Here is what we don’t do…
We don’t go everywhere.
Given our task to be faithful stewards of the resources God entrusted to us, we go where there is “good soil” (Luke 8). We pray for discernment to go where the soil is good: where women receive God’s word with pure and noble hearts; where women take what they learn and produce a 100-fold harvest. That is where we go. (If that describes your situation and you would like AIM to invest in your local women, click here.)
We don’t create mini-Americans.
So mindful of the culture and needs, we earnestly try to adapt to the local customs as best as possible. We eat the local food, wear the types of clothes the local women wear, we talk, pray, laugh with the local women as much as possible. We adapt. We do not bring in American tradition or ecclesiology. We proclaim Jesus in biblically faithful and theologically sound ways.
We don’t leave and forget.
Our hope and prayer is to train up women to be disciples who make disciples. Sometimes that can be accomplished in one training conference. Oftentimes it takes additional visits. Although we cannot stay in contact with all of the women we train, we aim to remain in contact with women leaders. Using current technology, we offer discipleship remotely. These ongoing relationships not only encourage local women leaders, but also help us to discern whether return trips/training are needed.
We don’t require a lot.
Give us a location with women hungry to learn (a translator, if needed) and we’re ready. From large conference halls and worship centers to small huts and house church settings, AIM conferences can be conducted easily. Sound amplification, meals and childcare are sometimes provided, but not required. Musical worship is always appreciated, but also not required.
We don’t go to be entertained.
We are not tourists. We are hard at work serving the local church. Occasionally there is down-time between conferences to appreciate local sites. We’ve found God uses local attractions to help explain theological concepts in teaching illustrations. Although this is helpful, site-seeing and shopping is never a priority.