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TogetherSUMMER 2015God captured myheart for Ghana’schildrenSharing the loveof Jesus in LondonMission with the‘flavour of coffee’

immersemission internshipsSIM International (UK). Registered Charity No. 219763. Charity Registered in Scotland No. SC040432.Company Limited by Guarantee No. 611250From the editorRecently I was asked to speak on thesubject of honesty at a church’s outreachevent. I thought about all the little waysour society seems to encourage us tobe dishonest: we say ‘fine’ when someone asks us howwe are doing – when we are not fine; we say ‘no trouble’when someone asks a favour — when actually we think ofit as a lot of trouble; we say ‘that haircut suits you’ — whenwe prefer our friend’s hair longer.These may seem minor, but they are examples of justhow dishonest our culture can be. Of course, we need touse discernment in our communications. Being honestdoes not mean telling everybody everything we know orthink about a given situation. And yet, God wants us tobe honest with others, with ourselves and with him.For security reasons we have not named the author ofthe very honest article on pp. 8–9. Although he’s excitedabout his family’s new calling, he shares concerns fortheir safety, admitting, ‘It turns out we’re not brave. Wedo wrestle with doubts and questions.’ But in the nextbreath he says, ‘Every day is an opportunity for us totrust God. His words are as true around the world asthey are in the UK’.On pp 14–15 read how, through being honest about theiraddiction, Mongolians are being helped by the CelebrateRecovery programme.Being truthful leads to authentic, genuine relationships.And these are absolutely crucial as we seek to bringothers to the God who is the Truth. (John 8.32)‘Together’ is an official publication of Serving in Mission, the UK branch of SIM. SIM is aninterdenominational, evangelical, Protestant mission agency founded in 1893. Serving in Mission is amember of the Evangelical Alliance and Global Connections and is a charity, registered in the name ofSIM International (UK). Registered Charity No. 219763. Charity Registered in Scotland No. SC040432.Company Limited by Guarantee No. 611250.Permission to reprint material must be obtained from: Serving in Mission, Wetheringsett Manor,Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 5QX Tel: 01449 766464. E-mail: Protection Act: Serving in Mission holds names and addresses on computer for mailing and otherinternal purposes. Please contact us if you do not want your details held on computer.Contents4 Taking the gospel tothose who no longerknow Godby Steve Smith6 God captured my heartfor Ghana’s childrenby Penny Bakewell8 Every day is anopportunity to trustGod12 Sharing the love ofJesus in Londonby Tim Allan14 Breaking the grip ofalcohol addictionby Pohyeen Ng16 Editor’s picks18 Opportunities20 Mission with the‘flavour of coffee’by Carlos PintoCover photo by Emily RedekopEditor: Suzanne Green©2015. Summer 2015Printed by CPOISSN 2052-8701SIM International Director: Joshua BogunjokoUK/Europe HeadquartersServing In Mission, Wetheringsett Manor,Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 5QXt: 01449 766464 | e: Steve SmithMobilisation Director: Ann ChristianFinance Director: James NiblettStrategic Development Director: Ben StanleyFor further Information, contact the ServingIn Mission office, or your nearest regionalrepresentative.Ireland: Mike Ewan285a Woodstock Road, Belfast BT6 8PRt: 028 90 451451 | e: Peter Mathesont: 01449 766464 | e: t: 01449 766464 | e: Rob Eldredt: 07815 437428 | e: Rachel MacInnest: 01449 766464 | e: | SUMMER 2015

