More than 85 people came to our Glasgow celebration of 125 years of pioneering mission through Serving In Mission on Wednesday (September 26) evening.
The evening event at Bishopbriggs Community Church featured inspiring mission talks from our UK director Steve Smith and SIM mission worker Megan Patterson, who lives in Livingston but spends much of her time teaching in Benin.
Supporters, past and present mission workers and staff joined in worship to give thanks for all God has done through SIM over the last 125 years. The agency was founded in 1893, when three young men, Rowland Bingham, Thomas Kent and Walter Gowans, first set foot in Lagos intending to take the gospel to the interior of Africa.
But the event was not just a look back at the past - it was also a look ahead at how God might raise up more prayer and financial support for mission, how SIM can encourage the UK church to put mission at the top of the agenda and how we can help more people understand God's call on their lives.
As Steve said: "There are 3.1 billion people in the world who have never heard the gospel and we believe that is a tragedy. This year, more people are alive who have never heard of Jesus than ever before and we long to see them come to a knowledge of him."
Peter Matheson, SIM's Scotland mobiliser, spoke of his heart for nomadic peoples, who are among the hardest to reach groups in the world. Their lifestyle means they are frequently on the move so it is difficult to build relationships with them. However, SIM and several other agencies have thought long and hard about this problem and are now developing strategies to tackle such problems.
The evening also gave us a chance to highlight the resources we have available to supporters and churches. We produce regular prayer updates and resources and also have some great fund-raising ideas. To find out more do have a look through our website, call us on 01449 766464 or email our communications manager Tim Allan (firstname.lastname@example.org).