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Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission (AIMM)

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(AIMM), a collaborative work that grew to include the larger North American Mennonite denominations
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Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission (AIMM), a collaborative work that grew to include the larger North American Mennonite denominations, began work in Congo in 1912. Three large Mennonite denominations: Mennonite Church of Congo; Evangelical Mennonite Church and Mennonite Brethren Church of Congo grew out of this holistic ministry and are now part of Mennonite World Conference. Beginning in the 1970s, North American mission workers were invited by and worked under national church leadership initiating churches and ministries. By 1998, due to political insecurity and family considerations, all long-term North American workers had left the country. DR Congo is home to 20 per cent of Mennonites globally and struggles in a context of violence, dictatorship and a low ranking (176/187) on the Human Development Index.

Mennonite Church Canada collaborates extensively with and through AIMM, since, for most Congolese Mennonites, AIMM represents the presence of and relationship with North American Mennonites. Mennonite Church Canada works together with Mennonite Mission Network to empower women through literacy and supports Congolese mission workers, a doctoral student researching current interethnic violence, as well as the ministry of Kalonda Bible Institute.

AIMM website: http://www.aimmintl.org/

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