Aim Right History
In 1991, a young man with a heart for the troubled youth of Phoenix began a journey, a journey of obedience to his Father’s call, a journey of service, and a journey of calling others into Kingdom work in the inner city. The journey of establishing and directing Aim Right Ministries over the course of twenty years hasn’t always been “flower-strewn pathways,” but God has been faithful to equip and guide. Today that “young man”— Darrell Bacher — still continues on that journey, and countless others have joined in as well, sharing Jesus with the youth of Phoenix!
- 1991 - Aim Right founded, with outreach primarily to teen boys at Adobe Mountain Detention Center.
- 1994 - Aim Right opens a Recreation Center across from the largest housing project in Phoenix.
- 1998 - Aim Right moves to its present location. Programs such as tutoring and Bible clubs for younger children are added.
- 2003 - Thirty! It’s the number of interns or REACH team members who have served with Aim Right.
- 2005 - Team FUN begins, offering character training to junior-high youth.
- 2008 - Out Loud (now called Sanctum), a Monday evening worship service for teens, begins.
- 2011 - Aim Right achieves a milestone of 20 years of helping youth find direction in life.
Over the years, the lives of many have been changed by the love of Jesus. Here is just one story:
After numerous arrests and problems with the law and my family, I was sent to Adobe Mountain Juvenile Institution. I went there two times. The first time was for Criminal Damage done to a treatment center owned by a hospital, the second time... for Attempted Murder. Both times were caused by my anger.
While I was in Adobe I met some people from the Mennonite church and they talked with me and played games with me. One of the people that talked to me was named Darrell Bacher, and he wanted to do more than just put a smile on my face. Darrell told me about being a Christian and how Jesus died on the cross for me.
I think being a Christian is the best thing that could ever happen to me during my life. That one person that put that extra effort into helping me showed me that there is a God and that no matter what we do He does not want to let us go.
— Bryon Miller, Excerpt from RMM Focus August 1991