The Phippens

Barbara & Mark Phippen

Barbara & Mark Phippen

After spending time helping at the AIM Care Tumaini Counselling Centre in Nairobi as part of short-term trip in summer 2011, God called us back to the mission field in January 2014.

Mark is working as a Counsellor at the Tumaini Counselling Centre. ‘Tumaini’ is the Swahili word for “hope”. The missionary life can be very rewarding, but can also be tough. There is a real spiritual battle, and, of course, missionaries are not exempt from the physical and mental health problems that can afflict anyone.

The staff, who are themselves missionaries, work to “provide preventative and restorative mental health services and pastoral care in order to enhance missionary resilience and fruitfulness.” Mark has been a counsellor for over 30 years and took early retirement from being Head of Counselling at Cambridge University to go to Nairobi.

Barbara has been teaching adult literacy in Essex, UK, for over 15 years and loves combine teaching English with sharing the gospel.