Establishing Christ-centered churches in Kenya and Tanzania
AIM’s Eastern Region is composed of Kenya and Tanzania. AIM began its work here over 100 years ago, and to this day, maintains a strong base of operations in these two neighboring countries. The region has a combined population of just over 80 million people, peppered from the tropical coast, to temperate highlands, and (more sparingly) into the scorching desert— with ever-increasing numbers seeking opportunities in major city centers such as Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam.
We partner with Kenyans and Tanzanians to promote and facilitate outreach among the region’s unreached. Over the past century, AIM missionaries have developed strategic ministries in health care, theological education, and church planting. And while Kenya and Tanzania both have a well-established church today, over 50 people groups (representing seven million individuals) have yet to hear the Good News. Most reside in east and central Tanzania, as well as coastal and northern Kenya where Islam has a long history and a growing influence.
OFM Contributor, Brian Yung, documents the life and ministry of AIM missionaries, Simon and Sue French, among the Datooga people of Tanzania.
In the summer of 1990, after a short-term mission trip to northern Kenya, south Californian Forrest discovered that Africa had gotten into his blood.
As my eyes tried to take it all in, I found myself at peace watching these people. Not one of them seemed upset, sad, or hurt. Almost all of them had smiles on their faces, and joy that was visible in their souls.
They run on fear, on drugs, and on the will to survive one more day. Some, a few fortunate ones, run into a second chance.
I knew there must be women in this community who could be my friends, and not just the kind that you chat with in passing, but someone I could really know.
Julio Qurino and his wife started a grassroots training house where they help equip Kenyan pastors for Muslim outreach.