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

Karin Mende

10 August 2018

Karin is coming to the end of her Home Assignment and will return to Madagascar at the end of the month: “Living in this fast developing digital world, I noticed, we have become more or less dependent on this system. I will not say much about this. But what I discovered for myself is I have certain insecurities or fears, because I do not understand or cannot follow some procedures any longer. Planning for the future, managing your day-to-day money, however, are important skills. In a relatively short time I have to learn a huge amount of new things. Often I have to ask for help which is not always easy. Wonderfully enough, God has promised help and wisdom where I don’t have enough. Thinking about my future I am convinced that my long years of experience in different cultures may come useful in our multi-cultural Germany. In this regard God will surely reveal His plans to me. I trust him that He wastes nothing…I am asking special wisdom for my probably last term on the big island. What are God’s priorities? To whom can I hand over my work? Please pray!”

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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Bridget Howard

10 August 2018

“The news of the moment is that I have decided on my return date to the UK. With the changes of personnel at New Creation Ministries and the re-evaluation of some of the courses, it has been decided to offer the Academic Writing and Research module as the first module for the new 2019 intake and I was asked to teach that course. After talking with various trusted advisors, I have agreed to do so since I seem well-placed to use my experience and knowledge of the student’s needs and problems. It will be an 8-week module from January to early March. So it looks as if I’ll be back in the UK while we are still in Europe before we Brexit! Please pray for me as I complete preparation and teaching of that course and for the three remaining PTS study blocks. I’m still undecided as to how to use my time and if it will be possible to offer adult English courses during the remaining months. Please pray also that we will be able to find a replacement teacher of English.”

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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Marsali Campbell

10 August 2018

Marsali has recently returned to ministry in Uganda with Dwelling Places (DP), a rehabilitation project for street children. She writes “DP has a growing component in Karamoja, in the NE of Uganda, especially in Napak District where we estimate approx. 80% of children on the streets are originating from, some alone, some with family members, some are trafficked for exploitation. DP has been pioneering in the area of prevention of migration to the streets, and focused on an extremely under-developed area called Lomaratoit where we now support their Primary School, and working with the local community, Elders, Leaders and Gov. officials for the area. The advocacy component is a great encouragement, and led by our wonderful Social Worker Opus Stanley – I know he would greatly value prayer for this important area of ministry, in amongst very challenging situations and needs.”

Marsali Campbell

I have recently completed a Masters in Global Health at University College London. Following my year out I am prayerfully considering where God is calling me to serve next.

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Steve & Ruth Lancaster

3 August 2018

Steve & Ruth are in the middle of running a series of Pastors’ Conferences around Tanzania, based on 1 Peter. Steve writes: “One of the most challenging verses that we look at in 1 Peter comes towards the end of chapter 2: ‘Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply from the heart.’ (1 Peter 2:22)… Leading on from this verse I then head towards John 13:34-35 where Jesus instructs his disciples (and us!) to love one another, stating that if they do this, outsiders will realise that they are followers of Christ. Love is indeed the key to the gospel, isn’t it? Paul says to the Corinthians that if we lack love in our lives, our witness amounts to nothing… Father, fill us with your love; strengthen and equip us to love each other, so that a watching world may be drawn to your irresistible love.”

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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Simon & Leanne Foulkes

3 August 2018

Their daughter Lydia reflects on the past year of school for the girls: “This year has been a year full of changes, blessings and challenges. In the last few months, I have discovered who my true friends are through school, church and extracurricular activities such as choir. However, it has also been revealed how much depression and anxiety affects young British teenagers. I thank the Lord for all he has done for us and the opportunities he has given us to share our faith with others. I pray that the spiritual seeds that have been planted would continue to grow, that new opportunities would arise and that the youth would turn to the Lord in their troubled times.”

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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Tony & Cath Swanson

3 August 2018

In December, Tony & Cath will relocate to Uganda. “There is good news in relation to our transition from Tanzania in December. The church has now appointed Tony’s successor, Rev. Yohana Batano, as Coordinator for the Institute. Please be praying for him as he gets used to life and ministry at Sanga Sanga [the base of the Institute].”

