Serve in South Africa
Serve in South Africa
The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world. (Colossians 1:6 NIV) South Africa is no exception. SIM considers it a great privilege and a great responsibility to be Serving In Mission in South Africa. To accomplish their mission, SIM brings together many different missionaries from many different places, with many different gifts but one unified purpose. Together these missionaries are reaching out to many different people, with many different needs, in many different places throughout the country. Their goal is to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and to glorify God in everything they do.
South Africa! It’s a big and beautiful country strategically placed at the base of the African continent, surrounded by the Atlantic and Indian oceans which meet each other at its most southerly point. There are mountains and valleys, gardens and deserts, lakes and rivers, fields and forests. Come!
South Africa is a bountiful place, producing almost every kind of fruit you can imagine! Do you like apples, peaches or pears? Are strawberries your favourite? What about grapes? The Western Cape produces all of these in abundance! Perhaps you prefer bananas or pineapple or oranges. You will find these plentiful on the east coast, not to mention more exotic fruits like mango, guava, grenadines and litchis. Can’t you almost taste the delicious fruit salad that could be created from such splendid, home-grown variety? Come!
Just as there are many kinds of fruit in South Africa, there are many kinds of people, with their unique histories, cultures, languages and challenges. The one thing they have in common is their need for Jesus as Saviour and Lord. “Open your eyes and look at the fields,” He told us. “They are ripe for harvest!” (John 4:35 NIV) Yes, God is still asking people to serve Him in South Africa, to prepare and pick the plentiful Kingdom fruit that is growing in this place. The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Is the Lord calling you to come and join the team of dedicated missionaries already serving Him here? Come!
Today, as it has been doing for more than 120 years, SIM is at work throughout South Africa, “joining hands with the Church, to see the Gospel transforming lives in the powerful name of Jesus Christ” SIM engages in a wide range of ministries throughout the country, both urban and rural, from Cape Town to Durban and many places in between. These ministries, carefully and prayerfully selected from a vast number of opportunities, are passionately pursued by SIM missionaries who come from all over the world. In fact, eleven different nationalities serve on the team from places as far away as Australia and America, South Korea and Taiwan, England and Brazil, but also from places as close as Port Elizabeth and Umzinto. Come!
It is a deep love for Christ, a love for His church and a love for the communities of this country which compel SIM’s mission in South Africa. That is why meeting both the spiritual and physical needs of people is so important. Our ministry of evangelism – sharing the Gospel with atheists and animists, Hindus and Muslims and Zulus, Chinese and Pakistanis, would be incomplete without our ministry of discipling. Nor are these ministries enough apart from the ministry of teaching and training, whether in the small group Bible studies, the local church or Bible colleges and seminaries. Regular Bible classes in the townships for Amazioni believers is an example of this ministry. The role of librarian at Union Bible College is yet another. With HIV/AIDS just one of many problems facing the population, serving in hospitals, clinics and orphanages plays an essential role in SIM’s holistic approach. At Mseleni in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal, these three go hand-in-hand with witnessing and church involvement. Ministries to children, to the growing numbers of refugees from sub-Saharan Africa and beyond, to foreign workers in the mining industry, to the poor and the underprivileged; all these ministries seek those who are often neglected but so valuable to the Lord. Yet, none of these important activities could be sustained without those who sacrificially support the missionaries themselves, those called to ministries of leadership and administration and the ministry of giving. All the different gifts are needed in this place. Come!
The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world. (Colossians 1:6 NIV) South Africa is no exception. SIM considers it a great privilege and a great responsibility to be Serving In Mission in South Africa. To accomplish our mission, SIM is bringing together many different missionaries from many different places, with many different gifts. Together we are reaching out to many different people, with many different needs, in many different places throughout the country. Our goal is to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and to glorify God in everything we do. But there are many opportunities and many needs still to be met. Will you join us? Come!