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Join a TIMO team in Tanzania

Bring your gifts and skills to a team where you will be prepared and equipped for a lifetime of ministry as you live, serve and share the gospel among the unreached Swahili people groups in the Likawage region of Tanzania.

Background 

TIMO stands for Training in Ministry Outreach and is a model of team that brings together training and ministry. A new missionary joins a small, multi-cultural team with experienced leaders and commits to living for two to three years in a particular outreach location. During those years they are trained for mission while simultaneously being involved in ministry among Africans. The goals of TIMO are summed up in its mission statement: ‘Compelled by Christ’s love for Africa’s unreached people groups, TIMO trains gospel-centred teams from the global church to plant reproducing churches.’ 

Like most of Tanzania’s south coast, Likawage is filled with people who have lost their vernacular language and cultural identity. WagindoWamwera, some Matumbi, and other minority tribes make up the population. But few speak any mother tongue except Swahili. Most of the residents of Likawage are Islamic. This dates back many, many years correlating with the history of slave trade and the gold that moved through Kilwa Kisiwani hundreds of years ago. Though we have been told there was once an attempt to plant a Catholic mission, there are today no Christian churches of any kind in the Likawage region. The geography of the area is forested flatland, and some of the forest is protected by the government. The areas around the village also include some great agriculture options. 

Vision & Strategy 

AIM hopes to start a new TIMO team among the unreached Swahili peoples who live in the Likawage government region in September 2021 with a 30 month commitment from all team members. Team members who feel led by the Lord to return to Likawage after the end of the TIMO team will be encouraged to continue on 

The vision of this team is to see the unreached Swahili peoples who live in the Likawage area come to faith in Christ, know that forgiveness of sins can be guaranteed in Jesus name, and become reproducing disciples. 

TIMO training and ministry includes lots of prayer and intense language learning, as well as reading books and articles. Each team spends large amounts of time in their local community, either partnering with a local church or working intentionally to plant one. Team members are held accountable by their team leaders through one-on-one mentoring as well as through participation in team days each week. They are supported in gospel outreach efforts as well as being encouraged in their personal walk with Christ.  

In any given location, if there are any believers or churches in that area, TIMO’s goal is to partner with them to reach the unreached. If there is no local church, our hope and prayer is to move toward planting reproducing, indigenous local churches. 

Ministry & Type of Work 

The Likawage TIMO team will begin in Sept 2021, and will focus on the following: 

  • Lifestyle and proclamation evangelism and discipleship through relationships with local neighbours. 
  • Learning to communicate in Kiswahili. 
  • Encouraging new believers to join the Africa Inland Church of Tanzania (AICT) or start their own 
  • Home Bible Study groups. 
  • Adopting the posture of learners, taking part in training and ministry concurrently. 
  • Complete the TIMO Curriculum 

The team will be a joint AICT/AIM team with team members coming from Africa Inland Mission, Sheepfold (African Based Organisation) and Africa Inland Church Tanzania. They will be expected to be part of the planting of an AICT church in Likawage. 

Team members will be expected to live spread out among different neighbourhoods in Likawage, living in housing which is of a comparable standard to their neighbours. This will open opportunities to be a witness in both word and deed through the building of relationships with neighbours and sharing in the life of a community. 

The team will work openly as church workers and will be free to consider a wide variety of ministry platforms. There will be some flexibility for the team to decide on specific areas of ministry involvement after they have settled in to living life and building relationships in Likawage ward. 

Possible ministry platforms could include: 

  • Teaching in a local school. 
  • Teaching English as a Second Language. 
  • Farming or agricultural work possibly including Farming God’s Way. Many people tend to larger farms outside the town.
  • Sports ministries. Football is extremely popular. Volleyball or other sports could also work well.
  • Water and irrigation projects. 

Both the housing and the lifestyle will be very simplistic. Houses will be rented from people in the local community, be refurbished and made secure, however there will be no electricity or running water. Currently there is no cell phone coverage, but this may change in the future. 

This TIMO team will work through the TIMO curriculum while doing ministry over the course of two and half years. The team will meet together weekly for the purpose of prayer, worship, mutual encouragement, fellowship, planning, and working through the TIMO curriculum. Prayer & Fasting will be a foundational part of team life, both individually and corporately. Team members will fellowship with the AICT church for Sunday worship. 

Qualifications and Experience 

We are looking for people to join this team who: 

  • Have some kind of degree or specific certificated training (for immigration purposes) 
  • Bring life skills like farming, discipleship, water/irrigation skills, experience in sports ministry, mechanical skills or ESL training. Musical skills would be a benefit to team worship 
  • Language you don’t need to be able to speak the language before you apply, but you must be ready and willing to undertake a significant amount of language learning as this is a core value of AIM’s strategy 
  • Are committed to complete the task in spite of hardship, 
  • Are flexible – team members will have to be willing to adjust to a new culture and working with fellow team members who also have a different cultural viewpoint 
  • Be are team players 
  • Able to live simply, 
  • Would be described as a “people-person, 
  • Able to endure heat and humidity 

 We welcome interest from singles, married couples and families.  

FAQS

Yes, TIMO is open to singles, couples and families.

We believe that God will provide for those he is leading into cross-cultural mission with AIM. The first step is to be praying, and to share your needs with your church and supporters, so that they can be praying with you that your needs would be met. Once your assignment is agreed and confirmed, a detailed budget is prepared for you which outlines the overall amount needed to be raised or pledged for your first term (2-3 years depending on location). You will need to have 100% of this amount pledged before you can travel.

The budget is shared with your sending church and we will work with you and your church to help you think about this further. Our European Based Orientation programme provides some training on partnership development, and we will provide other resources for you to share with potential supporters too, such as a prayer card, a page on our website with an online giving form and a standing order form (if needed).

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The main qualification that we seek is that you are a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and that you desire to share your faith and are proactive in doing so. We do have a minimum standard of biblical competency and, alongside your church, we will assist you in training where it is needed. Where formal and professional qualifications are concerned, this will vary from assignment to assignment and country to country. Many countries in Africa today require a university degree, or equivalent, for the purposes of obtaining a work permit.

Bezara

These people came to my home and talked about Jesus and Lazarus. Lazarus was someone who wanted to see Jesus, and Jesus came to his home. My wife and I accepted Jesus as our Saviour. We gave the belongings of the spirits to be burned. We are free.

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Hi, my name is Debbie. If this opportunity interests you, or you have any questions, please do get in touch.​

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Long term ( Over a year )

Our passion is to see Christ-centred churches among all African peoples. Currently there are over 1,000 people groups in Africa or 316 million people, who are waiting to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. Our vision is to engage with these unreached people, partner with churches in Africa to raise up gospel workers and equip African church leaders to strengthen the church. Could you play a part?. LEARN MORE

Tanzania

Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest nations; agricultural subsistence dominates its economy. Health and education sectors require massive investments.There is freedom of religion; all major faiths have the ability to share and propagate their faith. Christianity makes up 54% of the population with Islam totalling 31%. LEARN MORE

TIMO

TIMO is Training In Ministry Outreach. It is a two-year programme that trains new cross-cultural workers from around the world to do ministry in Africa. LEARN MORE

Outreach & Evangelism

We long to let all Africa's people know that they can have life, in all its fullness, for comfort rather than being in fear of breaking taboos or working to earn favour in the eyes of their gods. LEARN MORE
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