In 1977 a Missionary team lead by Rev. and Mrs. Charley F. Funderburk from Edwardsburg, Michigan made their first trip to Whiteriver, Arizona. The missionary team worked with Rev. and Mrs. Bob Faulkner among the San Carlos Apache Indians each summer holding VBS. In 1979 the Funderburk's founded and incorporated ARIZONA INDIAN MISSION, INC. in the state of Michigan, and in 1981 the name was changed to AMERICAN INDIAN MISSIONS, INC., Southwest Region. Then in 1988 Rev. Faulkner Incorporated American Indian Missions Inc., Southwest Region as a non-profit 501(c) 3, in Arizona with Bob as the Founder and Director. AIMI SW then joined the Association of North American Missions in 1990 for ministry and financial accountability. AIMI SW purchased property in Globe, AZ. for the mission headquarters in 1993, and was recognized by the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council in 2001. In 2004 Rev. Roger Scarbro was installed as the General Director with Bob assuming the role of Director Emeritus and Bookkeeper. Bob turned the Bookkeeping over to Darlene Kinde in preparation for retirement with the 2009-10 Fiscal year. Currently some of the tribes we are ministering to are the Apache, Zuni, Navajo, Hopi, and a few other Pueblo tribes. As God leads we will work with others tribes if He provides the way before us.
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