The Rutters are the European directors of Alongside Ministries International (AMI). AMI comes alongside established churches to help strengthen the church and help spread the gospel. This is the most often done by connecting short-term (up to 1 year) or long-term missionaries with established Christian churches. Ian and Teri assist in recruiting, training, and mentoring these missionaries and help in forming these key partnerships. Although France is a physically beautiful place, it is an extremely secular country and there one of the most spiritually and emotionally difficult mission fields in the world. Ian and Teri are among a very small number of missionaries whose language skills and cultural understanding allow them to interact with the French people without the stigma normally associated with outsiders.