Southern Region

Establishing Christ-centered churches in South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Madagascar, and Mozambique

AIM’s Southern Region has an extremely varied geography. In the West loom the desert wastes of the Kalahari and Namib. In the East lies the storied island of Madagascar with its soaring limestone peaks, steamy jungles, and hurricane-battered coasts. The mountain nation of Lesotho is known as the ‘Switzerland of Africa,’ while Mozambique is famous for its fertile plains. Some communities have known the Gospel for 180 years, while in others the Message has gained little traction. There are churches that enjoy godly leadership, and others that have succumbed to African traditional religions. Many churches have become so obsessed with prosperity (“health and wealth”) teaching that the Gospel has been twisted beyond recognition.

In Madagascar, roughly 19,000 villages do not have any evangelical witness at all. In Lesotho, 60,000 nomadic shepherds have been excluded from traditional church life. Younger generations in some areas have been similarly overlooked by Christians, leaving them vulnerable to animistic belief and Islam.

AIM is working to establish Christ-centered churches in communities that have never heard the gospel and among populations where the Christian message has been twisted or watered down by incompatible teaching. Our vision is African Christians mentored and unleashed to follow Christ and in turn make new disciples.

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The Sakalava People

An interview with Rosina, a TIMO team leader for AIM’s outreach to the Sakalava of Madagascar

Bound to the Past

A short film based on the true stories of two Malagasy youth – their lives, hopes, and fears

An Island Too Far

As our team waded through the water with baggage and provisions atop our heads, stumbling in the thick, powdery sand, we felt like explorers in a new land.

Growing Nations

Redeeming people’s relationship with nature is literally transforming the landscape in Africa.

Set Apart

The shepherds of Lesotho, marginalized in the culture but set apart for God

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