CONTEXT: COVID-19

CONTEXT: COVID-19

BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING In these turbulent times of global pandemic marked with uncertainty, anxiety, and darkness, we need hope.  May we not TAP OUT because of feelings of helplessness, hopelessness and even grief.  May gratitude trump our grief.  God is the only hope...
Coronavirus Impacts Ministry

Coronavirus Impacts Ministry

Bill’s Ethiopia trip cancelled! In a response to the growing global spread of the Corona virus, COVID-19, SIM’s Management Team has asked us to cancel all international travel for a time. We have had a year of planning to take a team of 21 students and...
In Triumph and Tragedy…

In Triumph and Tragedy…

Marvel at what God is doing in Ethiopia in triumph and tragedy! Bill returns to preach in Yirgacheffe to an estimated 30,000 Ethiopians who gathered to hear the Word of God and worship extravagantly. Unforgettable! Our team: L-R Tom Fulp from Charlotte, Hendrick...
The Youth of Ethiopia

The Youth of Ethiopia

41% of Ethiopia’s 105 million population are under age 15, 15-29 are 28% = 72.4 million! These are amazing stats! SIM and the SIM related church, EKHC, are taking great initiatives in this area of mission. The challenge is to prioritize and mobilize the church...
Ethiopia and Beyond

Ethiopia and Beyond

Ethiopia and Beyond… What is the compelling challenge? Launching another decade of accelerating evangelism and intentional discipleship through the proclamation of God’s life-giving and life-changing Word in the context of political, religious, ethnic...
Harding Bible School Graduation

Harding Bible School Graduation

51 Graduate from the Harding Bible School in Yirgacheffe, EthiopiaAugust 2019 We wanted to share the news with you that came last week from where we have served for years. Seeing this line of Ethiopian students of the Word of God who are now more prepared to to take...
SOUTH SUDAN – APRIL 2019

SOUTH SUDAN – APRIL 2019

Off to Africa to minister to our SIM S. Sudan team!    We are excited and thrilled to have been invited to lead the Spiritual Life Conference for our SIM S. Sudan team.  We leave on Easter Sunday afternoon to Nairobi, Kenya. After that, we board a train to Mombasa,...
ETHIOPIA 2019

ETHIOPIA 2019

KELTY, 12 YEARS, OLD SHARING HER LOVE FOR JESUS TO 35,000 ETHIOPIANS Earlier in June 2018, ethnic strife erupted in southern Ethiopia between two tribes internally displacing just under one million lives. This conference in Yirgacheffe was held where we had served for...
Launching Into 2019

Launching Into 2019

In Africa we call this a "tribe"! The Harding tribe!   They do grow up and we do grow old but we love it!  Maybe not the “old” part!   We give thanks today for all that God has provided for us and our family. As we launch into this new year with all the...
Back from Ethiopia!

Back from Ethiopia!

Full of thanksgiving for what God is doing in Ethiopia. Steve Olin and I had the privilege of meeting mission and national church leaders and sharing our hearts and the Word of God to thousands of Ethiopians who long for the truth of God’s Word. Steve gave his...
ETHIOPIA AND BEYOND

ETHIOPIA AND BEYOND

STEVE OLIN AND BILL OFF TO ETHIOPIA TAKING OFF THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 We would cherish your prayers for us as we believe God has prepared our hearts and the hearts on many Ethiopians for the Spirit of God to speak to them through the Word of God and the testimony...
HURRICANE FLORENCE VS THE CAROLINAS

HURRICANE FLORENCE VS THE CAROLINAS

Thanks for all the emails inquiring of the effect of the hurricane on us and our family. We had lots of rain but no issues. No flooding, no electricity lost, no trees down. We actually left the day before the rain started and headed to appointments in Washington DC....
THE HARDING GATHERING

THE HARDING GATHERING

THE BLUE RIDGE ASSEMBLY YMCA Black Mountain, NC   It actually happened! After over a year of planning, 76 descended from around the world for the first Harding reunion in almost 20 years. Just one could not make it as Kirk Harding was taking final exams at Hebrew...
Milestones

Milestones

As SIM is celebrating it’s 125th anniversary this year, we are celebrating 35 years of: Responding to need Proclaiming the Gospel Equipping the church Rejoice and celebrate with us in the faithfulness of God and the incredible blessing it has been on this...
Serving a Week in Dallas

