Dave & Marilyn Simmons

Dave is a pilot. He flew for SAMAIR as a missionary aviator for more than three decades. Today he is the Peru Field Director, shepherding SAM’s growing Peru team spread across the country in the areas of Pucallpa, Puerto Supe, Ayacucho and Lima.

Marilyn is a volunteer at Latidos de Esperanza crisis pregnancy center, founded by the Simmons’ daughter, Stephanie Edgar and partners from local Pucallpa churches. The center reaches out to all women who face crisis pregnancies, providing them with balanced information about their choices, conveying the importance of the sanctity of human life, promoting purity and abstinence among youth and single adults, and counseling women who are post-abortive.

Dave and Marilyn both are active in leadership development and discipleship at Mil Palmeras Church in Pucallpa.


Ministry: Educational Ministries—AOPLV Huanta

The Asociación Oportunidades Para La Vida (AOPLV), Opportunities for Life Association, is an organization which serves the most excluded and impoverished sectors of Huanta, Peru. Together with The Johannes Gutenberg school, AOPLV offers quality education and technical training to prepare the next generation to positively impact society.

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Ministry: Educational Ministries—Johannes Gutenberg

Together with the Asociación Oportunidades Para La Vida (AOPLV),  The Johannes Gutenberg school offers quality education and technical training to prepare the next generation to positively impact society. The school’s educational ministry targets the at-risk children and youth of Lima and Huanta, Peru.

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Ministry: The Anderson Fund

$25,000 Matching Campaign: A generous donor has agreed to match dollar-for-dollar all donations to The Anderson Fund up to $25,000. The match is for donations received beginning in 2017. Please respond today with a one-time gift or a monthly commitment for two years in order for us to receive the generous $25,000 match.

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Ministry: Peru Field, GO Fund

Each of South America Mission’s countries of service incurs costs associated with managing and facilitating ministry and caring for missionaries (e.g. compliance with local government regulations, operating a field office, stewarding field finances, etc.) Resources allocated in support of the general operations of the Peru field directly support the infrastructure essential to ministry.

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Ministry: Peru Church Planting

In 2006, SAM missionaries planted Iglesia Mil Palmeras, in Pucallpa, Peru, also known as Thousand Palms Church. Today, Mil Palmeras is transforming its community by embodying the Kingdom of God. With close to 300 congregants, they are actively engaging the city of Pucallpa and beyond into the Amazon to plant new, transformational churches that impact the world for Christ.

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Ministry: Heartbeats of Hope

Heartbeats of Hope—a crisis pregnancy center—formed out of a partnership of seven churches in Pucallpa, Peru. We exist to evangelize and counsel women who are facing crisis pregnancies to prevent abortion and offer a new life of hope found only in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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