AIM Location: Central African Republic
The Central African Republic is a landlocked nation within the interior of the African continent. It is bordered by Cameroon, Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of the Congo. The nation is divided into over 80 ethnic groups, each having its own language.
In 1924, John Buyse became the first AIM mission partner to arrive in Central African Republic (CAR). In those days, the country was known as French Equatorial Africa. Two couples arrived later that year and another group arrived in early 1926. Soon after, they were working in the centres of Obo, Zemio, and Djema. Over the years missionaries came and went, each one faithfully sharing the hope of Christ in the country. Conflicts in neighbouring countries brought refugees into CAR, allowing the Gospel to be shared with them also.
In April 2017 an AIM team, led by Steve & Sharon Entwistle had to leave Zemio, the Central African Republic. But since August 2017, a small team of AIM personnel has returned monthly to offer support to our African colleagues. In November, a medical team offered practical care.