Mission, Vision & History

Mission 

Latin American Indigenous Ministries is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to Native Latin American leaders, equipping them with the tools for church growth, project support and community development that assists in improving the living standard and evangelical growth of indigenous communities.

Vision 

To build a better future centered on God and community.

History

The organization was formed  in 1972 as the Totonac Bible Center, Inc.  At that time, its primary goal was to support the work of Manuel Arenas, the gifted Totonac Indian who was the principal translation assistant for Herman Aschmann in his early translation efforts among the Highland Totonac people of Mexico.

After having gained an excellent education in the United States and Germany, Manuel determined to establish a school among his own people.  The Centro Cultural Pro-Totonaco in La Union, Puebla, is a witness to his vision. Over the years, Manuel tried in various ways to expand his vision to all the tribal groups of Mexico.  He organized three different consultations of Christian leaders from other tribes. He also opened his school to students from other tribes. After Manuel’s death in 1992, Dr. Dale Kietzman became president of the Totonac Bible Center board in the United States.  Increasingly, the support activity focused on other tribes and countries.  In 1996 the Board voted to change the name of the organization to Latin American Indigenous Ministries (LAIM).

Latin American Indigenous Ministries was organized and designed to provide a networking focus for organizations initiated and led by Native Americans in Latin American. LAIM encourages and assists native leaders to evangelize and disciple their own communities, as well as helps them to improve their standard of living and overcome the barriers that have held back their personal growth and revitalization of their community.  LAIM provides the native leadership with opportunities for spiritual training and growth, project support, consultant help and technical assistance. We will represent these Latin American native ministries before potential supporters, funders and resources in the United States.

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