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Frequently Asked Questions. Here are some questions frequently asked by our viewers, and their associated answers.
1. Are AIMers missionaries?
Yes. AIM is considered to be the first level of missionary service.
2. How many years has AIM been in existence?
Thirty-seven years. AIM was launched in 1974 by Bro. Robert K. Rodenbush.
3. What is the age of the oldest and youngest AIMer currently?
We have an active AIMer in his 80s. Our minimum age is 18.
4. Who must recommend an AIMer prior to approval by FMAC?
Pastor, Supervising Missionary, Regional Director, Bible School Administrator, Field Superintendent, District Superintendent, Personal Friend
5. What is the shortest and longest term for an AIMer?
The minimum time is two months. The maximum is 12 months. Extensions are unlimited though.
6. What are the highest and lowest budgets for an AIMer?
Some budgets are three to four thousand for a couple of months. The maximum budget for an AIMer is not capped. However, if an AIM budget extends $30,000, the applicant is required to meet the FMB for AIM approval rather than FMAC
7. What level of ministerial license is required to be an AIMer?
An AIMer is not required to have a ministerial license.
8. How many AIMers are in the program now?
In the last calendar year, we had 301 AIMers involved.
9. How many countries do our AIMers work in?
AIMers are appointed to sixty-four different fields at the current time.
10. Does FMD provide funding for AIMers?
AIMers must provide their own funding for expenses while overseas.
11. Can a person be gainfully employed and be on the AIM program?
Yes. Some AIMers are on the field because of their employment.
12. Are any tasks assigned to AIMers which would not require teaching and preaching?
Yes. There are numerous opportunities for mission’s involvement that do not require a teacher or a preacher.
13. Do District Global Missions Directors provide a schedule for deputation travel for AIMers?
No. This service is reserved for missionaries only.
14. Do AIMers pay tithes to FMD?
A 10% administrative fee is deducted from all donations through FMD, but this is not considered a tithe. FMD urges AIMers to tithe according to the Field Fellowship policy in the field they go to.
15. Can an AIMer be self-supporting?
Yes. Some have their own financial resources and need not solicit outside funding.
16. Can an AIMer request an extension for continued service in the same country or another country?
Yes. AIM extensions are common. If the request is for a different field, FMD handles it as an AIM extension and change of field.
17. Do AIMers live in the home of the missionary?
FMD strongly discourages this. It is better for the AIMer to have private accommodations. Exceptions to this could be if the AIMer is related to the missionary.
18. Who provides the data to put a budget together?
The missionary provides monthly expenses, and FMD does some add-on costs which include medical insurance, 10% administration and WEC/IT support charges. The add-on amounts do not apply if funds do not come through FMD.
19. To whom is the AIMer accountable?
The AIMer is under the direct supervision of a resident missionary. If there is no resident missionary, the Regional Director or Field Superintendent may be the supervisor.
20. Is medical insurance available for AIMers?
Yes. FMD has a group plan with International Medical Group. Health insurance for AIMers is mandatory; however, an AIMer may secure his own insurance if he/she wishes.
21. What percentage of career and intermediate missionaries were AIMers at one time?
Although an actual percentage has not been officially determined, it is estimated that more than 60% of our missionaries today were once AIMers.