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 Discipleship Ministries March 21st, 2018

The Semiraitá Discipleship Center team in Iranduba, Brazil, asks for prayer as a new term begins and students come from isolated areas, eager to learn God’s Word but with limited knowledge of Portuguese. Pray for knowledge to reach hearts, that the Holy Spirit will translate what is important and that the teachers will know how to guide the young students into maturity in Christ. Pray for Alcerís Dias, the young Director of the Center. Pray for his faith, courage and stamina to see the project through.

SAM Discipleship Ministries March 20th, 2018

ayacucho initiative

The Ayacucho (Peru) Initiative Team works among university students and professionals, communicating the gospel of grace and pointing people to Christ as the team builds the foundation of a church-planting movement in the city. Pray for the SAM team in Ayacucho as they discern the people God is directing them to this year to form relationships that mutually point to Christ. Ask God to give the team the impulse to create space and occasions where the gospel can be shared and discipleship initiated, whether its through English language instruction, special meals and gatherings around holidays, or through introductions to friends’ places of work or businesses.

SAM Discipleship Ministries March 15th, 2018

TMMS Music School

The Recife Redemptive Ministries team in Brazil uses the arts and sports, music and soccer, to point young people to a Creator God who has given the good and perfect gifts of artistic expression, athleticism and good health. Pray for the ministry of the Touch of the Master Music School that elicits human creativity from its students and points them to the Father of Christ as the source of all creative expression. Pray for the young soccer players whom Chris Himes has been coaching for a few years, for them to grow in wisdom and knowledge of Christ and to participate in the dedicated discipleships groups that Chris is forming.

SAM Discipleship Ministries March 8th, 2018

Fundación Comunidad Viva

Jorge and Ginny Enciso’s (SAM Colombia) 24-year-old adopted son, Juan, took a step of faith by agreeing to attend a 6-month training program in Guadalajara, Mexico. The program grounds students in scripture while teaching how to work and serve the church cross-culturally. Pray for Juan as he discerns a call for missionary service. Pray for his growth in the spiritual disciplines as a means for Christ to disciple Juan’s heart. Pray for the Fundación Comunidad Viva team that Jorge and Ginny lead, as they look to develop relationships with programs (like the one Juan is attending) where they can direct young people in their community to be discipled into future leaders.

Download the March prayer guide focusing on SAM Discipleship Ministries.

SAM Discipleship Ministries March 6th, 2018

Proclama mobilization ministry based in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

PROCLAMA, founded in Bolivia, exists to see Latin American churches contributing toward the completion of the Great Commission by being a strong gospel witness in their communities and beyond. Pray for Dona, a Bolivian woman hoping to leave in March to serve in the Middle East. Ask God to provide funding to sustain her in ministry as she is sent. Pray for the Proclama team as they disciple Dona’s sending church (Iglesia Cristiana Misionera) towards God’s heart for the nations, infusing a vision within the congregation for the church’s agency in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Download the March prayer guide focusing on SAM Discipleship Ministries.

SAM Discipleship Ministries March 2nd, 2018

Happy March! Beginning this month, we’re refreshing the way we foster prayer together across our mission community.

Shoulder 2 Shoulder will now have a monthly ministry initiative or project theme (SAM Discipleship Ministries for March) and prayer requests will center around those ministries and missionaries directly involved.

We’ll send out a downloadable PDF monthly prayer guide at the beginning of each month (get this month’s here), and also point you to a Blog Post where we’ll also publish the guide. Throughout the month, we’ll take the individual prayer requests from the guide and push them to your email and to social media like you are accustomed to receiving.

Join us as we continue to pray together for the gospel movements we’re about in Latin America to transform lives and communities.

Peru January 31st, 2018

David and Rachael Powell are missionaries in Pucallpa, Peru. Pray for the Powells as they begin ministry again in Mazamari, for wisdom as they work alongside the Ashaninka people. Please pray also for David and Rachael as they transition from one ministry to another and refocus their efforts with these people.

Colombia January 30th, 2018

Pastor Andres Zawady leads La Roca Church in Ciénaga, Colombia. In the month of January, La Roca Church is combining efforts with La Esperanza Church in Santa Marta, Colombia. Pray for their combined work efforts, that as they network God would be glorified and their fellowship and partnership would be strengthened.

Bolivia January 29th, 2018

Please pray for interns Maddie Pflugh and Hallie Dilworth who will be working with the discipleship center project and the Weigner family in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Pray for their funding and remaining time in the US with their families. Pray also for a smooth transition to Bolivian culture and a blessed time of ministry while they work with Bolivia’s indigenous rural outreach team.

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