Our History

International History

1989-90 Mission Awareness conferencesin the southern Philippines drew the Filipino church’s attention to the millions of individuals in unreached people groups within their own country. While the response to this challenge was overwhelmingly positive, the lack of education and understanding in cross-cultural missions was a major obstacle.

1994  The introduction of the Condensed World Mission Course in Butuan City in the southern Philippines produced by Living Springs International.

The course was based on Dr Jonathan Lewis’ three-volume ‘World Mission Book’ and focusing on four major areas of mission concern – Biblical, Historical, Strategic and Cultural. Much of this was taken from ‘Perspectives on the World Christian Movement’, a study course produced by the Institute for International Studies at the US Center for World Mission.

Between 1996 and 2004 The Condensed World Mission course, under the leadership of Max Chismon, director of Living Springs International in Butuan City, underwent 2 more revisions.

2005 the 3rd edition was rebranded as Kairos reflecting the flourishing of the Kairos Movement internationally.

2011 the currently used 4th Edition was launched reflecting very significant changes/developments in world mission thinking and practice.

Twenty one years on, the Kairos Course is on offer in almost 100 countries and translated into over 40 languages. For many Christians it has been a significant factor in understanding God’s heart for the nations, mobilising God’s people to mission at home and overseas.

2015 Living Springs International transitioned into Simply Mobilizing International (SMI) and a new movement was launched introducing new products and programmes designed to help the church worldwide reach its potential to reap the greatest harvest ever in this generation.



2005                                     2011


In this video, Linda Harding takes us through her journey with Kairos and the birth of Kairos in the UK.



Osaka, Japan 1999       Butuan City, Philippines 2000          1st Kairos Course in Leeds, UK 2000