LMI was set up in Belfast in 1977 by Thomas and Yvonne McClean, a young couple who had a burden for world mission and a desire to see other young adults become enthused about the Great Commission. Since then the organisation has grown from its humble beginnings as a missionary meeting in Thomas and Yvonne’s living room in East Belfast.
The aim of our work is to serve the Church. While the hub of the organisation is our mission office in Ladas Drive, Belfast, LMI’s reach is truly global. With coordinators in ten countries, distance-learning students from thirteen nations, a youth and schools ministry reaching thousands of young people and the work of mission-mobilisation still at the forefront of what we do, LMI has developed by the grace of God and the generosity of His people.
We do not receive any government funding, but we rely on donations from churches, individuals and trusts to fund all aspects of our work.
As an organisation we are members of Global Connections and its Northern Ireland branch, Mission Agencies Partnership.
The scope of LMI is reflected in our four main areas of work:
For more information on the four aspects of our work, you can access further details on the respective ministry pages.
The purposes of LMI are what drive the four aspects of our work mentioned above. They are:
(a) To motivate Christians to be involved with world missions.
(b) To educate young people as to the relevance of the Christian faith.
(c) To assist in the spiritual growth of believers worldwide.
(d) To equip Christian leaders to serve the Church.
(e) To evangelise children or young people with the gospel.
(f) To assist indigenous churches with evangelistic outreaches or church ministry.
(g) To facilitate the spread of the gospel by financially supporting partnership ministries.
(h) To provide financial assistance to people in need who are suffering from financial hardship, persecution, or natural disaster.
We believe in: