Africa Inland Mission International

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Like the fishermen who dropped their nets at the feet of Jesus. Or those very first "Inlanders" who founded AIM in an unprecedented push toward Africa's inland peoples. We are characterized by uncompromising love and a courageous obedience to Christ's call that takes us to places of uncertainty and, sometimes, insecurity. We go wisely, but in faith - knowing that the One who calls us is faithful. Knowing that we are merely participants in an unstoppable work of God to bring the nations unto him.

Africa Inland Mission has been leading people into meaningful cross-cultural ministry for more than 125 years. We send workers throughout Africa and among African diaspora around the globe. We're engaged with over 100 unreached people groups and have hundreds of opportunities to join in. The work is often as diverse as the gifts that each member brings, but all of our activities fit within three broad areas of focus:
Disciple-making among the unreached
Equipping and Mobilizing African churches
Serving and supporting the above

Contact information

Mailing address:
Africa Inland Mission, USA Headquarters
PO Box 3611
Peachtree City, GA 30269-7611


Phone: (845) 735-4014

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 111873101

CEO/President: Colin McDougall

Chairman: Steven A. Albright

Board size: 8

Founder: Peter Cameron Scott, et. al.

Ruling year: 1945

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Our passion is to see the worship of Jesus Christ spread across the continent of Africa - through individual lives fully committed to him, and collectively through Christ-centered churches. God has done a mighty work in Africa, where his Church is vast and growing daily, but the task is far from finished.

Today, the places where the gospel is yet to take root are not so much geographical as they are cultural and ideological. Because of these barriers, nearly 1000 of Africa's 3700 unique ethnic people groups are still unreached, with no viable witness to the good news. That's over 300 million people who have little opportunity to hear the gospel, and even less to be discipled as a follower of Jesus. It is for these we labor.

Mission statement

Africa Inland Mission serves and partners with churches to advance the gospel among Africans who have the least opportunity to hear about Jesus.

Statement of faith

We believe in:

The unity and trinity of God, eternally existing in three coequal Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Gen. 1:26; Mt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14; Rev. 4:8)

God the Creator and Preserver of all things, who created man, male and female, in His own image, and gave them dominion over the earthly creation. (Gen. 1:26-31; Col. 1:16, 17; Heb. 1:1-3)

The deity and humanity of God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who being very God, also became man, being begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, dead and buried, was raised bodily from the dead, and ascended to the right hand of the Father; whose two natures continue eternally and inseparably joined together in one Person. (Psa. 2:2-9; Psa. 110:1; John 8:56-58, 10:30-32; Isa. 7:14; Mt. 1:22, 23, 28:18 -20; John 3:13; John 5:21; John 1:1-3, 14; 1 Tim. 3:16; Phil. 2:5-11)

The deity and personality of God the Holy Spirit, and the necessity of His work to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, leading him to repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; and in His ministry, dwelling permanently within and working through the believer for godly life and service. (John 3:5-8, 14:16, 17,26, 16:7-11; I Cor. 12:13; Acts 1:8)

The divine, verbal inspiration and infallibility and inerrancy of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally given, and their absolute and final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (John 10:35; II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet. 1:21; Mt. 5:17, 18)

The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall, rendering man subject to God's wrath and condemnation. (I Kings 8:46; Eccl. 7:20; Rom. 3:9,23; I John 3:4; John 3:36; II Thess. 1:8,9)

The sacrificial death of our Representative and Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, by the shedding of whose blood atonement was made for the sins of the whole world and whereby alone men are redeemed from the guilt, penalty and power of sin. (Isa. 53:5,6; I Peter 2:24, 3:18; Rom. 5:6-8; II Cor. 5:21)

The necessity of new birth as the work of God the Holy Spirit, to be obtained only by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior; that men are saved by grace through faith, not by works. (John 3:3-8; I John 5:1; Rom. 8:1-4; I Tim. 1:9,10; Eph. 2:8,9)

The security of the believer, based entirely on the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ, whereby, as a born-again child of God, he has assurance of salvation and has the right to all the privileges of the sons of God. (Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:5-7; John 10:27-29; Rom. 8:38,39; Jude 24,25)

The responsibility of the believer to maintain good works, and to obey the revealed will of God in life and service, through which eternal rewards shall be received. (Eph. 2:10; James 1:22-27; Mt. 25:19-23)

The True Church, whose Head is the Lord Jesus Christ, and whose members are all regenerate persons united to Christ and to one another by the Holy Spirit. (Eph. 1-22,23, 3:21; Heb. 12:23)

The observance of the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper as appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ. (Mt. 28:19,20; Acts 2:38,41; Luke 22:19,20; I Cor. 11:26)

The supreme mission of the church as being to glorify God and to preach the Gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15; Mt. 28:18,19; Acts 1:8; II Cor. 5:18)

The personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 14:3; Acts 1:11; I Thess. 4:16)

The resurrection of the body. (John 5:28; I Cor. 15:44; I Thess. 4:16; Phil. 3:20,21)

The eternal blessedness of the saved, and the eternal punishment of the lost. (John 3:16-18,36; Rom. 2:7-9; Mt. 25:46; Rev. 21:1-8)

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Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating346 of 111240 of 146
Fund acquisition rating235 of 111336 of 146
Resource allocation rating165 of 111321 of 146
Asset utilization rating927 of 1112112 of 146

