March 2021 Prayer Focus

March 1, 2021 |

March 2021 Prayer Focus

Because He Lives

As we prepare for this Easter season, we remember the gift of salvation. We remember that the crucifixion of Christ leads us to the power of His resurrection. Because of the finished work of Jesus, we have hope for today and tomorrow. As believers, we are called to share this truth not just today but for all tomorrows. 

Because He lives, our missionaries and partners work to share the gospel, reproduce authentic disciples of Jesus, plant churches, train leaders, and equip God’s people to minister transformationally. We reach out to those who live without hope. We invite you to join us as bold witnesses to those who are overwhelmed with life and world events. Comfort those who face trials of every kind. Share that God is in control. Pray without ceasing.

Oh the joy of that moment, when the light of Jesus cuts through the darkness, when the impossible becomes possible, when hope springs eternal…

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Because He lives, All fear is gone.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 

Because I know He holds the future.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 

And life is worth the living just because He lives.

“I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 

1. Pray for Dan and Julie Snyder. The governor declared a state of emergency where they live in the state of Acre, Brazil. There is an outbreak of COVID-19, dengue, major flooding, and refugee concerns. Pray for the Snyders’ safety and health. Pray for their local community and friends who are personally suffering and have lost loved ones.

2. Pray for Colombia. The country continues to struggle with COVID-19, and the local government reinstates stay-at-home lockdowns often. Many churches are empty throughout the week and services are pre-recorded. Pray for our team in Colombia as they continue to minister through lockdowns and strict protocols. 

Colombia Church 2021

 

3. Pray for Kaylee and Nilton Solier. Pray that these newlyweds keep God at the center of their marriage. Pray for their next steps as they prepare for a two-year internship in Guatemala. 

4. Pray for our missionaries starting in their ministry locations. Pray for Tim and Mindy Callahan as they leave at the end of March to serve in Brazil at the Ammi Training Center. Pray that the interview for their visa will go smoothly and be approved quickly.

5. Pray for Jason and Jenna Weigner. Pray for this couple as they build sustainable, gospel-centered communities among the indigenous and rural peoples of eastern Bolivia. Pray for wisdom and patience as they raise four young boys.

6. Pray for Ken and Angela Massey. Praise God for the Massey family’s faithful service to SAM in Bolivia and the Home Office. As they transition to small business owners, we pray God’s continued provision for their family and guidance as they acquire a local business.

7. Pray for the Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center. Pray for the SCCLC in Bolivia as they develop students academically and spiritually with a vision for impacting the world. Pray for the administration and teachers as they begin virtual classes.

SCCLC 2021

 

8. Pray for the SAMAIR Peru Hangar Project. Pray for the SAMAIR Peru team as they work to rebuild the floatplane hangar. Pray for needed materials, quick progress, and safety. 

9. Pray for Joel and Angel Ballew. Pray as they work on establishing a new business in Barranquilla, Colombia that could serve to catalyze a gospel ecosystem in that city.

10. Pray for our missionaries returning to their ministry locations. Pray for Cesar and Grace Cubas as well as Larry and Bonnie Secrest. Pray for their safe travel back to Peru and no issues re-entering the country.

11. Pray for Indigenous People Groups. Praise God that COVID-19 vaccinations are reaching indigenous people in South America. Pray for healing and peace as COVID continues to affect those across the country with limited healthcare options.

COVD-19 Vaccine 2021

 

12. Pray for Jeff HAuse. Pray for endurance and strength as Jeff continues teaching virtually at the CIET (Center for Integrated Theological Studies) in Bolivia. He is teaching Leadership this semester while also pursuing his own studies for his Master of Arts in Christian Ministry through the Southern California Seminary.

13. Pray for Easter Celebrations. Pray for our missionaries and partners who will lead services, Sunday School, children and youth activities, and more during the Easter weekend. May God give them boldness to proclaim the risen Christ. May their places of worship or screens be filled with those seeking the hope only found in Jesus.

February 2021 Prayer Focus

February 1, 2021 |

Pray Together

Let Us Pray Together

One of the high points in life is praying together with other believers. Yes, it takes more energy these days to find ways to pray together. You may have to look for a safe location, set up socially distanced chairs, mask up. Or set up a virtual call (after a quick Zoom tutorial). Or just make an old-fashioned phone call to a friend. It takes planning and initiative and the syncing of calendars. But it is worth every moment. 

