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All ministry stories and updates from our workers and projects.

Back to normal?

20 July 2021

Pastor Wayne Sutton says the pandemic has given his church a profound wake-up call.

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Where is Christ least known?

15 July 2021

Where are the communities where Jesus is ‘least known’? asks SIM UK Director Steve Smith.

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All smiles after dental outreach

15 July 2021

Simon and Grace Stretton-Downes led a dental outreach in Liberia this summer – their biggest trip yet – treating patients who had endured pain for months, or even years.

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Passing on the baton

14 July 2021

The commitment to see God’s word spread in Niger will be the hallmark of Jonathan and Elaine Burts’ ministry as they retire to the UK…

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Power to transform

13 July 2021

God is doing amazing things in a township in Cape Town, where a SIM project is having a profound impact.

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A divine appointment

1 July 2021

Covid could not thwart God’s plan to bring Ram Strestha and his wife Keshari, from South Asia, to serve in the UK.

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Pastor Nong’s ‘crazy’ plan kicks off

22 June 2021

Years ago, in rural northern Thailand, a couple planted a church amidst the rice paddies and orchards and dedicated their lives to making God known…

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Mission dentist honoured with an OBE

14 June 2021

Simon Stretton-Downes, serving long term in Liberia, is honoured with an OBE for services to dentistry in Africa.

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A heart for mission to ‘forgotten’ communities

8 June 2021

Read why growing up in a community that had never heard the gospel gives SIM International Director Joshua Bogunjoko a heart for our pioneering Faithful Witness scheme.

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A simple solution to a complex problem

2 June 2021

Read how a SIM worker developed an online system to feed thousands of hungry families in Peru’s second largest city.

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Untouched by sunlight

1 June 2021

The mines of Potosi in Bolivia are dark places, but SIM believes no one is beyond the reach of God…

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Embracing intercultural ministry in your church

25 May 2021

More than 40 leaders in UK churches and half a dozen SIM workers leading multicultural teams in the UK and overseas, met online to participate in the inaugural workshop of SIM UK’s intercultural ministry training. Tim McMahon reports…

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A generation ready for mission

13 May 2021

In her role as Innovation Manager for SIM UK, Chloe Blainey says there are many exciting and creative possibilities of how the good news can be shared by the ‘next generation’ of mission workers

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Preparing for lift-off

6 May 2021

Covid-19 might have seemed like a major roadblock to her plans, but new mission worker Kara never stopped trusting in God’s perfect timing.

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The bigger picture

4 May 2021

Over the past five years, SIM UK has seen how God has enabled us to fulfil our vision to work with churches to send and…

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New academy opens

24 April 2021

A mission training school is preparing new believers in Europe for refugee ministry in their communities.

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Courageous calling

24 April 2021

Read the amazing conversion story of Tambaya Ibrahim, who travels across Niger to preach to the Fulani people.

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Holistic health care

20 April 2021

Read how SIM is helping empower women in rural east Africa as workers share the gospel with a least-reached community, alongside compassionate healthcare.

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A match made in heaven

15 April 2021

Veronica and Samson will soon join a Faithful Witness team in Thailand, but their story of faith and of marriage began in an astonishing way.

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Surgery training moves one step closer

13 April 2021

SIM UK surgeon Ted Watts gives an update on exciting plans to ensure mission-centred medical ministry continues in Madagascar.

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‘These recordings will reach where we can’t go…’

6 April 2021

Find out how a SIM UK worker – one of a growing number of Tamajaq who have become Christians – is helping the gospel take root in the heart of his people.

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Couple’s happy ending

23 March 2021

When the pandemic closed down the country, 40 per cent of financial support trickled away for Kenyan mission workers Tony and Julia Mburu. Needing a fast solution to a shrinking bottom line, they revived an abandoned book-selling idea from years earlier.

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God is at work

23 March 2021

VIDEO: Join us in 12 months of pandemic praise. No boundary, quarantine or confinement can stop the work of God’s hands.

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Wraparound care

17 March 2021

How SIM UK support its most important God-given resource: Its people

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Teaching the love of Jesus

9 March 2021

SIM UK partners with TnT to develop seminal Sunday school materials in Arabic.

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The right Orientation

5 March 2021

Discover how our five-day Orientation programme introduces our workers to some important areas they need to keep learning and growing in, as they start serving in mission.

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Hiring now!

2 March 2021

Read how one SIM couple are helping job seekers in the aftermath of Covid-19.

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You can count on SIM

26 February 2021

‘We are stewards of God’s money and we have a responsibility to spend it wisely’

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‘A young and vibrant couple’

23 February 2021

Today, there are no known believers in the Kayes region of Mali, which is predominantly inhabited by Hassaniya herdsmen. Living in this remote region on…

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What it means to belong to the SIM family

16 February 2021

Knowing they are part of the ‘SIM family’ is vital for our workers on the field.

