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Africa Inland Mission | United States Mobilizing Region


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Ellen Admiraal

Elly has served in a number of roles with Africa Inland Mission, including outreach among an unreached people group in the mountains of South Sudan, and most recently, serving as part of the team at AIM's Retirement Center in Florida.

Emma-Lee Allen

Working alongside farmers, especially women or those with disabilities is my passion. I love planting seeds and seeing them grow,both physically and with the Word of God. 

Andrew and Margaret Andersen

Andy and Margaret have served for more that 25 years as disciple makers and church planters in Tanzania, East Africa. Andy is the Unit Leader for AIM's missionaries in western Tanzania.

Their current assignment began in 2015 to the region of Tabora, to work among the Nyamwezi people, who largely have remained in the stronghold of Islam. The Nyamwezi are the second largest tribe in Tanzania. They embrace Islam, African traditional beliefs, and Christianity. They have much respect for their ancestors, "the living dead", to whom they offer sacrifices and rely on for benevolences. Most claim to be Muslims and follow the five pillars of Islam.

Working under the Africa Inland Church, the Andersen's vision is to teach Biblical principles, start churches, and train and equip church leaders and new believers. Much of their ministry is in the context of building relationships with their neighbors and addressing the needs of the community, sharing Jesus through word and deed.

Activities include conservation agriculture, clean water procurement, religious education in public school, equipping local churches through theological education, discipleship, and a Bible and Literature project.

Evangelism methods include showing the Jesus Film, orally communicating Bible stories chronologically, preaching, initiating discovery Bible studies, and Community Bible Study.  Additional ministries among the Nyamwezi include health ministries and Bible translation.

Andy was born and raised in Kenya. From 1997-2015, the Andersens planted multiple churches on the islands of Lake Victoria and started an elementary school, Lake Victoria Christian. They have three children who were raised on the mission field. Abigail and Ben are both enrolled in the Torrey Honors program at Biola University in California. Abigial is studying nursing and Ben is studying psychology. Caleb attends high school at AIM's Rift Valley Academy in Kenya.

Edward and Rachel Andersen

Eddie and Rachel Andersen live in Dukana, Kenya, a small town just a few miles south of Ethiopia, with their six children. Since 2008 they have lived and worked in East Africa. They currently serve the Gabbra, an unreached people group.

The Gabbra live in a land that is marked by desert, lava fields, and scrub bush. They are nomadic pastoralists and raise camels, sheep, goats, and cattle. 89,000 Gabbra live in Northern Kenya and approximately 200 follow evangelical Christianity.

Eddie and Rachel serve the Gabbra through various means. Famine relief, well drilling, mechanical skills, and medical care are some of the ways they help the Gabbra with their every day needs. They also distribute audio Scriptures, have Bible studies, and hold church services. Eddie & Rachel oversee a radio tower and studio which broadcasts among the Gabbra as well as to several neighboring tribes.

Related AIM Projects:

North Kenya Radio Project
Dukana Outreach Project

Jordan and Kristin Andre

The two of us met in middle school, started dating in high school and were married right after graduating from college. At that time, the Lord clearly called us to Los Angeles. So that's where we went. Not long after that, God allowed us both to step foot on the beautiful red dirt of Africa and ever since then we've been preparing for this.

We lived in Moshi, Tanzania in 2010 (back when it was still just the two of us, as preparation for what was to come) and then spent time living in Los Angeles again, where our oldest child, our son, Moses, was born. After his arrival, God clearly called us back to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (where our roots are) to plug into a loving and supportive church family who would send us out well for the long term. We are now part of AIM's On Field Media team based in Nairobi, Kenya (with two kids - our little girl, Zuri, joined our family in 2014).

Brian and Patty Arensen

Brian and Patty Arensen have served with AIM for over 35 years in Africa.  For the past ten years they served in Nairobi where Brian worked in the AIM Eastern Region office as the regional administrative officer.

In the summer of 2017 they returned to Minneapolis Minnesota to accompany their daughter, Kerith, who is enrolled in a two-year college program for special-needs young adults at Bethany Global University in Minneapolis.  

AIM has loaned Brian to Bethany Gateways which is an interdenominational mission with similar goals and vision to AIM.  Brian will be working with their personnel department in the home office in Minneapolis.  Patty will continue to use her passion for quilting and inductive Bible study as God opens up doors for ministry and outreach.  Although temporarily based in Minnesota, they continue to rely on support through AIM for their financial needs.

Shel and Kym Arensen

Shel and Kym Arensen serve in Naivasha, Kenya. Kym's passion for children leads to her involvement in three different ministries. She is the curriculum director for Eden Adventures, which teaches creation care in local government schools, as well as providing outdoor camping experiences for children from homes for street kids. Kym also volunteers at Little Hands, a mainstream school for children with disabilities. Lastly, she serves as a special needs consultant for AIM International. Shel works with the Dorobo, a hunter-gatherer group in Kenya's highlands, planting churches and discipling church leaders. He is also involved in friendship evangelism among several other unreached people groups.

