My Story: Warren

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The Hat are a Central Asian minority whose Chinese-Islamic heritage and culture distinguishes them from the Majority populations in the countries in which they live. Numbering about 10.6 million, they are descendants of Muslim merchants from Persia and Arabia, as well as Muslim mercenary armies sent to support local dynasties. Pray for workers willing to go among them with humility, vulnerability and respect, helping them to learn how to follow Jesus as Hat.  Two Hat men – Photo courtesy of Tom Thai Warren’s restaurant was across the street from our home. He would often see me cycling around town or heading out to exercise.  One day as we ate in his restaurant Warren asked if he could exercise with me. We started cycling together once a week – sometimes for several hours at a time, followed by refreshments back at his restaurant. As our friendship deepened Warren shared about his … Read More

One Word, Many Languages

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One of our SIM missionaries wrote recently, “How wonderful it is to see [people’s] hearts swell with pride as they hoist high the Word of God in their own language.” Paul writes, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17 NIV). To reach the hearts of people, God’s Word must be communicated in their heart language. SIM is involved not only in the translation (from one language to another) but also in the transliteration (from one written script to another) of God’s Word, making it understandable in the heart language of those reading it. In this By Prayer, you’ll read about and be able to partner in prayer for SIM missionaries’ work to bring God’s Word to the nations.  

An Open Letter: Hillcrest School Jos, Nigeria

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Hillcrest School Jos, Nigeria I have taught at Hillcrest School for the past 9 years. I began when my youngest of four children started grade 1. I have truly enjoyed teaching at the school for many reasons. Since all four of my children have attended the school, I liked being able to have a say in their education. As a teacher at Hillcrest you are able to be on board appointed committees that make positive changes to the school. I have been a part of several committees that have made changes bettering the school. I also enjoy being able to influence the future of Africa. Because many of our students come from very prominent families, many will become the political and business leaders in the future. Our school is very intentional at putting Christ first in all things. If even some of our students become passionate for Christ and take … Read More

PATHS OF LIGHT

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At 8am, the early morning sounds of the city slum are just beginning to swell into the bustle of the day. Thirty students begin to trickle into the tin-walled classroom at Path of Light Primary School. Their two teachers carefully watch and welcome each one as they enter – looking for signs the children have bathed and eaten before coming.

“We are a people of prayer, dependent on God.”

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It’s 3:25 PM. If you’re a teacher, it’s time for you to send your students home for the evening, and the work of preparing for a new day begins. As a teacher, your life is busy. You have a constant stream of ideas for reaching your students and so little time to get it all done. I know what it’s like. The Lord began calling me to serve cross-culturally as a teacher my freshman year of college. I had the privilege of spending three years at an SIM school, Bingham Academy, sharing the gospel through word and deed with my precious kindergarten students. Now, I serve in the recruiting department of SIM USA. Since beginning at SIM USA last October, the number of current and upcoming teaching needs around the SIM world has astounded me– 17 in Bolivia, 24 in Ethiopia, more than 30 in Niger, just to name a … Read More

Here and Back to Here Again

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I am a missionary kid (MK). My parents are retired missionaries who served with SIM in Niger, Nigeria and the United States between 1970 and 2013. I was born while they were serving in Niger. I am also in the “family business”, as a missionary serving with SIM at Sahel Academy in Niamey, Niger in 2016. While attending Kent Academy in Nigeria where my parents served for several years, I never dreamed that I would become a teacher myself, let alone draw on that experience regularly as I work each day. Even though I see now what a great opportunity it was and how much I benefitted from returning to the US at fifteen to finish high school at a boarding school while my parents remained in Nigeria, I was pretty angry with them at the time for sending me away. Additionally, this experience now gives me unique credibility with … Read More

The Legacy of the Gospel, SIM and Urbana | USA

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Dick Ackley was only 11 years old when he first felt “called” into missions. A young missionary kid, unsure of what his own life was supposed to look like, Dick sat at the spiritual life conference held at his boarding school in Ethiopia in 1964 and listened to the story of a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp. Corrie Ten Boom, imprisoned in Ravensbrück concentration camp for her faith, looked out into the crowd that day and said, “God has a plan and a purpose for your life.” And for the first time, Dick really believed it. Fast forward in Dick’s life eight years, and we find him sleeping in his car in the dead of winter in Urbana, IL or, if he got lucky, he’d slip into the lobby of the dorms without being noticed. Dick couldn’t afford the full registration cost of the Urbana Conference but he knew … Read More

A Love Story | SOUTH AFRICA

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Marcus didn’t know what he was in for when he attended the Urbana conference of 2000, still in Urbana, IL, but as a senior in college he already knew he was supposed to go into missions and so off to the missions conference he went. Finding his soul-mate was the last thing he expected and yet… While at the conference Marcus went to a seminar called “French Speaking Africa” held by Angela Brantley who was and is with SIM. Marcus was deeply moved by Angela’s words and even changed some of his courses during his last semester of college to help serve in French speaking areas of Africa. At the end of the session, as Marcus went up to ask the speaker her name for the evaluations form, a girl named Jenn did the same. Jenn, feeling the same confirmation Marcus felt from Angela’s session, struck up a conversation with … Read More