Assisting Indigenous Ministries
Understanding the importance of a church hall
Churches become a beacon of light in areas where
the majority of people are not Christians. A church hall
provides a safe place where believers can gather for
communal worship, bible study and prayers. Oftentimes
there are new believers who are the only Christians in
their family; a church hall provides them with a home and
fellowship they need in order to grow.
These buildings also become a neutral place for
believers to come together as they still deal with the
caste system in these communities. Churches are also
used for outreach to the community, tutoring children,
medical clinics and more.
Our goal is FIVE church halls for South Asia. Costs range from $7K-$18K for each church.
Project Cost: $73,000.00
(Construction cost has gone up significantly because of the pandemic.)
The 10/40 Window
The 10/40 window is a rectangular area of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The majority of the world’s Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists live here.
The concept behind the 10/40 window highlights these three elements: an area of the world with great poverty and low quality of life, combined with lack of access to Christian resources and the most unreached people groups.
About the people
Bangladesh: The population is 1.65 million, 89% are considered unreached with the gospel. Islam, with 89% is the largest religion in this country.
India: There are over 1.3 billion people in India, 90% have never heard the gospel. The largest religion is Hinduism with over 80% or 966.3 million people identify as Hindu.
Myanmar: Over 45 million people which is 83.4% of the population in Myanmar have yet to hear the Good News. Buddhism is the largest religion with 78% of the people follow this pagan religion.
Nepal: 88.9% of the population of Nepal is considered unreached. That amounts to 26.2 million people who have not heard the gospel yet. The largest religion is Hinduism (81.4%).
Our partner ministries
One of the first indigenous ministries in Bangladesh, was founded in 1992 without any foreign support or involvement. This ministry has a passion to reach those who have not yet heard about Jesus with the Good News of salvation and forgiveness. They are working among more than 20 Unreached People Groups (UGPs) in different parts of rural Bangladesh. These include Koch, Rajbong-shi, and Musahar, which have no known Christian witness.
Paul, (name changed) is one of the missionaries supported through AIM works in North Bangladesh, bordering India. There are less than .3% Christians within the 1.1 million local population. In this majority Muslim area, Joshua Project (a research group) identifies 168 people groups with 161 yet to be reached.
Paul currently leads two house churches. His home visits for prayers and follow up have been very effective. As a result, they are growing as a church. AIM would like to provide Paul with a church hall which will help him bring more people together and disciple new believers.
Estimated cost: $15,000
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world
as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14
Another partner ministry located in India, was started when Peter (name changed) finished his theological studies and returned to his village to work among his own people in 1989. As he sought the Lord’s leading, he started a Bible study group with three other brothers. Their night long prayer meetings and study of God’s word turned into a regular fellowship within a year. As the group grew in number and outreach, they formed a ministry dedicated to
reaching the unreached. Today, by God’s grace they have planted 19 churches in the surrounding villages with 25 missionaries working in the field.
Luke (alias), one of the missionaries working with them is praying for a church hall. The photo on the right shows a fellowship he leads meeting under a tarp. AIM would like to provide a permanent church hall for these believers to gather.
Estimated Cost: $15,000
A second AIM partner ministry, located in India, began in August, 2000 after much prayer and fasting by a young Pastor John. God led the pastor, who is a native, to an area where there were many unreached tribes. These people had never heard the Good News. Despite strong opposition by the current government, with God’s grace, Pastor John and his team’s work is bearing fruit among the poor tribes like Bhil and Garasiya.
Recently John wrote: “As you know we are doing ministry very hard work and challenging in middle of persecution but God with us. Our goal is reaching all unreached people in India and will establish 1000 churches” AIM hopes to build a permanent church hall for John among the Agarwal Jain tribe which the Joshua Project considers a “Frontier” group to be reached as there are no known Christians among them.
Estimated Cost: $15,000
An umbrella ministry in Nepal, that was established in 2004, serves numerous small but powerful ministries, many in remote regions of Nepal. Through their assistance these ministries have built orphanages, schools, churches, mission centers and supported countless evangelists and missionaries in bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people of Nepal.
Matthew (name changed), a powerful evangelist and church planter needs another church building. He has established a sister church which was planted in 2013. There are more than 50 believers meeting in a small rented facility until now. Most of the congregation here is from Paharis, Rai and Tamang people groups.
Estimated cost: $18,000
Our partner ministry in Myanmar has a vision to spread the gospel among the unreached people groups in Myanmar and plant churches among them. Mark (name changed) felt God’s call to leave his position as a Bible College Teacher in 2014 to begin this missionary work among those who have no access to the gospel.
Mark established a new Bible College to raise up indigenous missionary church planters to reach the unreached tribes in Myanmar. One church planter, pictured left, is the first graduate of this three year program. After much prayer, Caleb is moving back to his village despite ongoing civil war. The conflict between the Junta and locals have escalated in recent days. Caleb’s village is completely unreached with not a single believer.
AIM would like to support Caleb as he brings the gospel to this village by building him a
wood frame home that would serve as a gathering place to evangelize his new neighbors
and very soon become a home church.
Estimated cost: $3,000
Another missionary in need of a church hall is James in the Northeast of the country. He spends a lot of time visiting different church members in their homes counseling, praying and worshipping with them at their houses. Because they don’t have a good size hall where everyone could gather regularly at one time, they are a little dispersed. AIM would like to provide this group with a church hall which will help them come together to worship the Lord.
Estimated cost: $7000.00
As cost in construction material continues to rise, we consider this project urgent. Inflation rate is high in
many South Asian countries. A church hall is a basic need for any new church plant. We are grateful for
your support in past projects, we invite you to join us in this mission.