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Transformational Community Development

Monday, 10 September 2018

Transformational Community Development

SIM Australia's Projects Coordinator, Ross Britton, outlines SIM Australia's approach to transformational community development and some important principles for development work. 

Focus on the Fulani

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Focus on the Fulani

The timeline below is a glimpse of God’s work through SIM Australia's workers amongst the Fulani in West Africa. As SIM celebrates 125 years of mission, join us in praising God for the fruit that has come from this ministry over many years of faithful sowing!

Passing on God's Love to Malawian Orphans!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Passing on God

Find out how SIM is passing on God's love to Malawian orphans through the Goat Pass-On Scheme!

Here I am, Send me!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Here I am, Send me!

Will* is in his early twenties and preparing to serve with SIM in the Middle East. Since responding to God's call as a teenager, his posture has been that of Isaiah 6:8 - "Here I am, send me!"

Compelled by Christ's Love

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Compelled by Christ

Meet Naomi! Naomi serves with SIM Australia and has spent the past 28 years in West Africa serving one of the world's poorest countries. She serves as the Project Director of the health side of the Sowing Seeds of Change in the Sahel project. 

Strength in Weakness

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Strength in Weakness

The provision of quality Member Care for our workers is a critical part of the work of SIM Australia’s Home Ministry team. Read about how SIM Australia missionary Brooke* has been supported to continue serving in West Africa despite facing mental health challenges. SIM believes mission teams are enriched when they embrace workers with difficulties as they exemplify the value of every individual and evidence God’s strength being made perfect in weakness.

Unlocking Futures

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Unlocking Futures

Young girls shouldn't know what the inside of a brothel room looks like...
Yet when Ruhi* was ten years old, her stepmother introduced her to the dark world of sex work. She took Ruhi to an apartment, invited over a client and then left the building.

Key of the Kingdom

Monday, 25 June 2018

Key of the Kingdom

Enraged at his Christian wife for going to a church conference, a husband locked up the hosue as soon as she left, declaring to the nightbours that his wife would never enter his home again. To make his point, he threw the key into the river as he headed to his girlfriend's house for the week...


Refreshing Partnerships in QLD

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Refreshing Partnerships in QLD

It’s been a busy season in the Sunshine State for Jay Knight, SIM’s Queensland (QLD) Mission Mobiliser!

Eyes on the Goal

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Eyes on the Goal

Coach Mhee lives in Thailand’s Esan region in the northeast, where Buddhism is strong and drug addiction destroys lives. Through his sports ministry, local boys develop their soccer skills and hear the life-changing Gospel of Christ.

Love that breaks down walls

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Love that breaks down walls

It is the love of Christ that compels the RLGL staff team as they invest in the lives of young women like Panna*, survivor of sexual abuse. 

Crossing Spiritual Barriers to Buddhists

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Crossing Spiritual Barriers to Buddhists

Learn more about crossing spiritual barriers to Buddhists in your community!

Encouraged and Empowered

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Encouraged and Empowered

Find out how SIM's Chetna project is helping women to challenge established gender roles and find their voice. 

From Mechanic to Mobiliser

Sunday, 1 April 2018

From Mechanic to Mobiliser

In 1893, SIM’s founders also left their comforts behind to reach the least-reached in Africa. Fast forward to 2002 and after years of preparation, a couple from Victoria with their three young children landed in Benin, West Africa. This was the Sim family – the name a wonderful coincidence!

Crossing Barriers with Coffee

Monday, 26 February 2018

Crossing Barriers with Coffee

A returned short-term missionary from South Sudan shares her reflections about 'doing life' with women in South Sudan. 

Cries of the Heart

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Cries of the Heart

Eliza* is the project manager at Redlight Greenlight. She shares about some of the deep hurt she and the other carers try to support the girls to live with and grow from.


A Tapestry of Grace: Meg Mucklestone

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

A Tapestry of Grace: Meg Mucklestone

Meg Mucklestone is a long term supporter of SIM and shares about her journey with missions. 

A Christmas Story

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

A Christmas Story

The Christmas story includes Mary - a young teenage girl who carried the burden of pregnancy and shame. This Christmas, read about a young Thai woman called KaJii who is journeying with Project Radical Grace. Like Mary, she also has experienced the shame of a surprise pregnancy. But KaJii is not alone - she has her family, the Radical Grace team and has glimpsed the love and grace of Christ! 

My Story is Different

Monday, 11 December 2017

My Story is Different

The Daily Bread School and Vocational Centre operates in the heart of a South Asian slum city. Thanks to your generous partnership, Zayan* was able to receive a scholarship to study at the school which provides quality education to children living in poverty.

