Establishing Christ-centered churches in Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda
AIM’s Central Region is geographically our largest region, with a diversity of land stretching from the Harmattan wind-swept deserts of northern Chad to the luxuriant hills of Rwanda. For decades, this area has been troubled by recurring political and social instability including civil war, political coups, and genocide. Churches have weathered one storm only to be struck by another.
Syncretism and the enduring power of traditional belief systems have been impediments to spiritual growth in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. The hegemony of Islam in Chad and staunch animism in South Sudan have been formidable barriers to missionary activity. And yet the persecution of African Christians over the past fifty years has not stopped millions of people from professing Jesus as Savior and establishing His kingdom on earth.
AIM’s vision in Central Region is for there to be a growing intimacy with Christ, so that the image of Christ is reflected and unity is increased in the Body. This vision is expressed through transformational discipleship that develops meaningful relationships that inspire obedient faith. In the process, we hope to walk with the Holy Spirit as God transforms individuals, churches, and entire communities into His likeness.
In Torit, where hot winds kick up sand and tiny dik-diks prance through her back door for a visit, Crystal is far from her family but close to their hopes for her.
Enter into the cultural life of the Laarim of South Sudan.
The Shepherds asked a gutsy question: “If you could send us anywhere, where would you send us?” And then, they went.
How does God move a couple from a contented life in Germany to the bleak but stunning ridges of Uganda?
The whole scene with the carpets in the dust seemed very Biblical to me. Stately men in robes, reclining at the foot of an elder, bending an ear. But the sight also struck me as a metaphor for the country as a whole. A country at a crossroads. A country leaning in.
When Lyle and Ingrid first set foot in Moroto, Uganda, they thought they’d stepped into an old western film.