Cotahuasi Canyon Church Planting and Discipleship

We desire to see churches planted and believers discipled into mature Christians in the Cotahuasi Canyon. 

Come and Serve

People willing to live in remote villages and help start churches, visiting nearby communities to encourage their new churches. 

Prayers

1

Pray for key people in the unchurched villages to be open to forming cell groups of believers that will mature into viable churches. 

2

Pray that workers are protected from persecution from those opposed to the gospel. 


International Leadership and Services

Have you ever thought what it takes for someone from Australia to serve as a missionary to Kenya? How about sending someone from Korea to Ecuador? Or from Nigeria to Canada? It takes more than a plane ticket.

SIM has been sending missionaries to communities where Christ is not yet known since 1893. Today, more than 4000 workers from over 60 different nationalities serve in over 70 countries. SIM’s vision and purpose is consistent across all of its mission sites. This unity as well as ability for people from any country to participate in God’s plan for this world are prayerfully guided by SIM’s International Leadership and Services.

Through their ministry of leadership and support services, barriers are cleared for those whom God is calling to serve cross-culturally. These are a few of the vital resources provided to the mission:

• Global leadership and mission training

• Cross-cultural ministry development in 70+ countries

• Worldwide personnel, financial and technical support to remote mission locations

• Direction and planning for the expansion and long-term sustainability of SIM priority ministries

• Multi-lingual communication resources needed to share the gospel

From stories of restoration for widows through savings groups in India, to sharing the good news with unreached coal miners in the treacherous mountains of Bolivia, the Kingdom work of SIM and its partners is transforming communities today.  From courageous teams re-entering an area devastated by terrorist activity in Nigeria, to trauma healing for the marginalised mothers of disabled children in Niger, we bear witness to the impact of God’s hand moving among the least-reached.  And in all of SIM’s ministries, one can glimpse the imprint of the global leadership and support services that have made local initiatives a success for over a century.

Come and Serve

If you would like to serve with us, please talk to us and let us know!

Prayers

1

Pray for unity, courage, wisdom, and discernment for the International Director and his Leadership Team. Pray for the Deputy International Directors as they mentor, support, encourage, develop, and give accountability to our SIM leaders. 

2

Pray for effective mentoring and discipling at all levels of leadership, especially for wisdom in developing and encouraging SIM’s upcoming leaders. 

3

Pray for our teams at International Leadership and Services who do vital coordinating and support work in the areas of personnel, finance, projects, communication, archives, operations, administrative support, and information systems. 

4

Pray for the Ministry Point Persons as they work alongside the International Leadership Team to sharpen our ministry priorities and multi-country ministries. 

5

Pray for the ongoing growth and development of all SIM workers in all aspects of their lives and ministry. Pray that mission personnel will be equipped to live and work in an increasingly hostile ministry environment. 


Youth Ministry El Sendero

Young Jesus followers can have a powerful influence as they carry the message of Jesus Christ. Our challenge is to reach young people between 15 and 25 years of age in creative ways through biblical reflection, sports and arts. We work in schools and universities, and we offer various activities in order to build young disciples of Christ who model a holistic, Christ-centred life in their communities.

Come and Serve

University workers to get alongside students in one of the least reached areas of Ecuador.
Youth worker to reach high school students (aged 15 to 18 years).
Using sports to reach young people for Christ (soccer, basketball, volleyball, hiking and more).
Using arts to reach young people for Christ (music, theater, dance, painting and more).

Prayers

1

Pray for new missionaries to help us reach young people between 15 and 18 years old.

2

Pray that young believers will live as disciples of Jesus Christ in their local communities.

3

Pray for the financial resources necessary to implement all our activities.


Medical and Social Work

Since the beginning of SIM, there has been a special emphasis on medical ministries. That is how in 1947 and 1954 dispensaries were opened in Piela and Mahadaga, which are today medical centers. They first had to gain people’s trust; for the missionaries were bringing medical techniques that people in the villages did not know. Little by little, they managed to prove trustworthy and today they are centres with maternities, pharmacies, etc. Doctors have joined the teams, and we praise the Lord about it. Most of the patients are able to pay their medical fees, but when they cannot, the medical centre pays for them. Otherwise, these people would not even come to the centre to get the treatment they need.

