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 sand dunes of the Kalahari and Namib. In the East lies the storied island of Madagascar with its unique flora and fauna, steamy jungles, and hurricane-battered coasts. The mountain nation of Lesotho is known as the ‘Switzerland of Africa,’ while Mozambique is famous for its history of civil war and extreme poverty. But those are a tourist’s perspective.
In Lesotho, thousands of nomadic shepherds have been excluded from traditional church life. In Madagascar, thousands of villages do not have any evangelical witness at all. In many areas across Southern Region, Islam has a stronghold. And yet across the region, God is awakening the church to its responsibility to reach out beyond its “Jerusalem,” to go into its “Judea” and “Samaria.”
With AIM’s vision to reach peoples that have no gospel witness in their language and no viable church, the challenge for us is immense. We hope to mobilize, learn from, and partner with African workers, and together reach many of the 1000 unreached people groups still left in Africa. Insecurity and difficult living conditions remain challenges for our missionaries, but the opportunities among unreached people groups and their openness to the gospel spur us onwards. These are exciting times in Africa.
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.