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The Ammi Training Center, established in 1995, has the vision to see a dynamic church in every tribe in Brazil. The Center provides indigenous pastoral training to the many tribes scattered throughout Brazil’s Amazon region.
There are approximately 341 tribal groups in Brazil totaling just shy of one million people. While there is a strong movement among the indigenous to urbanize, there are still one-third of these groups (110) with no gospel witness and 35 of them on the brink of extinction. To date, Ammi has hosted 321 graduates from 49 ethnic groups, the vast majority of whom are living in or near tribal contexts. There is continued eagerness from tribal leaders for our students to visit, and share their stories.
Students come to the Ammi campus where they live, study and serve for eight months of the year. The Ammi staff is multi-ethnic and participates in all aspects of the students’ training. Students train in scripture knowledge and practical life skills such as agriculture, health and sanitation.
The key strategies of the Center include formal teaching of God’s Word, off-site contextualized ministry opportunities, and the sending of students and missionaries to develop or participate in other projects throughout Brazil. The Ammi Training Center also participates in CONPLEI, which with the National Council of Indigenous Evangelical Pastors and Leaders.
It is to the glory of God that leaders are seeking indigenous pastoral training and desire to see their communities redeemed through Christ’s love. It is the Ammi Training Center’s privileged to take part in that transformational process.