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When the floods came to Chimanimani, it was as if the mountains exploded. "The people said, ‘the mountains have burst,’” said SIM Zimbabwe Director Caiphas Ngarivhume.

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Let us accept that the itinerary and ministry of Elisha described in II Kings 4:8-17 fits the profile of a 21ˢᵗ century missionary. The question then is: Whose responsibility is it to care for Elisha?

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The Quechua connection

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SIM returns to Northern Nigeria

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Jane finds support while raising awareness

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Meeting migrants at our doorstep: SIM missionaries looking to Europe

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Daphne takes the gospel from Kenya to the UK

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Exhausted Guatemalan workers receive refreshment during COVID-19

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A match made in heaven

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HowWillTheyHears 10:14 campaign: Pray for refugees

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The mountains have burst: Zimbabwe under Cyclone Idai

When the floods came to Chimanimani, it was as if the mountains exploded. "The people said, ‘the mountains have burst,’” said SIM Zimbabwe Director Caiphas Ngarivhume.

Will you pray with me for Ethiopia?

Fighting in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region has resulted in death and a sea of people displaced from their homes. If you find your tongue is nimble enough to speak, would you pray with us?

Sura’s journey with Children’s Uplift Programme

When Sura was trying to survive on the streets of Dhaka, she could never have imagined how SIM Bangladesh’s Children’s Uplift Programme would transform her life.

Healthcare: Compassion for a broken world

For two Faithful Witness mission workers relocating to Central Africa, healthcare is the avenue for discipleship to show compassion to our broken world.

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You might understand Bible translation takes hours and even a lifetime to complete, but what does that truly look like? And what kind of transformation takes place through God's Word along the way?

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When the pandemic closed down Kenya, 40 per cent of financial support trickled away for mission workers Tony and Julia. Needing a fast solution, they revived an abandoned book-selling idea from years earlier.

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Evangelism: The foundation of missions

Evangelism: The foundation of missions

By Dr. Stanley Ling | East Asia Office in East Asia

In Matthew 28:19, Jesus said: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”

Central to the Great Commission is "making disciples of all nations." Fundamental to this disciple-making effort is evangelism ⁠— the proclamation of the good news (in Greek is euaggelion) of Jesus Christ by word and deed. It's the starting point of making someone a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through our life testimony and words we share the good news, and those who believe are reconciled to the Creator God. A new relationship can then begin with the enabling of the Holy Spirit.

Likewise, evangelism should be the foundation of missions, with the good news conveyed and expressed in a culturally acceptable and understandable way. There are times when missionaries are so engrossed with doing missions ⁠— meeting the tangible needs of people ⁠— that they forget to proclaim the good news.

While proclamation through deeds is needed, proclamation by words and leading them towards the cross and confession must not be neglected.

The advice from Paul in 2 Timothy 4:2 should be our motto: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.”

It is only when we persistently preach the Word of God that we can challenge the status quo of a person’s relationship with God and people. Evangelism is the foundation of missions.

Churches in Asia are generally serious about evangelism. This partly explains the rapid growth of the Church here. When a church lifts up Jesus and the gospel takes the centre stage of church life, people will be attracted to it. For it is our Saviour and Lord who attracts people to the church, not good programmes and activities.

In 1978, the churches in Singapore held a large evangelistic rally at the National Stadium. Some 337,000 people attended over five nights. The speaker was Billy Graham. Forty years on, the churches in Singapore are organising a similar event to reach out to the many unreached people here with the good news of Jesus Christ. It is encouraging to see how churches in Singapore are coming together in unity to work as one body for this significant event.

SIM, as part of the Christian community, is praying for this evangelistic rally and working together with the churches in various ways. Join with us to pray, engage and gather those who have not yet heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

One of the statements that Billy Graham made forty years ago continues to inspire Christians in Singapore. He called on Singapore to become the "Antioch of Asia." As a Singaporean, I felt flattered by his statement. But on a serious note, I feel that Singapore churches should indeed pray that we can become one of the many "Antiochs of Asia" and continue to send missionaries into cross-cultural settings to bring the gospel and love of God to the people who need it most.