Welcome to the Central African Republic (CAR), where SIM serves the church through the Bangui Evangelical School of Theology (BEST).
Our mission is to serve the churches, particularly those of French-speaking Africa. Each student is sent by their church to be trained for future service in that church. The needs of the churches drive our programmes as we help work effectively in settings throughout Africa. We train the entire family for Christian service as BEST also has a Women's School, a primary school and organised activities for the teenage children.
CAR is one of the least developed countries in Africa, with an economy based on subsistence agriculture. If properly managed, the country's many natural resources could help the entire economy. Fewer than half of the population are functionally literate.
Of more than 80 ethnic groups, seven have been identified with less than 20% of the population having any affiliation with a Christian church. There is very little work among the Arabs and the Hausa.