“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith… let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
SIM’s Home Ministry Team is committed to walking alongside mission workers of all ages as they run their race of faith to make Christ known. One group that our team seeks to actively engage for mission are those under 35. Jeni Ward (Regional Ministry Director based in Adelaide), who previously served in Ethiopia, is passionate about encouraging the younger generation to serve in cross-cultural mission.
She said, “Seeing people raised up and mobilised for mission requires building relationships and that does not happen by accident. It is something that takes thought and intentionality.”
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We thank God our faithful mission workers are ministering to those who are hearing the Good News of Jesus for the very first time. However, the heartbreaking reality is that 41.6% of the global population^ live in a community unreached with the Gospel. This reality means there is an urgent need to raise up more workers, including the younger generation.
Jeni shared, “At its core mobilisation is inviting people into the conversation of what God is doing all over the world and journeying with them as they seek their place in His story. It’s a story that is not yet complete and as with every generation before, the baton will need to be passed on.”
Praise God the Home Ministry Team is currently walking with 14 people under 35 who are eager to serve in God’s global mission. One person who has been obedient to God’s call to serve the least-reached at a young age is Felicity*. Jeni Ward is one of the SIM Mobilisers who walked alongside Felicity in her mission journey.
Felicity said of Jeni, “She was so patient with me, taking time to listen to the things that God was laying on my heart. She was able to see what work excites me most.”
Reflecting on her time on the field, Felicity said, “An organisation like SIM lets you work alongside people from different cultures, which opens up whole new insights into the nature of God. It is an exchange, I can offer my gifts to build up the church, while I am also being built up by others in the church and it is a really beautiful experience.”
*Name changed to protect identity
If you would like more information about SIM missionaries or projects, please email our Partner Relations team or call 1300 746 580.
*Donation to SIM's Home Ministry Fund is NOT tax-deductible.