It's a new year, and there's been some exciting new appointments within our International Leadership Team to share with you.
The International Leadership Team is made of Area Directors and others with particular roles, and is led by Steve Goss. Now, this might begin to sound a bit like a cabinet re-shuffle (remember those?!) but bear with us, because we want to introduce you to some awesome new folk who help shape how we "Go and Make Disciples of ALL Nations". It's all change for Freedom In Christ in Africa in particular. Here goes!
Howard and Aileen Ostendorff (pictured) were our first Africa Directors. They've done an amazing job. Steve says, "We have seen unprecedented growth in Africa under the leadership of Howard and Aileen. When they courageously took up the challenge to be our first Africa Directors and moved to Kenya to do it, our objective was that they should replace themselves with an African and it's wonderful to see that objective achieved. In Ibrahim we are blessed to have found someone who is absolutely committed to the message of Freedom In Christ and has already been involved in taking that message to many African countries with great success. This is an exciting moment!"
So that brings us to introduce to you.... Ibrahim Dikko! (pictured with his wife Zainab). Ibrahim has been serving on the Board of Freedom In Christ International, and will now take over from Howard and Aileen in April 2021. He and Zainab have been married for 21 years, have four lovely children, and live in Lagos, Nigeria. Zainab is a banker with over 20 years’ experience and a Trustee of the non-profit that has been formed in Nigeria that we hope will in time become our Nigerian Office.
Now, you will probably have noticed that that leaves a space for a new African repersentative on the International Board, and that's being filled by the one and only James Wanje! James and his wife Chao have been missionaries in their home nation of Kenya for 16 years. He currently serves on the board of Freedom In Christ Kenya, and has worked closely with Howard and Aileen over the years. Both James and Chao have a real passion to train leaders. James says, ""In the communities we work with, more than 80% of the pastors lack theological training. We work in partnership with local churches to bring theology into their communities. Alongside theological training, we also train the pastors and church leaders in basic leadership development to help them build stronger congregations who will also reach their communities. We have found the Freedom In Christ message absolutely fundamental in that and have seen it change so many lives."
Ibrahim & Zainab
Howard & Aileen
Howard and Aileen will continue their involvement in Africa, working alongside Ibrahim with his team. We are so thankful to Howard and Aileen for all that they have done and excited to see how Ibrahim will build on that!
Please join us in praying for Howard and Aileen as they continue to support the work of Freedom In Christ in Africa, for Ibrahin and Zainab as Ibrahim takes up the reins of Africa Director, and for James, as he joins the Board of Freedom In Christ Ministries International.