SIM Niger firmly believes that the church is God’s chosen instrument for most effectively bringing the message of redemption to unreached ears. Church planting and outreach remain core tenets of SIM’s activities, and we desire to see a holy, mature church where strong believers are able to evangelise, disciple and pastor their own people.
Those who engage in any kind of outreach ministries are seeking to join or build a community of friends and fellow believers: so it is natural that friendship is at the heart of working in this area. By establish a climate of trust, missionaries create a safe space in which to discuss and share with their friends.
Every situation is different: outreach workers build bridges and develop communities through literacy, through discipleship, through agricultural education, through language study, or through health work; there’s no textbook way, because there are no textbook people. Rather, a church planter needs to have a heart to listen to the spiritual and physical needs to those around them, to know how best to respond with demonstrations and teaching of God’s love.
Over the years in Niger, SIM have seen the church grow and establish itself across many parts of the country. Now, Nigerien teachers and evangelists are themselves discipling and developing communities and believers. Yet large swathes of the country still remain unreached by the message of Christ. And so, SIM Niger will remain dedicated to help grow and develop national churches, whilst simultaneously seeking to bring the gospel further in to the heart of this nation.