February 2018 - Johannesburg, South Africa
About 450 SIM members and partners gathered to celebrate SIM’s 125th anniversary.
Throughout the week we heard encouraging stories of where SIM has come from and to look ahead to where we are going as an organization. It is an exciting time to be part of SIM!
As you read through this issue, you'll find a short message from our International Director, Joshua Bogunjoko, as he also reflects on our 125 years of ministry. We are incredibly blessed to have Joshua as our leader. He is a visionary leader with plenty of ideas to move us forward and continue to serve God around the world in a dynamic way.
As the Canadian director, I am beyond encouraged by the growth of our Canadian field with many missionaries serving right here in our own backyard. On Page 10, Alan Dixon, the Canada Field Director, shares about this growing ministry and the missionaries who have unique and thriving ministries throughout Canada.
Recently, we have adopted a new purpose statement and that has become our driving force behind much of what we do and how we operate.
Convinced that no one should live and die without hearing God’s good news, we believe that He has called us to make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ in communities where he is least known or in short, serving where Christ is least known. We believe that God has called us to serve among people who haven’t heard the gospel or have been mis-reached with the gospel as is the case with most Canadians.
Our mandate really hasn’t changed since 1893 but we are always seeking new ways to reach people with the gospel.
As Guillermo and Mary Ann Reddekopp share on page 11, their place of ministry may have changed but their calling hasn’t.
Have you been called to go where He is least known? Perhaps, like Rowland Bingham 125 years ago, you’ll join us and be part of the next 125 years of missions. We can’t wait to see how God will grow and shape SIM to reach this needy world with the gospel.