Serving In Mission longs for the whole of humanity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and we need workers to make that happen.
So it was a great answer to prayer that the number of SIM UK long-term missionaries increased during the 2013-14 financial year to 91, with 45 short-term associates. They served in 30 countries, and were supported by individuals, churches and trusts.
Our total income was £3,044,000 — £8,000 more than our expenditure. Of that, 93 per cent came from donations by individuals, churches and trusts; three per cent from legacies; and four per cent from investment income.
We spent £1,631,000 on providing housing, living costs, medical care, pensions, insurance and education for our missionaries and their families. A large proportion of that came from their own supporters and churches. We pray this will continue, and we praise God for his provision for their needs.
The SIM UK community also helped many projects around the world and was very generous in supporting emergency relief. This was especially true during the Ebola crisis in Liberia, where our missionaries were at the forefront of the battle. The total sent to projects and disaster relief was £697,000, 23 per cent of our total expenditure.
We spent £198,000 on our regional mobilisers, who play a vital role in recruiting, mentoring and supporting new missionaries. We are convinced this is the best strategy for sending out more gospel workers.
They are being funded by a generous legacy, which we received in 2009. That money is running out so a key focus of our work for this year is to seek more donations so we can keep six mobilisers covering the whole of the UK.
All figures are taken from the audited accounts for year ended September 30, 2014, which can be seen in full here.