AARAMA Q & A
How did Nate Butler get involved in Foreign Missions? I was introduced to the mission field by Pat Kelly (former profession baseball player, right field, for the Baltimore Orioles. I traveled domestically and internationally as the overall coordinator and leader of education for more than ten years
Tell us something about AARAMA – (All America Relieving Adversity Ministries Association) the objective of ARRAMA is “Empowerment”, non-profit organized April 2006
Why was it organized? To implement and to set in motion tools that empower persons have a better quality of life after our departure.
What type of tools? Pastors are engaged in distant learning opportunities that enabled and exposed them to organized systematic study (correspondence via the internet) through institutes here in America. Many churches here in the USA have structured organized learning opportunities that can be shared on line. Upon completion, the pastors, aspiring pastors or lay persons receive a certificate electronically or we present them we return. Other training tools include: Introduction to Computer (understanding the architectural formats and platforms) and Local Area Networking. Group training include MS Office lab workshop) and PDA”s to effectively communicate the gospel message. Some topics that are presented are: Resolving Church Conflict, Conflict Resolution, Fiscal Accountability, Leadership and the related challenges and uses individuals at their strength … to mention a few. Our key empowerment tool is the “Canning Project”. Similar to how our parents and grandparents preserved food in class jars (Ball & Kerr ). From this initiative will come employment and provide food in the dry session. It’s not a shortage of food in Africa, the challenge is preservation. We also provide “eyeglass” and “health” clinics.
How was it organized? The USA pastors that were present with joined together to organize a nonprofit to facilitate the overall objective of “Empowerment”. AAARAMA is nonprofit registered in the State of Maryland
Where was it organized? In Kenya after one the citywide gatherings
Is AARAMA just limited to Kenya? No, we have reached into the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, Ghana, Panama Canal, India, Jamaica and Haiti.
What is the diversity of the Team? Whosoever will … we do provide mission awareness training. As most mission organizations, we utilize the gifts and talents that are already present in the Body of Christ.
How do you get Pastors introduced to the mission field? Travelling to Africa, India, Germany, and Korea is quite a distance, so we have established short term vision mission trips at no cost to pastors. Typically just a couple hours off the coast of Florida you get a real sense of missions. Normally these trips are four days during the week. We have experienced amazing results! The pastors that have made these journeys have a totally different outlook on missions. They distribute food, wash feet, give new shoes, we have even baptized new believers in the river. Upon their return, they engage the membership to support foreign missions and many have made several trips with their members
How often do we go? Once or twice a year
When and where is the next sponsored trip? Not yet determined
How are the trips funded? Some investors have made it their mission to expose Pastors to Foreign Missions. In addition, Church organizations have supported us as well; the list is on the website
How is AARAMA funded? Donations can be given via our website www.aarama.org