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Glyn Jones and Susan Allison-Jones to carry on Botswana Ministry
April 7, 2003
Winnipeg, Man.—“God is calling us, and when God calls you got to answer. ”
That’s how one daughter explained why her family is going to Botswana.
Her mother Susan Allison-Jones adds, “Through a series of events and conversations it became obvious that we had a window of opportunity in front of us. God was opening a door for us as a family to serve in an international setting. Mainly we are eager to be where God wants us to be.”
Susan Allison-Jones and Glyn Jones are both pastors in Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, Susan most recently at Breslau Mennonite Church and Glyn at Wilmot Mennonite Church. They have also had international experience with Mennonite Central Committee in Egypt (1985-88).
They believe their decision to go to Botswana as a direct response to the fervent prayers of people at MC Canada International Ministries, Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission, and the recently returned Dirks family. “We believe that our calling to serve with MC Canada Witness is a direct answer to the prayers of these people. In the late fall we brought together several friends and colleagues for a prayer discernment evening. Through the prayers and insights of these people that night, it became clear to us that God was indeed leading us to Botswana,” said Glyn.
The Allison Jones say that the question in not why serve, but where and how to serve. As pastors they have been involved in serving many people in a variety of locations. “It was time for us to consider a change, and the question we had to ask was where should we now serve.”
The Allison Jones have two children, Maeyken, age 9 and Adriaena, age 6. They leave in mid-summer for a three year term. For the first number of months they live in a village setting while studying the Setswana language. In December they move to Gaborone to work with the African Independent Churches.
They describe their work as Bible teaching and encouragement for the people of the African Independent Churches. They are grateful for the support of both their families and their congregations.
“Our congregations are excited about this step of faith that we are taking and looking at concrete ways in which they can support us while we are serving with MC Canada,” said Susan.