The Botswana team vision is ‘By faith we see every person in Botswana having the opportunity to respond to the Good News, grow in obedience to God, and become part of the local church fellowship’.
SIM partners with the Africa Evangelical Church of Botswana (AEC), particularly in the area of evangelism among the remote desert dwellers of the Kalahari. SIM also partners with the Evangelical Christian Training Trust (ECTT) and Flying Mission in aviation and HIV and AIDS ministry.
Work among the remote desert dwellers of the Kalahari has been ongoing for a number of years, although the rate of attrition has been high among missionaries. SIM has ministered deep in the Kalahari Desert for eight years. The central task is reaching the !Xoon in their own language. Much of the time is divided between preparing evangelistic messages and making use of these messages in various settlements in language and images understood by mostly illiterate people. This evangelistic ministry works hand-in-hand with translation as !Xoon Christians will help establish words for basic theological concepts.
Children are a nearly constant focus, from helping in a primary school to running a Sunday school receiving 40-50 children each afternoon for a prepared meal and Bible lesson.
Flying Mission (FM) and SIM Botswana have enjoyed a long-standing partnership for a number of years. SIM seconds personnel directly to FM to be involved in their aviation ministry and their care ministry operating on a HOPE for AIDS model. More recently SIM also established a partnership with the Evangelical Christian Training Trust which has its work towards the center of the country at Rakops.
SIM Botswana is a recently registered non-profit organization. While a good partnership relationship exists between the Africa Evangelical Church and SIM, allowing personnel to enter the country under the church’s registration, the potential now exists for SIM to work in partnership with other like-minded organizations and churches and develop its own vision accordingly.
Points for Prayer
- Pray that God will reveal his vision to expand and develop the ministry of SIM Botswana under the new registration.
- Pray for perseverance, encouragement, and fruit in the work among the remote desert dwellers of the Kalahari.
- Pray for the aviation and care ministry of Flying Mission.
- Pray for SIM missionaries as they learn Setswana and minister with the Evangelical Christian Training Trust (ECTT) at Rakops.