SUMMER 2015 | 4Serving In Mission’s response is just as simple: ‘Let themcome, and help churches engage in mission to the nationslocally and make sure no one lives and dies in the UK withoutGod’s good news.’ Many UK churches are already reachingout with the message of Jesus in the midst of new multiculturalrealities, and Serving In Mission longs to help them.5 | SUMMER 2015Taking the gospel tothose who no longerknow Godby Steve Smith, UK DirectorThe world is undergoing a huge religious change. Europe isnow the Dark Continent that Saharan Africa was 120 years ago.The missionary movement from the Global South is explodingand the people’s cry is simple: ‘Let us go to those who won’t hearthe gospel, while not neglecting those who once had the gospelbut no longer know God.’The story of the spread of the gospel in the early Church isinspired — and we must learn from that as we embrace thechallenge of cross-cultural ministry. God gives his apostlespower to be his witnesses in Jerusalem, Samaria, and tothe ends of the earth (Acts 1:8) and no one could keep theapostles quiet about the gospel: this was Spiritgivenconviction (4:18–31).As we think about the passages in Acts, it’stempting to think, ‘It’s all right for them; theywere turbo-charged!’ But the truth is that theapostles looked to God for their strength, theycalled out to God in surrendered prayer, andchose to depend on him rather than their ownabilities. As a result, their hearts were so full of Jesus thattheir first thought when they met someone was: ‘Do theyknow Jesus?’That missionary faith has led to astonishing modernchurch growth in, for example, Southeast Asia. TheTelegraph recently reported that China will become thelargest Christian country in the world by 2025.That is exactly the kind of spirit we need to bring to 21stcentury Britain, where just three per cent of the populationare church-going evangelicals and, according to the 2011census, 25 per cent of the population has no religion at all.The Global South wants to evangelise Britain and otherEuropean countries. While Serving In Mission will alwayssend mission workers overseas to serve among those whohaven’t heard of Christ, there are many people in the UKwho need the gospel. Sharing God’s good news here meanslocal churches must cross barriers. We can help them dothat by bringing in missionaries from abroad to work handin hand with UK churches.In 21st century Britainjust three per cent of thepopulation are church-goingevangelicals and … 25 percent of the population has noreligion at all.(Below) Three SelfChurch, China

SUMMER 2015 | 6God captured my heartfor Ghana’s childrenby Penny Bakewell7 | SUMMER 2015‘Sister, if I accept the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour, will hehelp me to understand the Bible?’Abu was one of more than 50 children who had crowdedtogether on my truck tarpaulin to hear the story ofZacchaeus. I had explained that meeting Jesus hadchanged Zacchaeus’ life, and that we can ask the LordJesus to change our hearts too.(Below) Penny BakewellMany of the children sitting in front of me came fromfamilies who follow other religions. The Sisaala region ofNorth Western Ghana is known for being a difficult placefor the spread of the gospel. But just maybethere are people here who, given the chance,would love to hear the good news of Jesus.In the past, despite the fact that there are areported 148 churches, there has been littleoutreach to children outside the Church. Yetchildren are the group most responsive tothe gospel, and have the most long-lastinginfluence when reached for Christ. They arealso one of the most vulnerable groups insociety. So why is it that the Church is not moreintentional in its efforts to reach them?But who am I to judge? When I arrived inGhana 12 years ago, I had no intention of doingchildren’s ministry. I didn’t much like workingwith anything that I couldn’t control! But atevery woman’s meeting I held, there were atleast twice as many children there as women.God captured my heart for the children, a group who arehungry to hear about Jesus.I started with developing Sunday schools. Then, with thehelp of associates, I began to hold Children’s Bible Clubs inthe villages and towns. But when my helpers left, it wasn’tpossible to continue on the same scale.In October 2014 SIM Ghana met for three days to lookat our current ministries and to discuss potential newministries. Two new initiatives emerged and one of thesewas to focus on outreach to unchurched children, initiallyamong the Sisaala.It was agreed this ministry needs to be well-researched,well-planned and grounded in much prayer. It also needsto be well-resourced, and I am sure many of the humanresources can be found within the area’s churches.Please pray that we will no longer hinder children like Abufrom coming to Jesus. Who is this boy?He is the chief religious leader’s son.All photos by Emily Redekop

