Today is our Founders Day, and we thank God for the blessing and joy of 128 years of ministry through SIM.
It was on 4 December 1893 that SIM’s three founders — Roland Bingham, Thomas Kent, and Walter Gowans — landed in Lagos, Nigeria to bring the hope and message of Jesus Christ to the millions living in sub-saharan Africa. Because no established missionary organisation had been willing to send them, they created their own in order to follow God’s call on their lives. Illness overtook all three, and Bingham alone survived to return to Canada, where he was encouraged by supporters to continue the work. His second trip similarly ended in illness, but a third team took root and survived.
A poster from ECWA’s headquarters in Jos, Nigeria in 2013; the center photo is of SIM founders Walter Gowans, Thomas Kent and Roland Bingham (photo by Brian Heffron).