United in their love for Africa
Staff Story: The Kimbers
TWR is thrilled to have a seasoned missionary couple, Graham and Jean Kimber, and their two young daughters, Jessica (6) and Bernice (4) join the TWR team in Swaziland.
"We were very encouraged at the way the Lord prepared the way for us to work with TWR," says Graham.
Missions work has been a theme in their lives since their love story began. They first met in the early 1990s when they were both working as missionaries in the Seychelles, and they later married in 2006.
"When I was single my friends would ask me what I wanted to do in the future," says Jean. "I used to joke with them and say that I think God is going to send me in the bush! Little did I know that was what God had in mind for me. But I always thought it would be just short term," says Jean.
Graham's first mission's assignment on the continent was at a shortwave station in Seychelles in the early 1990s where he was based for nine years. "Following that I've lived in Mombasa, Kenya for seven years, Malawi for four years, and in Pretoria for one and a half years. During this time I worked in many recording studios and FM stations throughout Eastern and Southern Africa," says Graham.
Both Graham and Jean enjoy meeting new people and helping those from different cultures. Graham loves to see his technical skills advancing the reach of the Kingdom. "One of the things I most enjoy is the challenge of fault finding - sitting down with some broken equipment, finding the fault, and getting it working again," he says.
Although Graham initially didn't see how his engineering and technical abilities could be used on the mission field, it's these skills that make it possible for TWR to transmit from Swaziland.
Whilst focusing on raising their daughters, Jean enjoys supporting Graham in his role, and says "Though it is a challenge, I consider myself privileged to be called to these different countries. It's a blessing to be part of this ministry and especially to hear the missionary stories of how God brought them here. I just feel at home here in Swaziland."