SIMGlobal June 2017

A New Livelihood—and a New Life

SALAM Training Center shares practical skills along with the Word of God Since 1980, SALAM (Salt and Light as Mechanics) Training Center has been providing people in South Asia with the practical skills to make a good living. The students also receive moral and spiritual training, participating in daily devotionals before beginning their workday. “Many students have received the gospel through this ministry,” says Rohan, the center’s director. “Many of the former students are mature servant leaders of Christian communities.” Sharing the Blessing—and Giving Back Saiful* came to the SALAM Training Center (STC) in 2008 with hopes of becoming an electrician. Until then he had known only poverty. But at STC he received a valuable skill—and spiritual training as well. Saiful became a believer in Jesus Christ and he soon found a job that enabled him to use his newfound skills. After a few years, Saiful heard that STC needed … Read More

Missionary Training & Church Planting in Thailand

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.” —2 Timothy 2:2 (NIV) “Which God Are You Talking About?” “When you begin talking with Thai people about God, a common question is, Which God are you talking about?” That’s how SIM Thailand Director Ryan Hannah describes the challenge of ministering in Southeast Asia—where Christian teaching is almost unknown. For people steeped in a Buddhist worldview, the notion of a loving God is unfamiliar, and many have trouble grasping the gospel message. “With less than one percent of the Thai population being Christian,” he says, “many do not know a Christian. Many do not live in a community with a church.” As a result, Thais may live their entire lives without hearing the gospel. Another obstacle is the spiritual bondage of animism that has … Read More

From Shame to Triumph: DANJA FISTULA CENTER brings hope to afflicted women

Salome* was proud to be the first member of her family to attend school. She excelled in her studies and was recognized as the top student in her school. She had dreams of becoming a doctor, but a terrible incident shattered her plans. In Salome’s culture, female circumcision is a common practice. She was subjected to this procedure when she returned to visit her grandmother’s village. But it went wrong, and Salome was left incontinent. She was too ashamed to return to school and found herself “crying from day to night.” Salome sought relief for months with no success. Her dreams of continuing her education seemed lost. Then she found the Danja Fistula Center and received reconstruction surgery. Her treatment was successful. “I am so very happy,” she says now. Best of all, she’s looking forward to resuming her studies. Someday she may return to the fistula center as a … Read More

SIMGlobal June 2017