Serving a Week in Dallas

Humbled and privileged to share our hearts and God’s Word in Dallas What a grand privilege, blessing and honor to be part of God’s grand design and purpose! Nothing fulfills, satisfies or delights more than being involved consciously in that...
Around the World in 5 Weeks

Around the World in 5 Weeks

A SYNOPSIS OF A FIVE WEEK JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD ETHIOPIA TENS OF THOUSANDS GATHER TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF THE FOUNDATION OF BIBLE SCHOOLS IN YIRGACHEFFE Bill, leading a team, Drew, Kaia, Lana, Steve, Tim, Stephen and Endeshaw, arrived at the old home place where...
2018 Adventure

2018 Adventure

Off to Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Australia One never knows what he will see in Africa! Always a surprise around the corner. You have got to have a great sense of humor! On February 6th Bill took off to Ethiopia for the annual conference in Yirgacheffe, where...
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

OUR WISH FOR YOU “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.  It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue...
EXALTATION IN ETHIOPIA

EXALTATION IN ETHIOPIA

CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER? WHAT AN AMAZING GIFT! Thirty two years ago Grace and Bill, young zealous missionaries in their 2nd year in remote southern Ethiopia, were between the anvil and the hammer of ruthless, dominating Marxist-Leninist government…all for the sake...
Dignity in Mission

Dignity in Mission

Quenching the thirst for love. Like this little Ethiopian girl in southern Ethiopia, many are longing for a sense of dignity and love. To be a child of the King of Kings…that is dignity! We know this is found in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ. What...
Remember This Picture?

Remember This Picture?

The Report of the One Month of Evangelism Outreach prior to Graduation. Before they had the graduation celebration, each student was assigned to spend one month in the most feared neighboring tribe who have homicide historically built right into the culture for...
Remember This Picture?

32 Graduate from The Harding Bible School

Launching in to Mission During their final month of two years of Bible and church leadership training, these students in Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia took on the big challenge of taking the gospel to one of the most feared tribes in Ethiopia. Definitely a cross-cultural...
A STORY OF RECLAMATION

A STORY OF RECLAMATION

God can use the small things in life, even a summer job! Give it all to Jesus! A great big thanks to Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, TN who have supported us financially and in prayer for 34 years. Their staff put this video together for your...
MY DAD:  A MAN OF PRAYER

MY DAD: A MAN OF PRAYER

Every morning, in their daily devotions, Dad (89 in September) and his wife, Betty, pray for each of their kids and grand-kids by name. Betty needed a drink of water while dad was praying. She opened her eyes to reach for the glass and then could not resist taking...
Yirgacheffe Mission Conference 2017

Yirgacheffe Mission Conference 2017

What an amazing outpouring of the Spirit of God in worship in remote Yirgachefe, Ethiopia! God was glorified in the commissioning of 20 Ethiopian cross-cultural missionaries..to China, Pakistan and other regions of the world. Eighty-four Ethiopian missionaries brought...
Off to Ethiopia: A time to celebrate and worship.

Off to Ethiopia: A time to celebrate and worship.

THEN…1983…the church underground, intense persecution…drilling for water. In 1983 at the height of famine and drought crippling the country along with a ruthless communist dictatorship in power, God miraculously makes provision for our family to...
OFF TO ETHIOPIA!

OFF TO ETHIOPIA!

THE BIRTH PLACE OF COFFEE! Yes, it was in Kafa province where coffee was first discovered and eventually put on donkey backs down to the Nile River to be taken to the rest of the world. Now a premium coffee sold at Starbucks and other coffee-houses around the world!...
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BILL & GRACE

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BILL & GRACE

It is Christmas eve here in Waxhaw, NC and we wanted to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS from our hearts to yours. Ours are so full of the blessing of rich friendships in you…children and grands who know the Jesus we celebrate this Christmas…and the joy of...
MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016!

MERRY CHRISTMAS 2016!

