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 CAH on Facebook: Centre Handicapés en Avant
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. You can read the article about Maalo here: Maalo, a young blind woman who sees.
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).
Pray for the unity of the medical team and their witness towards the people who come to them.
"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 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
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.
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.
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.
Pray for spiritual and physical protection over those involved in facing the injustices of trafficking and exploitation.
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.
Asunción Guest House & Conference Centre
The aim of this conference centre in Asunción is to provide a place where rural SIM missionaries may stay and rest when in the capital city as well as providing a large meeting place. It will provide workers from other ministries a place to stay when they are in Asunción and offer boarding facilities for SIM missionary kids (MKs) who need to study in Asunción while their parents serve in rural areas.
This centre will provide a conference area for SIM and other organisations to use for key meetings. The majority of those assisted through SIM's ministry are from communities where Christ is least known in rural Paraguay.
This centre will also enable us to place people in those rural communities while their children’s needs are being met and the workers have a venue for renewal, study, and meetings.
Come and Serve
Guest House Maintenance
This is a midterm - long term position, ideally for someone who can stay 1 year or more. This position includes general maintenance and repairs of the Guest House and Conference Center. Needed is an all-round handyman (or woman) to keep the facilities in good repair. This role could be combined with dorm parents.
Guest House Manager
This is a midterm - long term position, ideally for someone who can stay 1 year or more. Guest House Manager is a hospitality position to help oversee the running, and day to day care of the Guest House and Conference Center in Asuncion. This role could be combined with dorm parents.
Pray for the safety for workers as construction of the centre is ongoing.
Pray for funds to complete the building.
Pray for the Lord to bring new missionaries and staff to serve with SIM in Paraguay.
Christian Camp Ministry
Our hope is to see the SIM Paraguay camp ministries expand. Camp is an important tool in reaching and discipling youth and leaders in Paraguay. Our goal is to develop more effective camps for growth and outreach, utilizing the location, size and design of the camp property and buildings.
The camp situated just south of Villarrica provides a more convient location for rural church plants while still being accessible from the capital Asuncion. The camp is being designed to host larger groups including to family camps, youth camps and our annual leadership retreat.
Come and Serve
This position is for someone able to serve +3 years. The Camp Coordinator will oversee camp-related ministries such as youth camp, family camp, leadership retreats, etc. They will work with local pastors, other SIM missionaries and a Paraguyan caretaker that lives on the camp grounds. The Coordinator will also oversee further development of the property. There is an opportunity in a nearby community for bible study and church planting. This position requires Spanish and Guarani language training.
This is a short term opportunity lasting from one week to one month.
Support the work in Paraguay by caring for missionary families, providing childcare or VBS during Family camp or annual Team trainings. There is also a possiblity of partnering with a local church plant and SIM missionary to put on a VBS for Paraguayan youth.
For the Lord to provide a camp coordinator to oversee the development of this camp and ministry.
For growing participation from local churches in this camp.
For many youth to surrender their lives to the Lord at these camps.
For funds to complete buildings on the property.
As our rural team in Paraguay grows, we are finding a greater need for teaching in a variety of areas to aid our homeschoolers where resources and internet are limited. If you have an area of expertise or if you are trained in teaching, you may be an essential part of the church planting ministry in Paraguay. Currently there are not many opportunities for the education of our high school kids and almost all our missionary families rely on home education.
Our younger students could also greatly benefit from supplemental teaching in a variety areas. This position lends itself to other ministry too, especially for those who are interested in youth, church planting, development, etc. If you have a heart for kids who have grown up overseas and for homeschoolers, then this position is for you.
Come and Serve
Pray as families serve together in Paraguay that the little ones will grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus.
Pray that education of Missionary Kids will not be hindered while their families serve in Paraguay.
Pray that many will come alongside to further the work in Paraguay.