Jenny and Elifadhili met in Tanzania 2010. Jenny was raised in Nailsea but always knew that she’d end up in Africa. Through her work with YWAM, first in Scotland and then studying Community Development in Tanzania, she found her place in Morogoro. Elifadhili’s life changed dramatically when he started following Jesus, from aimless and unproductive to finding his passion and purpose. He joined YWAM in 2002 and has been serving in Morogoro since. “
Their church links are Paul and Caroline Mason. Email Paul for more information or to support Eli and Jenny.
Jenny says, “Hello. I grew up in Nailsea as the eldest of four children attending Trendlewood Church and eventually being baptised at Holy Trinity. At 18 I joined Youth with a Mission (YWAM). During my time at Seamill, Scotland, my desire to serve in Africa grew and in September 2010 I flew to Tanzania to complete the Foundations of Community Development Course with YWAM.”
In March 2012 Jenny started 2 years with YWAM Morogoro, Tanzania, continuing her community development work. In 2013 she married Elifadhili and they now have three small children, Nora, Alfie and Jovan. They continue their work out there together.
Elifadhili and Jenny Ayo in Morogoro, Tanzania- serving with Youth With A Mission (YWAM)
YWAM Morogoro is a relief and development centre with 2 preschools, a primary school, a tailoring school, a computer school, a carpentry training scheme, English language schools, Maasai ministry, two Discipleship Training Schools, ministries into hospitals, intercession and open air ministries and hosting outreach teams. There is also the vision to restart the carpentry school and run an agricultural training school on our farm, car mechanics vocational training school and the community development school, but these are waiting for staff to lead them.
“Our heart is to reach out to our neighbours with the two handed gospel of the word and action, so we see God bringing His change to our community. Through our training schools we equip individuals to build their own lives using the learned practical and faith skills. We use the time we have with our students to share Jesus, in word and in deed”.
The foundational vision of YWAM is to Know God and to Make God Known, and this is what we follow.
Elifadhili – his passion is for seeing young people get an education, so he is part of the Pre/Primary school management leadership team. They have been evaluating the challenges of the maturing season we’ve been passing through. This is key in order to grow and move forward stronger. He is meeting with the Pre/Primary School leaders and Carpentry workshop leaders to discuss ways of improving efficiency. The Carpentry workshop currently only has one student so he’s also working to find more.
Jenny – is passionate for people, so she is serving in hospitality for the centre, office (communication/accounting) and DTS (Discipleship Training School) and is also on the leadership team.
Update on the Ayos’ House: Jenny and Elifadhili give thanks to God for gifts that have enabled them to make progress on their house in Morogoro. They have had to alter their expectations somewhat as they realised they wouldn’t be able to finish the roofing, but they are still delighted with the progress they have made so far.
Please pray that the building will continue to progress.
Thanks for praying!