Advance Mission

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As it looks to Advance Mission, SIM Malawi is working with partners to encourage Malawian Christians to ‘get involved with the Great Commission’ to go into all the world.

Malawi has greatly benefited for over a century from the work of missionaries from all over the world. SIM Malawi is a good example of this, with missionaries from the UK, Germany, Holland, Canada, USA, Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand currently working across its ministries.

But what does the future look like for its strategic focus to Advance Mission?

Certainly, missionaries from ‘traditional’ missionary-sending countries will continue to come in to help develop SIM Malawi’s current and new ministries as it strives to realise its vision. At SIM Malawi, we want to advance the mission of God by growing servant-hearted missionaries who are committed to understanding language and culture, and to life-long learning, resulting in greater effectiveness in ministry.

But SIM Malawi is looking for even more and what about Malawians themselves? Is there a need for Malawian-born Christians to start looking at developing cross-cultural mission ministries?

The answer to the latter question is a resounding “Yes!”

Timothy Olonade (Nigeria) calls for pastors to respond to a call for overseas mission at the Pastors' Book Set Conference 2013 in Lilongwe

Malawi Mission Initiative

The Malawi Mission Initiative (MMI) grew out of SIM Malawi’s ‘Pastors’ Book Set Conferences’ in Blantyre (2012) and Lilongwe (2013). At the Lilongwe event, one of the keynote speakers made a direct call for people to come forward who were called to missions work.

A Task Force was set up as a result of this and, in August 2014, MMI was formally launched to church leaders from across Malawi at an event in Lilongwe.

In its constitution, MMI states among its aims:

  • · To motivate and encourage the establishment of more indigenous Mission Agencies from among the evangelicals where none exists
  • · To promote sound relationships and co-operation between various mission groups
  • · To provide an avenue where information on Missions can be collected and disseminated among members and other Christian Agencies
  • · To help one another create a forum for sharing new ideas on missions, so as to stimulate, encourage and improve the outreach work of each member body
  • · To establish institutions for research and missionary training, and organise missions conferences, seminars and workshops to raise the level of mission awareness in the country
  • · To co-operate and work with other national missions movements in other parts of the world
The newly-formed MMI has organised a seven-part Mission Training Course

MMI has set up a mission training course which will look at various aspects of mission work and some of the challenges facing those going forward as missionaries. But all of this work is geared to develop Malawian missionaries who are being called to go into the mission fields overseas.

The future

If we look at the example of other African countries, there is no reason why Malawian missionaries should not serve across the cultural boundaries of different ethnic groups at home, carrying the Gospel, for example to northern-African countries or, as so-called ‘reverse missionaries’, to secularised traditional sending countries – and beyond, to the “ends of the earth”.

Training for this type of cross-cultural ministry will be vital to ensure that people are properly equipped to face the rigours of such work. 

Just as SIM Malawi is fully committed to developing the Church in Malawi, from the youngest Sunday-school pupil to the most experienced of pastors and church elders, so it is equally committed to seeing mission inside and outside the borders of Malawi similarly developed.

Stimulating and training the Church in Malawi for reaching across cultures with the Gospel of Christ may be a new strategic focus area for SIM Malawi, but it is an area which offers great potential.