Missionary life is something I’ve grown up with. Born in Zaïre (Dem. Rep. of Congo) the second daughter of five to Howard and Elizabeth Wilson, I went with my older sister to boarding school in Zambia for grade school, and to Salisbury, Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe) for high school. It was in high school where I first met Richard Hoyt. (Rich’s parents, missionaries with TEAM Zimbabwe, were my dorm parents!) Seeing first-hand the medical needs in those countries, I returned to Australia and chose a career in nursing and midwifery. After 5 years apart, the Lord lead Rich and me back together, calling us both back to Africa. We arrived in Chad October 1988 after French language study in Quebec, Canada, with two little boys (Daniel & Timothy) in tow. The Lord added two little girls (Eliane & Janelle) to our family. The family has since grown to include two wonderful daughters-in-law and three precious grand-daughters!
Caring for the family and home school was my fulltime job until the kids went to Rain Forest International School, Yaound?, Cameroon, for high school. With no children at home, my heart was burdened for women vulnerable to HIV infection, and so together with some Chadian leaders we began teaching HIV/AIDS awareness seminars among the Nangjere speaking churches of the Evangelical Church of Chad. This ministry was very well received as it brought hope and a biblical perspective to the HIV epidemic leading to a greater openness, acceptance and loving response to those infected or affected by the AIDS virus.
With a move to the capital city of Ndjamena in 2008, the HIV/AIDS education ministry has continued into other language groups. Then when the need arose for a partner for a missionary reaching out to vulnerable women (women in prostitution or married to unfaithful men) in the city, it was a natural response that I should become a part of this ministry as well. I continue to share God?s love with these girls who are so broken and hurting, as well as continuing the HIV education ministry as the opportunities arise.
Primary Prayer Request:
Pray for church leaders to understand the cultural drivers behind the HIV epidemic so they can address them from a biblical perspective. This would result in loving outreach to those infected, increased education among the youth, HIV infections prevented and lives saved through correct treatment.
Pray that those of us involved in reaching out to women vulnerable to HIV infection, that we would buy up the opportunities given to us, and that lives be radically changed through faith in Jesus.