The vision of SIM-TEC is to see a generation rescued to the glory of God by helping the churches in Africa and the Caribbean to honor God by developing Christian colleges. A bold Christian education initiative, begun now, will develop leaders for the next generation.
Strategically SIM is committed to reaching the world for Christ, often with a holistic approach that encompasses education. SIM recognizes the importance of reaching children, youth, and young adults with the gospel and instilling in them a Christian worldview. Young people in Africa and around the world need a godly combination of Christ-centered wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and skills with which to face their troubled times and assure a better future.
By participating in the TEN3 Alliance SIM-TEC continues to offer vital personnel and finances to a new and growing network that both responds to the call of African churches for help in education and equips Africans to play a leading role in bringing transformational education to the ends of the earth.
This leading role is already beginning to take place in Nigeria. A Haitian church saw what was happening in a TEN3 program run by an ECWA school and sent two men to Nigeria for a year to be trained. That church is now in the process of starting a school in Haiti. The Conservative Baptist Convention (CBC) in Cameroon also recently looked for training at a TEN3 workshop hosted by ECWA. Even though CBC already had 13 schools all with computer labs, teachers. and materials, they sent a team to Nigeria to learn the TEN3 model. When asked why, they responded that some of their students lives were being destroyed after visiting websites on pornography and demon possession. School directors wanted curriculum that would both teach young people how to use technology, and equip them to face the temptations that come along with it. These African leaders realize that technology and, education in general, cannot be taught void of its spiritual impact and are looking for ways to address this for their people.
Via the Transformational Education Network, writers in Nigeria are producing Christ-centered education materials that will be used in classrooms of schools run by SIM partner churches in Ethiopia and Zambia as well as by other churches in Cameroon and as far away as Haiti. African churches are working together through the Transformational Education Network to make a difference. If this kind of growth continues, soon a network birthed in SIM and its partner churches will have expanded to include churches and missions from around the globe to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth through transformational education.
The major areas in which SIM-TEC and TEN3 collaborate are:
Progress of varying degrees has been made, but the institutional environment in general and the education environment in particular pose great ongoing challenges to the churches in Africa. Developing a single quality post-secondary institution takes years of hard work to accomplish. SIM-TEC and TEN3 share the goal of seeing many come into existence.
GoWe are also asking the Lord for people to serve with this ministry. To learn more, visit www.ten3.org or contact your nearest SIM office.
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