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Preserving SIM's Legacy (99646)

SIM has been communicating Jesus Christ for more than 120 years, bringing the hope of the Gospel to hundreds of people groups in about 70 nations. In every ministry on every continent, our pioneering focus is on those who live and die without ever hearing the Gospel.

This rich yet very complex past remains scattered throughout diaries, letters, meeting minutes, mission reports, articles and autobiographies. Our archival collection, with reel-to-reel tapes dating back to the 1880s, has become a treasure to scholars and historians both within and without the mission and church, and it is part of the history of Christianity in the world. All of our items, but especially the older ones, are slowly deteriorating.

SIM staff have begun to digitize some periodicals, mission surveys, manuscripts, and other items. These materials are made widely available through our website (archives.sim.org) and social media. In 2013, 126 requests for historical information were made to the Archives. Increasing our capacity to digitize our collection will help us to preserve and make available our materials more quickly.

The hope of this project is to digitize the oldest and most important documents, films, photos, slides and audio tapes in order to preserve SIM's heritage, and the heritage of many churches worldwide, for future generations.

Funds will be used to purchase video digitizing equipment. Digitizing the mission's 16mm and 8mm films as well as hundreds of video tapes is our immediate preservation need. Sadly many of the VHS tapes produced in the 1990s and earlier are of such poor quality that they can't be digitized.

Pray

  • that significant funding will enable the preservation of historical collections on a long-term basis.
  • that the work of the Archives will provide researchers, missionaries and church leaders the kind of perspectives from the past that will better equip them to fulfill the Great Commission.

Give

If you or someone you know would like to partner in Preserving SIM's Legacy, please contact your nearest SIM office or give online to project 99646. Thank you and God bless!

For more information, please email our Archivist at international.archives@sim.org



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