The History of AIM

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     In October of 1973, sixteen young adults came to Lubbock, Texas looking for something more-something more than just sitting in church, going to devotionals, and attending youth rallies. Like so many young people today, they wanted to make a difference in their world. They dreamed of an adventure. They approached the Elders of the Sunset church of Christ (Sunset) and the staff of the Sunset School of Preaching (SSOP). Their desire was to become better prepared to reach and teach lost people.

                            For almost a year they studied the Word of God together, learned the will of God for their lives, and witnessed how to share His will with others. At the conclusion of their classroom studies, they went to Dublin, Ireland together. They prayed, studied, and taught. They rode in buses, knocked on doors, and sang at public parks together. They made it their AIM to preach the gospel (Romans 15:20). During these two years together, with God’s help, they brought 19 lost souls to Life.


               In those two short years the church was strengthened, the lost were saved, and sixteen young disciples from the USA were blessed. They returned home to colleges, to marriages, to careers, and to churches. They became students, aiming to share the gospel with roommates. They became spouses, aiming to strengthen their mates in the Lord. They became Bible class teachers, youth ministers, deacons, evangelists, and missionaries, aiming to challenge the church to preach the gospel to the whole world.

                Little did that first group of AIMers know that their step of faith into Dublin, Ireland would be just the first step of an ongoing march. Today over 1000 young adults have gone to 131 mission points in over 22 states of our nation and 45 nations of our world.

                No other single institute in our brotherhood has had a more profound impact on world missions than Sunset. No other single program has had a more profound missional impact on our young people than AIM. It is an honor to call Sunset my alma mater; it is a joy to know that our oldest son, Austin, will be a part of next year’s AIM class.