AIMI is working with groups of Christians starting home church plants using a New Testament model of Biblical teaching, fellowship, worship, prayer, practicing the ordinances together, and service to God and to others. Hopefully each church plant will grow to the point of sending some of their own flock to begin new church plants in other unchurched areas. SOMA Church in Flagstaff is a good example of an ongoing church plant that AIMI is partnering with.
AIMI also has staff helping with struggling churches trying to get back up on their feet or healthy churches that just need help in a certain area of ministry. Currently AIMI staff is ministering at 3 such churches in AZ. and 2 in NM. helping with either preaching, teaching, training, worship, youth ministry, childrens ministry, administration, or other help.
AIMI is always interested in recruiting experienced, trained church planters who agree with our Biblical model of church planting.
Youth Discipleship Discipling youth by building relationships with them, leading them to Christ, teaching them God's Word, training them for their role in the Body of Christ, and enabling them to minister to their own people and beyond. This can be done in regular church youth group settings, camps, retreats, Bible clubs, or other creative means of ministry.
Leadership Conferences Partnering with other Native Christian ministries to bring culturally relevant and Biblical Discipleship/Leadership training to Christian Leaders and lay people of Christian Native Congregations.
Sports Camps We started our first Sports Camp at Zuni in 2008 with the help of former AIMI missionary Monty Gavin. Previously Monty had directed the New Mexico Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He brought along his nephew Skip Brock and other coaches to help run some excellant camps, not only at Zuni Pueblo, but also at Jemez Pueblo for a few years as well. In 2017 a Volleyball Camp was added to the summer schedule at Zuni directed by Zuni member Shanell Leekya. Shanell is currently assuming the role as Summer Camps director for AIMI. Attendees learn not only basics in their sport from qualified coaches, but also hear about the saving work of Jesus Christ while atending each camp and are given a Bible to take home with them. Bible Clubs are being formed to follow-up on camp attendees throughout the rest of the year.
Wilderness Retreats Discipleship in the great outdoors of the Zuni mountains using Backpack hikes and other Wilderness activities. Why?
All Native Americans tribes have some kind of "coming of age" process and ceremony. Many Native youth coming to Christ feel left out by their own people for not taking part anymore. This is a Chrsitian alternative providing a contextualized, Christian way to mark spiritual growth and becoming a Christian leader taking their place in the Body of Christ. Usually camps run
Monday through Friday. On the first day we go through orientation. Tuesday through Thursday we take the youth on a 3 day, 2 night backpack trip that includes fasting, praying, and a directed discipling Bible study. On Friday we include a debriefing session that includes a Biblical charge to continue in their study and growth when they go home. Follow-up Bible studies and follow-up weekend reteats will be encouraged. Hopefully youth will continue and pursue a program of spiritual growth from midschool through highschool with us and one day bring their own kids back to take part as they did.
AIMI Horse Ministry
We have staff ministering using horses in Tuba City, AZ. and Sanders, AZ.
In Tuba City our AIMI staff volunteer uses horses as a tool taking people on trailrides, running horsemanship clinics, providing farrior service, and more.
In Sanders our AIMI staff person plans on using her horses at a local school utilizing a hippotherapy program to help counsel troubled youth.
AIMI Music Camps
Four Day Music Camps help youth to learn the basics of playing guitar, keyboards, percussions, and other instruments and how to use them to take part in leading worship in groups or as individuals in worship on their own. The days each week are interspersed with Bible devotions, prayer, fellowship, and fun activities. Music instruction is led bvy visiting church groups from around the nation. Musical instruments are left at the camp or at youth groups so youth can practcie what they learned year-round.
Bible Quizzing We have had a Bible Quizzing program for close to 20 years helping youth from 4 Native American Recervations in 3 states find a fun way to learn God's Word a book at a time by the way of tournaments hosted by each reservation church taking a turn at hosting. We have has tournaments with as little as 2 teams taking part, to as many as 18 at a time. Currently we are on hold until we have more teams and youth groups interested. It only takes 3 individuals anywhere from 3rd grade to 12th grade to have a team. If interested contact us and let us know any questions you might have. It is a great, fun way to encourage youth into the Word and create fellowship among the churches and tribes.
In the not-too-distant past, tribes were not always friendly with each other. Even after the Gospel came to their tribes, there were often still divisions caused by denominational lines and such dividers. We determined that to make greater stides for the Gospel, there had to be more untity among the Body of Christ as long as we defended Biblical intergrity. We are stronger together.
Some AIMI staff worked with others from the Apache, Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni tribal church groups to begin such a network among the SW tribes. AIMI affiliated groups and staff are involved in networking with other Christian Ministries in the Southwest to bring together Christian teens and young adults for quarterly gatherings for the sake of fellowship, worship, Biblical challenges, and more. The Afterglows also encourage young Native American leaders to step up in leading all of the worship, teaching, recreationbal, and other sessions. Each seasonal quarter a different church on various reservations is encouaged to take a turn in hosting the Afterglows. After the 2017-18 season we have seen good results from this ministry effort.
Volunteer Work Teams:
Throughout the year AIMI has need for volunteer teams or individuals who can help us with some of our new construction, upgrades, or repair work at our home office or Dusty Pines Retreat Center in Vanderwagen, NM.
Helpers may be experienced in work involving some electrician, plumbing, masonry, carpentry, painting, landscaping, drywalling, general labor, or other needed workto help our facilities be more ready to do our ministry work.
Volunteers are asked to provide their own transportation, food, and supplies for the projects they are volunteering to do.
Some volunteers cannot come out themselves, but are blessed to send a monetary donation that help us to hire some local labor to finish a needed project. That too is greatly appreciated!
Any help we can get from partners like you is a blessing to our minstry and greatly appreciated.
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