Working with marginalised communities
Serving with Latin Link in Brazil and South Sudan
Hannah and Tim met at All Nations Christian College. They have a heart to continue serving communities in both Brazil and South Sudan. ‘From July 2015, we have been based in north-east Brazil but making annual trips to South Sudan for a couple of months at a time. Eventually we hope to take some Brazilians with us!’
For the first two years, Hannah and Tim are working in Gaibu, a fishing town south of Recife, partnering with a small Anglican church and doing community outreach work, teaching in the church and discipling young people.
In Brazil, their longer-term vision is to work alongside quilombola (‘kill-om-boh-la’) communities, which are among the poorest and most marginalised in Brazil. There are estimated to be 5,000 quilombos in Brazil, each with between 200–2,000 residents. Each community has a
historical connection with those who resisted the slave regime; many can trace their ancestry back 200 years to runaway African slaves. Many quilombola communities have a communal land system, and difficulty in attaining rights to their land. There are many parallels between these communities and Abyei!
Hannah felt called to Brazil at the age of 16 and went on several mission trips to the north-east region from 2006–09, working with at-risk children. She then spent two years on a Stride placement with Latin Link, church-planting and discipling teenage girls in a shanty-town community in Recife. She recently studied Contextual Theology and Missions at All Nations Christian College.
Tim first went to South Sudan in 2004 and has been working with the Dinka Ngok community in the Abyei region of South Sudan since 2010. In 2011, the Ngok experienced major land-loss when the Sudanese army destroyed Abyei town and nearby villages and displaced 150,000.
Tim’s ministry has included teaching and preaching to equip the local church, prayer mobilisation, advocacy and practical assistance to rebuild homes and restore facilities. His long-term vision is to see the Ngok return to their land, the status of Abyei resolved, reconciliation between the Ngok and their neighbours, and the Ngok equipped to reach out to others with the gospel.
Can you support Tim and Hannah?
Will you stand with Tim and Hannah? The greatest need is for prayer. To join their prayer team, please contact Latin Link on email@example.com. (alternatively, most of their prayer letters will be posted below)
If you can help financially, Tim and Hannah need to raise about £40,000 for the first year. This includes launch fees, arrival costs etc, so will drop significantly in subsequent years. It also includes accommodation and living costs, travel expenses (including for visits to South Sudan), insurance, pension, visas, language study, and more, which will continue beyond the first year.
Tim and Hannah are looking for ongoing monthly supporters (could you give £10, £20 or £50 a month?) Please go to latinlink.org.uk/donate