Demonstrating the Father's Love to the Fatherless

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Demonstrating the Father

Ariko grew up as an orphan under his grandmother’s care. He lost his mother at childbirth and he transmitted the HIV virus. Although his grandmother loves him, she struggled to pay his school fees and provide for his basic needs. SIM’s Operation Neighbour Care (ONC) project has journeyed with Ariko and his grandmother for many years. They have helped support the family through a school scholarship, medical help, pastoral visits and providing Ariko with a goat for income generation.
 

Harvest for Christ

Monday, 27 November 2017

Harvest for Christ

Three bags of maize. That’s what single mother and subsistent farmer Miséria (meaning misery) used to produce each year before completing SIM’s Foundations for Farming course. After completing the course, Miséria was delighted last harvest when she yielded 29 bags of maize! Miseria is a new believer from the Yao people in Mozambique and has changed her name to Alegria, meaning joy! 


Training Namibian Christians in Bible Scholarship

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Training Namibian Christians in Bible Scholarship

Meet Penny Carpentier, heading off to Namibia soon to lecture at Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS). In this article, she discusses what happens when their are very few indigenous Christian academics teaching church leaders. She shares her vision of seeing more Namibians trained in Bible scholarship. 

"It Touched my Heart"

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

"It Touched my Heart"

PbeeMai was fixated on becoming becoming the best at football. That was, before he encountered Jesus through the witness of a missionary in Thailand. Now PbeeMai uses his love for football to build relationships and share the Gospel with Thai kids. 

Fon's Story: Finding an Identity in Life

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Fon

Fon’s story isn’t just about the experience of a poor orphaned girl who suffered abuse and was sick with HIV from her first husband, who was polygamous, though that certainly is part of it. Fon’s story intersects with a larger issue in Thailand: access to healthcare, particularly for migrants, and especially for undocumented ones.

Why Aussie Church ESL Ministries are Strategic

Monday, 25 September 2017

Why Aussie Church ESL Ministries are Strategic

Find out how SIM Australia can partner with your church to help broaden your church's influence and vision for cross-cultural mission!

When Women Come Together

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

When Women Come Together

Life is hard for Indian widows. Read the story of four women who joined a women's self help and savings group run by Cheta, a partner ministry of SIM. The women can now provide for themselves, their families and have learnt the power of community and what they're capable of when women come together. 

Economic & Spiritual Hope for North Africa

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Economic & Spiritual Hope for North Africa

July 18 was the date her husband left Miriam and her two children. July 18 was also the date she got her first job. Read about how transformational business is impacting the lives of people like Miriam in North Africa!

Caiphas Ngarvihume in Australia!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Caiphas Ngarvihume in Australia!

SIM Australia is excited to have SIM Zimbabwe Director, Caiphas, and his wife Sekai visit Australia this August!

Reaching out during Ramadan

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Reaching out during Ramadan

Jane* is part of a church-planting team with SIM in Central Asia hoping to start a church amongst a minority people group. She and her team mates look for ways to introduce Jesus that are culturally resonant. 

Mariama Receives Life-Giving Treatment

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Mariama Receives Life-Giving Treatment

Mariama is twenty years old and was diasnosed with a rare cancer of the uterus. Through the Galmi Benevolent Fund, she has been able to receive chemotherapy treatment. Join us in praying for healing and for her to meet the Great Physician. 

Seeing Aysha Flourish

Monday, 22 May 2017

Seeing Aysha Flourish

When Aysha* arrived at the Redlight-Greenlight (RLGL) aftercare home, she was deeply traumatised from a situation of sexual abuse. Her body resembled that of a wilted flower - bent and lifeless. The staff discovered that she was unable to do even simple tasks like finish a meal, draw a straight line or brush her teeth. In addition to this, they worried that she might have some extra difficulties in addition to trauma...

I am with You

Monday, 15 May 2017

I am with You

“Seeing girls take little steps of progress every week and seeing how God is working in their lives is the greatest joy of being Director of the Redlight-Greenlight aftercare home. The healing process is long but I have learnt to celebrate small victories such as ‘this girl smiled for the first time”, or “she spoke up for the first time…” (Leila*, Director of SIM’s Redlight-Greenlight Aftercare Home in South Asia))

Unreached in Arequipa

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Unreached in Arequipa

David and Christine Jeyachandran serve with SIM Australia in Arequipa, Peru. Although many of the people they minister amongst are "religious", many  have never read the Bible and fewer understand the amazing grace of Jesus! Find out how David is using an opportunity as a lecturer to share the Gospel in a university campus where Christ is least known!


