God’s provision to help SIM East Asia to Flourish 信实供应蓬勃昌盛

By Dr Stanley Ling (Regional Director, SIM East Asia)
林厚彰博士 ( SIM 东亚区总主任)


God uses us as vessels to carry the water of everlasting life to the many who are living and dying without hearing God’s Good News. 上帝陶造我们成为器皿,把生命活水带到极少听闻福音的群体中。

God uses us as vessels to carry the water of everlasting life to the many who are living and dying without hearing God’s Good News.
上帝陶造我们成为器皿,把生命活水带到极少听闻福音的群体中。

SIM East Asia (SIM EA) started when a young doctor, Andrew Ng, and his wife, Belinda, heeded Jesus’ call to missions. Returning from a mission hospital in West Africa after 12 years, Dr Andrew and Belinda served in SIM EA as Regional Director and Personnel Director respectively. Over these years, the number of SIM EA workers grew from 20 to 50. After 18 years they were asked to assume wider international leadership roles in SIM.

The growth of SIM EA in the early years can be seen in God’s call and preparation of one couple, the obedience of this couple, and the wisdom of SIM leaders to encourage, guide and mentor them on their journey to serving God in His mission. It can also be seen in the vision and support of the church leadership that Andrew and Belinda belong to.

Andrew was succeeded by Dr Stanley Ling as the Regional Director when they left for the USA to serve as the Deputy International Director for SIM Asia-Pacific. From 50 workers, SIM EA grew to 180 workers serving in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East and South America. To deal with this growth and increasing accountability to churches and governments, the SIM EA office also grew from 5 staff in 2006 to 25 staff in 2018, including 15 local staff and 10 home-based missionaries.

Finance has also grown in tandem, from over S$300k in 2006 to over S$800k in 2018. Beginning with Dr Andrew Ng, SIM EA has developed a financial structure to facilitate growth. The faithfulness of God’s churches and people has helped SIM EA weather various crises, never lacking God’s provision.

Effective 1 Oct 2018, SIM global restructuring resulted in 10 different regions, with SIM EA as one of them. With this restructuring, SIM EA is now responsible for 4 receiving fields, besides the original 9 sending councils.

We praise God for this growth and are thankful that individuals, churches and supporters continually respond to God’s call, enabling SIM EA to always have the required leadership and provide the necessary support and services to our workers and the churches who partner with us. To God and to them we joyfully stand accountable.

      SIM东亚区的历史始于一名年轻人 - 黄景青医生。1977年他顺服上帝的呼召,带着夫人林珍珠和年幼的儿子前往西非的一所宣教医院服侍。十二年之后,上帝又再次呼召他们回到原居国新加坡,并且在SIM东亚区办事处分别担任总主任和人事部主任。经过多年的竭力服侍,宣教士人数从二十人增加至五十人。黄医生夫妇在此服侍了十八年之后,被调往美国国际办公室,成为国际领袖团队之一员。

      我们可以从SIM东亚区早期的成长故事中,看见上帝信实的供应。祂呼召和预备一对忠实的夫妇,因着他们的顺服和SIM众领袖们的智慧、鼓励和引导,这对夫妇才能在事奉的路程中竭力服侍并取得蓬勃兴旺的果效 。这样的供应恩典也可以从黄医生夫妇所在的教会中看到,因着教会领导层的远见和支持,让他们在SIM的宣教工作中得到很大的帮助。

      感谢主的预备,当黄医生前往美国担任国际SIM亚太平洋地区的副总主任时,我有机会加入SIM东亚区服侍。因着黄医生夫妇在任十八年建立起来的厚实基础,我才能带领东亚区的宣教士从五十人增加到一百八十人,分别在非洲、亚洲、中东和南美洲等超过三十个国家和地区宣教事奉。为了应对这种增长,以及了解到我们对教会和政府的责任也增加了,于是东亚区的同工从2006年的五个人增加到了2018年的二十五人;当中包括了十五名办公室同工和十名驻家宣教士同工。

      当然,我们的财务支出也跟着增加了!2006年总支出为三十万新元(S$300k),2018年已经增加到八十万新元(S$800k)。我们感谢主,在黄医生担任东亚区总主任的时候,办事处已经设立了一套完善的财务架构和程序,来应对和促进这样的增长,因此今日你我也可以清楚地看到后续的蓬勃发展。

      自2018年10月1日起,SIM将全球服侍范围重新划分了十个不同的区域,SIM东亚区就是其中之一。在这个新的组织架构下,SIM东亚区除了负责九个差派办事处之外,也要带领四个宣教工场。

      我们感谢赞美上帝的信实供应,也感谢教会和个人支持者持续地回应上帝的呼召,帮助SIM东亚区得到足够的财务供应并拥有团结一致的领袖团队,让我们能为宣教士与合作教会提供最优质的服务!

      我们祷告,SIM东亚区将会继续地竭力服侍并蓬勃昌盛! 

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