Our life together in community grows stronger and deeper as we pray together. Jesus and the early church set the example of community prayer in scripture: 

…Jesus took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. — Luke 9:28

They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. — Acts 1:14  

So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. — Acts 12:5  

As we pray together,

  • Love, unity, and community grow. 
  • We develop a deep sense of belonging. 
  • We open our hearts and expand our world. 

Praying together reminds us that we are part of a larger family with a loving Father who knows our needs. At SAM, we want to continue building an abiding, loving, redemptive, suffering, and growing community that prays together. 

1. Pray for the schools that we serve and support in South America. Covid-19 has caused schools to close, pause, move to virtual learning, and rethink how they serve the local community. Pray for the administrators, teachers, students, and families.

          SAM Academy 2020         

2. Pray for our missionaries starting in their ministry locations. Pray for Joel Kearney in Recife, Brazil beginning youth outreach work. Pray for Amanda McKinney as she teaches deaf students at Refugio de Esperanza (Refuge of Hope) in Pucallpa, Peru.

3. Pray for the new church plant in Ayacucho, Peru. Pray that the Holy Spirit makes the truth of the Bible and Christ real to those who attend worship services. May the families of Ayacucho know the forgiveness and healing of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Ayacucho Worship

 

4. Pray for Greg and Susana Dahl with SAMAIR Bolivia. Pray as they combine their ministries (SAMAIR and dentistry) and expand their outreach together. Pray for the additional funding they need to raise for Susana to become a full member missionary with SAM.

5. Pray for the ministries of Fundación Comunidad Viva in Colombia. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance on how to keep cohesion in the local churches and an apostolic spirit in spite of continued social distancing and lockdowns. Pray for spiritual moments and opportunities to pour into the youth in our program.

6. Pray for Matthias Drochner, a teacher at the Lima Seminary. The current program at the Lima seminary, which has trained Peruvian church leaders for over 88 years, will phase out this year. Pray for God’s financial provision. Pray for wisdom for the seminary leadership and for Matthias’ involvement in the renewal of the Lima Seminary.

7. Pray for Therefore Alliance. Pray for the Alliance’s continual unity as they seek Kingdom collaboration for God’s glory. Pray as they blend leadership, strategies, and teams; pool resources, and share services.

8. Pray for Dana Wilson in Bolivia. Pray for wisdom and discernment as she leads the team at Proclama and across the field. Join us in asking God to remove any obstacles that block her way and allow her to see the fruit of their ministry.

Proclama

 

9. Pray for the church plants in Arequipa, Peru. Join the team in asking for God´s grace and direction for the church plants in Arequipa. Pray for unity among the leadership teams in both churches and a clear vision for the future.

10. Pray for Jake and Lauren Jones in Colombia. At the Wájaro Foundation, they support indigenous communities through education and literacy, humanitarian aid, sustainable income generation, female and youth leadership, and pastoral formation. Pray for their leadership, their team, financial support, and God’s amazing grace.

11. Praise for God’s protection of the Ammi Training Center in Brazil. This past fall, a wildfire swept through the campus where they provide indigenous pastoral training. Join us in thanking God for protecting the campus and people. The campus is now green again!

Ammi Training Center

 

January 2021 Prayer Focus

January 6, 2021 |

Iglesia De la Ciudad Peru

For Thine is the Kingdom: Prayer of Praise to God 

Reflection: We start a new year still in a pandemic. Therefore, our team continues to face shutdowns, restrictions, isolation, obstacles, weariness, and many questions. Through it all and into this new year, we acknowledge that our Father in Heaven, the Great Almighty, is enough. We hand over our prayers and our needs. We hold tight to faith, trust in His way, and His timing. We surrender our will. We remember that God has the power to do far more than we can imagine. Together, we pray for all things to be done to God’s glory and believe that God is faithful to answer. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

This month, we specifically pray for the 2021 plans and needs of each SAM missionary, staff, and ministry. It is our prayer that we would hold loosely to our plans with our eyes open to His presence. May we offer up praise to God as David did:

1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (NIV)

David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,

“Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.

Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.”

