Luke & Priscilla Lundstedt (Chile)

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Praise for good adjustments the family is making in their move from Bolivia to Chile, and that they have found a small church to call home. Pray for them as they build friendships with colleagues and others. Pray for Luke as he has assumes the role of SIM Chile director at the end of July and continues learning about the challenges and opportunities facing the Chilean church. Pray that God will give both Luke and Priscilla wisdom, strength and perseverance to face the challenges of starting over in a new country.

Ruth Is a Beacon for Jesus in Beirut School

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By Tim Allan, SIM UK Bombs and violence are a daily reality for some people in the Middle East but by no means all. Ruth has lived just outside Beirut for the last six years and works as a physics teacher at a long-established evangelical school in Lebanon. It has more than 1,600 pupils, aged from three to 18, and more than 270 staff, including teachers, therapists, administrators, and cleaners. It sits on a large hill overlooking the Lebanon mountain range, while the vast array of Beirut skyscrapers and the glistening Mediterranean Sea lie behind. It’s hard to imagine a more idyllic setting for a school which is a beacon for the gospel in a country of many different faiths. Ruth, who teaches in the secondary school, says: “The school was set up in 1860 and is openly Christian. Every child who comes here is taught the Bible and goes … Read More

The Difference Mk Schooling Makes for an Ethiopian Family

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We are from Ethiopia, a developing country, serving in South Asia. Since arriving in 2013, we have been facing challenges. In the beginning, our children joined one local school, in the second year another school and then again in the third year another school. The main reason is the gap between our cultural background and that of the community we have been serving here. Finally, by God’s grace, we reached an international Christian school established for the children of missionaries. When we arrived at this school, our kids have been thrilled. Their academic performance has amazingly come up to an unexpected level. As a family, we have also found rest, which means we haven’t seen any of things which we had faced in the previous schools. And we can also continue our ministry of training rural pastors knowing our kids are going to be ok here. So I would like to … Read More

Transplanted Teacher

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Mission Together As I read the email, the depth of my incredulity increased with every line. The reason for my disbelief was a request that I pray about the possibility of leaving Carachipampa Christian School (CCS) in Bolivia for a year to help out at Sahel Academy, SIM’s school in Niger, West Africa. It was only eight months since I had returned to Bolivia from home assignment in the UK and the prospect of having to pack up my belongings yet again was not an inviting one. I first arrived at CCS as a Science teacher in 1991, became headteacher in 1997 and Bolivia has become my home. I produced a long list of sensible and perfectly valid reasons why I could not possibly leave Cochabamba to go to an unknown school in a totally alien culture. Despite this, I felt it only right to pray about the request, only … Read More

The Kingdom of Christ is Expanding

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The kingdom of Christ is expanding as more workers answer the call of the gospel in Ethiopia! One need only meet the families of missionary children educated at Bingham Academy to see the vitality of Evangelical Christianity in this nation.  Bingham Academy nurtures the spiritual and academic growth of children of kingdom-minded families thereby making missions possible. And as a Christian, international school, Bingham also exists to bring the gospel into urban homes that do not yet know Christ. One graduate who was introduced to Christ at Bingham shared some of his thoughts on the school. He attended Bingham from KG-1 through his graduation. He recalls the variety of activities in which he was able to be involved during his career from sports to school trips to Bible studies. “…I can honestly say that there are very few places where you can participate in so wide a spectrum of activities, … Read More

I Loved Growing Up as a Missionary Kid

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I loved growing up in Nigeria as a SIM Missionary Kid.   My parents prepared me well for going to boarding school at Kent Academy.  Though I now know it was heart-breaking for them to send me away to school, they knew I would thrive with other children my age.  They knew I’d have opportunities they couldn’t offer me.  They trusted the care and caliber of teachers and dorm parents.  They intentionally connected with me through weekly letters, care packages, and occasional 1 on 1 visits at the neighboring catering guesthouse.  They invested time during summers and holiday times to involve me in their ministries.  They sacrificed to buy a piano for me.  They modeled a contagious, loving enthusiasm for their varied ministries, and I caught it!  They took time for picnics, visiting ‘historical’ places and teaching me manners, history and a fierce loyalty and pride in the USA even though we … Read More

Good Teachers Are so Critical!

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Being a missionary kid is a rich tapestry of interweaving cultures, languages, and experiences. Some threads are bright and vibrant, some are dull and boring. Life is life after all. Growing up overseas has unique challenges, but it has its benefits as well. One of the challenges for missionary kids can be getting a good education that prepares them for the future. As a missionary kid, growing up in Niger, West Africa, my schooling changed depending on where my family was located and how many teachers were available there. Some years I was homeschooled with my brothers. Other years we traveled to a nearby town to attend a one-room school house for a couple days each week. While in the States, we attending public school or took online classes as we traveled from church to church. The majority of my years I attended Sahel Academy, a small mission school located … Read More

For the First Time in My Teaching Career I Am Able to Freely Share

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Written by: Jensine Frenz Each day, right around eight o’clock, students begin showing up at the Loja Ministry Center and climbing up to the fourth floor where we hold classes. Current students range in age from seven to seventeen, but despite the large age spread, each student is part of an intimate group that feels like a family. After good mornings are said, we gather together for devotions and worship. It is my favorite way to start the school day because it helps us focus daily on Christ. Without a doubt, the best aspect of teaching MKs is that—for the first time in my teaching career—I am able to freely share Christ’s love with my students. Although their families come from all over the world (Australia, Ireland, Ecuador, United States), these students all share a special bond because their families are all here for the same purpose. They are all … Read More

Meet Ann, a Teacher in Niger.

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In February 2016 we asked you to join us in praying for more teachers in the mission field. God has been answering those prayers! We’re delighted to report that as we prayed, He provided 12 new and continuing teachers for the 2016-2017 school year, and we are hearing from even more teachers interested in serving. Praise the Lord! One of those answers to prayer is Ann Berry, a teacher who became interested in mission work after reading an SIM newsletter much like this one. Ann is a teacher at the Galmi Day School in Niger. While we were praying, she was praying too—asking God if she should extend her term for another year. She said, “If Jesus wants me to come back, He’s going to have to show me by providing the finances.” God brought in enough support to convince her to stay—but not all she needed. That came only … Read More