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 Burns

27 July 2018

Kathleen now serves in Uganda as AIM Central Region’s Medical Outreach Coordinator. “Please pray for me in this new role as Medical Outreach Co-Ordinator, pray that I will develop this new role well, there is a lot to learn. Please pray for our missionaries and workers. Many of them live in areas where there is no access to good medical care and therefore when they get sick, need to travel either to Kampala or further afield. Please pray for God’s protection upon them and their families.”

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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Martin & Joy Koch

27 July 2018

“[In May] we were planning to take Pastor Nicholas Lekorere from Maralal to Lchakwai so that he could speak with [some] women interested in baptism… There were 17 women at that first meeting and one Samburu man. On our way back to Lchakwai on Friday, Martin stopped at one home and invited the man of the home to join us for that meeting. He responded positively and was actually the first person to come for the meeting. He waited around for the women to arrive so the meeting could begin and stayed through the whole time… In Africa Inland Church churches, baptism candidates attend classes where the 18 lessons of the catechism are taught. We decided to continue to have Saturday morning meetings and to work through the lessons in the catechism… The next two Saturdays in May we met again in our living room. The same man participated in all three meetings. The number of women attending increased, though many women attended only two of those three meetings… Pray that all will understand what is being taught and will respond in faith to the Word. And don’t forget to praise God for how he has been working! Praise him particularly for the one Samburu man who seems intent on knowing God’s ways.”

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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Mat & Katy Linley

27 July 2018

“We are very thankful for the new young doctor, Tefy who is working alongside Katy. He is doing really well. Work here can be brutal however, with lots of difficult and tragic cases. On Friday for example, four babies died. Yesterday, another baby died (tetanus) as well as an 18-year-old girl (malaria) and an older man (septicemia). We often see terminal disease in young people. All this suffering can be hard to adjust to for a new doctor and even for those of us who are more ‘used to it’ we must find the balance between clinical detachment and emotional over-involvement as we seek to serve with compassion. Please pray for compassion and Christ-likeness for all of our staff as we serve the people of this area.”

Mat & Katy Linley

We are part of a multi-agency missionary team, in partnership with the Baptist Churches of Madagascar at the Good News Hospital in Mandritsara. Katy is a doctor. Mat is the missionary team leader, involved in management and training church leaders.

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John & Alma Baker

20 July 2018

“[Recently] Alma was involved in running a snack bar at our local park. She made 300 cakes the week before and then helped in the cafe. Alma has been getting involved with the association which built and runs the park. She has also started a part-time job teaching English. This is mainly a praise point really as these are both answers to prayer for her, but also please pray that Alma would be able to share the gospel with those in her work and in this association.”

John & Alma Baker

We are working with a local church on Mayotte. As well as doing evangelism and, God willing, church planting. We are also continuing to work on our French, trying to remember KiBushi and learning some KiMaore!

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Andrew & Anna Beckham

20 July 2018

“One of [Anna’s] most memorable experiences was in attendance of a birth in the village of Kuduli. Kuduli has felt for a long time to us a spiritually dark place, with frequent stories of the occult and several hangings during our life here. Any potential for a beautiful and natural delivery was not spared this spiritual oppression, as Anna discovered on her very first encounter with the Laarim traditional birth process. A routine request for Anna to assist with a girl of around 16 years having her first baby led her out to a distant homestead we have not previously entered. She examined the expectant mother to find she was fully dilated and ready to push. On announcing this, the mood seemed to change, and Anna’s voice was no longer heard. The already compact house became overcrowded as men and women entered. An apparently spiritual ceremony of chanting and sprinkling an unidentified substance over the gathered onlookers led to what can only be described as a frenzy. Women screamed while suddenly pushing on and punching the abdomen. One man restrained the young woman by the head while another whipped her with a stick. Another woman, preparing to catch the coming baby, would occasionally break from role to slap the mum-to-be. In disbelief Anna sat unable to diffuse the chaos and prayed through tears of despair. After some time, exhausted by the effort, and with no apparent effect, the crowd released the traumatised woman and called Anna back to assist. Unsure what else to do in the face of this oppressive atmosphere Anna offered to take the young woman to the clinic, to which the mum readily agreed. After a short car journey, and in the relative peace of a clinic room the baby came quickly and smoothly. We thank God for a healthy physical outcome, even if the spiritual sickness evident here continues to make us reel. We understand more each day that much of this is common practice throughout Laarim. Of all our anticipated challenges in working in a remote and traditional setting like these back-water hills of South Sudan, the reality seems often much more brutal and deprived than we had imagined. How much this people needs its redeemer for every aspect of their culture and life!”

