Welcome to the road less traveled.
Where many a Land Rover and sojourner have trod. Where men and women captivated by Christ’s love brave a journey that begins with a whisper: “Who will go for me?” This road may take you far from the familiar and comfortable. It’s an offramp on the highway of the American dream. A detour from career and personal gain. A path so strange you will sometimes feel lost and inadequate. Yet it is a beautiful and priceless journey – this life of simple faith and bold conviction, offered and spent for the glory of God in Africa. Will you join us?
Have a heart for the unreached?
Think you might be called to long-term ministry?
But lack the training or experience for the task?
Learn about TIMO, a one-of-a-kind Missions Apprenticeship Program
Don’t see something that fits your interest? Africa Inland Mission has hundreds of open opportunities to serve. Disciple-making among the unreached is our focus, expressed in a rich array of ministries. Learn more about ways to serve…
Outreach and Church Planting
Outreach and Church Planting are central to all that we are as a mission. We need dedicated men and women with a heart passion for reaching others with the Good News of Jesus Christ to live and work in hard places – both remote rural regions and dense urban centers. People willing to work hard to learn the heart language and culture of their host people and enjoy developing relationships along the way. AIM mobilizes teams through our two-year TIMO (Training In Ministry Outreach) program and through longer-term outreach and church planting teams, often consisting of men and women from a number of disciplines using their varied skill sets as a means of reaching communities for Christ.
Theological Education and Discipleship
Africa’s church is alive and growing! It needs godly leaders who can grow believers in Christ and instill vision for reaching out to others with the Good News. Since its beginning, AIM has put a high priority on providing and supporting theological education through Bible colleges and seminaries and through lay leadership programs like Theological Education by Extension (TEE). Discipleship opportunities exist in all of AIM’s ministries and are central to our leadership training ministries.
Creative Access / Business as Mission
God is opening incredible doors for Christian men and women to live and work in nations closed to traditional mission outreach but open to entrepreneurs who can add value to their communities as business people. Business As Mission provides a wonderful opportunity for workers to live intentional Christian lives as they conduct business and build relationships in the communities where they serve.
Reaching Africa’s hardest-to-reach people groups does not always mean a move to Africa. Today, millions of Africans live outside of Africa, in North America, Europe, and around the globe – the African diaspora. AIM’s Diaspora Outreach Teams serve in strategic communities where significant populations of ethnic Africans live, sharing the hope of Christ in word and deed. Because many of these Africans come from countries that are closed to the gospel, diaspora ministry provides an open door to serve among some of Africa’s remaining unreached peoples.
Research has shown that around the world, 80% of Christians trusted Christ between the ages of 4 and 14 – a demographic that has come to be known as the “4/14 Window.” On a continent where nearly half the population falls within this window, the opportunities for youth ministry are tremendous and can have a huge impact on the present and future Church. AIM has opportunities to work with Africa’s children through education and a range of service and outreach programs.
Teaching in National Schools
Africa needs teachers desperately, and with as little as one year of college or university under your belt, you can help meet this incredible need. At the same time, you can be a light for Jesus Christ in word and deed to those who represent the future of Africa. If you have a gift for teaching others and a heart for young people, AIM has many opportunities that will enable you to exercise those gifts while investing in the lives of others – and in the future of a continent.
Agriculture and Community Development
Many African communities lack basic necessities like clean drinking water, a good supply of firewood, or nourishing vegetables from a healthy garden. If you have skills in Community Development or Agriculture, AIM has opportunities for you to make a difference in Jesus’ name. AIM personnel work to improve communities by teaching improved farming methods, finding reliable water supplies, teaching reforestation methods, and through community health education.
Africa Inland Mission’s medical ministries take on many forms, from mobile clinics providing basic medical care in isolated communities to work in large hospitals providing complex surgeries, longer-term care, education, and prevention. In addition to meeting incredible physical needs, AIM’s medical ministries play a central role in opening doors for other ministries and in developing the African church. There are opportunities to train and disciple African medical professionals and opportunities to introduce those under your care to Christ. Are you a medical student? Ask us about our Short Term 4 to 8 week medical elective program.
Missions requires a team effort, and many of AIM’s personnel play a vital role in our overall ministry through the support services they provide. Some are pilots, flying supplies into remote airstrips. Others make sure our computers and communication systems stay up and running. Counselors, Administrators, even Media Producers. All are crucial to the task, and much of what we do in establishing Christ-centered churches among all African peoples wouldn’t be possible without our support services teammates.
Ministry to Missionary Children
Africa Inland Mission is deeply committed to providing a broad range of quality educational options for the children of our missionary team. Teachers, dorm parents, school administrators, support staff, and home school teachers all play an integral part in AIM’s overall ministry as they invest themselves in the children of our missionaries. If God has equipped you for this unique aspect of ministry, we’d love to explore the opportunities with you.
HOW CAN I SERVE?
AIM sends individuals and families in a variety of ways. Specific assignments provide the opportunity to join active ministries with your particular gifting in order to fill a need. Team ministries bring together small to medium-size teams with a particular focus. Often teammates are sent out together as they purpose to serve together in Africa. Most of these opportunities are available in both short-term and long-term options. Explore more here and let us know how we can help you find your fit.
Short-Term opportunities can run for as little as one month and as long as a year. If you have a Great Commission heart and are eager to learn more about your place in missions, a short-term assignment is a great place to start.
Full-Term opportunities run from a year to a whole career. They require more commitment, take you deeper, and leave a greater impact – on both you and the people you serve.
FULL-TERM OUTREACH TEAMS
Learn and do ministry. 2-3 year teams living and serving among an unreached people group.
SHORT-TERM DISCOVERY TEAMS
Unique, short-term ministry experiences designed to expose you to cross-cultural ministry.
Fill a niche. Meet a need. Full-term or short-term assignments in any of our ministry areas.
“God has this strange propensity to place us where we’re least qualified, where we’re flimsy and clumsy and embarrassingly needy… I don’t fully understand (or appreciate) it, but I can see how inadequacy helps me lean into Him, how it allows me to be small and God to show up fierce and magnificent.”
NICOLE – SERVING ON AN OUTREACH TEAM IN CAR