The central purpose of Faithful Witness is to share the gospel with people who have never heard of Jesus Christ. The initiative seeks to place teams of multi-cultural and multi-skilled workers in communities across the world where there is no church and virtually no Christian witness.
The teams will live in community, building relationships and learning the language. They will provide full reports of their progress to their sending churches and donors. We have developed a new funding model to enable workers from all over the world to join Faithful Witness teams. The programme offers matched funding for any worker who wishes to join a Faithful Witness team. The funding will be offered for up to five years, at the end of which the worker is expected to be fully self-supported.
The initial locations have been chosen for Faithful Witness. Currently, none of them have any significant Christian witness. They were chosen because we have good local support networks and are confident we can place teams in those communities. Other locations will follow once the first teams are established.
A team will work with partner agencies in eastern Chad, among people who have no church in their mother tongue.
There are an estimated 20 million Fulani in Nigeria. Today there is an open door for ministry among this least-reached community.
The Hassaniya people are open to receiving workers to live among them and learn the language and culture. There are no more than four known believers.
A small team is already forming and will focus on sports, community health education and English language learning ministries.
Often, the gospel is experienced through living life-on-life with friends, neighbours and colleagues. By expressing the gospel in the context of personal, authentic relationships, many will be drawn to the love of Christ into relationship with him. Teams will be multi-skilled, so a range of possible skill sets are welcome. Some examples include veterinary surgeons, animal husbandry experts, entrepreneurs, accountants, nurses and engineers.
The leaders will either be SIM workers or workers from partner organisations with relevant experience. They will generally already be in the country or region and have experience doing ministry in the culture. They will also have a passion to help others start ministry.
Teams will be multicultural and come from a wide variety of backgrounds. The make-up and dynamics of the team are critical to its success (John 17:22-23). Christians living in community together display the uniqueness of life in Christ. We are currently mobilising teams and funds for Chad, Mali, and Thailand, but have opportunities in many more places.