Carlos and Sandy Rios are currently meeting with a family they connected with through their VBS each Friday in order to study the Bible with them. The family is growing deeper in their knowledge of God’s Word. The mother recently invited her boss and son. There are now six families in the neighborhood that the members of the Rioses’s church are visiting and studying with. Praise God for the desire of these families to know Him more! Pray that this new knowledge would transform their lives.
The phrase, “First of All, Pray!”, inspired by 1 Timothy 2:1, is the name of our prayer ministry. It reflects the prominence of prayer within our community. It’s been a mark of our Mission for more than 100 years. The mark remains. First of all, pray—deliberately, intentionally, and in faith, with praise and thanksgiving.
SAM’s Recife Redemptive Ministry partners with local churches to respond to the needs in the community. They will be serving with a mini-summer camp January 17th-21st led by one of their ministry partners, Valley of Our Savior. SAM missionaries Chris and Carrie Himes will be working at the camp, and many of the youth from the community will be attending. Pray for God to transform lives through the presentation of the gospel.
SAM Academy is a private k-12 international school which serves missionary children in Pucallpa, Peru. SAM missionary Mike Brown has officially stepped into the administrator role for the school. Please pray for Mike as he and Bill Carrera, the principal, work together to help the school run smoothly. There are now 43 students from 5 different mission organizations and independent missionaries attending the school. Pray for the Academy as they begin classes again on January 17th.
Frank and Luz Zajicek are missionaries with South America Mission in Santa Marta, Colombia. They recently completed a home ministry assignment in the states. Please pray that they return to the field refreshed and that their time with their supporters will be financially beneficial for their ministry, which focuses on youth and families of Gaira, a community outside of Santa Marta.
The JPNR youth camp serves the young people from all churches located in Pucallpa, Peru. The camp will be held January 15-20th. Youth signed up for the camp come from 10 different churches, some of the attendees are SAM Academy high school students and others are not connected yet to any church. Please pray for a time of spiritual growth and encouragement, unity and fun. Pray also for stamina and energy for the camp leadership team.
Pastor Andres Zawady serves at La Roca Church in Cienaga, Colombia. January 14th-21st, they will be hosting a Sunday School Workshop, led by Wilson Castillo. Please pray for this time of training and learning, that attendees would grow in their capacity to support the church through the service of Sunday School classes.
Wes and Trudy Seng serve at the Semiraita training center which they founded in Iranduba, Brazil. Please pray as they ask God to hand pick the students for this next school year at the training center. There could be 11 new students and 2 returning students, though attendance is always uncertain until students arrive on campus.
The Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center (SCCLC) is a pre-k to 12th grade international Christian school in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. The school has new staff members joining them this month for the second semester of the school year. Please pray for these members as they prepare to come to Bolivia and transition into ministry at the SCCLC. Pray also for returning staff members who traveled to the US during Christmas break for fundraising.
The Wájaro Foundation is helping to develop a major water pump project on a national level in Colombia and has been able to raise some of the necessary funding, but still lacks about $50,000. They hope that this project profoundly impacts areas like the Guajira desert region where access to good water is very expensive or near impossible. Please pray as they seek God’s wisdom and as they look for financial partners to continue forward.
Karen Powell has served as a missionary with South America Mission (SAM) at the Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center (SCCLC), an ACSI-accredited Christian school located in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Praise God for her service as a nurse at the school and for her heart for evangelism and helping others grow in their knowledge of the Lord. Pray for Karen as she has completed her service with SAM and for her next steps, one which include a February wedding. Please pray that God would provide a nurse for the school to continue in ministry after Karen’s departure.