congregation were also present…. one of the guests was asked to preach… He spoke [from 1 Corinthians 12 and 13] about the fact that we are one body and should care for each other accordingly in love… Then Pastor Marcos stood up and told the congregation what I had asked him to do, namely to help those people who were too poor to get back on their feet alone after Idai. After careful consideration he came up with four families whom he now wanted to introduce. He called the women individually and asked the congregation if they knew the woman. Yes! Was she a member of the congregation? Was she a parishioner? Is she poor or rich? Poor! Is it right that she should be helped? Is it right that she should receive help? Together, to the cheers of the congregation, Pastor Marcos and I gave the women their money… Through this church we have been able to help 29 families so far.” Praise God for how he is providing for those affected by Idai through this church, and please keep praying for relief for those who have lost so much.

Claudia Middendorf

I am the Unit Leader for Mozambique. I support the AIM team and work to increase availablity of Christian literature in Mozambique.

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Marsali Campbell

10 January 2020

Marsali returned to Uganda in November after having been on Medical Leave in the UK for a year: “My first visit back to the Dwelling Places office was meant to be a brief hello and catch up with my lovely team there, however I arrived when Rita was having a very important meeting with the leaders discussing our five-year strategic plan, and I was invited to join them. I was thankful to God’s providences and timings that this was a good time to listen and discuss, catching up a bit on the past year, and where we see God’s leading and guiding for the year ahead… I’ve also had some good meetings with AIM, we have a new Regional leader called Davis and his wife Jen, also meeting with some of the AIM medical folk, and also my Child Protection leader Cath Swanson and her husband have now moved to Uganda so it’s good to meet with her too.” Pray for Marsali as she continues to re-settle into ministry in Uganda after having been away.

Marsali Campbell

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

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Peter & Katy Wilson

3 January 2020

Peter writes, “Levi just turned 13, so we now have three teenage boys in the house… Levi, like all three of our boys, is active and loves sport. He played this last term in our Under 15 team with his brothers. I got to coach them all and it was so much fun… All of our boys are following after the Lord and for that we’re so thankful.” Praise God that Dan, Caleb and Levi are all following Jesus, and pray that their faith and relationship with God will grow from strength to strength.

Peter & Katy Wilson

We work at Titchie Swot, Rift Valley Academy’s primary school, an AIM-run school for missionary children. Peter is the Principal and Katy teaches fourth grade.

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Sheona Chisholm

3 January 2020

Sheona will be returning to the UK in March. “2019 has been a year of blessings, confusion and difficult decisions… I really love being here in Kenya, I live in a beautiful apartment & really enjoy doing personnel stuff. Never if you had asked me years ago would I have said not working clinically would have brought me pleasure, but God knows who I am & I really enjoy the member care & surprisingly the admin side of things… But – for a few reasons – personal, I need to leave Africa… concern for my parents is getting worse & wanting to support them and my siblings has meant I can’t work from Nairobi. This has been a hard decision, but I feel a peace that I will be going home to Scotland after just over two years of living here in Nairobi… I am praying that AIM will be able to find an assignment that I can do from Scotland… Please pray with me as I spend my last few months here in Nairobi. Pray that I will finish well in my final two months. Pray that I will know what my future looks like and that I’ll have patience to trust in God.”

Sheona Chisholm

I serve as Personnel Coordinator for Africa Based Support in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Matt & Amy Dixon

3 January 2020

The Dixons have been in the UK on Study Leave since the summer. “Life this year has been one of transitions, from our lives in Morogoro, Tanzania, to Moreton-in-Marsh, England in July… After about six weeks’ settling in to our new home, Amy started her PGCE course in Secondary Science. She has just completed one term of teaching in a Middle School. After Christmas she starts at a High School. The course is full-on and family life is very different. In order to support the family through this season Matt is working part-time as a handyman for St John’s Trust. His hours allow him to do all the juggling of the children’s busy schedule and hold the fort at home. The children have settled well into school and have made some new friends, though they miss friends in Morogoro.” Please pray for the family in this different season of life.

