Jamie and Jane Jamieson formed SENT some years after they had returned from a spell living in Zambia. They will have been married thirty years in April 2011 but for the last eight years have found themselves living and working in African countries. It has not always been this way!
Jamie qualified as a teacher in 1975 and spent many years pursuing a teaching career. Jane qualified as a nurse in 1970. Jamie met Jane in 1980 when he moved to a Christian school in Suffolk. Jane taught the reception class and Jamie taught a class of five and six year olds. After marrying and leaving the school in 1981 we set up home near Ipswich. It would be some years before either of us moved back to Christian education.
We spent two years in Greece, teaching and looking after the school’s boarders before returning to look after Jane’s Aunt on the Isle of Wight. After she died we stayed on the Isle of Wight. We were at this time searching for something that would enable us to work towards putting our faith into action.
I was struck by the words in Philipians 3:8 “What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ.”
I felt that this ideal was far from my own experience but wanted to know this as truth in my own life. As I began to think about this things began to happen! Soon we were challenged to go to South Africa to attend a bible course. This led to mission training in Zambia and a job in a Christian Teacher Training College. Life can change quickly and our experience of loss led us to conclude that it was all but ’dung’ in the first place!
We were to spend the next three years between South Africa and Zambia working within an organization promoting a Christian world-view and training missionary teachers.
After a brief period at home in the UK we went out again, this time to Ethiopia. We kept our contacts in Zambia, Malawi and South Africa and developed ideas for SENT.
In the last eight years we have been SENT to Zambia, South Africa, Malawi and Ethiopia and have contacts with people, churches and organizations in these countries. In some instances our contacts are individuals with specific needs but in other cases they are organizations where ministry can take place.
Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.”