1. Praise for God’s provision in providing more than enough funding to replace the SAMAIR Peru floatplane. Thank Him for the outpouring of generosity from our donors. It was truly more than we could imagine. Pray for next steps as the team begins to purchase, outfit, and import to Peru a replacement floatplane and rebuild the hangar.

SAMAIR Peru Floatplane Crushed 2020          SAMAIR Peru Floatplane

 

2. Pray for our missionaries returning to their ministry locations. Pray smooth transitions for David and Lisa Speyers and their three girls, Sarah, Emily, and Jessica, as they return to Peru in early January.

3. Pray for our missionaries starting in their ministry locations. Pray for Ryan and Jenny Dawson and their four children: Ashton, Aria, Beckham, Brendee as they leave in early January to serve with SAMAIR Peru. Pray for Ally Lee as she leaves in mid-February to support church planting in Peru.

4. Pray for our missionary kids. They are also missing their “normal” during this ongoing pandemic. Ask God to help the little eyes, little ears, little bodies, and tender souls process as best they can.

Ensico Family in Colombia


5. Pray for the parents of our missionary kids.
Renew parents’ energy as the pandemic continues. Pray for wisdom as they equip their children with the skills and habits that will disciple them through this storm and future storms. Give them discernment, patience, and great love.

6. Pray for Natalie Suff. Pray the Lord’s favor as she continues to raise support while under quarantine in the United Kingdom. Natalie is close to the amount needed to return to Bolivia as a member missionary. May God bless her and her work abundantly.

7. Pray for the next phase of South America Mission Center, Brazil. Ask God to help the team acquire 7.5 fenced acres in Recife that is already developed with facilities (a main building for events which can also sleep 30, outdoor covered chapel, pool). Pray that this space would meet current training and leadership needs as well as serve pastors, churches, leaders, and young people.

8. Pray for Steven and Jen Freund as they transition to a new home, city, culture, and community. They moved from Arequipa, Peru to Lima at the end of December. As they join the Lima team in planting a church during a pandemic, ask God to direct their next steps and plans in 2021.

9. Pray for ministry expansion in Gaira, a small town on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Ask God to help us support the growing church plant and secure physical space to meet their needs. Join us in asking God to fill the people and the area with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:11)

Gaira Colombia

 

10. Pray for our leadership team in the Home Office. As they seek to set strategy and a ministry road map for the next ten years in Latin America, ask God to reveal His will and His desires. Pray that our leadership team develops goals and timelines that match God’s plans. Also, pray that we continue to hold fast to our vision: Dynamic churches multiplied across South America that transform local communities and the world as they embody the Kingdom of God.

Floatplane Destroyed by Winds

November 11, 2020 |

SAMAIR floatplane destroyed by winds

Sunday, November 8, SAMAIR Peru suffered a significant loss: a floatplane destroyed by winds.

Around 2pm a strong storm rolled in from the east. One of the wind gusts picked up the roof over the floatplane and slammed it back down, crushing the airplane and damaging it most likely beyond repair. There was other significant storm damage around the aviation base but none as catastrophic as the destruction of our plane.

Since 1992, our floatplane 0B-1467 has been serving the missionary force and tribal communities of the jungles of Peru with service into and out of some of the most remote parts of the Amazon jungle.

These flights have included carrying Bible school students back-and-forth from villages, transporting missionaries to and from ministry venues, and providing air ambulance services for medical emergencies. She can even boast being the birthplace of a baby boy during one such medical flight, as well as being used to rescue two missionaries who had been missing deep in the heart of the Amazon for over a month.

These and many other examples are why this floatplane is so important to the people of the Amazon region of Peru. As I write this, there are multiple ministry teams depending on us to provide critical transportation into some very hard-to-reach places.

Our ability to respond to emergency medical requests has now been cut in half, which is critical as we have the only missionary floatplane operating in the country of Peru.

We are compelled to find a way to continue to serve.

We are not sure how we are going to accomplish this. However, we do know that God is great and that he can overcome all of these setbacks that we have suffered. It has been amazing to see the outpouring of love and concern coming from so many different quarters as we have been getting phone calls and emails from literally all over the world expressing dismay and support following the loss of this airplane. Obviously many lives have been touched through the ministry that OB-1467 made possible.