SUMMER 2015 | 8Every day isan opportunityto trust GodWhat kind of people would move, with their young children,from a secure job in a trendy British city to a remote town inthe desert of a dangerous country, and encourage others todo similar things? And what kind of church would send theseyoung people on their way?Questions like these have been following our familyaround, in various guises, as we prepare to make thatmove — and we know we’re not the first to face them.Preaching through Romans 8 recently, I sawafresh how mission has always gone hand-inhandwith risk. Paul, with his eyes and heart seton the unreached people of Spain, considershimself a ‘sheep to be slaughtered’. And yethe asks the Romans to send him there! SIMfounders Walter Gowans and Tom Kent, men intheir 20s, died emaciated and virtually alonein their quest to bring the message of life tomillions across the Soudan. In many ways, wehave it easy by comparison.Even so, the thought of following God’s callfor our family often fills us with fear. The ideaof going to potentially dangerous places totell people about Jesus can seem attractiveand romantic from a distance. But when we visited, andlearned that our family of four comprised more thanhalf the Westerners in the city, and that we were not farfrom an extremist training facility, suddenly the romancedissipated.It turns out that we’re not brave! We do wrestle with doubtsand questions. But every day is an opportunity for us totrust God. His words are as true around the world as theyare in the UK. The same Jesus who sends us all out assheep among wolves cares enough about us to keep countof the hairs on our heads.One of our colleagues says the only thing that gets himthrough immigration is remembering Jesus’ command thatwe go, and his promise to be with us. What a privilege tohave this kindness from God! This is the grace that fuels usas ordinary Christians and churches in God’s mission.Christ is building his Church in the most difficult cornersof the world. Among one group in our country of service,over 60 churches have been planted in the past five years.We can’t wait to work alongside our brothers and sisters,learning, discipling one another and sharing the gospel ina nation where tens of millions still haven’t heard.Author’s name withheldIt turns out that we’re notbrave! We do wrestle withdoubts and questions. Butevery day is an opportunityfor us to trust God.9 | SUMMER 2015

The Toposa people of South Sudan relyon their cattle for their livelihood. Everymajor social event involves cows beinggiven as a payment or promise. Thenumber of professing believers amongthis people group is thought to be lessthan one per cent.Responding to this challenge, in JanuarySIM and several partner organisations(African Inland Mission, InternationalMission Board, E3 Partners, AfricanInland Church — South Sudan, andChristian Veterinary Mission) wereinvolved in a survey trip to assess theway forward in reaching the Toposawith the gospel of Christ.Please pray for God’s guidance and foreffective outreach.

SUMMER 2015 | 12Paul and his colleague Amit are driven by one desire: to takethe gospel of Jesus Christ to Bangladeshis wherever they maybe. The two men, who come from very different backgrounds,will this year launch a shared ministry in Brick Lane, TowerHamlets, the heart of the Bangladeshi community in London.Paul runs the mission outreach at a London churchnear Tower Hamlets. Amit was born into a Christianfamily in northern India, but has spent the last nineyears in Bangladesh, working with Serving In Mission.From September the two will be working together at thebookshop set up by Paul and his church in the midst of theBangladeshi community.Having spent 18 months working with SIM in Bangladeshto learn more of the culture and language, Paul says: ‘It willbe wonderful to have Amit here. The kind of things he’ll bedoing include going into Bangladeshi families and perhapshelping children with their homework – showing how thelove of Jesus is real and practical.‘And, of course, it will be great to have him in the shop,where we already have Christians of different ethnicbackgrounds serving — that really demonstrates the powerof the gospel to save people of all different backgrounds.’13 | SUMMER 2015Sharing thelove of Jesusin Londonby Tim AllanAmit will spend two years in London, completing the PTCornhill Training Course for expository preaching andteaching, as he works alongside Paul. Hesays, ‘I am really looking forward to comingto England to train and to get involved in thepractical work of the church. Although I maybe away from Bangladesh, I will not be awayfrom Bangladeshis!’The unity of purpose between Serving InMission and the local church provides a great example ofhow cross-cultural ministry can work in practice. We praythat similar ventures can be put together in the comingyears so that more and more people groups, both in the UKand beyond, can hear the good news of Jesus Christ.‘I am really looking forwardto coming to England to trainand to get involved in thepractical work of the church.’Names have been changed

