1. AN INTERNATIONAL ANABAPTIST FAMILY
We are a network of church conferences, congregations, groups and individuals who see ourselves as part of a global family under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission is an evangelical Anabaptist “family gathering” in which African, North American and European members are working together to become an answer to Jesus’ prayer: “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.
The origins of Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission go back to the year 1912 when two small Mennonite groups, the Central Conference of Mennonites and the Defenseless Mennonite Conference, known earlier as the Stucky Amish and the Egly Amish, respectively joined their meager resources to pioneer a venture of faith on the African continent.
Identified by their founding leaders, Henry Egly and Joseph Stucky, the two groups had departed from the Old Order Amish to move forward toward a more progressive and evangelical church life. Their rural membership clustered in Central Illinois and Indiana. By 1910 their total number still did not exceed 3,500 people. However, caught up as they were in the joy of their new understanding of salvation through grace, and in the excitement of newly discovered claims of discipleship upon them, they dared to launch a series of cooperative Mennonite endeavors, including international mission work.
By January 23, 1912 in the little hamlet of Meadows, Illinois, the Congo Inland Mission was officially brought into being. Before that year ran its course, the first little handful of Mennonite missionaries had hacked clearings in the brush beside the Kasai River at Djoko Punda and Kalamba in South Central Congo, and the effort to bring a witness to the gospel of Christ in that land was engaged.
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