Our immediate goal is to temporarily convert one of our two wheel planes over to floats to fill the gap until we can replace the OB-1467 floatplane. We will have to operate with a minimal fleet for a while until we raise the needed funds to purchase a replacement aircraft. We also need to replace the destroyed floatplane hangar.

  • Pray for wisdom as we make big decisions regarding plans going forward, including assessment of costs and wise budgets.
  • Please pray that we will not need to ship parts from the US to make this float conversion, which will allow us to get a floatplane back in service much quicker. This will depend on if the damaged floats are repairable with what we have here. We won’t know until we are able to safely extricate the aircraft from under the collapsed roof. Pray for safety as our team works in these coming days to free the airplane.
  • Also pray that the Lord will provide financially as we seek to raise funds to replace OB 1467. Due to sky-high insurance costs, our insurance coverage was minimal and we estimate it will only cover about 25% of the replacement. If you feel compelled to respond with a donation, visit SAMAIR Peru’s ministry page at www.southamericamission.org

 

South America Mission Center, Based in Recife, Brazil.

October 14, 2020 |

DeLilles and friends

Craig and Mary DeLille are tangible expressions of Christ’s love to the vulnerable and marginalized. Since 2008, Brazil has been their home where they’ve lived out their calling as part of South America Mission. In Brazil, South America Mission is known as Missão SAIM.

The DeLilles have worked tirelessly—and sacrificially—to demonstrate the good news of the saving grace of Jesus to thousands in communities across the urban area of Recife. But their reach has also extended into isolated communities of the indigenous and rural poor.

Craig and Mary’s passion is for the church to be the church— “the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way.” They believe that the people of God assume a proactive role in God’s redemptive plan. Meeting felt, physical needs, and encouraging the spread of salt and light are catalysts for spiritual transformation. The church’s role in society is to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel through an outpouring of grace and mercy. The DeLille’s work in Brazil has been about accentuating the beauty of the Bride of Christ as they encourage local churches to embody the Kingdom of God to a watching world.

Their robust view of the church and its mission, and the fruit born through their years of ministry make the DeLilles ideal catalysts to develop the South America Mission (SAM) Center. The Center will promote Christ-centered community engagement that leads to wholistic, gospel transformation.

 

Music School, Recife


The SAM Center will be based in the city of Recife, an urban hub of 4 million in Brazil’s northeast corner. Cities like Recife, which are growing rapidly across Latin America, need dedicated efforts to shape gospel influencers for the masses as they swell beyond the capacity of the church to reach them.

While based in Recife and poised for impact on this urban area, the Center’s work of developing church leaders and missionaries will also emphasize the need to go to the isolated, rural places of Brazil that are home to millions. Brazil—the 7th largest country on earth by population, the 5th largest by land mass—boasts more than 340 distinct indigenous people groups in its jungles and dry forests, millions of descendants of African slaves, large Gypsy populations, and marginalized rural peoples.

The Center’s vision is shaped by a strategy to train and develop the most leaders to reach the most people. We maximize this potential by locating the Center in a major urban area that is also a launching point out into Brazil’s remote northeastern region.

The ultimate words of Jesus before he ascended into heaven were an exhortation, known as the Great Commission, for his followers to “go into all the world and make disciples of all nations”. This work of going and making implies presence and pro-active engagement of the world around us. Unfortunately, and at times to the detriment of the true gospel, churches have chosen to be isolated, inwardly-focused and without accountability. This is true of churches in the US as well as in Latin America, where the logical progression of this posture has resulted in at least appearances of greed and the spread of harmful doctrines like the prosperity gospel.

The hope of the Center is in wholistic, gospel transformation as leaders are developed “to go”, be present in communities, and radiate the beauty of Christ through word and deed. Churches are the protagonists of God’s redemptive action in the world.

Also, the COVID pandemic has brought us into an era of thinking anew about how the church, today, can most effectively awaken people to Christ’s love for the world. The gospel compels us to respond to exacerbated societal injustices, deeper levels of poverty and felt, physical needs that are now more prevalent and chronic to daily life. The Mission Center will partner with churches to cultivate an effective and gospel-centered response to suffering that enhances the church’s witness. It’s a response that reminds us that first, Christ loves us, and cares about the hardships we endure as a result of the world’s brokenness.

