Association of Missions (IAM) was started in the
late 1980’s. It was first incorporated in Brazil as Associação
Internacional de Missões (AIM), where missionaries Tom and Kathy Padley
began their work in 1988. In the U.S., IAM has functioned under
the auspices of a sister organization until its incorporation in the
State of Ohio in 2009. In twenty years, the work in Brazil has
grown to include four more career missionaries serving with the Padley’s
and missionaries in other countries
as well, both American and Brazilian. Here are a few highlights.
For more information on a specific ministry, please contact us at the
Children have always been a major focus. The
Padleys started taking abandoned children into their home at day-one and
eventually had 23 children living with them. Seven of these were
raised through adulthood and are now serving the Lord. Ministério
Estatégia was established to work within the red-light district of Belo.
The main focus was the children who were either abandoned or children of
single parent prostitute's. In order to reach these children, we
started a daycare and pre-school which exists even today, planting the seeds
of the gospel of Jesus Christ in those who may otherwise never hear it.
Juda Ministry is directed by and revolving around the
anointed worship music and talent of Tom and Kathy’s son-in-law, Judson
Gomes de Oliveira. With national and international recognition and success,
Judson, one of our itinerate preachers and teachers; he also works to bring
pastoral care and counsel to numerous Brazilian pastors. Judson's ministry
has taken him to several countries including Ghana, West Africa, Japan,
Germany, Cuba, USA, and Argentina among others. His music is highly sought
after with dozens of his own CD's and DVD's.
Pegue Fogo (Catch the
started by Tom and Kathy’s son, James Padley, was initially started to reach
out to needy neighborhoods with street parties, music, games and clowns
using arts and crafts, drama and music for evangelism. This ministry has
been a barrier-breaker with a non-intrusive approach to befriend the poor
masses with the Gospel message and includes follow-up after each event.
Amazon Thirst is in the indigenous region seated in the very
heart of the Amazon Jungle called Maués in the state of Amazonas. This is
home to one of our Brazilian-based teams. Amazon Thirst teams drill wells
that bring fresh water to the river communities of the Sataré-Maué Indian
tribes which dominate that vast region. This has brought a holistic
approach to the preaching of the Gospel of Christ, not just through
preaching, but also with a cup of clean water. Church planting is done with
our own boats, drilling rig and other essential travel and survival
equipment. In the jungle town of Maués where our missionaries are based out
of, we also have a ministry owned and operated daycare and pre-school to
Indian children in the city. There are three affiliated churches of IAM in
the city of Maués where we have a leadership training class, as we do in
other regions where we are situated with our local churches.
of IAM USA is to fulfill the Great Commission of
our Lord Jesus Christ to take the whole Gospel to the entire World by
supporting, through all means, all those who carry the message in word and
of the International Association of Missions is to be, a ministry dedicated,
to those who minister the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, essentially,
serving those who serve.
holds untold opportunities and potential. As a ministry, we are
dedicated to serving those who serve and furthering the work of God in the
world today. IAM currently has missionaries in three countries and is
expanding to other countries as well.