Related AIM Projects:

AIC Dorobo Outreach

Wendy B. Atkins

Wendy serves with AIM through the ministry of Ethnomusicology, helping African believers to craft worship music in their own distinct style, and traveling to different parts of Africa to conduct seminars to teach worship music composition. During her many years in Central African Republic, Wendy worked closely with a national missionary and the Zande church to build relational bridges with the unreached Mbororo people.

She has also played an active role in helping displaced peoples in central Africa through participation in Trauma Healing Seminars.

Patricia Barnett

Pat was born in Kenya and grew up in a missionary family which helped prepare her for service on the mission field. At the age of 9 Pat trusted Jesus as her Savior and committed to obeying His leading in her life. After graduating from college with a BS in Health Science/Radiology and a Masters in Health Care Administration, she worked in a hospital for 10 years before beginning her missionary career in 1980. During that time she prepared herself by taking additional Bible courses and serving in various capacities, including the mission's board, at her home church in California. For 30 years Pat traveled the world assisting mission hospitals in the field of radiology. From South and Central America to India and Africa, she knew the Lord was with her each step of the way guiding and giving wisdom to train nationals and repair equipment. She can remember the exclamations of "wonderful" when old broken down equipment would jump to life again. Best of all, she says, it was an honor to serve medical missionaries who ministered to the sick in very remote parts of the world and lend them a bit of encouragement. During that time she served with REAP International, World Medical Mission and World Concern. In 2009, she entered a completely new season of ministry with AIM, following in the footsteps of her grandparents and later her parents who faithfully served under AIM for 55 years. Now the Lord has blessed Pat with the opportunity to create audio/visual Bible stories and hard copy Sunday school materials appropriate for the African culture. Currently, she serves on the Church Council of her local town church and helps direct the Sunday school program which enjoys over 900 registered kids. Forty five teachers and helpers, under the supervision of Pat and her Kenyan co-worker, Pastor Naomi, teach and disciple the teachers and children. Pat is thankful for the Lord's faithfulness and is trusting Him for grace and strength to continue serving in Kenya.

W. Ted and Martha Barnett

After serving for 26 years as AIM's U.S. Director, Ted continues to serve with AIM, serving alongside the Association of Evangelicals in Africa, helping to train and equip African church leaders. Martha remains very active in prayer ministry, serving as the International Leadership Developer for Moms in Prayer. Ted and Martha live in Fayetteville, GA, and frequently travel to Africa for meetings and seminars.

John and Maureen Becker

John and Maureen have been serving with AIM since 1994. After 8 years of church planting and training Kenyans to reach out to their unreached neighbors, John and Maureen joined the International Office in Bristol, UK. John serves on the international leadership team, as the Director of Ministry, providing leadership in the areas of church planting, strategic partnership development, and global trends. Maureen provides mentoring to new AIM families transitioning to life in Africa, especially in the area of home schooling.  

Beyond AIM, John and Maureen are involved in several other ministries including leading Vision 5:9, a global network representing 180 organizations and 15,000 church planters in the Muslim world. 

John, Maureen and their four children (Kayleigh, Anna, Asher and Alex) love to live in Christian community, practice hospitality and practically display God's love in the local community. They are passionate about serving the least, last and lost, especially those of other faiths who are displaced by war, famine and persecution.

A prophetic scripture they are holding to is: Zechariah 8:23, "In those days, ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, "Let us go with you because we have heard God is with you."  

Related AIM Projects:

Greater Nuba Action Coalition

Jordan and Kimberly Beckler

Rift Valley Academy exists to provide for the educational needs of missionary families across Africa. At RVA, we serve as dorm parents and our primary role is to love and care for a group of elementary aged boys.

Our job is an important one, because we get to teach, train, and disciple young hearts. We aren’t their real parents, but God gives us the unique privilege to love on them as if they were. Our greatest mission is the hearts of these boys. Just because their parents are missionaries doesn’t mean they are a Christian. We plan activities, meals, and intentional time together, all with a hope that the boys have ample opportunity to observe and know the love of Christ.

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AIM is a global organization comprised of both sending and receiving entities. Each sending country is home to a Mobilizing Office, and this is the first place of contact for engaging with AIM. Find the Mobilizing Office nearest you to learn more about opportunities to serve or partner with AIM.

Receiving Regions

AIM works in more than 20 African countries, including some islands of the Indian Ocean, and in other countries around the globe where ethnic Africans have settled. Our work is divided into five regions: Eastern, Central, Southern, Northern, and Diaspora Ministries.