In the late 1930's a Bible study in the Los Angeles, California area began which later grew into First American Indian Church (FAIC).
A group of men from the FAIC began to talk about the need for a Bible training organization that would help train them to reach their own people for the gospel of Jesus Christ. As they prayed, the men began contacting various organizations that were working on different reservations. At that time, none of the organizations contacted had personnel available for such a ministry. However, the men of FAIC felt that the Lord was leading. In the fall of 1966, they organized the American Indian Bible Institute (AIBI) with their purpose statement taken from 2 Timothy 2:2.
"...And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."
2 Timothy 2:2
The goal? -- to help develop a second, third and a fourth generation of spiritual leaders that are equipped to then reach out and develop other leaders.
Soon after the beginning of AIBI, there were requests for Bible training materials for those not able to attend classes in the Los Angeles Area. The resources were made available in printed form to help with the development of Biblical leaders in other areas. Since then, additional manuals and training diagrams were developed and used in the extension program. They were designed for use by over 100 different tribes and bands in North America which soon proved useful in any culture as they were based on Biblical principles rather than culturally specific methods.
In 1999, several of the manuals were put on the Internet for easier access by former students and staff members. The results were beyond expectation as the Lord took the media of the Internet and brought them not only to staff and former students but to groups and individuals around the world.
In June of 2000 AIBI Resources became an official ministry of the organization to help develop this new area that provided the complement to the Bible Institute by reaching not only into their "Jerusalem and Judea" as commanded in Act 1:8, but also into their "Samaria and the ends of the earth"
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