In 1893, three young men in their 20s had a vision to evangelize the 60 million unreached people of sub-Saharan Africa (then known as the Sudan). Unable to interest established missions—most of which said reaching the Sudan was impossible—the three set out alone forming the Sudan Interior Mission. In the 1980s, two missions in Asia and South America joined with SIM. A third merged with SIM in 1998. Today, our official name around the world is simply SIM.
SIM is what is called a “general mission”. That means our missionaries are involved in many types of ministry around the world. Some organizations focus on specific types of ministry (clean water, children, education, relief and aid, etc.). SIM missionaries are involved in these ministries as well as many others.

We often partner with specialized missions in Bible translation, radio outreach, community development, medicine, HIV and AIDS ministry, aviation, and more, but our distinctive is our church-focused vision. Many of our missionaries work as church planters in pioneer areas or in partnership with local churches in discipleship, evangelism, or theological education.

SIM missionaries receive prayer and financial support from churches, friends, and others who are passionate about their ministry.

The level of support needed for each missionary or family depends on several factors. Where someone is serving and the type of ministry they are involved in will change their financial needs. We work with our missionaries to determine what their individual needs are before and during the support raising process.

While our missionaries come from various Christian denominational backgrounds, we are each committed to the essential truths of biblical Christianity. See our Statement of Faith for more information.
Let’s start by getting acquainted. Contact us about getting involved with SIM around the world. We’ll contact you soon to talk about joining the SIM team.
We partner with universities, churches, and other organizations to respond to need, proclaim the gospel, and equip the Church around the world. Click here for more information about our ministry partners.

All SIM policy and principles of relationship are detailed in the SIM International Manual which is available for review upon request.