Focus on the forgotten
March-2021

You may be familiar with SIM’s purpose statement: “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.”

        This arises out of thought-provoking mission realities— 86% of unreached people in our world today have no witness of Christ; 87% of those following other major world religions do not even know a Christian. Yet only 3% of the resources available for global mission are used to take the gospel to the least-reached.

SIM has given much time, thought and prayer to pin-pointing those communities. Our Faithful Witness in Forgotten Communities initiative is a new response, increasing resources in innovative ways to pioneer new work in such places. Resources include partnerships with other ministries, prayer resources, funding sources, and healthy collaboration with missionaries from non-traditional sending offices and their churches.

        Faithful Witness values a dynamic team approach—teams of church planting workers, ideally including co-workers from the chosen location itself, form a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-skilled witness and expression of godly love in community. These teams are deliberately diverse and multi-faceted yet share in common the knowledge and love of Jesus. We believe that people from different backgrounds serving together, loving one another, extending grace and forgiveness to each other, is the most effective evangelistic tool. In the words of Jesus, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me” (John 17:21-23).

        Such unity requires humility and vulnerability, loving our neighbours as ourselves. We reflect the beauty of Jesus as we are transformed—worshipping together, living, even dying, for Jesus, inviting others to consider the claims of Christ on their lives and communities. The pandemic has paused some travel, disrupted teams, and closed many borders. Nevertheless, Faithful Witness teams are currently forming. See below for ways you could be involved.

–Cliff Thomas

Opportunities to be involved:

To help you pray • Follow Facebook– https://www.facebook.com/global.faithfulwitness • or Instagram– global.faithfulwitness • or the website– https://www.sim.org/en_US/faithfulwitness

Giving to jump-start the support of workers in our teams. This includes workers from SIM’s new sending contexts in Africa, S. America and Asia where it’s so much harder for workers to raise support. Donate to Faithful Witness through www.sim.org.nz/give (quote project 99746)

Join a Faithful Witness team We need resilient team-players with practical skills and a good understanding of the Bible and, preferably, cross-cultural ministry experience • Skills needed: sports coaches, midwives, vets, agriculturalists, medical professionals, accountants, business entrepreneurs for business as mission, English teachers, community development, health and community educators, social workers, animal husbandry, children’s workers, teachers, University academics and more. Email us at nzletstalk@sim.org