Kyle and Margaret increase Harding tribe with twins! L-R William 3 yrs, Elizabeth Anne, Meri Mae  2 months, Maggie Grace 20 months and St. Bernard Stella. All anticipating Christmas! As you can imagine, Kyle and Margaret have their hands full and sleep is a rare thing...
December 2016

December 2016

As we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, our hearts are filled with gratitude and joy for all we have in HIM! We were reminded again so vividly of the absolute privilege that has been ours after recently returning for almost a month in Ethiopia and South...
WATER ! WATER! WATER!  The cry of Ethiopia.

WATER ! WATER! WATER! The cry of Ethiopia.

Something so basic, so vital for life, yet we take it all for granted. It was in 1983 that Bill and Grace headed to Ethiopia at the height of one of the worst drought and famines in Ethiopia’s history. It was in that context, that Bill was able to drill wells...
JUNE GUSTAFSON – DESTINATION HEAVEN

JUNE GUSTAFSON – DESTINATION HEAVEN

KISSED BY GRIEF AND GLORY AT THE SAME TIME What an awesome mom! We’ll miss her dearly. The past two and one half weeks we have been in South Africa in ministry with SIM and also visiting our son, Drew, Janna and their five daughters. While there, so far away, we...
HEADING SOUTH

HEADING SOUTH

Cape Town / Stellenbosch, SouthAfrica Tomorrow, Election Day in America, we will take off via France to visit our son, Drew, Janna and the Fab Five, our granddaughters. Perfect timing, eh?  Janna’s parents will also be there. Looking forward with excitement for...
WHAT IS OUR MISSION?

WHAT IS OUR MISSION?

Is it about people? Yes! Is it about poverty? Yes! Most importantly, it is about pointing people, rich or poor, to a personal relationship with God through the person and work of Jesus Christ!
…to the ends of the earth.

…to the ends of the earth.

In humility…power! The light of the gospel in remote T’ara I was deeply moved to see this gathering of believers praying in Sala, one of the least reached tribal areas of southern Ethiopia recently reached by Me’en evangelists. A dependency on prayer...
EXPANDING THE KINGDOM

EXPANDING THE KINGDOM

A passion for business for the sake of kingdom expansion. My twin brother, Joe, and I had the joy of leading a  team of Christian businessmen from the USA to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to explore opportunities for business as mission. As we visited the offices of church,...
BILL…OFF TO ETHIOPIA

BILL…OFF TO ETHIOPIA

SIM in partnership with AEG and Global Cross …to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,Ephesians 4:12 Bill will be heading to Ethiopia with AEG (American Engineering Group )and Global Cross leadership on August 22 to...
LONG AWAITED REUNION

LONG AWAITED REUNION

Drew and Janna + K-5 Arrive from South Africa Thanking the Lord for family and a time together.  For 17 months our son, Drew, has been navigating the pursuit of obtaining student visas for their five girls. Visas are needed to get back into South Africa from a visit...
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS TOGETHER

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS TOGETHER

Bill and Grace heading off on their honeymoon, June 21, 1975! Celebrating 40 years of God’s faithfulness to us in our marriage. How could it be? The time has flown by!  So grateful for the love of Christ that binds us together. Some of you were with us on that...
Time with family in Arizona

Time with family in Arizona

Thankful to God for Family Recently we had the joy to be with our son, Ryan, his wife, Melissa and Selah, Gavin and Emery. We had not been able to see them for over a year. So much fun hiking and exploring around Sedona. The beauty is stunning but nothing compared to...
BILL TO ETHIOPIA February 9-19

BILL TO ETHIOPIA February 9-19

The amazing privilege and responsibility to preach the Word. The Bible conference will be held in Yirgachefe were we lived and served for years. Pray for preparation of heart of each who speak and each who will attend this amazing conference. Bill is leading a team of...
DOHA, QATAR AND ETHIOPIA

DOHA, QATAR AND ETHIOPIA

Where in the world is Doha? Check it out! With my wonderful niece, Leah Harding, who works for Al Jazeera News.  Great fellowship, dune bashing and the best shwarma!
COLORFUL ETHIOPIA

COLORFUL ETHIOPIA

My prayer today: Forbid, O Lord God that my thoughts today should be wholly occupied with the world’s passing show. See in Your lovingkindness, You have given me the power to lift my mind to the contemplation of things unseen and eternal, forbid that I should...
HONOR AND VALOR IN MISSION: THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