Matt & Amy Dixon

We are currently in the UK on study leave. Before returning we worked with the Africa Inland Church in Tanzania (AICT) to manage the construction of the Sanga Sanga retreat centre and conference facilities.

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Tony & Cath Swanson

3 January 2020

Cath writes: “This has been a full year in my AIM Safeguarding role as well as the work I do on the Board of the Child Safety Protection Network and as the training coordinator. My task is to plan our global training courses and to organise facilitators… I see this as ‘kingdom work’- helping mission agencies to better protect all children as a way of upholding truth and justice and to avoid undermining the gospel message we proclaim. I can’t talk about most of what I get involved in, but I do appreciate those of you who encourage me in this work!” Please pray for Cath in her work to help AIM and other mission organisations to safeguard children as part of how we show the gospel to those we seek to reach.

Tony & Cath Swanson

We 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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Karin Mende

20 December 2019

Karin will retire from serving with AIM in March next year. “’Kairos’ means ‘time’, in particular, God’s appointed time. At the right time, he leads me to the right place. Recently, I was able to help again at such a Kairos mission course in the capital. I am mentioning this because I would love to get involved in the same Kairos courses in Germany. Time will come for me rather soon to transition to Germany. What will change with retirement? For about six months I remain employed by the Mission for deputation, visits to prayer partners and supporters in Germany… Please pray for wisdom and peace as I pack and say goodbyes, and for a suitable flat to rent in Germany.”

Karin Mende

Karin works to train expats and local church workers in transformational development and culturally relevant church planting.

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South Sudan

20 December 2019

In Luke 10:2 Jesus says, “The harvest is plentiful, the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Over the Christmas period, please pray that God would send more workers to go to South Sudan. There are currently seven people groups waiting for missionaries to tell them about Jesus, including the Laarim, the Didinga, and the Lopit. Pray that AIM would have the privilege of working with UK and African churches to send missionaries to them.

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Bruce & Jan Rossington

20 December 2019

“Bruce has recently been asked to take on the role of Chair of AIM’s International Council, the Board which oversees all the organisation’s activities. Bruce’s name was one of a couple to emerge from a consultation with AIM members and the final selection was made by the members of the Council themselves. Although this is a somewhat daunting responsibility to take on, Bruce is excited about the opportunity to work with AIM’s key leaders as they seek to accomplish our stated goal of being part of a missions movement that leads to ‘Christ-centred churches amongst all African peoples’.” Please pray for Bruce as he prepares to take on this role in February.

Bruce & Jan Rossington

We are based at Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. Jan teaches French and Bruce is Eastern Region’s Scripture Engagement Consultant.

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Annemarie Boks

20 December 2019

“In the last three months we have been busy with workshops. In October we held one for school chaplains and their directors in Adi, and in November we held two. The first was for the church district of Aru and the second for the Bible School students in Adi. And this one was straight away been followed by one for the pastors in the church section of Adi… For 2020 we already have planned several workshops, only the dates are not yet known. And between Christmas and the New Year a youth conference is organized, where we have been invited to speak and show films. Work continues.” Please pray that these workshops will equip more pastors to serve those living with HIV and AIDS; and please pray for Annemarie and others who are running them.

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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Owen & Miriam Pugh

13 December 2019

“We are seeing afresh the desire people have to come to Jesus as a group. Some individuals are concerned about following Jesus without their children, which is a barrier to them making a decision for Jesus… Whilst we want to encourage them and seek to disciple them to follow Jesus anyway, we also see the value of families and groups coming to Jesus together… This may be an audacious prayer, but please pray it with us: Pray that many will turn to Jesus together. Please pray especially for our Christmas community celebration, which will be a chance to share with the whole community together. May we be bold in proclaiming!”

Owen & Miriam Pugh

We work in a team among the Alagwa in Tanzania, using Bible stories in the mother tongue for evangelism and discipleship.

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