Frank Dimmock - August 2017 Update
Africa Mission Specialist
It is a joy to write you in my new role as an Outreach Foundation mission staff member. As you might know, Outreach’s part in Kingdom work has involved ministry with vulnerable children and families. After decades of Public Health work in Africa with HIV, AIDS, and Ebola affected groups, I have developed a passion for trauma healing. With the assistance of The Outreach Foundation, I have been trained as a Children’s Trauma Healing Master Facilitator and will now help prepare African partners to work with traumatized children. As part of an Outreach team, I recently visited with South Sudanese refugees from four camps in western Ethiopia. The number of refugees was astounding; their stories were shocking. They had ongoing traumatic stress. Many of the refugees were members of the Presbyterian Church of South Sudan. The UN reported recently that more than 10,000 unaccompanied minors were among the 380,000 South Sudanese refugees and asylum seekers in the camps in western Ethiopia. Thousands more are fleeing to neighboring countries each month from an ongoing civil war and famine. Based on the current trajectory of displacement, conflict and man-made famine, roughly half of South Sudan’s population will be at risk of starvation or will have fled the country by the end of 2017 – that is more than three million human beings severely traumatized!
Healing trauma wounds and memories is a priority for everyone, a prerequisite for restoring dignity and rebuilding hope and reconciliation in the world’s newest country. At the request of church leaders, I will return in November to work with South Sudanese teachers and pastors and their Ethiopian church hosts to facilitate an initial trauma healing training.
My work as ‘Africa Mission Specialist’ will also take me to The Outreach Foundation’s compassionate ministry programs in East and Southern Africa. I will soon be visiting orphan programs in Zambia and reviewing education support to vulnerable children in Zimbabwe. I am excited about the ways that Outreach is ministering to vulnerable children and families in Africa.
In June/July, our family moved from Louisville back to Mission Haven in Decatur, GA, where we lived during five successive ‘Home Assignments’ from Africa mission work. This familiar environment will help simplify my travel (domestic and international) and the children’s school transitions. My wife Nancy, mom and mentor to five 19 and 20-year-olds and two teenagers, is a great support to my ministry.
Throughout a year full of changes and work challenges, our family is constantly reminded and honored by God’s presence. We can cast our burdens and care on Him who cares for us.
While we know that “He who called us is faithful” to provide all that we need in Christ Jesus, we also know that we are part of a Body and we need you. We need your prayers and financial support to accomplish His purposes in and through us. And perhaps you need us? – to pray for you, to be an opportunity or outlet for faithful giving, to be a part of what God is doing for good in this world He loves. Please pray and consider joining a team of individuals and churches that will covenant to pray for and financially support our ministry. The annual goal for our support and program funds is $120,000. We have a long way to go to reach that goal. Let’s be in mission together. We covenant to be faithful to our call and will communicate regularly about how God is using your investment in the Kingdom. I am available during September, October and December as a mission speaker if your church would be interested in learning more about how you can partner with The Outreach Foundation in Africa.
How to give:
1) Mail your gift designated “Dimmock support” to the Outreach office at the address below.
2) Give by credit card by calling the office at 615-778-8881 or by clicking HERE.
3) Click HERE to set up automatic recurring deductions from your checking/savings account through a process called Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).
THANK YOU for considering this need and opportunity.
With much love,
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