Africa Inland Mission | United States Mobilizing Region
AIM GLOBAL

TIMO TEAMS

this is hands-on, on-location missionary training. this is two to three years of living and serving among africa’s unreached peoples. THIS IS IMMERSIVE LANGUAGE LEARNING AND CULTURAL ACQUISITION. THIS IS READING BOOKS. WRITING PAPERS. AND SHARING CHRIST WITH NEWFOUND FRIENDS. THIS IS WORKING AS A TEAM TO LAY FOUNDATIONS FOR CHRIST-CENTERED CHURCHES.

learn and do missions
Born out of Africa Inland Mission’s heart for reaching Africa’s unreached, TIMO, or Training In Ministry Outreach, is a program designed to equip men and women like you with a solid foundation for cross-cultural ministry.
TIMO places teams of 6 to 12 new missionaries in communities of unreached and least-reached people groups. With the guidance of an experienced ministry leader, and at times, working with national church partners, each team sets out to learn language and culture as they work through TIMO’s specialized curriculum. With an emphasis on church planting, TIMO provides practical hands-on training; what you learn in the books you read and the papers you write is reinforced in your day-to-day life as you engage with your community. Africa Inland Mission has completed over 50 TIMO teams since the program began in the mid-1980’s, with 75 percent of the program’s alumni returning to some form of cross-cultural ministry.
LEARNING AND MINISTRY IN A TEAM CONTEXT \ SPECIALIZED CURRICULUM \ EXPERIENCED TEAM LEADERS \ AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP PLANT A CHURCH AMONG AN UNREACHED PEOPLE GROUP \ A FOUNDATION FOR LONG-TERM MINISTRY
Urban, rural, or somewhere in between, TIMO teams serve in a wide range of ministry locations.
africa’s unreached are here.

Down long, well-worn footpaths.
Over distant hills.
In mud and thatch huts in remote African villages.
Tending sheep and goats on an arid desert plain.

and here.

In burgeoning African cities.
In Apartment 207.
Stocking shelves at the local Nakumatt.
And in a crooked row of wood and tin sheds at the city’s ragged edge.

THINK OF TIMO AS A 2-3 YEAR MISSIONARY APPRENTICESHIP

{ 3⁄4 Of TIMO Alumni Return to Cross-Cultural Ministry }

COMPELLED BY CHRIST’S LOVE for Africa’s Unreached People Groups, TIMO trains gospel-centered teams from the global church to plant reproducing churches.
TIMO is looking for dedicated Christ-followers who love people and want to plant churches cross-culturally for the long haul. We’re looking for learners – men and women who are willing to live simply, learn a new language, and work hard to understand the culture while sharing Christ in word and deed.
we are:
rooted
We start from a place of deep and personal relationship with Christ, and consistently return to this place in the daily unfolding of ministry. Everything flows from this. Communion with Christ, commitment to his Word, refection, repentance, prayer: these nurture the roots of our outward expression of ministry to those around us.
compelled
Compelled by Christ’s love, we love, pray for, and proclaim the gospel to Africa’s Unreached – those who have little or no access to the good news. Through pioneering ministry efforts and partnerships with African churches, our desire is for reproducing local churches to spring up as agents for spiritual growth and the advance of God’s kingdom.
emptied
We remember that our sufficiency comes from Christ. We serve by his grace, and submit to his will. At times, our service will call us to sacrifice – and even suffer – for the sake of the unreached and the glory of God. Filled with the Spirit, we present ourselves as empty vessels, putting aside our dreams and desires for the cause of Christ.
reliant
Teams are the heart of how we function. We never go alone, acknowledging the value of dependence and the beauty of fellowship laid out for us in God’s design. We need one another: For living and learning, for encouragement, to sharpen, carry burdens, and share in the triumphs. We not only rely on our teammates; but also the local church and the host community. Our love and unity testify of the One we proclaim.
present
We show up, stay long, and go deep. Seeking to reach people in their context determines where and how we live. We come ready to embrace a simpler lifestyle and are committed to learning the language and culture – that we may reflect Christ as we dwell, invested and sincere, in the midst of a people who need to see Him.
relational
Ministry is always centered on people. We seek meaningful relationships marked by love, compassion, and trust – with teammates, national church partners, and in the friendships we foster among our host culture. We offer more than just our gifts or knowledge. We make ourselves vulnerable and offer our whole selves.
curious
We come as learners – humble, patient, with open hearts and minds. From the daily lessons in stumbling through language and life’s incidentals, to focused curriculum that informs the present and prepares us for future ministry – we are eager students of all that God, our teammates, and the host culture have to teach us.
luminous
A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Our faith is courageous and contagious, spilling over into a life that speaks the gospel in words, actions, and everyday life. Our motivations, attitudes, relationships, steadfast presence, team dynamics, and inner life reflect the light of our redeemer and hope, Jesus Christ.
three timo stories
Ashley, a Social Worker from urban America, served for two years among the very remote Lopit people of South Sudan.
Shawn and Angie answered God’s call to join a team on the island of Nosy Mitsio, off Madagascar’s northern coast.
Mark is a photographer who made the long and unlikely journey from America’s northwest to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.

INTERESTED?

AIM-USA is placing 15 new TIMO members to teams in 2018. Will you be one of them? To start an inquiry, Go to the START HERE form below and indicate “TIMO” as your ministry interest.