South Sudan's Humanitarian Crisis

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

South Sudan

SIM has a longstanding commitment to South Sudan and the East African region. Recent fighting over Christmas 2016 resulted in the need for SIM Doro’s team to evacuate. The team incurred hundreds of dollars of losses in assets when their homes and facilities were looted. A small team has returned to provide practical relief through food, medicine and other essential needs.

Daya the Entrepreneur

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Daya the Entrepreneur

Thirty one-year-old Daya* found herself completely stranded when her husband passed away. She felt hopeless, alone and unsure how she could provide for her two sons. She sunk into a deep depression. However, Daya’s life was completely turned around when Operation Neighbour Care (ONC) visited her village...

30 years of serving in mission: Jenny Fallon

Thursday, 30 March 2017

30 years of serving in mission: Jenny Fallon

Jenny Fallon is a friendly and well-known face in SIM circles. She currently serves as NSW/ACT Member Care Coordinator –a natural fit for someone with Jenny’s warmth and empathy. Jenny is able to support and care for our missionaries with the understanding of what it’s like to serve on the field. Jenny has many difference experiences of mission work and this year is celebrating thirty years since first arriving as a nurse in Burkina Faso!

Treating Bangladesh's Arsenic Epidemic

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Treating Bangladesh

It is estimated that 77 million people in Bangladesh have been exposed to dangerously high levels of arsenic... discover how SIMaid is responding to human need and treating Bangladesh's Aresenic Epidemic.

Why MK education is strategic

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Why MK education is strategic

MK education is crucial and strategic ministry which serves missionary families and allows them to stay on the field for longer.

Crossing Barriers, Empowering Women

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Crossing Barriers, Empowering Women

A spotlight on education and female empowerment in South Asia.

Learn more about SIM's Daily Bread School & Vocational Centre project which is providing education and vocational training to girls and women in the South Asian country where they operate. 


'Lift Up Your Eyes' interview with Joshua Bogunjoko

Tuesday, 7 February 2017



Neil Johnstone from Vision Radio's 20Twenty program interviews Dr Joshua Bogunjoko.

A Praying Life: Grace Dixon

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

A Praying Life: Grace Dixon

Ninety five-year-old Grace Dixon has a reputation amongst many at SIM for being a faithful pray-er. She even catches the train part of the way to a prayer meeting to the other side of Sydney from where she lives! Grace shared her story as a missionary going to India after World War Two, and her service in Pakistan and Bangladesh. She also offers some advice to younger Christians and for those who struggle to be disciplined in their prayer life...

The Man Behind the Cover

Thursday, 12 January 2017

The Man Behind the Cover

The Man Behind the Cover of the 2016 SIM Effect Magazine

Update: South Sudan Evacuation

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Update: South Sudan Evacuation

A Press Release from SIM International Director, Dr Joshua Bogunjoko about the evacuation of the SIM South Sudan team.

Dr Joshua Bogunjoko Visits Sydney

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Dr Joshua Bogunjoko Visits Sydney

SIM International Director, Dr Joshua Bogunjoko, visits Sydney.

How can I pray for MKs this Christmas?

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

How can I pray for MKs this Christmas?

Christmas time is often bitter-sweet for MKs. Hear from some of our MKs about what Christmas is like where they live. Find out how you can be praying for MKs this Christmas!


70-something-year-old Reaching Gen X

Monday, 12 December 2016

70-something-year-old Reaching Gen X

SIM Australia greatly valueour older missionaries who bring a wealth of experience and wisdom to the field. Read about the work of Ross Jones and how the Lord has used him for 28 years in Bible translation and continues to use him to reach students in their twenties. 

Hope-Shaped Futures: Edson's Story

Monday, 12 December 2016

Hope-Shaped Futures: Edson

Edson was one of the first HIV and AIDS orphans to be supported by SIM's Operation Neighbour Care when the project started in 2010. Today, Edson still has battles but thanks to his HOPE-shaped future, they are winnable battles.

The Lover Never Fails

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Lover Never Fails

Brad Kirkwood serves in Niger with his wife Andy and two kids.

Brad writes honestly about the challenges of poverty, sickness and suffering in Niger. Yet despite these confronting, every day challenges for people in Niger, he can say: the Lover never fails.


Hope-shaped Futures: Paula's story

Monday, 21 November 2016

Hope-shaped Futures: Paula

Paula is a HIV and AIDS orphan from Zimbabwe who was given a school scholarship from Operation Neighbour Care. She hopes that one day she can be a school teacher!

