What are the requirements to apply with AIM?
AIM isn’t looking for perfect people. We recognize that whether you are hoping to serve Short Term or Full Term, you are constantly learning and growing to become more like Jesus. In order to be effective in service in Africa, here are some of the basic requirements of people who serve with AIM:
- You must be a born-again Christian with an active and growing relationship with Jesus Christ
- You must be able to share the Gospel clearly and help someone live out their faith (know how to make disciples)
- You must have a consistent prayer life and demonstrate dependence upon God
- You must be active in your local church and receive a positive recommendation from your church leadership
- You need strong relational skills and the ability to work well with other people (often on a team)
- You must come with a flexible and adaptable spirit
- Depending on your assignment, you will need appropriate training, credentials and work experience
- You must be at least 19 years of age or have completed one year of college
- You must be able to legally work in Canada
Note: The applications of divorced individuals will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but you cannot have been divorced multiple times or within the last five years.
How long does the application process take? Or, how soon can I be on the field?
We recommend that you start the application process for Short Term ministry 6 months before you hope to be in Africa.
The Full Term application process normally takes between 4-12 months, with at least another 6 months to raise support before going out to the field.
How do I begin the application process?
The first step is to fill out the Contact Us form on our website. Once we receive the form we’ll contact you, answer your questions, and give you instructions regarding the application process.
I'm not sure exactly where or to what the Lord has called me; is that okay?
Absolutely! We’ll prayerfully work with you to match your skill set and interests with needs on the field.
What if I'm interested in a specific country or ministry?
That’s great! We’ll do our best to offer you assignments that match your vision.
How much does it cost to serve with AIM in Africa?
The application fee for Short Term and Full Term is $40.
Africa Inland Mission is a faith mission organization. As such, both Short Term and Full Term missionaries raise prayer and financial support to sustain them on the field.
- Rough estimates include $6,000 for a Short Term team and $18,000 for a year-long individual assignment.
- Full Term support targets vary widely based on assignment, location, family size, and length of term, and generally aren’t available until your ministry assignment is finalized.
Remember that we serve a mighty God and He is the one who supplies our needs! If God is prompting you to serve in Africa don’t allow money to be the deciding factor in applying with AIM. Step out in faith.
Will I need to learn another language to serve with AIM in Africa?
AIM recognizes the value of building relationships and making disciples by communicating with people in their own language. So most ministry assignments offer the exciting opportunity to learn another language. This is especially true for those applying Full Term, but we encourage everyone to learn language, even on Short Term assignments. Language learning is an essential part of the TIMO program, (Learn more about TIMO here) where language is learned through relationships in the location where you are living. When it is appropriate, individuals may learn language at a language school (in Canada, Africa, or elsewhere). There are limited opportunities in positions and areas which do not require knowledge of a language other than English but even in those situations learning the local language is encouraged.
Can I go to Africa while my husband/wife remains in Canada?
We value marriage and families. As such, AIM’s policy is to send both spouses as a couple even on Short Term assignments. Both husband and wife should see themselves as engaging in ministry in Africa even though one spouse may be committed to raising the family. In those cases there is always informal ministry through building relationships in the local community.
Can families do TIMO? (Training In Ministry Outreach)
In general, TIMO is open to singles, couples and families. Some TIMO teams are not suitable for families due to the isolated location and/or the focus of the team’s ministry.
What are the education options for my children?
Each family makes decisions regarding their children’s education based on their location and the needs of their individual children. Here are some of the options:
- Home schooling
- Enrolling your children in a school for missionary children (Rift Valley Academy in Kenya or Haven of Peace Academy in Tanzania)
- Enrolling your children in an International School
- Enrolling your children in a local, national school
AIM has an experienced educator who serves as a consultant to help you to discern what’s best in your case.
How is AIM different from other mission organizations?
Every mission organization is different and no one organization is better than another. It’s all about finding the organization that’s a good fit for you. While we are an international organization, our whole focus is on reaching Africans – both on the African continent and in the diaspora (those who have emigrated to other parts of the world). Our vision is to see Christ-centered churches among all African peoples (ethnic groups). Perhaps what’s most unique about AIM is its emphasis on reaching the unreached (tribes with less than 2% born again believers). We seek to partner with African churches in order to inspire Africans to become cross-cultural witnesses in other parts of Africa and around the world. Another key aspect of our work involves training African church leaders.