SAMAIR Peru–Floatplane

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A mission critical asset of SAMAIR, its floatplane, was destroyed on November 8, 2020, when a devastating storm struck SAMAIR Peru’s base in the eastern Amazon.

We immediately launched a $500,000 fundraising campaign to purchase a float plane and get it operational in the eastern Amazon of Peru.

Generous donors committed $170,000 in matching funds to get this campaign launched. We introduced this matching challenge—which runs through the end of 2020—on December 1.

As of December 14th, YOU have given more than $150,000 towards the match! Another $20,000 donated to this effort by December 31 will enable the full match and mean that this campaign will have contributed $340,000 of our overall need.

Thank you for being generous! With your help, we’ll get there soon.


Imagine an aerial view of a Cessna 206 float plane, suspended above the backdrop of an Amazon River tributary with a remote village on its flooded banks. In that view, all the pieces come together and convey aviation’s integral role in the ministry of South America Mission: transporting fulfillers of the Great Commission to the hard-to-reach places, to the people in those remote, village homes, with the good news of Jesus. SAMAIR Peru is landing planes and creating crossroads of humanity, and intersections of lives, to make God known.

Hundreds of villages are among the 55+ tribes throughout the jungles of Peru. Some have no Gospel witness while others boast their own Bible training programs. Many of these groups have limited or no access to the outside world due to geographical restrictions. Travel to and from these locations is very difficult and many missionaries simply cannot access these areas without aviation service. Villagers are open to the Gospel and also greatly desire to have their educational and economic needs met.

Aviation directly impacts approximately 20 different people groups in Peru each year. These groups represent a growing population of road-less people whose primary interaction with the Gospel of Christ is through aviation transportation. Every fresh water well that is set up, every medical emergency flight completed, and every missionary delivered is for one purpose: to bring life through the Gospel of Christ. We partner with the local church and national missionaries through aviation and enable the ministries of 10 other organizations to actively spread the Word of God in Peru.

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