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 comprised of six countries—the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, the Republic of South Sudan, and Uganda. Geographically, it is the Mission’s 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 DR Congo and the Central African Republic. The hegemony of Islam in Chad and South Sudan has been a formidable barrier to missionary activity. And yet the persecution of African Christians over the past 50 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 to glorify God by helping the Church reflect the life and character of Jesus. This vision is expressed through transformational discipleship: developing meaningful relationships which 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.
Leading a TIMO team in a Muslim town in central Chad wasn’t originally on Krista’s agenda. But because of her and her husband’s obedience, people are finding Christ.
Ray and Jill Davis were supposed to retire. Instead, they moved to South Sudan.
Kireka Home, in the heart of Kampala, Uganda, serves as one of the only refuges for children with mental and physical disabilities. In many places in Africa, disabilities bring shame to a child’s family, but here, these children have found something rare and precious: acceptance and love.
“It’s easy for me to want to do all the treatments myself, but it is so much better for me to be training vets and setting them on the right path, so they can multiply themselves and head out into Uganda, working with integrity in their profession.”
Somewhere in that seemingly inattentive audience, there was one elderly catechist teacher who had inherited a set of instruments that the Zande people call anzoro. Like many of his people, this man associated the anzoro with dancing and drinking parties. Certainly it was not something to be brought to church.
Bangadi is a small town tucked into the vast Congo rainforest. This forest claims over one million square kilometres and is among the most beautiful haunts on earth. On world maps it is the smudge of green at the heart of Africa.