Dear Prospective Student,
Since the birth of Ames Internatonal Shool of Ministry (AISOM) in 2003 and the acquisition of Ames Christian University (ACU) in 2005, we have grown to over 54,000+ students worldwide in 183 nations.
Initially, AISOM was founded and created to provide a median range platform for our students who could not afford the cost of tuition at ACU. The 87 credits that the completed AISOM program supplies, provide a perfect foundational affiliate program for students to grow spiritually while accumulating credits and biblical knowledge prior to entering ACU in pursuing a Bachelor of Biblical Studies degree.
As AISOM is in general a scholarship program, 90% of our students are enrolled in our Free Program and are enjoying the benefits of in-depth biblical foundational teaching that is enabling them to skillfully evangelize their world for Christ in a minimal amount of time. Many are already pastors who live in remote areas where there is not a local bible college and they desperately desire to be trained for the ministry they are called to. Many students are also serving in the military forces and are utilizing our courses to enrich their lives spiritually as they face danger and life threatening situations. Obviously, there is a great demand for this and we are privileged to provide this vital training by faith as a missionary endeavor trusting in the Lord to provide this through the body of Christ.
The remaining 10% are Accredited Students who do pay the tuition for their courses which enables us to also pursue other “avenues” for student betterment and enjoyment such as our online student social network at Faith Space at www.Faith-Space.com , which is a Christian alternative to MySpace, and our online Christian radio station at Ignite Christian Radio at www.IgniteChristianRadio.com
Our ultimate goal and purpose at AISOM and ACU is to train ministers in the least expensive way possible so that our graduates can competently reach multitudes for Christ. We daily pray that our students become great in the kingdom of God such as George Mueller (who fed and gave shelter to 2,000 orphans all by faith) who has been a powerful example and influence in our own lives and the lives of the staff of our schools. By faith we also trust the Lord for our personal needs as well as the needs of the schools and see God’s miraculous provision in many ways.
With catastrophic events escalating around the world, many are challenged within themselves and are seeking answers to find out why such things are taking place. This is why applying our lives to sound biblical instruction is so vital for the days ahead and why we believe God has opened the door to providing this anointed curriculum to our students.
At AISOM and ACU, Our Curriculum:
•Provides answers, spiritual help and counsel. •Brings truth and real and lasting peace and comfort. •Will lead you into the knowledge of Jesus Christ and teach you how to share His love with others.
It's a big task dealing with over 53,000 students with 400 to 500+ new students enrolling each month. It’s also a big responsibility God has given us as so many need their minds renewed to the word of God to have any victory in their lives.
We want you to know that many are the prayers of the staff and alumni of AISOM and ACU for you because you need to know how much God loves and cares for you and how we value each person the Lord brings our way.
YOU are important and vital to this organization and we pray that the seeds of God’s word that are planted in your heart through His Spirit and this curriculum, enable you to successfully live the abundant life that Christ died to give you.
But Christ did not save us to live our lives for ourselves. We are to take up His cross daily and to fight the good fight of faith in fulfilling the great commission by winning others to Christ for His glory. And that is the bottom line in the Harvestime curriculum which equals out to personal and spiritual fulfillment that has great and eternal rewards.
1st John 5:4 & 5 says, “For whoever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
We wish you all the best in your spiritual and academic journey.
Blessings in Christ,
Dr. Vince Rizzo, President/CEO & Founder
Rev. Laura Rizzo, Co-Founder, Editor & Dean of Admissions
and the Ames Support Staff Team