AIM Ministry: Church Planting
We’re passionate about planting churches because we believe that the single most effective means of reaching the unreached in Africa, is to plant churches that demonstrate transformed lives that proclaim Christ. We long to see churches filled with communities worshipping in their own language, committed to each other and seeking to take the transforming message of Jesus Christ to those who don’t yet know him.
Mission partners don’t just go to ‘make disciples’ but to ‘baptise’ and incorporate believers into communities with accountability and a love for each other that transforms every area of their communities with the hope of Christ. Our desire isn’t just that there will be individual Christians amongst every people group in Africa but that there would be Christ-centred churches among all African peoples.
Long after mission partners have left, it’s the local church that will continue to minister. It’s these churches that will go on to send missionaries to other areas of Africa, as well as to those in their own neighbourhoods. It’s churches like these that will help Africans grow in their knowledge, love and understanding of Jesus Christ. Could you be a part of helping plant churches and transform communities with the power of the gospel?
Julie* lives in a creative access nation where almost the entire population are Muslim. We asked her what church planting looks like in that context.
Along with 300 million Africans, the Laarim people of South Sudan, are still waiting to hear the good news of Jesus. Last year, Andrew Wallace from Rayners Lane Baptist Church, joined Jacob Borgelt from the US in serving among them. Recently Andrew and Jacob had the joy of baptising some of the first Laarim believers.
In 1981 Nick & Lynne Swanepoel moved to Korr, northern Kenya, originally to translate the Bible for the unreached Rendille people. Now, having returned to South Africa, they look back over the 33 years they spent there.