HONOR AND VALOR IN MISSION: THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD

  This video portrays a life well lived for Jesus Christ! My dad was honored recently as Columbia International University 2014 Alumnus of the Year. Click to see snapshots of Mom and Dad’s life and the legacy passed on. So proud of Dad and the celebration...
Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

From our home to yours, wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving! Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Col 2:6-7)...
PROUD SON

PROUD SON

Dad, William T. Harding III,  Receives The 2014 Alumnus of the Year Award from Columbia International University Be inspired by the snapshots of the life and ministry of Mom and Dad. Here is a moving recap of his 40 years connected to Ethiopia with SIM told in way...
Back from Ethiopia!

Back from Ethiopia!

From the rural countryside to the crowded cities, God is at work in a wondrous way! Having rained all night, we drove into a remote village, Haru, where over twenty years ago I was able to lead my water team to find a spring and run a 3-4 kilometers pipeline to bring...
BLESSED WITH FAMILY

BLESSED WITH FAMILY

HARDING  REUNION OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC AUGUST 2-7, 2014 For the first time in years we have been able  to get together as a whole family and enjoy each other in the sun, sand and surf. Wow, what a joy to see the cousins have a blast with each other body surfing, tubing...
EBOLA OUTBREAK

EBOLA OUTBREAK

  A dear friend and SIM colleague tests positive for Ebola virus. URGENT: Please pray for Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, Dr. Rick Sacra and others facing the worst outbreak of Ebola ever in West Africa. Nancy works with SIM in Liberia and was part of the...
ENCOURAGING ETHIOPIAN CHRISTIANS

ENCOURAGING ETHIOPIAN CHRISTIANS

OFF TO ETHIOPIA TO ENCOURAGE THE CHURCH AND HER LEADERS Located in the Gedeo Region of Ethiopia is the Harding Bible School which was dedicated in 2013 for the training of Ethiopian pastors, church leaders and missionaries. Critical to the future of the school, is the...
ANSWERED PRAYER

ANSWERED PRAYER

REJOICING FOR ANSWERED PRAYER! NANCY WRITEBOL AND DR. KENT BRANTLY DECLARED EBOLA FREE! These past two weeks have been a very intensive time for SIMUSA and Samaritan’s Purse! Our SIM International Director, Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko expressed it best. “On...
HARDING REUNION 2014

HARDING REUNION 2014

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC AUGUST 2-7, 2014 For the first time in years we have been able  to get together as a whole family and enjoy each other in the sun, sand and surf. Wow, what a joy to see the cousins have a blast with each other body surfing, tubing behind...
Legacy or Inheritance?

Legacy or Inheritance?

What a great Father’s Day we had as we shared at Providence Baptist Church, Harrisburg. NC.  Many of you have asked if the message could be heard or down loaded.  Here is a link for the speaking part and the video we presented at the end as well of some pictures...
BLESSED WITH FAMILY

BLESSED WITH FAMILY

HARDING  REUNION OCEAN ISLE BEACH, NC AUGUST 2-7, 2014 For the first time in years we have been able  to get together as a whole family and enjoy each other in the sun, sand and surf. Wow, what a joy to see the cousins have a blast with each other body surfing, tubing...
Bill Harding III honored as  2014 CIU Alumnus of the Year

Bill Harding III honored as 2014 CIU Alumnus of the Year

So proud of my Dad, William (Bill) Harding III, for being selected the 2014 Columbia International University Alumnus of the Year!   1950 Dad and Mom at graduation from Columbia International University prepared to take the Word of God to the nations. 1954 With three...
Pressing on in the Spring of 2014

Pressing on in the Spring of 2014

Opportunities afforded to us this spring in the USA.       Bill preaching a challenge for mission at historic Aldan Union Church in Philadelphia. Liberty University:(LR) Drew Harding, Burt Harding, Dr. Elmer Towns, Bill Harding III, Bill Harding IV....
Ethiopia – March 2014

Ethiopia – March 2014

THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS LISTEN TO THE WORD OF GOD Over ten thousand gathered for days to worship, celebrate and listen to the Word of God preached in Yirgachefe, Ethiopia.     Preaching in Amharic with passion and with the annointing of the Spirit of God was a...