SUMMER 2015 | 14Breaking thegrip of alcoholaddictionby Pohyeen Ng15 | SUMMER 2015Through Celebrate Recovery, a churchrelatedministry that works to free peoplefrom addictive behaviour, the lives ofpeople in South Gobi, Mongolia are beingtransformed. Below one woman tells herstory, and how Jesus changed her life.Do: Support CelebrateRecovery (project no. 98291)in changing lives throughJesus Christ.During my childhood, my father drank a lot and abusedme sexually. Consequently, I was bitter towards him, anddid not esteem myself. I felt I was a nobody. Later, as anadult, I continued to experience difficulty in my marriageand in financial matters. However, all this changed in 2007after I came to know God through Celebrate Recovery(CR). Not only did my Heavenly Father show me what I amworth in Christ, he also delivered me from bitterness andmany difficulties, filled my heart with joy and gave me adeep concern for others.Coming to faith in Jesus is the greatest gift Ihave ever received. I want to remain in Christ,meditate on God’s Word and be transformedas I continue to discover my identity in him.In 2009 I started a CR group in my church. Iwas so encouraged by the fruits that I asked God to showme his purpose and give me a vision for this ministry. Heshowed me the need to reach all 14 towns in South Gobiprovince.Since then I have been going to different towns to shareabout the ministry, and praying for CR groups in otherprovinces to reach beyond their local areas. In fact, we arenow praying as a team for God’s vision, and for courageand strength to fulfil it.I find much joy serving with Celebrate Recovery,particularly because of the changed lives I have witnessed.I am humbled that God chose wounded people like me tobe his own. Would you please help us by praying for us aswe follow the vision God has given us?Transformedfrom the insideoutSouth Gobi is the largestprovince in Mongolia, witha population of 61,314. TheSIM Celebrate Recovery(CR) ministry made its firstappearance there in 2009,and eight support groupswere started subsequently.In September 2014 a team ofCR leaders travelled to thearea to encourage the groupsthrough teaching and prayer.Our vision is that one daythe province will be not onlyalcohol-free, but also madewhole from the inside outthrough the power of JesusChrist.

SUMMER 2015 | 16Staff changes at WetheringsettWe welcomed four new members of staff this spring, and said goodbyeto a long-serving friend. Our new Communications Manager, TimAllan, has a passion for the gospel, and has come to us with significantexperience and understanding of a ‘digital first’ communications style.Tim worked for many years as a sports editor at The Sun and Newsof the World, where he was at the forefront of their move to digitalpublishing. He has also sports edited The Independent on Sunday. We await Tim’sfirst punishing headline!Linda Hunt is our new Digital Prayer and Story Co-ordinator. Lindahas a background in design, and a heart for praying for and initiatingways to reach people with the good news of Jesus. Her role will involveinspiring prayer among you, the supporters, and the missionariesthemselves — and collecting stories from the field to share andencourage us, helping us to glorify God for what he’s doing.Former Director for SIM Liberia, Will Elphick has filled the part-timepost of Donor Relations Manager. He will represent us across the UKamong those who may wish to partner with us in sending more gospelworkers. Will has great knowledge and experience of the Mission, bothin the UK and worldwide, and a passion to share that with potentialpartners and donors.The Manor and grounds have been looking a little sad since Simon leftus last year. Matt Hunt (Linda’s husband) joined us part-time in April asour Facilities Co-ordinator. He’s been busy repairing things and gettingthe grounds in shape, helping us to serve those who stay here at our UKheadquarters.Meanwhile Ann Whittet, our Office Manager, recently left to start a new role as PAto the Bishop of Lynn in Norfolk. Her service over nearly 17 years in SIM has beenessential to helping the office function well, and many of you will have been incontact with her and blessed by her ministry. Her departure will be keenly felt, butdo pray with us for God’s blessing on her in her new job.Largest ever SIM gatheringSIM’s first Global Assembly was convened inChiang Mai, Thailand, 1-7 March 2015. Thelargest ever gathering in SIM history, it washosted in three world languages. More than150 attendees included every country directorand several board or council chairs (or theirrepresentative), a reflection of the organisation’snew governance structure. A revised purposestatement is currentlybeing discussed,which would refocusthe Mission oncrossing barriers toreach communitieswith the gospel.An Ebola survivor’s blogSIM’s Dr Rick Sacra contracted theEbola virus in September 2014, whileworking at ELWA Hospital in Liberia.Following several weeks of treatmentat the Nebraska Medical Center in theUSA, Dr. Sacra returned to Liberia totend to the many non-Ebola patients. Hewrites about ELWA’s response to the Ebola crisis,and about the fulfilment he gains from beinginvolved in medical ministry, in his Scripture accessibleBy 2020 the Monkolepeople of Benin willhave the Bible in theirown language, andlocal believers will betrained to read andstudy it. Two Monkoleworkers and SIM’s Hilary Deneufchâtel are currentlytranslating the Old Testament — the New Testamentwas published in 2007.Nepal earthquakeFollowing the 7.8magnitude earthquakein Nepal in April, whichkilled more than 7,000people and injured ordisplaced thousands,Serving In Missionand partner agencieslaunched a co-ordinatedresponse. This hasincluded the provisionof food, clean water,shelter, medical servicesand transport. Traumacounselling has also beenprovided. We sincerelythank all who have givenor prayed. Further giftstowards the ongoingrelief work should be sentvia or directlyto the UK office, markedfor the Disaster ReliefFund, project no. 88600.17 | SUMMER 2015

