As the church around the world has matured, the Holy Spirit has sent out workers and evangelists just as he did Paul and Silas from the church in Antioch in the first century. SIM is not only a church-planting mission; we are also a mission-planting mission, helping the churches we found to organize to send their own missionaries. You will find SIM sending councils in Korea and Guatemala. Daughter churches in Nigeria and Ethiopia, now millions strong, have started their own mission sending agencies. In several fields we face the challenge of organizing to both send and receive missionaries in the same country.
This week we transition to a new International Director. Malcomb McGregor, of Scotland, has completed two term, beginning in 2003. For the first time in our history, our international director with be from one of our receiving countries. Joshua Bogunjoko is Nigerian. He’s a medical doctor with years of cross-cultural experience with the Evangelical Missionary Society (EMS), the missions arm of ECWA, SIM's daughter church, which today sends more than 2,400 Nigerians cross-culturally. Most recently Dr. Bogunjoko has been Deputy International Director of West Africa and Europe for SIM.