Kick off your sandals and stay awhile.
The sun is going down and children are gathering. At the center of the village, women lay camel-skin mats on the warm sand and the curious come and sit. Under a blanket of stars, the elders begin to tell stories. Tales of old about great hardships and small wonders, prowling lions and local heroes. A rich tradition of storytelling is ubiquitous in Africa. Here on some of the front lines of God’s redeeming work, we have stories too. Journey in with us, through the sights and sounds and stories of AIM’s ministry.
In a remote coastal village, a reminder that we do not grieve as those who have no hope.
I was reminded by a friend this past week how different my life is now, because it’s easy to forget when you have gotten used to your new normal.
During a Wednesday evening prayer service, she prayed for workers for the harvest, and sensed God asking, “Why not you?
In the wake of an evacuation from Central African Republic, AIM missionaries Todd and Nicole Owens found themselves serving in place they had dreamed of long ago.
“You know the needs on the field,” they said, “so if you could send us anywhere, where would you send us?”
Leaving any ministry can be hard… But leaving a ministry in the hands of God is a freeing and wonderful thing.
That’s when it hits you: this man before you, all the faces in the market, all those children skipping to school. They are all, every one, lost.
“There is such beauty on this island… but beyond that natural beauty, there is beauty in God’s best creation – people. The people of Antanamivony, our village, have welcomed us with huge open arms.”
The Lopit live in villages tucked amidst the slopes of the densely forested mountains of South Sudan. “It kind of feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere,” says Ashley. “It’s very remote – you kind of feel like nobody knows this place.”
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AIM Stories is a hub of missions-focused storytelling, with contributions from freelancers, missionaries, communications teams, and our very own field-based media ministry (On-Field Media). Explore the stories of God at work in Africa.