SIM's goal is to glorify God by planting, strengthening, and partnering with churches around the world. They accomplish this by working to:
-Minister to human need
-Disciple believers into churches
-Equip churches to fulfill Christ's Commission
The history of the mission traces back to 1893 with three young men from America and Canada with a burden to see the Gospel preached in the unreached interior of Africa. When no existing mission board would back their work they formed the Sudan Interior Mission and set off to the interior of Nigeria. Two of these men died within a matter of months. The third ended up returning to Canada and taking a pastorate, while working to recruit new missionaries for Africa.
Eventually SIM was able to establish a base in Nigeria. As the work matured there, SIM began sending missionaries to other parts of Africa. Over the years a number of smaller mission boards from around the world merged with SIM.
SIM’s Work in Liberia
SIM has been ministering in Liberia since the 1950’s through the ELWA (Eternal Love Winning Africa) radio ministry, hospital, Christian school and church planting efforts. SIM missionaries work closely with The Evangelical Church Union of Liberia (ECUL), a network of about 100 churches associated with SIM.
SIM’s vision for Liberia can be found on their website at www.sim.org/index.php/country/LR
“SIM envisions a growing Liberian church, true to the Scriptures, relying on God, discipling believers to maturity in Christ, being empowered by the Spirit; self-governing, self-supporting, and self-propagating; pursuing God's missionary vision for the unsaved and unreached people of Liberia and the world. We envision the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Ministries being nationalized, interdependent with (supportive of and supported by) Liberian churches, self-directed, proclaiming the gospel, teaching biblical truth, upholding Christian moral standards, and ministering to human need.”