Proclama. Psalm 96:3.

Proclama mobilization ministry based in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

“I’d like to tell you about Sandra. She is a dear friend and a member of my church in Santa Cruz. God placed a burden on Sandra’s heart for unreached peoples when she was 15, and that burden has developed into a calling to serve Him to reach the people of the Middle East.”      – Dana Wilson


In 1969, missionaries from South America Mission planted the Christian Missionary Church (Iglesia Cristiana Misionera or ICM) in the heart of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The faith community of ICM still stands today, and they are sending Sandra to serve in cross-cultural ministry in the Middle East. Though it does not have sufficient funds to provide all of her financial support, this local church has recognized God’s call on Sandra’s life for ministry and God’s call for the church to help.

When Dana Wilson arrived to Bolivia in 1998, she attended ICM, not knowing what would come of her service there. She began working as an English teacher at the church’s school, eventually transitioning out of teaching into missionary mobilization. In her second year, Dana helped the church complete its first mission trip to share the gospel in a neighboring town, and by her fourth year in country, she joined the SAM Bolivia Missions Team.

Proclama. Psalm 96:3. Mobilizing the Church in Latin America.The Centro de Entrenamiento Transcultural or CET, based in Cochabamba, Bolivia, invited Dana to receive mobilization training in order to help local Bolivian churches develop a vision for their participation in God’s global mission. Though this encounter with CET felt like an accident at the time, 14 years later, it has become the resource and responsibility of PROCLAMA (derived from Psalm 96:3, which in Spanish reads, “Proclamad entre las naciones su gloria…’), an entity newly formed in 2015 (under Dana Wilson’s leadership) with a vision to see a missionary movement catalyzed from within the South American church to reach the Nations for God’s glory.…Read the entire article HERE.

 

City Church, Lima, Peru

City Church gathering, Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru, is the “new global culinary epicenter”, according to a recent article in Condé Nast Traveler. If you ask Julio Chiang what makes Lima so great, he’ll talk about the cuisine, confirming epicurean journalists’ opinions. But he’ll become more reflective, too, thinking about the greatness of the city where he was born and now lives as the founder and lead pastor of a new church—Iglesia de la Ciudad, or City Church…

The City Church video was produced in partnership with Silent Images-www.silentimages.org

Yes, the ceviche is exquisite, but Lima finds its true greatness in its 10,000,000 people. It’s a fair question: “What’s so great about an urban mass of humanity?” For Julio, the heart of Lima is about millions of God’s image bearers, so close he can touch them, all needing the gospel of grace. Recently, Julio shared how Iglesia de la Ciudad is acting as a dispenser of grace in one of the world’s greatest cities:

The name of your church is Iglesia de la Ciudad. You prefer the translation, “City Church”. Why did you choose this name for your church plant?

We wanted our name to actually include the word “Church” because we believe the only hope for the redemption and transformation of Lima is the Church of Jesus Christ. It’s the vehicle for redemption that God has chosen.

Also, we’re a church that is for the city, or “city positive”, a church that builds for the welfare of the city. Over the years the church in many instances has separated itself from urban life and culture, but God, just as he instructed Israel through the prophet Jeremiah upon entering Babylonian exile, has called us to be connected to and serve the city.

Tell us about your logo for City Church. What does the design communicate? 

First, the vertical and horizontal lines represent city streets. They intend to remind you of an urban map. Then the small circle layered over the “streets” creates the image of a cross, conveying the concept of Christ at the center of our city.

City Church, Lima, PeruAnd then the way the streets and the circle intersect, the effect is a reminder of stained glass, which for us is about tradition and history. We need to emphasize certain historical traditions of the church and contextualize them for our culture today…Read the entire interview HERE.

God With Us

God with us

Come, Lord Jesus.  Come.

Our plea for God to come reflects our anxiety over the brokenness of the world. It’s an expression of our wanting desire for the culmination of redemptive history in the Messiah. Come, Lord Jesus, come to rescue us. Come to heal us. Restore sight to the blind. Declare the epoch of the Lord’s favor. Set the world aright through your Kingdom here on earth. We wait. Patiently we wait for him.

And then we celebrate the Light of the world who did indeed come…The night, though, was silent. There were no horses. No chariots. Only quietude in a manger. There were lowly shepherds in the distance who knew first. Wise men were on their long journey, following the star, but it would be weeks before the gold and incense and myrrh arrived. There were no gifts or trumpets sounding that night. No fireworks. The King had slipped into the world to be with us. Quietly and humbly. There was no bursting forth on the world’s stage.

