The Esperanza School began as a joint project between La Esperanza Church and South America Mission in Santa Marta, Colombia. For years the school has struggled with legal dealings over land titles and documents. Praise God that a local church association has finally signed and handed over these documents. Pray that this will allow greater freedom for enhanced ministry to the community.
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.
Missio Nexus exists to advance the effectiveness of the Great Commission community in North America in global mission. Please pray for the leaders attending the Missio Nexus annual conference September 21-23. Pray for effective networking and interaction among the leaders. Pray for God’s vision and discernment in decision making as they focus this year on the foundations of the great commission: Evangelism, Discipleship, and Church Planting.
SAMAIR Peru is an aviation ministry partnering with mission agencies and Peruvian churches to grow the Church among people groups in remote areas of eastern Peru by providing safe, efficient, and affordable air transportation. Since June, SAMAIR has been down one pilot. Please pray for God’s provision for new pilots who can share the load of the ministry, and safety for the pilots, mechanics, and passengers as they fulfill the Great Commission in hard-to-reach places in Peru.
Dan and Julie Snyder are missionaries serving with South America Mission in Brazil. Dan is teaching a course at a local cross-cultural leadership training center through the month of December. Pray that God’s Word would impact the students to accomplish His will and purpose for their lives. Also pray for the Snyders’ acclimation to a new ministry context in the state of Acre.
The Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center (SCCLC) is a K-12 school that develops ex-patriate and Bolivian students academically and spiritually with a vision for impacting the world. The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), whose mission is to strengthen Christian schools and their educators worldwide, as well as the Middle States Association (MSA), recently accredited the SCCLC. Praise God that these accreditations help graduates as they apply to international colleges and universities. ACSI will be visiting SCCLC to evaluate how the school is advancing since re-accreditation. Please pray for all aspects of the evaluation process.
Steve and Laurie Vanderzwaag are members of Canadian South America Mission (CANSAM). CANSAM was formed in 1982 as a legalized entity to facilitate the sending of Canadian missionaries to South America. The Vanderzwaags are currently based in Windsor, Ontario, managing the financial and administrative needs of CANSAM while they work to raise the financial support needed for them to return to their field of ministry. Pray that God will bring abundant financial provision to enable the Vanderzwaag’s ministry in Bolivia.
Heartbeats of Hope is a crisis pregnancy center that counsels women who are facing crisis pregnancies to make decisions that honor Christ and the sanctity of life. The center has recently started a vocational training program that teaches women how to sew. Please pray for the women as they learn this new life skill that will provide for their families. Pray for the women to encounter the love of Christ through daily devotions and Bible studies lead by the volunteers at the center.
The Ammi Training Center exists to develop leaders for the indigenous church in Brazil and has the vision to see a dynamic church in every tribe. Please pray that God would see this vision come to pass and that He will strengthen and encourage the Center’s alumni. Pray for Christ’s endurance and victory in their many challenges.
Jake and Lauren Jones are missionaries serving with SAM in Bogotá, Colombia. The Jones started a non-profit organization in 2017 called Fundación Wájaro (www.wajaro.org). The mission of the organization is to build the indigenous church and support vulnerable communities throughout Colombia. Please pray for wisdom and guidance as Wájaro seeks to reach more communities for Christ among the Wayuu in the desert region of northern Colombia, and as it partners with the Pro-Indigenous Consortium of Colombia to widen its scope. The Consortium comprises Christian churches, national and international missionary agencies, and non-governmental organizations that support a network of Christian indigenous leaders from different regions around Colombia.
Dalmiro and Laura Ortiz are missionaries serving with SAM’s church-planting team in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Praise God for their work with The Center for Integral Theological Education (CIET), a leadership training program for pastors and lay-leaders in eastern Bolivia. The Ortiz family are currently on home ministry assignment (HMA) in the US. Please pray for them as they engage with supporters during their HMA and for God to provide the necessary funding to return to Bolivia.