Filling empty spaces

Monday, 10 October 2016

Filling empty spaces

Indian women are particularly vulnerable to the stigma and disenfranchisement that often comes with HIV. Read about how SIMaid's Shalom project is offering support to women such as Jyoti.


Sharing Buqis' Burden

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Sharing Buqis

Josh*, Renee* and their three children are from NSW, Australia. They live in a city in Central Asia where they work amongst an unreached minority people group.


HOPE for AIDS Malawi

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

HOPE for AIDS Malawi

An update on SIM's Home-based care program in Malawi

Let the Peoples Praise You

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Let the Peoples Praise You

Anne-Sophie is a SIM Australia missionary serving God in Niger, West Africa. Anne-Sophie’s job by day (and often night) is obstetrics at Galmi Hospital. Galmi offers compassionate medical care as a bridge to sharing the love of Christ and proclaiming the Good News.

Radical Grace: Anong's Story

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Radical Grace: Anong

The emotional story of Anong, a Thai woman who contracted HIV. In her darkest hour, the Radical Grace team were able to walk alongside her family. Be encouraged by how SIM Thailand are strengthening families, loving all and bringing grace to Thai people living with HIV/AIDS.

A heartbeat for the Loosh

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

A heartbeat for the Loosh

The story of a single woman whose heart for the lost lead her to South Asia to share God's love with Muslim women from a local people group.

Praying for the people of France after Nice attack

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Praying for the people of France after Nice attack

In response to the attack in Nice, France on 14 July, The National Council of Evangelicals of France (CNEF) had a national day of prayer in France and worldwide on Sunday, 17 July. Please pray for the families who are mourning, the many wounded, all those serving in law enforcement, and the authorities in France. The Council is calling on the many Christian communities in Nice and on the French Riviera to demonstrate in tangible ways the solidarity offered by evangelical Protestants. Please pray with us...

Light in dark places

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Light in dark places

“In this photo I see places that are dark, and other places that are shining. I want God to spread light in all the dark places of my heart, so that there will only be light.”

Here am I, send me?

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Here am I, send me?

David Jeyachandran shares about how God used his experience as computer technician in Sydney to serve Him in Peru. David and his wife, Christine, moved to Arequipa, Peru with their young family to build up the student movement group and reach Peruvian young people through teaching English.

"I never came back"

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

"I never came back"

Listen to Bob Cole, SIM Australia's Deputy Director, as he speaks with Neil Johnson from Vision Radio about sex trafficking and abuse in South Asia.

From Ecuador to Sydney

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

From Ecuador to Sydney

Congratulations to Diego Herrera, recipient of Sydney Missionary & Bible College's first scholarship through their 100 for 100 campaign.

Fill us up and send us out!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Fill us up and send us out!

Meet Lucie - twenty-something-year-old from Sydney and serving God short-term in La Paz, Bolivia with her Speech and Hearing Sciences Bachelor degree.

I know I have a new future!

Monday, 6 June 2016

I know I have a new future!

Twelve-year-old *Nisha arrived at the Redlight-Greenlight aftercare home so traumatised by sexual abuse she couldn't speak. Months later, Nisha gave a clear and confident statement in front of her rapist in court. Read about Nisha's incredible transformation through SIM's Redlight-Greenlight aftercare home in South Asia.

Heartbeat for West Africa

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Heartbeat for West Africa

SIM Australia’s Finance Director, Mal Watts, recently returned to Australia after fifteen years of serving the Lord in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Serving alongside his wife and two children, Mal shares about his motivation for sharing the Gospel in one of the world’s poorest nations.
 

A Pastor with a Mission

Monday, 23 May 2016

A Pastor with a Mission

“I wanted to give young people the opportunity that my generation never had as a kid – to have a coach who cares for them and teaches them,” Pastor Pradit says. “I have seen the impact sports ministry has had over the last seven years – some of my kids are now studying Bible, one is a pastor already, and many lives have been transformed."

"Your Daughter, Shilpa"

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

"Your Daughter, Shilpa"

When Shilpa, survivor of terrible sexual abuse, first arrived at the Redlight-Greenligth aftercare home, she struggled to join in. Read how a teenage girl, lacking in confidence and with a full of anger, found herself on a path to healing.

Sports Friends May CAMPaign

Monday, 9 May 2016

Sports Friends May CAMPaign

May CAMPaign

As our camping ministry expands, we feel God has asked us to trust Him with an ambitious new vision for 2016. During the month of May, we’re praying that God would enable us to raise the funds to cover 3,100 camper scholarships at $65 each – the equivalent of 100 scholarships each day!

