What We Are About At SIBI International

I was asked an interesting question on Sunday morning. I was asked what my job really was at Sunset. I answered that I am a missionary, the Dean of the International Studies Division and an instructor in AIM and Advanced Missions. He asked me, "Okay but what does that mean? What does this SIBI International do?" I told him about the 57 schools in 37 countries and what the schools were like, but this isn't what he wanted. We talked about the conversions, the congregations planted and preachers trained, but this still wasn't what he had in mind. He wanted a mission statement of sorts, and I thought it was a reasonable request. I have never been comfortable with using human words to describe a spiritual work, so I will let the Holy Spirit put our mission statement forth through the writings of the Psalmist.

Psalm 67:1-7 (ESV) says "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!"

The Psalmist says simply that God blesses us so that we can make His saving power known among all the nations. He then tells the nations to rejoice and praise God because God is in control of all the nations, is a righteous judge of the nations and gives blessings to every nation. He ends by saying that God will bless us with a great harvest, as God has given the increase and that every part of this earth should respect Him.

At SIBI International, we simply want to let every person in every nation hear of God's saving power in their own language and culture by Christians from their own congregations. We go with the power of Almighty God to bless all the nations of the world through evangelism, church planting, and preacher training. We praise God for His incredible harvest as He continually gives the increase (see 1st Cor. 3:6-7) and we know that He will continue to give the increase until Jesus comes again.

Let's take it to the nations!