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Better together

27 January 2021

Meet the new SIM team passionate about sharing the gospel in Ghana.

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Still sharing hope with refugees

15 January 2021

Five years ago, more than a million people crossed into Europe and safer parts of the Middle East to escape conflict and poverty. Many of…

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From so-and-so to somebody

8 January 2021

Find out about the exciting work the Lord is doing through SIM’s Faithful Witness initiative among the Fulani in northern Nigeria.

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Unity and diversity

23 December 2020

Siegfried Ngubane, SIM’s Regional Director for Southern Africa, says the gospel is not confined to any single nation or tongue.

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Medical mission: Is it still needed?

23 December 2020

Fi McLachlan, Head of Christian Mission Fellowship Global, explains why there is still a need to raise health care personnel to go and serve in medical mission.

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Partners in media ministry

1 December 2020

Although 2020 has been a difficult year for our mission workers and their ministries, read how the Lord used COVID-19 to further the gospel work of one couple serving in Kenya.

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Your gifts of love

19 November 2020

Your generous donations helped SIM come to the rescue of two rural hospitals in southern Africa during COVID-19.

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Shared blessings – multicultural ministry in London

17 November 2020

Meron joins our Engage programme, designed to help UK churches share the gospel with cross-cultural communities on their doorstep.

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Loving your neighbour in lockdown

10 November 2020

A pastor shares how his church joined forces with a charity to help those in need during COVID-19.

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Life-saving supplies help fight the virus

3 November 2020

Read how donations from supporters helped Serving In Mission protect the people of Egbe, Nigeria.

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Neither here nor there

27 October 2020

Read a Q&A with Cheryl Gibson, SIM UK’s Third Culture Kid Coordinator.

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You’ve got mail

22 October 2020

Paula Beaton’s God-given gifts to provide administrative support within Serving In Mission are put to good use to encourage others during COVID-19.

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You will be my witnesses

15 October 2020

Read about SIM’s Faithful Witness initiative to share the gospel with people who have never heard of Jesus Christ.

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‘Aunty Dinah is truly an ambassador for Christ’

7 October 2020

The story of the Kasena people of Chiana, Ghana, demonstrates how God is moving in the hearts of a formally unreached people group

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‘How I coped during COVID-19

1 October 2020

During her four-and-a-half years in Madagascar, teacher Naomi Coleman has experienced surprise school closures, random food shortages, temporary ‘don’t go out’ rules, nearby epidemics and…

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Voice of hope among the Hassaniya

30 September 2020

The stirring story of a family living among the Hassaniya-speaking Moors in Mali, west Africa, as part of a new Faithful Witness team.

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A beacon of hope for the future

24 September 2020

Read about The Good News Hospital in Madagascar’s exciting new vision to train Malagasy surgeons and secure its future.

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Raising a family on the mission field

16 September 2020

On any given weekend, *Rachel and Joshua take their sons to the desert and visit archaeological ruins where the children can run around and dig…

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Urgent: Flooding in Niger

7 September 2020

Severe flooding has covered Sahel Academy and the Bible school in more than five feet of water…

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Knowing where we’re going

4 September 2020

For the past six years, Keith Walker has been part of Serving In Mission’s International Leadership as Global Director for Strategic Development. Here, he shares…

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‘I’m so excited to see what the next 15 years will hold’

4 September 2020

As Bingham Academy in Ethiopia prepares to reopen on September 22, SIM UK worker Theresa Ebrahim-Adem says she has never felt “so at home” anywhere…

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How the gospel lens can fix our ‘cultural blindness’

26 August 2020

Real inclusiveness means more than just being welcoming and friendly. It requires significant investment, personal sacrifice, and courageous leadership.

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A tale of two cities

26 August 2020

Mapping intercultural ministry in the UK ‘Just because we live in a place, doesn’t mean we always know what’s going on,’ admitted one church leader…

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‘Be our eyes and ears’ to stop human trafficking

20 August 2020

COVID-19 has created a global health crisis affecting millions of people in every community where SIM workers live and serve. While SIM continues to help…

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Peter takes refugee ministry online

18 August 2020

Five years after a wave of refugees and migrants came to Europe fleeing war and economic hardship, the chaos of a global pandemic prompted many…

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Beirut crisis appeal

14 August 2020

In the aftermath of the Beirut explosion, our ministry partners have significant financial support needs – both for their compassionate programmes as they reach out…

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Anthropology, evangelism and me

13 August 2020

‘As a Christian studying for a degree in Social Anthropology, I spent a lot of time feeling nervous whenever Christianity came up in class. Within…

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Beirut explosion: Pray with us

13 August 2020

The massive explosion at Beirut’s port on August 4 has brought fresh devastation to the people of Lebanon. The blast left an estimated 4,000 wounded,…

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The power of a child’s prayer

12 August 2020

In the Bible, Josiah was made king at the age of eight and his faith in the Lord had a transformative influence on the nation…

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Shaping the future…

29 July 2020

The importance of education options to mission families cannot be understated.