In addition to the medical centres, two handicapped centres were created. First in Mahadaga in 1987 (the Centre for the Advancement of the Handicaped People or CAH) then in Fada in 2015, (the Centre Espoir, literaly Hope Centre).

The French missionary Françoise Pedeau saw the needs of people living with disabilities, and the centres now go into the villages to seek them, welcome them, and offer their help through physiotherapy. The CAH in Mahadaga also hosts a school for visually impaired and deaf kids, so they can go to school as the other children and be integrated into life in the society at large. Once they have finished school, they can learn a trade, tailor, for instance. You can follow the Centre Handicapés en Avant (CAH) on Facebook.

These different centres are channels to share the gospel in an efficient way, first by meeting physical needs, and then to be able to talk about their spiritual ones. Many have come to Christ through these centres.

To support this project, give to the closer SIM office and notate:

Project Nr. 93 279 (for the CAH in Mahadaga) or

Project Nr. 93 941 (for the Centre Espoir de Fada) or

Project Nr. 82 375 (for the Medical Centre in Mahadaga) or

Project Nr. 88 100 (for the Medical Centre in Piéla).

Prayers

1

Pray for the unity of the medical team and their witness towards the people who come to them.


Human trafficking

"Human trafficking," "trafficking in persons" and "modern slavery" are terms all used to describe the forced exploitation and captivity of others. Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry that targets the most vulnerable people in our world – refugees, women and children. Currently, there are more people in slavery today than at any other time in history. For periods of a few days up to many years, people are trapped in situations of exploitation and trafficking and are not free to leave.

The risk of human trafficking is very real for many people in the countries and communities where SIM works. SIM is committed to responding to the injustice of trafficking and exploitation and sees this as a natural expression of our discipleship in action. Our mission states that “we cross barriers to proclaim the crucified and risen Christ”; human trafficking is one of the most significant barriers we have to cross for people to be able to hear God’s good news. As we reach out in Jesus name in very practical matters of safety, we lay a path to share the gospel. Protecting the vulnerable and those most at risk of exploitation, creates a safe environment where the gospel can be heard and Christ can be known.

 

(Reference to ILO, 2017)

For Freedom

For Freedom is the anti-trafficking and exploitation ministry of SIM International, responsible for coordinating SIM's global anti-trafficking response, and providing training, support and strategic guidance to SIM workers, local churches and partner ministries around the world.

For Freedom is focused on the prevention of human trafficking and the protection of those most at risk in the 70+ countries SIM works in.

For Freedom believes that at its core, human trafficking is about the exploitation of vulnerability. By addressing core causes of vulnerability, people and communities are kept safe from exploitation and the risk of trafficking.

Isolated, unconnected individuals are at greatest risk of being trafficked. The local community and the local church has a key role in preventing human trafficking by building relationships and caring for the vulnerable in their communities in a multitude of God-inspired ways.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
  to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Luke 4:18-19, NIV

What we do

Equip SIM teams, workers and ministry partners to effectively reach those at risk of exploitation in their unique contexts of ministry.

Empower the church to engage in disciple making with people at risk of trafficking and exploitation in their communities, and to respond with compassion to those who have experienced the trauma of exploitation.

Address trafficking within key ministry areas supporting vulnerable people, including migrant and refugee ministries, women and children ministries, and integrated health ministries.

Actively partner with other organisations responding to trafficking to multiply our efforts.

Come and Serve

Come and serve with us. Would you consider serving God by using your skills and love for Jesus to reach out to those at risk of trafficking and exploitation in one of the many countries where SIM works? Contact us at Intl.ForFreedom@sim.org to begin the conversation.

Prayers

1

Pray for the millions of people enslaved and exploited around the world today, that the Lord will reveal himself as mighty to them in the middle of their deep suffering.

2

Pray for courage, wisdom and insight for those leading For Freedom, that God would multiply their efforts in supporting SIM teams and workers in their response to trafficking and exploitation.

3

Pray for discernment for SIM teams in all the countries we work in as they build protective strategies into their ministries to keep at risk communities safe from exploitation.

4

Pray for spiritual and physical protection over those involved in facing the injustices of trafficking and exploitation.

5

Give thanks for the restoration ministries across SIM that bring hope and healing to survivors. Pray for continued energy and courage for workers as they journey alongside and love people who have experienced significant trauma and suffering.


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