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SIM USALatest Updates, SIM Global August 2017Leave a Comment

Businesses can be missionary opportunities, too!  July 18 used to be a difficult date for Miriam. On that day years ago her husband walked out on her and their two children. It has been a painful reminder each year since—until now. Miriam was one of the first employees of a missional business started by SIM missionaries Bill and Charis to share the gospel in North Africa. After years of unemployment, raising her two children on her own, Miriam was hired and started her very first job—on July 18. “I have started a new life and I can start making new memories,” she says. “This can only be from God.” Bill and Charis started a business because they were eager to find effective ways to reach their neighbors. Many areas of Muslim North Africa are hostile toward the gospel, but the couple was burdened by people’s need for Jesus. Many people … Read More

Missionary Training & Church Planting in Thailand

SIM USASIM Global June 2017

“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