SIM is an international mission organization with more than 1,600 active missionaries serving in more than 50 countries. SIM workers are international themselves, coming from more than 30 different countries.
One of our oldest and largest fields is the West African nation of Niger.
Niger is the largest country in West Africa. It is predominantly Muslim and is 80% desert. At least 4,000 years ago, Niger was home to a highly developed civilization. Islam took root among the country’s leaders a thousand years ago but became the religion of the rural people only in the 19th century. Despite constitutional religious freedom, pressures exist to make the nation more Islamic. The 2005 United Nations Human Development Index rates Niger as the poorest country in the world.
Among SIM Niger’s partners are 120 congregations with more than 6,000 adherents. Though Niger is predominantly Muslim, surprising openness to the Gospel exists among some sectors of the population. Thanks to famine relief efforts, many Fulani have opened to the Gospel. There is also encouragement in the outreach to the Tamajaq with a vision to reach the Arab community as well.
SIM’s vision is expressed through a variety of ministries in partnership with the Nigerien church and other mission organizations: Bible translation and literacy, evangelistic outreach, theological education, discipleship, worship ministries, general education teacher training, and media publication, as well as various medical and community development initiatives.
The vision of SIM Niger
is that by faith we see a church holy and mature in Christ which is transforming Nigerien society and beyond.
The purpose of SIM Niger
is to glorify God by planting, strengthening and partnering with churches in Niger.
We seek to achieve this by following six priority goals.
Our Core Values
We desire to glorify God by being:
- Committed to biblical truth
- Dependent on God
- People of prayer
- Concerned about human needs
- A Christ-like community
- A learning, growing community
- Strengthened through diversity
- Responsive to our times