For SIM, the ultimate evidence of development is seeing people reconciled to God — for Christians living in a broken world, development also means meeting the physical needs of suffering or disadvantaged people in the name of Christ.
A man blind from birth suddenly sees colour.
A bleeding woman's health and dignity are restored.
A hungry crowd is provided with a feast.
Christ healed, honoured and loved those who suffer.
SIM personnel are showing Christ-like compassion in word and deed to suffering people around the world.
- What comes to mind when you think of the 'Third World'?
- Is there a Christian response to Community Development?
- Do Christianity and Community Development go together?
- What should be our respose?
We long to follow Christ’s example in loving the whole person, so we are committed to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals who can then help to transform their societies economically, socially and spiritually.
We not only desire to serve the whole individual, we approach our service holistically. Our programmes are developed in partnership with local communities and churches who effect change at the grassroots level.
Our ministries to physical needs — such as health-care, community development, relief and AIDS ministries — are intentionally integrated with other SIM ministries, such as discipleship and Bible teaching.
Two thousand years ago Christ came to rescue and redeem the whole person. And this is the same hope we bring to those hurting today.