At Christmas, we celebrate the arrival of our humble King.

Sent into the world to become man, to be with us, to pound the pavement with us, to suffer with us, incarnate.

To walk alongside us, as close as burrowing under skin.

God. With. Us…three words that should not be able to merge together into one coherent sentence. But they do in Christ. We look our King in the face. He is there. Present. Sent to be present, to know every suffering of humanity so that he could bear the suffering, one day. God is with us in Christ Jesus the Messiah who came to deliver us.

God is indeed with us in Christ Jesus born this day in Bethlehem. He is with us. As we go out into the world we carry the very presence of God with us.

 

Our greatest gift, really the only gift we can give to the world, is God with us in Jesus, so that others may see and know.

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Year-End GIFTS DOUBLED

Visit www.southamericamission.org/givingtuesday2015 to give: On December 1, generous donors will help further SAM’s passions for the church “on mission” in the world by matching dollar-for-dollar every gift to SAM’s Vision Fund, up to $5,000.

Would you donate and help us meet our $10,000 goal for this day? All gifts made to SAM on or before Tuesday, December 1, using this URL link will qualify for the match.

#GivingTuesday has become a platform to launch some of our year-end giving campaigns to meet our ministry budgets for the year.


About #GivingTuesday: The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving now has a new name, a new purpose. #GivingTuesday has grown over the last four years into a day to actively resist the precedent for the season otherwise set by Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

That’s right, a day to change the tone, to see the season through the light of a different necessity—what if we busted down doors to find the quickest path to generosity—to swim upstream against the current of our culture, which, finds its downstream momentum this time of year in retail sales benchmarks and in the acquisition of things (that are prone to moths and rust destroying).

How do you actively resist on #GivingTuesday? It’s not easy. It might even feel like your setting up an outpost in the culture wars, but trust that your outpost will be a beacon of hope in the battle, an eventual stronghold that will have its place in turning the tide.

In short, on #GivingTuesday, give it away. Give your money away, your time, give the gospel of grace. Be about sacrifice. Believe that it will matter. Believe that it will change you as much as it makes a difference to others. But you have to get ready now. You have to figure out how you’re going to navigate Friday and Monday in order to be poised for Tuesday. Join the movement. Give it away on #GivingTuesday.

Give It Away #GivingTuesday

December 1, 2015: the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving now has a new name, a new purpose. #GivingTuesday has grown over the last four years into a day to actively resist the precedent for the season otherwise set by Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

That’s right, a day to change the tone, to see the season through the light of a different necessity—what if we busted down doors to find the quickest path to generosity—to swim upstream against the current of our culture, which, finds its downstream momentum this time of year in retail sales benchmarks and in the acquisition of things (that are prone to moths and rust destroying).

What if we busted down doors to find the quickest path to generosity?

How do you actively resist on #GivingTuesday? It’s not easy. It might even feel like your setting up an outpost in the culture wars, but trust that your outpost will be a beacon of hope in the battle, an eventual stronghold that will have its place in turning the tide.

So instead of feeding yourself, feed others. Respond to the ringing bells and red tin pots. Choose the 40-inch instead of the 52, and give the difference away. Reconcile the debits in your personal ledger to credits in the ledgers of non-profits who are healing brokenness, not artificially preserving some fleeting sense of wellness.

In short, on #GivingTuesday, give it away. Give your money away, your time, give the gospel of grace. Be about sacrifice. Believe that it will matter. Believe that it will change you as much as it makes a difference to others. But you have to get ready now. You have to figure out how you’re going to navigate Friday and Monday in order to be poised for Tuesday.

Join the movement. Give it away on #GivingTuesday.

SAM Centennial Celebration

To mark the SAM Century, our entire SAM community is
gathering together in Panama from September 21-26, 2015.

We’re calling our gathering the SAM Centennial Celebration.

It’s about celebrating God’s faithfulness. It’s also about being present with co-laborers, practicing together our mission of “living as redeemed children of God”. Finally, there is intentional planning to do as we prepare for a new century of faithfulness and obedience.

This is an important event in our Mission’s history. Our community includes SAM missionaries—active, retired and alumni—our South American partners, and friends of SAM who help sustain our ministries in so many ways, so consider joining us in Panama!

