How did everything start?
Puerto Penasco, Mexico is a popular destination just four hours south of Phoenix, Arizona. Not far from the beaches and restaurants of Puerto Penasco lay an impoverished community called Colonia Oriente. God laid a heavy burden for the people on the hearts of Juaro and Rose Silva. It waseasy identify all of the suffering and hardships caused by lack of basic necessities such as shelter, electricity, food and water, however, the Silvas also saw a great spiritual need among these people. Thus, The Association for International Ministries was birthed.
Our Purpose:We are a community of God’s people with a purpose of bringing a fresh Word from God to the Body of Christ and winning souls for the Kingdom of God. Our purpose is to maintain a national and international evangelistic outreach, ministering to thousands. We are committed to:
- minister to human needs, helping as many hurting people as we possibly can, to alleviate human suffering and to help Christians grow in their faith.
- developing Christ-like leaders
- express the life of Christ through teaching and practical demonstrations of His compassion
- have our ministry connect into partnerships with churches
- glorify God and touch the world with His love by strengthening and partnering with churches
- establishing maturing churches among unreached peoples.
Mission Statement: The Association for International Ministries – AIM is a 501 (c)(3) Christ-centered organization committed to reaching out to impoverished communities around the world. AIM addresses the physical and social needs of the community through non-perishable food distribution, education, and preventive health programs. Spiritual needs are met through evangelistic programs in conjunction with local church organizations.
Vision Statement: The Association for International Ministries’s vision is to see the people we serve Christ-centered, self-sufficient, and able to reach out and serve others in their own community.
Church Plants: AIM’s first church plant, Templo La Hermosa, was built in 1998 to address the spiritual needs of the community. Currently, there is a full-time pastor. Church service and children’s Sunday school are held twice a week, on Wednesday and Fridays. Templo La Hermosa offers discipleship classes for adults and VBS – Vacation Bible School as an outreach ministry for the surrounding community.
Food Distribuition: Over 90% of the people living in Colonia Oriente, Mexico, live without the luxury of running water or electricity. Many of the makeshift homes a constructed of metal, cardboard, and old plywood. You can often see 50-gallon metal drums converted to stoves. Each month, volunteer teams help to distribute non-perishable food. The food distributions, although necessary, also provide a much-needed opportunity to pray with the people and invite them to church.
In addition to monthly food distribution, AIM has various work projects in progress. Construction helpers and professional expertise are always needed and appreciated.
Monthly Health Clinics: In partnership with local and international medical and dental professionals, AIM hosts free clinics to the people in Colonia Oriente and the surrounding areas. Rotating teams of volunteer medical and dental personnel are needed to provide preventative helath care, seminars and workshops on basic helath and dental hygiene. Chiropractors, physical therapists, dental hygienists, and hair technicians are just some of the talents God can use in the clinic. How can you use your God-given gifts to glorify God?
Many opportunities exist for individuals, families, or teams to come for a weekend to help with food distribution, work projects, or medical clinic.
Child Sponsorship: Most of the children living in Colonia Oriente go to bed hungry. Sponsoring a child for $25 a month will provide some basic necessities such as food, clothing, school supplies, and medical and dental care. The need for committed prayer, as well as financial aid, is critical to transform these young precious lives.
“Whoever welcomes a little child like this, in My name welcomes Me” Matthew 18:5