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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Sheona Chisholm

20 July 2018

“I have just [recently] returned from an amazing weekend travelling with a group of great Mission aviation Students from Liberty University in the states…We spent the weekend based at Korr in Northern Kenya…All in all our trip was very successful. Interestingly, amongst all of the students, the highlights weren’t seeing God`s amazing creatures in their home but rather being amongst the Rendille church & seeing the work of Pastor David who serves there (he is Rendille); an amazing man of God who is used greatly amongst his people. We were all inspired by the work in Korr & Samburu, very difficult places where men & women are sharing God`s word faithfully.”

Sheona Chisholm

I will begin an assignment in 2018 serving at Africa Based Support (ABS) as Assistant Personnel Coordinator.

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Creative Access

13 July 2018

“While breaking the fast on the beach and marvelling at how the heavens declare God’s glory, Helen asked, “So what’s the difference between your religion and mine?” I replied, “Well … Jesus! Would you like me to tell you about him?” Totally out of the blue, God opened the door for a conversation about works versus grace and how in our faith God does the ‘fixing’ of our broken relationship rather than us striving to ‘fix’ our sin and broken relationship with him. She said, “I understand now. That’s a big difference!” Please ask that these truths would penetrate deeply in her heart and she would be able to block out the lies of the enemy that keep her chained to works”

Creative Access

Creative Access refers to nations, areas or ministries where there is great hostility towards Christianity and where traditional ‘missionary work’ is not possible. Workers, therefore, need to be ‘creative’ in how they proclaim the good news of Jesus.

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Ard & Carin de Leeuw

13 July 2018

“Last month we prayed for an opportunity to train the tribe leader of Chawa and his brothers in Farming Gods Way. Ard will start training the men next Monday. He will work with the men for two weeks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday in their gardens and teach them in Farming Gods Way and the construction of their gardens…Our team is affected by fatigue. We do not know exactly where it comes from but several team members are very tired and this has an impact on our work in Laarim. Pray for our energy and also for our mood because in fatigue you can have a worse mood than when you feel completely rested.”

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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Simon & Sue French

13 July 2018

“Our final Sunday in Tanzania was spent worshipping alongside believers from the churches in the pastorate who came together in the new church building in Endamaghay. It was a lovely time together and each of the churches shared with us their goodbyes. We give thanks that the new brick built church building is completed at Barazani. We were also able to complete some repair work on the exterior walls of the Evangelist’s small house which will extend the life of the property. Due to a recent donation we were able to assist the Evangelist at Jobaji to purchase grasses for thatching the roof of his new traditionally built house. For the family this is such a blessings as they have now been able to extend their home from 1 to 4 rooms. The Bible storying project has been completed to the stage where a complete set of stories from Creation to the Resurrection and Ascension have been recorded. The stories have been distributed to 8 individuals to share in a total of 6 villages via small local radios that use a memory card. Evangelist Gabriel is now leading the project. Another young Datooga believer who is computer literate is also assisting in the project which we are excited about…Please pray for our Tanzanian colleagues as they continue to minister.”

Simon & Sue French

We work with the local Africa Inland Church primarily in reaching the Datooga. Our role also includes helping to facilitate a chronological Bible storying project in the Datooga language. From July we will be on home assignment in the UK.

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