Email panama2015@southamericamission.org, or visit our website here to learn more.

Rev Robert Anderson’s Homegoing

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Rev. Robert “Bob” Anderson experienced his joyful homegoing on March 31, 2015. Bob was in hospice and enjoying the presence of his children when he passed into glory. The family is consoled by the surety of Bob’s hope and the legacy of faith he has left.

Bob Anderson was the third (out of a total of only five) General Director of South America Mission (1983-1993). He and his wife Mary served in Peru before his tenure as General Director. Son Randall and granddaughter Carrie Lorenz Himes have served with SAM. Carrie and her husband Chris are currently in Recife, Brazil.

Bob leaves us with a great example and powerful testimony. Part of the way forward is to consider well the example of those who have led the way before us. We would be remiss if we lost this opportunity to give praise to God for his miracle of grace in and through Bob Anderson.

Bob’s full obituary is available here. You can also read about the Anderson’s sacrifices for and service to the Lord in Window magazine, pages 22-23. Link here.

Before his passing, Bob asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be sent to South America Mission to support the on-going ministry of Chris and Carrie Himes, Recife, Brazil. You can give online here.

Elementary Teachers at the SCCLC, Bolivia.

Elementary Teachers, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

The Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center (SCCLC) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is seeking Elementary Teachers to fill key roles for Kindergarten and grades 2-5. SCCLC is a Pre-K thru 12 school following the American school system. At SCCLC, the future leaders of Santa Cruz receive a comprehensive and multilingual Christian education that exceeds national and international academic standards, preparing its students spiritually, academically, and socially to transform their world. With less than 250 students, approx 80% of whom are Bolivian, SCCLC creates a relaxed and intimate educational environment, giving staff and faculty the opportunity to engage the next generation of leaders at a personal level, and affect substantive change in one of South America’s developing nations. Those serving at SCCLC will be fully integrated into SAM’s team in Santa Cruz for encouragement and support. Beyond the walls of the school, SAM’s missionary team in Bolivia is planting churches, developing leaders for the church, and mobilizing missionaries alongside the vibrant Bolivian-led churches of Santa Cruz. As such, SCCLC’s missionary staff has opportunities to see and contribute to a wide variety of missional activity throughout Bolivia.

Contact Allison Lee at alee@southamericamission.org, or visit www.southamericamission.org/gosouth to begin a dialogue with us today.

Go. Teach. Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

High School Principal, The Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center, Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

The Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center (SCCLC) in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, is seeking a High School Principal to oversee the successful operation of grades 9-12. SCCLC is a Pre-K thru 12 school following the American school system. At SCCLC, the future leaders of Santa Cruz receive a comprehensive and multilingual Christian education that exceeds national and international academic standards, preparing its students spiritually, academically, and socially to transform their world. With less than 250 students, approx. 80% of whom are Bolivian, SCCLC creates a relaxed and intimate educational environment, giving staff and faculty the opportunity to engage Bolivia’s next generation of leaders at a personal level, and affect substantive change in one of South America’s least developed nations. Those serving at SCCLC will be fully integrated into SAM’s team in Santa Cruz for encouragement and support. Beyond the walls of the school, SAM’s missionary team in Bolivia is planting churches, developing leaders for the church, and mobilizing missionaries alongside the vibrant Bolivian-led churches of Santa Cruz. As such, SCCLC’s missionary staff has opportunities to see and contribute to a wide variety of missional activity throughout Santa Cruz.

Contact Allison Lee at alee@southamericamission.org, or visit www.southamericamission.org/gosouth to begin a dialogue with us today.

School Director. Bolivia.

Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center (SCCLC) in Bolivia is seeking a Director for our 240-student ACSI-accredited school. A background in education and experience in school administration is preferred. The Director will manage a 60-member staff that includes teachers from North America, Latin America, and other parts of the world. The Director will work closely with the Board of Trustees and will be responsible to oversee the Academic, Financial, Physical, and Spiritual aspects of the school. The Director will also lead the School Improvement Team that seeks to implement ACSI-recommended improvements. Candidates will apply through South America Mission (www.southamericamission.org) or Teach Beyond (www.teachbeyond.org).

Contact Allison Lee at alee@southamericamission.org, or visit www.southamericamission.org/gosouth to begin a dialogue with us today.

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