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$477,088$68,938$102,000
Short-term investments$14,325,555$13,259,814$11,076,953$0$0
Other current assets$92,717$86,975$72,645$0$0
Total current assets$18,155,849$16,807,792$15,294,887$3,294,382$2,678,000
Long-term investments$0$0$0$13,389,865$10,281,000
Fixed assets$10,276,918$10,544,423$10,197,805$9,885,969$9,817,000
Other long-term assets$2,516,293$2,582,763$2,406,983$1,274,676$2,594,000
Total long-term assets$12,793,211$13,127,186$12,604,788$24,550,510$22,692,000
Total assets$30,949,060$29,934,978$27,899,675$27,844,892$25,370,000
Payables and accrued expenses$1,720,047$1,978,574$1,751,889$1,775,503$2,165,000
Other current liabilities$204,466$218,499$299,793$307,816$135,000
Total current liabilities$1,924,513$2,197,073$2,051,682$2,083,319$2,300,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,250,747$1,343,496$1,271,912$1,431,971$1,556,000
Total long-term liabilities$1,250,747$1,343,496$1,271,912$1,431,971$1,556,000
Total liabilities$3,175,260$3,540,569$3,323,594$3,515,290$3,856,000
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$16,958,242$16,114,640$14,611,367$15,494,560$13,399,000
With donor restrictions$10,815,558$10,279,769$9,964,714$8,835,042$8,115,000
Net assets$27,773,800$26,394,409$24,576,081$24,329,602$21,514,000
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$25,376,223$26,394,162$26,040,106$25,019,649$24,034,000
Program service revenue$503,940$664,327$728,031$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,076,585$1,969,330($493,494)$1,580,730$213,000
Other revenue$77,138$58,848$82,632$751,607$600,000
Total other revenue$1,657,663$2,692,505$317,169$2,332,337$813,000
Total revenue$27,033,886$29,086,667$26,357,275$27,351,986$24,847,000
Program services$23,626,981$25,196,617$24,034,377$19,673,475$20,438,000
Management and general$1,467,784$1,638,885$1,592,490$4,603,785$4,054,000
Total expenses$25,694,807$27,453,829$26,164,570$24,884,148$25,042,000
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,339,079$1,632,838$192,705$2,467,838($195,000)
Other changes in net assets$40,312$185,490$53,774$347,834$561,000
Total change in net assets$1,379,391$1,818,328$246,479$2,815,672$366,000


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/29/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Africa Inland Mission (AIM) had its beginning in the work of Peter Cameron Scott (1867-1896), a Scottish-American missionary of the International Missionary Alliance who served two years in the Congo before he was sent to Scotland in 1892 because of a near-fatal illness. While recuperating, he developed his idea of establishing a network of mission stations which would stretch from the southeast coast of the continent to the interior's Lake Chad. He was able to interest several of his friends in Philadelphia in the work and in subscribing some funds. This group formed itself into the Philadelphia Missionary Council.

On August 17, 1895, AIM's first mission party set off. The group consisted of Scott, his sister Margaret, Frederick W. Krieger, Willis Hotchkiss, Minnie Lindberg, Miss Reckling, and Lester Severn. They arrived off the east African coast in October, and Peter Scott started making arrangements in the Kenyan seaport of Mombasa. In little over a year, the mission had four stations-at Nzaui, Sakai, Kilungu, and Kangundo, all in Kenya. More workers came from America, including Scott's parents, and the small group expanded to fifteen.

In December 1896, Peter Scott died, partly because of the extremely hard pace at which he had been driving himself. The mission almost dissolved in the next year when most of the workers either died or resigned. The Council began to take more responsibility for the work and appointed Rev. Charles Hurlburt director of the mission. After a survey trip to Africa, he returned to that continent to work, and he eventually brought his entire family over. For the next two decades, he provided strong leadership for the headquarters, established in 1903 at Kijabe, Kenya.

From Kenya, the mission expanded its work to neighboring areas. In 1909, a station was set up in what was then German East Africa and later became Tanganyika, and still later, Tanzania. In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt intervened for his friend Hurlburt to persuade the Belgian government to permit the mission to establish a station in the Congo (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). Work was begun in Uganda in 1918; in French Equatorial Africa (Central African Republic) in 1924; Sudan, briefly, in 1949; and the Islands of the Indian Ocean in 1975. Besides evangelism, workers of the mission ran clinics, hospitals, leprosariums, schools, publishing operations, and radio programs. Rift Valley Academy was built at Kijabe for missionary children. Scott Theological College in Kenya helped train African Church leaders. The churches founded by the mission in each of its fields were eventually formed into branches of what is today the Africa Inland Church.

Program accomplishments

AIM is an international foreign mission organization serving 20 countries in Africa and in some U.S. urban centers with over 500 full-term missionaries and over fifty short-term missionaries.


AIM is a faith mission, dependent upon God as He moves the hearts of interested individuals, local churches and other organizations to meet financial needs.

Missionaries raise support for their ministries from interested churches and individuals. Funds provided for the support of each missionary are set apart for that purpose and disbursed in compliance with the support schedule and policies. Aim's ministries and projects are supported by those whom God raises up with a concern for that ministry activity or project.