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Partner with SIM in its urgent response to COVID-19

28 July 2020

Coronavirus is continuing its spread across the world, with nearly 15 million confirmed cases in 188 countries and more than 600,000 deaths. Now health experts…

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Ministry in lockdown

28 July 2020

Like many SIM workers, Sherilyn and Deane Grainger had to suspend their usual ministry – working amongst refugees and migrants in Palermo, Sicily – because…

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United in prayer – at a distance

21 July 2020

‘People of prayer’ and ‘Dependent on God’ are two of SIM’s core values and we are thankful for local churches who are pivotal partners for…

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Room to grow

21 July 2020

Following a pause owing to lockdown, construction has restarted on building a new training centre that will help SIM workers in a South Asian country…

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Not only on a Sunday

14 July 2020

How do you disciple in a rural France?

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‘Chad is not an easy location’

13 July 2020

With its diverse population of hundreds of ethnic groups speaking 120 languages and dialects, it’s no surprise that Chad is sometimes called the “Babel Tower…

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Windows of hope

7 July 2020

Windows of Hope Zimbabwe in collaboration with Serving In Mission’s For Freedom anti-trafficking ministry recently held an awareness campaign and training for residents in rural…

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In the business of saving souls

3 July 2020

“As in most relationships here, it doesn’t take long for religion to come up in workplace conversations,” explains Barry*, a businessman who is sharing the…

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A different time

3 July 2020

“Holding on to memories of a place once called home and knowing things have changed since, can be a challenge”

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Rainbow in the clouds

2 July 2020

Doctors Ted and Rachel Watts, along with their two young sons, are living in Mandritsara in northern Madagascar and serving with SIM UK at the…

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Spreading gospel hope

27 June 2020

SIM UK director Steve Smith reflects on the challenge of the COVID-19 crisis to our mission through the lens of how the gospel first came…

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Art with a gospel impact

26 June 2020

Loving your neighbour is one way to fulfil the Great Commission, but sometimes this involves stepping outside your comfort zone, says Justin Agnes, who served…

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Bringing Good News to hard places

23 June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is placing enormous stress on SIM workers and ministries around the world, especially in the areas of health care and education. By prayer,…

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Home is where the heart is

23 June 2020

Being caught in a pandemic and unable to serve in the usual way, Sarah Dorman is happy staying at home and to use these unprecedented…

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Life in lockdown

8 June 2020

Within months of arriving in Nigeria, the coronavirus pandemic forced Paul and Tricia Todd, sent from High Kirk Presbyterian Church in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, to…

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A channel for God’s love

6 June 2020

Caring for those who are suffering is a unique opportunity to share the love and compassion of Jesus Christ.

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Battling COVID-19 in Liberia: ‘Jesus is our ever-present help’

19 May 2020

SIM UK’s Dr Mikey Bryant, who is serving at the ELWA Hospital in Liberia, says God is his refuge and strength during the current coronavirus…

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Venezuelan refugees in Peru receive weekly food aid

19 May 2020

COVID-19 has forced Peru into a state of emergency as the country basically comes to a standstill. With a curfew and quarantine of all non-essential…

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‘I learned what it really felt like to trust God’

19 May 2020

Read a testimony from a young SIM intern in Bolivia to encourage anyone exploring mission. “My last few weeks in Bolivia – spent tying up…

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Is coronavirus an opportunity to see faith in Christ at work?

19 May 2020

What should we make of the coronavirus pandemic?

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First Bible translation in Ciyawo

8 May 2020

Revelation 7:9 gives us the amazing picture of a host of people before the throne of the Lamb, people from every nation and tribe and…

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Cross-cultural mission since 1893

3 May 2020

In 1893, three young men who founded SIM set out for the interior of the Sudan in west Africa, compelled to see souls saved for eternity. The next seven years…

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Take up a daily prayer and challenge this Lent

8 April 2020

Please join us in praying for the salvation of many refugees and migrants this Easter.

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Coronavirus cannot destroy our fellowship with the Lord

8 April 2020

Gathering together in person has long been the very lifeblood of Christ’s church. But because of the coronavirus, large group meetings have disbanded.

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From Nairobi to Niddrie – serving in Scotland

15 June 2018

Our first Kenyan mission worker to Scotland describes her journey to ministry and her work with Niddrie Community Church.

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