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.
The message to the farmers and shepherds of Lesotho is that God, amazingly, relates to their disparaged vocations. And through them, he is working out his purposes for Lesotho
Reaching the Mwani people, an unreached group in Northern, coastal Mozambique
The young Mwani church has gone through similar trials. The worries of the world and the daunting bonds of culture have pounded the burgeoning yet vulnerable body of believers.