SIM (Serving In Mission) is an international, interdenominational Christian mission organization. It was established in 1893 by its three founders, Walter Gowans and Rowland Bingham of Canada and Thomas Kent of the United States.
It is made up of united organizations that began more than 100 years ago, including Africa Evangelical Fellowship, Andes Evangelical Mission, International Christian Fellowship and Sudan Interior Mission.
The work of AEM (Andes Evangelical Mission) began in 1907, when a couple from New Zealand began to work in Bolivia. AEM joined with SIM in 1982, and the work expanded to a new continent, South America, in Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
In 1998, AEF merged with SIM. AEF (Africa Evangelical Fellowship) began in 1879, when a wealthy South African-born widow living in England read of the plight of soldiers in military camps in her home country, and went to Cape Town to open a Soldiers’ Home there.
From this root, a mission was formed, and in 1889, the Cape General Mission began. After the Boer War, the Mission, now known as the South African General Mission, began to expand into parts of southern Africa, and then to islands in the Indian Ocean.
In 1965, the mission became known as the Africa Evangelical Fellowship. In 1998, AEF joined with SIM, and the work of the newly merged Mission embraced Angola, Botswana, Gabon, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe, bringing the total of countries in which SIM is active to more than 43.
SIM is an international mission, now called SIM (Serving In Mission).