Africans in mission work

The international director of Serving in Mission, Joshua Bogunjoko, recently visited Namibia for the very first time.

29 June 2018 | People

Octavia Tsibes

Serving in Mission (SIM) international director Joshua Bogunjoko recently held a seminar to explain Africa’s role in World Mission, whose goal is to deliver the word of God to those living in unreached groups.

Bogunjoko, from Nigeria, succeeded Malcolm McGregor in June 2013 as the first non-western leader of SIM, ever since its work began in 1893.

SIM also has missionaries in Namibia and they have been operating in the country from the Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS).

“SIM does not go to a nation and start a church, they improve the already existing organisations and help wherever they can. Most importantly missionaries sent by SIM use their expertise to share the Christian faith with those they are working with and are working for,” Bogunjoko said.

He further said they want missionaries from African countries to help other nations, so they can hear the gospel.

SIM Namibia

SIM has been operational in Namibia for 20 years and has made a great impact on the nation. “Recently we had an event called Pastors’ Book Set (PBS) where we collected books on pressing issues in Namibia to help pastors understand and have a greater understating of the issues in societies,” said Dagmar Henchoz, SIM director for Namibia.

Dagmar said her biggest desire before she retires in two years’ time is to send a missionary from Namibia to another country.

She said many people do not know the organisation, since it is very small. The SIM headquarters is situated in the United States, but they have many workers around the world, who work outside their country of origin.

SIM builds a relationship with a specific country and enquires if the country needs help in any sector.

It then provides a platform for individuals to volunteer in that specific country.

“In order to do mission work one has to be called to do it. It is difficult when you don’t have a passion to work with people, especially if you have to work in the most remote areas of the world,” Dagmar said.

She said it was not just about taking an opportunity to work outside your country.

“Your way of doing things should minister to the people that you will work with.”

The main aim of SIM is to make disciples of communities where Jesus Christ is least known. It believes that no one should live and die without hearing the gospel.

“To encapsulate what SIM does is to put the gospel at the centre of what we do,” Dagmar added.

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