Times have changed since five men headed inland from the coast of Kenya in 1895. Travelling on foot and accompanied by camels and local porters, they journeyed almost 300 miles inland to set up the first AIM 'station'. After one year, Peter Cameron Scott, the groups leader, died of blackwater fever and the number of missionaries soon fell to one (read more...). Since then it has grown to almost eight hundred, working in a number of different countries. Aim continues to grow and now has more long-term missionaries than ever before. Over four million people worship in the churches founded through the mission.
In the fifty years following 1922, only one new country was entered by AIM but the work in the original five was consolidated. By the end of that period, churches had been developed with their own leadership. During the 1970s and early 80s the Mission moved into eight new countries. In some new areas we were taking the gospel for the first time. In others we were providing Bible teaching for churches that were already there. At the International Council meetings in 2001, it was agreed that Aim would open work in Rwanda (at the invitation of the church there) and in North Africa.
Aim began work in Kenya in 1895 and from there the work spread first to Tanzania (1909), then to Congo (1912), Uganda (1918) and Central African Republic (1924). 25 years later the Mission began work in Sudan (1949).
In 1975 AIM began work in the Indian Ocean including islands such as Seychelles (1977-1999), Réunion (1978-1998) and Madagascar (1979). In the early 1980s we began to work in Mozambique and Chad, Namibia, Angola and Lesotho and more recently we have placed personnel to work with the church in Rwanda. The Mission now also works in areas where it is unwise to publise our presence.
In 2005 the Mission began to move towards a regional structure. The map above shows most of our current countries of ministry.