SUMMER 2015 | 1819 | SUMMER 2015OpportunitiesWomen’s worker, BoliviaWe need a woman with a passion for ministering to other women in Bolivia.Although the local church does not ordain women, they are leaders and thereforeneed good Bible teaching and mentoring.PRF 8809English teachers, ChinaThe Chinese are desperate to learn English, and your skills can help them. Youwill have the opportunity to teach any age group in any place. As you do this,you will be able to build relationships, demonstrate your love for Jesus andshare your faith.PRF 7405IT specialist, BangladeshChurch planter, MozambiqueIn the northwest of Mozambique there is nowan ‘open door’ for the good news of Jesus.Get involved in any of a number of importantministries, including Bible teaching, marriageenrichment, HIV work and others.PRF 8480SIM Bangladesh has government approval to help the Kushtia urbancommunity, and one of the key ways we can do this is by helping peopleimprove their computer skills. If you can teach IT, you will be a valuable asset tothe programme.PRF 8124Child protection, PeruYou can play a key role in stopping child trafficking in Peru. Our ministryworks among parents who live in mountainous regions and choose to sendtheir unaccompanied children to the cities. Their hope and belief is that theirchild will gain an education. But, sadly these children are often trafficked andbecome trapped in a world of drugs and prostitution.PRF 8881Media and communications, NigeriaSIM Nigeria has an urgent need for someone skilled in media andcommunications to help in the indigenous missions division of the EvangelicalChurch of West Africa. This is a fabulous opportunity to spread the gospel inNigeria and beyond.PRF 8204Doctors, nurses,surgeons, WorldwidePut your medical skills andexperience to good use in mission!Health professionals are neededacross Asia, Africa and SouthAmerica to work in everythingfrom small clinics to largehospitals — and, of course, to sharetheir faith in Jesus Christ.

SUMMER 2015 | 20Mission … with the‘flavour of coffee’‘Back in the early 1980s members of Latin American churchesquestioned whether involvement in cross-cultural mission wasreally possible,’ says Carlos Pinto, Andean Region Coordinatorfor SIM OCLA (Latin America Connection Office). ‘Along withothers, I asked, “How can our churches, who are mostly madeup of people from the poorer classes, afford to go to othercontinents to share the Word of God?”‘Now, almost three decades later, God has proved to meand many others that he is awakening the Latin AmericanChurch to serve worldwide. The economic situation inthe region is improving and urbanisation is increasing.More and more professionals are coming to the Lordand expressing interest in serving cross-culturally. LatinAmerican missionaries are now serving in Africa, Asia,Europe and America.’Be: Faithful in praying forOCLA, as more and moreLatin American missionariesare equipped and mobilisedfor cross-cultural mission.OCLA is making a significant impact on the mobilisationof churches for world mission. Based in Ecuador andheaded up by Julieta Murillo, the ministry encouragesand equips gospel workers throughout Latin America.OCLA mentors candidates, develops sending partnershipsand guides missionaries and churches through thenecessary processes to serve with SIM teams around theworld. Churches from Venezuela, Colombia,Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru are taking up theopportunities of this historic moment.Serving In Mission works with OCLA and othersglobally to build multi-ethnic multi-skilled teamsto cross barriers, wherever people have notheard or understood the gospel of Christ. In the future thiscould include placing OCLA missionaries in the UK.

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