Last but not least, individualism, tribalism and material scarcity have forced the leadership of too many churches to prioritize activity that self-preserves and protects turfs. This has been done to the detriment of the advance of the Kingdom of God. The Center will be known for its “We’re better together!” approach and work that facilitates necessary cooperation and collaboration across ministries and denominations.

 

Brazil City Scene

 

Our response is to be “on mission” in Brazil, for the good of the world and the glory of God. Gospel transformation in the hearts and lives of our neighbors is the hope of our mission. And we believe that presence, action, and the testimony of God’s redemptive work in our own lives are the most effective means God utilizes to bring redemption to the lives of others.

 

The next phase of our ministry calls for us to create dedicated space to prepare, equip and train leaders—agents of change—who are steeped in the ways of Jesus and his disciples; people called to “preach good news to the poor…to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed”.

 

Our dedicated space on 7.5 acres, located 30 minutes north of Recife in Igarassu, will focus on training intensives and special events, gospel-centered outreach ideation, and modules geared around the strategic implementation of outreach efforts. We will also focus on soul care through retreats and counseling services. The Center will be known for promoting Christ-centered engagement of communities throughout the northeastern region of Brazil for which Recife is a strategic hub.


♦ Vision
To see wholistic, gospel transformation in Recife and beyond, in the isolated communities of indigenous, of migrant Gypsies, slave descendants, and millions of marginalized rural peoples. Leaders will be developed to engage these communities as the body of Christ.

♦ Ethos
The Center will be known for advancing ministry that engages communities in truth, love and mercy. We’ll also collaborate closely with other organizations and ministries to accomplish our purposes. A few of our partners are: City to City Latin America, Disciple Nations Alliance (DNA), Stephen Ministry, Pioneers, Igreja Batista Sião and Projeto Amanajé.

♦ Strategy/Outcomes
We’re developing leaders—ones on staff at local churches, lay people within, youth who want to make a difference for good and justice, professionals who see a need for transformation in the marketplace. We estimate that the Center will enable us to develop more than 3x the number we have in recent years, jumping from 200 trained and equipped in 2018-19 to 640+ in the Center’s first full year.

♦ Funding
First round funding goal is $250,000. A target purchase price of $135,000 will acquire 7.5 fenced acres already developed with facilities (a main building for events which can also sleep 30, outdoor covered chapel, pool). We will allocate $115,000 for additional construction, including 30 suites used for counseling and care. Estimated annual maintenance and overhead costs are $6,000, with projected annual revenues of $30,000.

 

 

 

Hope in Crisis: COVID-19 Outreach

June 11, 2020 |

Puerto Supe, Peru. COVID-19 Outreach.

“Leche!” shouts a little boy. He grabs the can of milk out of a bag and starts hugging and kissing it.

Missionaries pitch in to buy a coffin so their friend can be buried in the cemetery instead of a mass COVID-19 grave.

Churches pool their money and start committees to provide food for the neediest families in their neighborhoods.

When the new coronavirus turned into a pandemic, many people wondered, “Will COVID-19 put global missions on hold?” And while missions does look a bit different these days, we’re happy to report that God is still working to transform lives.

We asked missionaries from TEAM and South America Mission how they’re still serving in the midst of COVID-19. Both ministries are founding members of Therefore Alliance, a mission collaboration created to increase Gospel impact and bring glory to God by working together. Here’s what their missionaries told us about COVID-19 ministry.

Life and Death in Peru

Despite strict lockdowns, Peru’s number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Hospitals have limited supplies — and limited space in their morgues.

When missionaries Stephanie and Todd Edgar lost a friend to COVID-19, the body was slated to be sent to a mass, unmarked COVID-19 grave by the highway. The family didn’t have money for anything else.

In that dark hour, the Body of Christ stepped in.

Stephanie and Todd helped buy a coffin for their friend. And with some help, the family got their loved one released and sent to the city cemetery.

But while death seems to be the unrelenting theme of the day, God is also bringing new life into the world.

Craig Gahagen serves in missions aviation. And in the midst of COVID-19, he says, “We have been averaging about one medical emergency flight per week. Most of these flights are for pregnant women in distress.”

