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.
What brought Earl to choose that little hill upon which to build his life’s work, I don’t know. But seventy six years after setting foot on it, it is still a beacon of light to the Azande.
Panther, like Jacob’s favored son, was found, and he had a story to tell of God’s goodness and divine intervention – and a captive audience to hear it.