Our Missionaries

ABC is committed in supporting these missionaries financially and through prayer support groups led by people within the church. To find out more about any of our missionaries, support groups or the mission life of the church please contact emit@andoverbaptist.org.uk – we would love to hear from you!

Jim Harries – Kenya

Jim Harries

  1. When is your birthday?
    June 12th, 1964
  2. Where were you born?
    Near Newbury in Berks.
  3. How long have you been in Kenya?
    Since 1988 (inc. Zambia)
  4. Your favourite dish?
    Hmm. Many Favorites!
  5. What was your calling from God and how did it come?
    God used my love of agriculture to challenge me to use my skills to help the really poor, and the he used my exposure to the Third World to teach me that His Word is of more value to the poor than agriculture is.
  6. A native word from Kenya that you like and it’s translation: 
    !oyaworeuru. Lou word, means ‘look everyone it has opened up’ in reference to the world being open to the light from God/from the sun. Used as the plural form of ‘good morning’.
  7. How do you relax?
    Tend my recently planted mango and avocado pear trees.
  8. What are you doing in Kenya (main ministry)?
    Teaching Bible and theology, especially to indigenous churches.
  9. With which missionary organisation are you working with?
    Church of God (Anderson). Also work with AVM (Alliance of Vulnerable Mission), WCIU (William Carey International University), and others.

Contact Jim on


Helen Stainsby – Poland

Helen Stainsby

  1. When is your birthday?
    August 2nd
  2. Where were you born?
    North Yorkshire
  3. How long have you been in Poland?
    Since September 2001
  4. Your favourite dish?
    I like polish salads, but my favorite is probably a curry.
  5. A native word from Poland that you like and its translation?
    Laska (LASKA, the “L” has a line through it) Pronounced waska. It means grace.
  6. How do you relax?
    I like walking, and making greeting cards.
  7. What was your calling from God and how did it come?
    I first saw God’s compassion for the broken/lost/addicted on a “gap year” in the center of Birmingham when I was 21. Later I worked with addicts in Andover with the Coke Hole Trust, and then in Manchester with YWAM. The calling to go to Poland came very unexpectedly through a short visit to Szczecin in 2000 when I saw how many families were damaged by the affects of addictions. God opened the door for me, showing me from the outset that I needed to learn Polish, and make a long-term commitment to living among the Polish people.
  8. What are you doing in Poland (main ministry)?
    I aim to reflect the love, forgiveness, grace, mercy and patience of God. Most families in Poland have been affected by alcoholism resulting in dysfunctional relationships. People can be very critical and judgemental of each other. I am working with the Teen Challenge “coffee house” group in Szsczecin, reaching out to those affected by addictions. I am also working very closely with Christ for All Church, that we become a place of love, acceptance and forgiveness where people can grow in Christ, and become all that God made them to be.
  9. With which missionary organisation are you working with?
    I am not with a missionary organisation, I came to be a part of Christ for All Church in Szczecin.

David & Claire-Lise Judkins - France

David & Claire-Lise Judkins

  1. When are your birthdays?
    Dec 9th (David), Mar 19th (Claire-Lise)
  2. Where were you born?
    Kasaji, Zaïre - now Dem Rep Congo (David), St Priest, nr Lyon, France (Claire-Lise)
  3. How long have you been in France?
    In our current role, since Dec 2012
  4. Your favourite dish?
    Baltis, seafood, italian, Thai...
  5. What was your calling from God and how did it come?
    After both of us completing theological education separately (David finishing in 2012, Claire-Lise in 2005), we were seeking God’s will as a couple, and  felt a calling to church-planting. God laid France on our hearts primarily as it’s one of the most spiritually-poor countries in Europe.
  6. A native word from France that you like and it’s translation:
    ‘Trois pelés et un tondu’: literally means ‘three skinned and one shaved’, meaning that hardly anybody turned-up to the event or meeting!
  7. How do you relax?
    Playing and listening to music, writing songs (David), gardening  and furniture restoring (Claire-Lise)
  8. What are you doing in France (main ministry)?
    Church-planting!
  9. Which missionary organisation are you working with?
    BMS World Mission (www.bmsworldmission.org)

Contact David, Claire-Lise, Joshua, Ben and Samuel 


Stephen & Caroline Diamond - India

Stephen & Caroline Diamond

  1. How long have you been in India?
    Since September 2015
  2. Which missionary organisation are you working with?
    BMS World Mission (www.bmsworldmission.org)