(SAMAIR operates out of Pucallpa, Peru, and Santa Cruz, Bolivia. For more information about SAMAIR’s work in Bolivia, click here.)

Imagine an aerial view of a Cessna 206 float plane, suspended above the backdrop of an Amazon River tributary with a remote village on its flooded banks. In that view, all the pieces of the landscape come together and convey the integral role that aviation plays in the ministry of South America Mission: getting fulfillers of the Great Commission to the hard-to-reach places, to the people in those remote, village homes, with the good news of Jesus, shared in the flesh. We are landing planes and creating crossroads of humanity, intersections of lives through which God is made known.

There are hundreds of villages among the 55+ tribes scattered throughout the jungles of Peru. Some have no Gospel witness while others boast their own Bible training programs. Many of these groups have limited or no access to the outside world due to geographical restrictions. Travel to and from these locations is very difficult and many missionaries simply cannot access these areas without aviation service. People seem generally open to the Gospel while at the same time highly motivated by the desire to have their needs met and to advance educationally and economically.

Approximately 20 different people groups are directly impacted by use of the airplane in Peru each year. These groups represent a growing population of road-less people whose primary interaction with the Gospel of Christ is enabled by aviation. Every fresh water well that is set up, every medical emergency flight completed, and every missionary delivered is for one purpose: to bring life through the Gospel of Christ. We partner with the local church and national missionaries through aviation, as well as enabling the ministries of 10 other organizations actively spreading the Word of God in Peru.

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