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Nancy Dimmock

Mission co-worker in Zambia
Serving as YAV site coordinator in Zambia partnered with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian - Zambia (CCAP)
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* Frank has accepted a new position as "poverty catalyst" on the World Mission staff in Louisville.  Three catalysts are tasked to help the church engage with World Mission's three critical global issues, poverty, evangelism, and reconciliation.  In July 2013 Nancy began a new position as the Young Adult Volunteer site coordinator in Zambia. She will live in Lusaka, Zambia, and Frank will split his time between Louisville and Africa.

Nancy is using her broad experience and skills gained from nearly 30 years of mission service to serve as a mission co-worker in residence with the World Mission office at the Presbyterian Mission Agency

About Frank and Nancy Dimmock's ministry
Frank and Nancy Dimmock have been under appointment as PC(USA) missionaries since June 1, 1985, which happens to be the day they were married. In fact, they interrupted their honeymoon to be commissioned during the General Assembly that year.

The Dimmocks’ latest appointment, which began in August 2007, is to Lesotho, where Frank serves as PC(USA)’s Africa health liaison. He works with partner churches and ecumenical agencies to develop programs for children. In addition he coordinates the Christian Health Associations of Africa and is part-time advisor to the Christian Health Association of Lesotho. His work requires him to travel frequently to Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As the first missionary to be named “Africa health liaison,” Frank finds that he is a conduit of ideas among the partners. He calls it “cross-pollinating,” sharing knowledge, experiences and ideas between the countries, such as patient-retained health booklets. The booklets give a patient more knowledge of their own health situation, reduce unnecessary or repetitive tests or treatments, give a health provider a patient’s history at a glance, and save lives. Frank has shared samples of these books in Kenya and Zambia as well.

 “It has been a tremendous blessing to me personally to visit the countries of this region,” writes Frank, “and establish relationships with the various health providers. I have met quite a few saints of every culture and color working with joy and devotion in some very difficult circumstances. It has been a privilege to provide a listening ear to those needing to share about their frustrations and problems. And even without providing solutions, they have been encouraged to have been able to share and to have felt understood. I am convinced of the importance of this job and appreciate the insight of the PC(USA) that recognized the need and potential and made it happen.”

Regional context
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) began its participation in God’s work in Africa when the first American Presbyterian missionaries arrived on the island of Corisco (present-day Equatorial Guinea in West Africa) in 1869. Traditionally the PC(USA) has been particularly concerned for the poorest and most marginalized people groups in Africa. While the continent has abundant natural resources, unjust economic and political systems have kept the people from enjoying their benefits. Africa is home to severe poverty, and millions lose their lives each year to the diseases that accompany poverty such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. The PC(USA) is working to address these problems with African partners through education, health care, and community development ministries. At the same time, our partner churches in Africa are growing rapidly and are experiencing severe clergy shortages. The PC(USA) is working with our partners to train more leaders through seminaries and special training events.

About Frank and Nancy Dimmock
The Dimmocks’ first appointment to mission service was also in Lesotho, where they were assigned to serve at Scott Hospital, a mission hospital in Morija.

After two terms of service in Lesotho, they moved to Malawi in 1992, where Frank became the health coordinator for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) and began his work as regional health consultant for the PC(USA) in southern Africa. Frank coordinated the CCAP’s health management and administration and facilitated the sharing of ideas and solutions to common problems and concerns. He also assisted with communication among the three synods in Malawi.

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Nancy supported this ministry with hospitality through their home and raising their children (seven at the time). She also found time to found and coordinate the Crisis Nursery, an orphanage for children whose parents were victims of HIV/AIDS.

Frank earned a B.S. in botany and zoology at North Carolina State University and an M.P.H. in epidemiology and tropical medicine from Tulane University School of Public Health in New Orleans. He had previously served as a volunteer in mission and later as a mission specialist in public health in Zaire before being appointed as a full-term mission co-worker.

After two terms of service in Lesotho, the Dimmocks moved to Malawi in 1992, where Frank became the health coordinator for the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) and began his work as regional health consultant for the PC(USA) in southern Africa. Frank coordinated the CCAP’s health management and administration and facilitated the sharing of ideas and solutions to common problems and concerns. He also assisted with communication among the three synods in Malawi.

Nancy supported this ministry with hospitality through their home and raising their seven children. She also found time to found and coordinate the Crisis Nursery, an orphanage for children whose parents were victims of HIV/AIDS.

Frank earned a B.S. in botany and zoology at North Carolina State University and an M.P.H. in epidemiology and tropical medicine from Tulane University School of Public Health in New Orleans. He had previously served as a volunteer in mission and later as a mission specialist in public health in Zaire before being appointed as a full-term mission co-worker.

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Nancy is the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries, David and Polly Miller, who served in Africa for 40 years. She has two degrees from North Carolina State University, a B.S. in animal science and a master's in international agricultural development and animal science. Before her marriage she served as a livestock manager with the Peace Corps in Lesotho and worked as a ranch hand in Nebraska.

Frank and Nancy are members of Montreat Presbyterian Church in Montreat, North Carolina. They are the parents of eight children, Nathan, Moses, Jessica, Katie, Andrew, Alifa, Isaac and Jackson.

 

Birthdays:
Frank - September 4
Nancy - September 12
Nathan - July 15
Moses - August 5
Jessica - September 18
Katie - July 5
Andrew - March 13
Alifa - May 18
Isaac - October 26
Jackson - December 12

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  • Greetings from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC. I am writing to introduce myself. My name is Will Edwards and I am an elder at Westminster and currently serving on the Witness & Service Committee of our Session. I am the missionary contact for our church. To give a little background about me. I am a life long member of Westminster. This is the second time of serving on Session. I am an Account Analyst for a distribution company in Greenville. I am looking forward to contacting you on a regular basis to see how your work is going. Peace and may God bless you. Will by Will Edwards on 07/14/2010 at 8:25 p.m.