SIM is committed to being a mission that begins, nurtures and equips churches to be the expression of Jesus Christ in their communities and to reach out with cross-cultural missionary vision and action. Around the world the Church is increasing rapidly in size, despite intense persecution in many areas. From refugee camps in Africa to earthquake-stricken villages in Ecuador, Jesus is building His Church just as He said in Matthew 16:18, “…upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it” (NLT). Thank you for your participation in building the Church around the world, by prayer.
People are moving now more than ever in history. SIM has always had ministries with nomadic communities but is now expanding to include ministry with migrant workers and those changing continents. This truly is “from everywhere, to everywhere.” One common plea you will pray over is the need for more workers and resources for this ministry. Jesus said, “Ask the Lord of the Harvest to send workers into His harvest field.” (Matthew 9:38) Let us pray for more laborers in this field and for communities and peoples to hear the good news of Jesus wherever they are. We celebrate the new places God is allowing SIM to serve (see new areas highlighted) and expect our God to do great things so mobile people can find their true home in Jesus, by prayer.
We believe in the worth and giftedness of those within SIM and of those we seek to serve because every person is uniquely made in God’s image. Because of this we seek to live as lifelong learners by giving and receiving discipleship and encouraging development. We learn and grow best together. The task before us is referred to by Paul, writing to Timothy, “What you have heard from me… entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2 ESV). Discipleship, mentoring and training all relay the idea of investing in others. All of us need someone investing in us and someone in whom we are investing. Community is about giving and receiving, and learning and growing together. Thank you for investing in these kinds of relationships over the next two months, by prayer.
In February 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 after … Read More
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.