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.

New Staff in the U.S. Office April 19th, 2024

SAM welcomes two new faces in the U.S. office! 

Michele King is our new accountant. Along with her finance background, Michele brings a heart for service and God’s Word.  

Monte Wison is the new Director of Mobilization. Before coming to SAM, Monte and his wife served as missionaries in Bolivia. His experience also includes mobilizing short-term teams. Monte brings a wealth of leadership and mission experience to SAM.

Please pray for Michele and Monte as they join our team.

Viva Youth April 17th, 2024

Viva Youth is a Christian NGO in Colombia that empowers local churches to become social and spiritual transformation agents, strongly emphasizing at-risk youth. 

Pray for legislation that affects Colombian youth exiting the state foster care system. During a Zoom hearing with members of the Colombian Congress studying the approval of a law to benefit these youth, Viva Youth staff members proposed two major changes to the draft legislation, which has made its way through several committees. The changes involve budget allocations and support networks. 

Pray for the Viva Youth community.

Misión TEC and Kyle and Cristina Thomas April 15th, 2024

The mission statement of Misión TEC is “forming lives for eternity through Biblical teaching and life training.” The Thomases partner with local pastors and leaders to provide ministry and event space at TEC. The property hosted an inter-neighborhood children’s soccer tournament sponsored by the local mayor. They continue to partner with the ministry Kids Alive and to receive churches for retreats and baptisms. One major highlight was a women’s retreat that served 34 women from five local churches for spiritual refreshment through fellowship and Bible study.

The Thomases and several local pastors and friends are praying to see how they might initiate Bible training on the premises. Please pray as they seek the Lord’s direction for this endeavor. 

Missionary Kids April 12th, 2024

Please pray for the children of SAM servants and missionaries. They have diverse educational, spiritual, emotional, and physical needs. Pray for good community and support as they grow in faith and knowledge.

April 14 is Global 4/14 Day, a day for prayer for children’s ministry worldwide to pray for children between the ages of 4 and 14. “Four to 14 window” is a term used to describe the age when people are most likely to accept Christ as Lord and Savior. Pray for children’s ministry leaders and volunteers in SAM’s ministries across Latin America. You can find a prayer guide here provided by Children’s Ministries International.

SAMAIR Peru April 10th, 2024

SAMAIR Peru flew Brazilian pastors to the Awajuan community, where they have been working to translate the Bible for the last 20 years. They were celebrating the completion of the translation. Praise God that these people now have the Word of God in their heart language!

Latidos de Esperanza April 8th, 2024

Latidos de Esperanza (Heartbeats of Hope) is a pregnancy ministry in Pucallpa, Peru. 

Ministry volunteers have been able to teach in several schools, and they hosted a breakfast for pastors to learn about the ministry. Please pray that more churches will support this ministry so that their services can serve the greater community. 

Ammi Training Center April 5th, 2024

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

The new school year is underway at the Ammi Training Center. Representing 13 different ethnic groups, there are 17 first-year students, 13 second-year students, and five third-year students. Please pray for the education and discipleship of each student. 

Ayacucho, Peru April 3rd, 2024

The IBC church association in Peru commissioned Cesar Shupingahua as the pastor of IBC Ayacucho. Cesar, Vanessa, and their kids have been ministering to the church and community in Ayacucho for over a year. SAM members Rick and Donna Martin have been working alongside them. Praise God for His provision for this young church! 

Rain in eastern Bolivia April 1st, 2024

Eastern Bolivia is approaching the end of the rainy season, except there has been little rain. The wetlands that are usually overflowing by now are dry, cracked soil pits. The drought has been devastating for the livelihoods of those who depend on the annual rains. Many have lost their crops and struggle to keep their cattle fed. Please pray for rain as the dry season approaches! 

Torre Fuerte Discipleship Center March 27th, 2024

The Indigenous Rural Outreach (IRO) team serves individuals and rural communities in Bolivia. The IRO team is developing the Torre Fuerte discipleship center. Responding to the need for well-trained, discipled church leaders, Torre Fuerte serves as a space for individuals desiring to grow in their faith.

Presently, the center hosts camps, conferences, and retreats. Our long-term objective is to establish a three-year educational program. This program will focus on growing spiritually mature church leaders plus developing life skills to sustain their families and ministries. Please pray for God to provide the funding to develop Torre Fuerte fully.

You can find a video from Cesar Surubi, director of Torre Fuerte, on SAM’s Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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