Crisis Response Fund

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SAM’s Crisis Response Fund enables the resourcing of our international team to effectively and safely respond to urgent developments that could disrupt ministry or impose unhealthy risks. The Latin American contexts where we serve can become unstable, often after elections or in the wake of natural disasters that stress already fragile healthcare systems and informal economies.

The safety and well-being of our team is important in times of crisis, but equally important is equipping our team to be resilient and steadfast as ministers of the gospel. The Crisis Response Fund enables our hopeful presence as agents of peace when things become chaotic or unstable in the places where we serve.

Crisis Response — COVID-19 Updates

First and foremost, we’re responding by embracing the truths and promises of scripture. Below is a recent quote from a SAM missionary living in Bogotá, Colombia:

In Colombia, we are beginning to see the scenes from North America play out here with schools closing indefinitely, scarcity in grocery stores, “tapa bocas” (face masks) and hand sanitizer shortages, curfews and pretty intense restrictions. There is civil unrest as the government grapples within itself on how to respond and a weak healthcare system that already struggles to respond to the public health needs, without a looming pandemic. However, one thing remains, no matter where you are on earth right now… “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is [His] faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

We’re also being careful to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to protect our staff, members and partners:

  1. We’re monitoring daily the developing situation in countries where SAM members are serving. In Latin America, SAM members are adhering to the controls and safeguards implemented by their local and national authorities. We’re also following recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control.
  2. We have arranged for US office staff to work from home if necessary. All SAM business is being conducted virtually when possible and all outside in-person meetings are limited. Field conferences scheduled for March-April have been postponed.
  3. Donations Processing will continue, but check processing may be delayed during social distancing. If you have questions, call our Donor Relations department at 803-802-8580 or send an email. Also, this is an ideal time to give via EFT through our website, instead of by check.

As we monitor the situation in our countries of service, we want to ensure that our support network remains aware of what’s going on. For COVID-19 updates across Latin America, an excellent resource is Americas Quarterly.