Africa
Inland Mission

Compelled by Christ’s love for Africa’s Unreached People Groups, TIMO is a two-year program that exists to plant reproducing churches by training gospel-centred teams from the global church.

What is a TIMO team?

TIMO (pronounced ‘team-o’) is Training In Ministry Outreach. It is a two-year program that trains new cross-cultural workers from around the world to do ministry in Africa. Joining TIMO, you’ll be part of a team of cross-cultural workers which has an experienced couple serving as team leaders. With a common goal of sharing Christ, you’ll live together as learners among an unreached people group. As a team member you’ll learn how to learn a language, then put into practice what you learned. You’ll discover methods of outreach—creative ways to reach out Christ’s love in word and deed. Every day you’ll put into practice what you learn—theory will be fleshed out as you live and interact with your host people group. Oh! Did we mention homework? Yes, TIMO has required reading and there will be papers to write. All of this is an integral part of building a solid foundation for a lifetime of ministry.

 

Why does TIMO exist?

Compelled by Christ’s love for Africa’s Unreached People Groups, TIMO exists to plant reproducing churches by training gospel-centered teams from the global church.

Compelled by Christ’s love

What motivates us? It is Christ’s love, made clear in the gospel that compels us to participate in the mission of God for His glory. And so, we train people to plant churches among the unreached. These three priorities are seared into our souls because of Christ’s love for us and for the unreached.

Africa’s Unreached People Groups

There are over 900 identified unreached people groups in Africa alone. We are committed to doing whatever we can to provide access to the gospel for those who have the least opportunity of hearing the good news of Jesus Christ.

To plant

This is why we exist. We are committed to the planting of new churches. To plant means to show up, to learn, work the spiritual ground, till the soil, plant the seeds, water the seeds and watch Jesus do his miracle of creating new life. We are committed to being faithful to our task of making disciples who make disciples who make disciples, and to catalysing this work where others will carry it on.

Reproducing churches

A plant that does not reproduce is a plant that is dying. We want to see churches that plant churches that plant churches. We long for gospel centered, missional communities to dot the landscape of Africa and to be a vibrant part of the global church, sent from Africa to their neighbors and to the world.

Training

Training new cross cultural workers is integral to seeing churches planted among the unreached people groups of Africa. We train new workers’ heads, hearts and hands to serve faithfully and effectively in the harvest field.

Gospel-centered

The gospel is the center of all that we do and all that we are. We have nothing worth sharing with anyone without it. At our core, the gospel saves us, transforms us, enables us to love God and neighbor and motivates us to mission as individuals and as teams.

Teams

TIMO is about teams. Teamship is one of our values. A team is a small number of people with complementary gifts who are committed to each other, a common purpose, and a set of values to live by. A healthy team holds each other accountable to these commonly held beliefs.

From the global church

Jesus’ church is a global church. Our team members and team leaders come from everywhere and anywhere in the world, serving together for the sake of the unreached of Africa. We are committed to forming new partnerships with people from the global church, especially among our African brothers and sisters. We are committed to serving along side and learning from all of these global partners.

I’m interested in TIMO?

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If you are interested in joining a TIMO team or would like more information, please feel free to contact us using the form below.

Latest teams

  • Join a team to support the San - In order to produce Christ-like leaders, the vision is to place a team focused on Bible teaching, mentoring and discipleship in Marsabit.
  • Belgium TIMO Team - Belgium is an increasingly diverse country and many different Muslim people groups are now living in diaspora throughout the country. The Belgium TIMO Team members will focus on building relationships and seeking opportunities to share the gospel and disciple new believers.
  • Bringing light to Kondoa - We're looking for people to join a TIMO team, reaching out with the gospel to win disciples for Christ from among the unreached people groups of Kondoa.
  • Join a TIMO team in South Sudan - The vision is for this team to spend two years completing the TIMO curriculum whilst living in Torit, and then for team members to carry on serving in South Sudan, but in more rural contexts, among people who have yet to hear the gospel.
 

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TIMO core values

Each TIMO team is unique in how they approach their outreach, but all hold to these 12 core values…

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1. Reaching the lost. TIMO doesn’t work where the gospel is already being proclaimed by others


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2. TIMO believes it is critical to learn the local language and culture to proclaim the gospel


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3. TIMO is about relationships: relating to our Lord, team-mates, national church members and the host community


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4. TIMO is about living the message: living and verbally proclaiming the same message should be two sides of the same coin


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5. TIMO teams share the identity of those to whom they seek to minister, by living among them


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6. Members bring learner attitudes: if they are to learn language and culture they must come as students rather than experts


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7. TIMO teams adopt a simple lifestyle: living with minimal possessions removes barriers


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8. TIMO teams live and work in close fellowship. “They will know we are Christians by our love.”


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9. TIMO sees prayer as ministry throughout the two year programme, not just preparation for ministry


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10. TIMO does not seek to complete a missionary’s training but models patterns of learning for a lifetime


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11. Ministry flows out of being: mature ministry results from a mature relationship with Jesus Christ


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12. TIMO is committed to planting local churches and working alongside them

Latest articles on TIMO

  • Bringing light to Kondoa - AIM is starting a new team in Kondoa beginning in July 2020, partnering with the Africa Inland Church Tanzania. Led by Jared and Megan Hood, AIM missionaries from the US, the team will focus on lifestyle and proclamation evangelism and discipleship.
  • Reaching the Ik - Although there have been four churches planted in the Timu Forest, Uganda, there are few true believers. Many gospel sharing missions into the Ik territory have occurred, but hardly any discipleship has been implemented to develop new converts into mature believers.
  • Meet the Rauches - When Christoph and Heidi Rauch, first gave their lives to the Lord, they felt stirrings toward global mission. Yet it was only after decades of quiet, internal preparation that they finally boarded a plane for Africa.
  • The Krahns share their story - We didn’t always want to be church planters and ten years ago we had never even heard of the Zigua people. Our journey to becoming missionaries was a slow process... The Krahn's tell their story.