Sponsorship Update: 572 campers have been sponsored as at 9 May! 2528 campers are waiting for sponsorships. We can't do this alone. Will you please prayerfully consider partnering with us financially to reach this exciting new goal? Read more or Give.


10 days of prayer - rest & renewal

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

10 days of prayer - rest & renewal

Join SIM International for ten days of prayer for rest and renewal based on 2 Corinthians 4!

SIM's response to the Ecuador earthquake

Thursday, 28 April 2016

SIM

SIM Ecuador is leading a response team to provide housing and other aid for those affected by the devastating April 16 earthquake. Read more...

TEACHERS WANTED!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

TEACHERS WANTED!

Do you have experience in teaching or education? Are you passionate about passing on the Gospel to the next generation? Do you have a heart for God’s global mission? Find out about opportunities for teachers to serve with SIM!

Surgery in Switzerland gives Darla a second chance

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Surgery in Switzerland gives Darla a second chance

When Darla's neighbour told her Mum about the Help for the Handicapped centre in a nearby town in Burkina Faso, she was overjoyed. Despite being deaf and mute, Darla has been able to attend school and receive the support she needs. When she was diagnosed with a weak heart, the centre did more than Darla and her family could dream of - they arranged her to have surgery in Switzerland! Read more >>

In search of Jesus in a South Sudan Refugee Camp

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

In search of Jesus in a South Sudan Refugee Camp

"They came with a letter, asking for me by name," said Getachew. "When I told them I was the one they were looking for, they said: 'We want to discuss with you about Jesus... Nobody has ever told us the truth about Jesus the Messiah until now.'"

Thankfulness for everyday 'luxuries'

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Thankfulness for everyday

When was the last time you were thankful for the disease-free, clean water trickling out of the tap when you brushed your teeth?

Truly Resilient - West African Women

Monday, 29 February 2016

Truly Resilient - West African Women

"West African women are truly resilient! Most are doing their best in an environment where so much is against their success, not giving in to despair, and succeeding against tremendous odds."
A SIM missionary shares about the challenges facing women and female Christian leaders in West Africa.


Naoreen’s Story

Friday, 19 February 2016

Naoreen’s Story

In the midst of the frenzy of a million individual pursuits, rickshaw drivers tersely negotiating fares and tired mothers washing clothes on the balconies of haphazard tenements, no one noticed the girl with the swollen stomach sitting on the side of the road...

Water Fit For Life

Friday, 19 February 2016

Water Fit For Life

The United Nations’ World Water Day is held on the 22nd of March and draws attention to the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in developing countries.


Gift of Water

Friday, 19 February 2016

Gift of Water

Two communities in Saja, Western Ethiopia now have access to clean drinking water thanks to efforts of SIM’s Ethiopia Water program in collaboration with a local church. 

A clean change

Thursday, 8 October 2015

A clean change

It’s taken 2 years to change a mind-set on ‘which soap to buy’.

But at last, with a lot of perseverance, the soap-making ladies on SIM’s Hope for AIDS Home Based Care project in Naotcha, Malawi have done it!

Priya finds her voice

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Priya finds her voice

When people are abused or oppressed, they lose their voice. Poverty, Ignorance and Disease make society’s most vulnerable – children, women, people with disability – feel powerless.
SIM started our aid and development arm, SIMaid, to follow the call of Christ to empower the poor and vulnerable in society through education and opportunities...Read more...

34 Million Orphans

Thursday, 13 November 2014

34 Million Orphans

It’s estimated that over 34 million children are orphans as a result of HIV/AIDS throughout Africa today.
SIM’s HOPE for AIDS Orphan Care (96255) project is impacting the lives of hundreds of children in Malawi.


Ekta's Story: Free from sex slavery and has hope for her future

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Ekta

Ekta* was rescued from sex trafficking in India and stayed at SIM’s ^Redlight-Greenlight aftercare home in India for several months. “When I came to the Redlight Greenlight aftercare home, I was not good… I was really a loser and I was scared of everyone,” Ekta said. Read more...

Resha's Story: Cursed for Speaking the Truth

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Resha

After years of enduring sexual abuse from her father, Resha^ summoned the courage to speak out. She ran to the nearest police station and told them the abuse she’d been enduring. Social services assigned her to SIM’s Girls off the Streets project, the Redlight-Greenlight aftercare home in India. Resha’s father was arrested. Read more...

A brighter future for women in Bangladesh

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

A brighter future for women in Bangladesh

She was in love. He was a good looking man with a stable job. He promised her that he would marry her and look after her for the rest of her life.