One woman was 38 weeks pregnant in a small river town with limited medical resources. The SAMAIR team flew her to the city of Pucallpa for a potential cesarean section. Earlier in the quarantine, the team evacuated a young missionary family.

 

“When we fly, strict anti-infection protocols must be followed, including protecting passengers from the pilot and vice versa,” Craig says. “We are not carrying known COVID-19 patients, but since patients can be asymptomatic, we must exercise extreme caution.”

Everyone Needs Food, Scripture and Nature

For many missionaries in Latin America, COVID-19 ministry has been a bit less dramatic, but just as vital.

Los Cabos, Mexico, is a prime tourist destination. But with travel shut down, families are struggling to buy food. Thankfully, missionaries Art and Vicki Reyes and their congregation have been preparing for this moment.

For years, church members have contributed food items each week and given them to families in need. Now, they’re donating even more.

“Some of these folks are rather poor themselves, so they give out of their poverty,” Vicki says. And though everyone expects the economy in Los Cabos to get worse, God is already answering prayers through donations from the Reyeses’ supporters.

Farther north, in La Paz, Mexico, Steve and Lois Dresselhaus would normally be taking groups kayaking. Being surrounded by nature makes it easy to turn conversations to the God who created it.

Now, instead of taking their neighbors out into nature, the missionaries are bringing nature to their neighbors.

“Our house church group … has started a food bank, which gives rather substantial bags of basic staples to families in three neighborhoods,” Steve says.

And with each bag of food, Steve includes a Bible text printed on a quality nature photograph. It’s a little piece of nature and a reminder of God’s faithfulness while most people are confined indoors.

The church doesn’t have enough money to help everyone in need, so they had to form a committee to decide who to serve. But with each delivery, they get to share who they are, why they’re helping and how people can join them after the curfew is lifted.

Missionaries Caring for Missionaries in Northwest Brazil

 

Craig DeLille, South America Mission’s field director for Brazil, made an epic road trip with a friend to bless Brazilian missionaries and a Maxacali indigenous community. Both groups have suffered severely because of quarantine measures adversely affecting the informal economies so many in Latin America depend on.

The quote below is from Craig, who shared details of the outreach while expressing thanks to donors who provided funding to make the outreach possible.

“I just wanted to thank you for the generous contribution to bless the Maxacali village in Minas Gerais, Brazil. My dear friend Pastor Iraque and I were privileged to be able to travel over 2,000 miles round-trip over five days to visit with missionaries who serve indigenous communities throughout the northeast of Brazil, pray with them, offer words of encouragement, and provide for some of their basic needs. We delivered 44 food baskets to the missionaries along the way and 250 to the Maxacali village once we made it to our destination. Since we had 6 food baskets left over, we added three stops to our return and were able to bless two missionary families and a local pastor as well. We returned home late Tuesday evening, our age showing a bit, but very grateful for the opportunity to be Jesus’ hands and feet and humbled by the depth of His love for us.”

How Can You Pray for COVID-19 Ministries

No one knows how long COVID-19, or the side effects of our fight against it, will last. Please stand in prayer with missionaries throughout Latin America as they serve those in great need.

  • Pray for good health and safety as missionaries and local churches serve — whether by delivering food, evacuating people or serving in medical facilities. Ask God to give them wisdom in every situation.
  • Pray for continued funds to buy relief supplies. As local communities run low on funds, global churches, from the U.S. to Germany, are stepping up. Missionaries are also applying for grants to fund COVID-19 ministry efforts. Please pray for favor as they submit these applications.
  • Pray for greater understanding of and love for local communities. Good missionaries always strive to understand those they serve, but a crisis bonds people in a unique way. Pray that this time of hardship won’t be wasted, and that relationships will be even stronger by the end.
  • Ask God to open hearts to Him. Pray that missionaries and local believers will make clear what motivates them to serve others. Ask that people will see their service as a demonstration of God’s love for them.
  • Ask God to show you how you can serve your own neighbors. We all know people in various states of need. Ask God to reveal who He would have you serve right now, and ask Him how to do it.

South America Mission and TEAM have been responding since the beginning of the crisis. Our gospel collaboration has allowed us to respond more widely and more quickly than we could alone. This blog post was originally composed by Bethany DuVal, who serves as TEAM’s marketing manager and editor. 

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