They Must Hear To Believe
Romans 10:14-15 (NIV)
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
If you have ever been on a mission trip, then you probably have seen some of the great needs around the world for yourself. If you haven't been on one, then you might have heard about them. At AIM we are passionate about missions and take the "Great Commission" literally. Matthew 28:19 (NIV) "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit,..." It is also our strong belief that ministry should consist of meeting both physical and spiritual needs. This was the example that Jesus Himself set for us during His ministry on earth. AIM is committed to following this example and will only support missions that do the same.
We believe in the Holy Trinity: that God the Father; Jesus the Son; and the Holy Spirit are one in the same as well as seperate.
We believe John 3:16 (NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."... and that there are three things given in John 6:45-51 which a person must do to receive salvation: listens to the Father and learns from him (vs 45); believes (vs 46); receives him (vs 51).
AIM prioritizes discipleship and believes it is every Christians' responsibility to grow in the Lord by learning about Him through the study of His word the bible. To have a relationship with anyone, communication must exist. We can talk to God through prayer and He speaks to us through the scriptures with the interceding of the Holy Spirit. We believe accountability is an absolute must in any relationship. AIM requires transparent accountability between ourselves and the missions that we try to help support.
Our number one rule is to never do something for someone that they can do for themselves. We are interested in teaching people how to help themselves. Not to just provide handouts creating a dependent relationship. When we perform a task or skill on mission, then we want to try and teach the skills and methods required to those we are helping. It is our objective to provide assistance that is actually a need for those we are arrempting to help. AIM is not about patting ourselves on the back and saying "hey, look what we did." And then, what we "did" serves no useful purpose or is not a high priority of need. We also strive to develop long term, interactive relationships with those we attempt to help support.