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.

the SAM Center Team in Recife, Brazil November 25th, 2022

Praise God that we have completed initial renovations on the SAM Center in Recife, Brazil. We are currently using the facility for ministry activities such as youth retreats, ministry retreats, and discipleship training. Pray for opportunities to rent the facility to local churches for their activities and to generate income to sustain the Center.

SAM Mobilization November 23rd, 2022

Praise God for the missions conferences at Moody Bible Institute and Columbia International University. It was a wonderful time to interact with students who are discerning God’s call on their life. We praise God that many students are specifically considering missionary service in South America.

Drew Warrick November 21st, 2022

Praise God for Drew’s work at the El Camino Ranch (a ministry of TEAM) in Mexico. For the first half of 2022, the area surrounding the ranch was in a drought. Drew and the team prayed for a hurricane with lots of water but minimal wind damage, which was delivered! The dry riverbed behind El Camino was filled with rushing streams of water. Pete Johnson, the Ranch’s director, commented that he didn’t remember the water ever being that high in his decade there. Drew shared this insight and photo recently: “To me it gives a whole new meaning to Isaiah’s imagery of God making rivers in the desert.”

the Lima Initiative November 16th, 2022

The Lima Initiative, in partnership with City to City Latin America, promotes gospel movements (Ecosystems) that bring social, cultural, and spiritual transformation in the cities of Peru. In the city of Lima, local leaders identified, recruited and formed the team that will be leading the movement. Praise God for these women and men who have a vision to see churches and local organizations partner together to build the Kingdom of God. Pray for the members of this team: Francis Castañeda, Vincent Cross, Sander Verduijin, Giselle Bellido, and SAM members Julio and Olga Chiang.

Serina and Julián Arias November 14th, 2022

Julián and Serina Arias serve at a church in Caldas, Colombia twice a month. Julián encourages the children in the congregation by giving them a worksheet each Sunday where they can draw what they hear in the sermon. At the end of service, the children are invited to share their drawing. What a joy to see what they learned and to give them the opportunity to encourage the adults as they all grow from the preaching of God’s Word. Praise God for the gift of children!

Amanda McKinney November 11th, 2022

Praise God for the ministry to the Deaf community in Pucallpa, Peru. SAM missionary Amanda McKinney serves alongside Pastor Carlos. Carlos, beloved by his students and church, has served the Deaf for many years, teaching and pastoring the community at Refugio. Pray that God would bring someone to work alongside Carlos as he nears retirement.

SAM Board Meetings November 9th, 2022

Praise God for the faithful women and men who serve on the SAM Board of Directors. They are gathering this week to discern God’s direction. Pray for a fruitful time of celebration, reflection and planning. 

Kat Guild in Barranquilla, Colombia October 31st, 2022

Kat Guild lives and serves in Barranquilla, Colombia. She works with the youth group at her local church and helped with VBS this summer. Kat is also grateful for friendships she has made through an English conversation group and with other local missionaries. She is also working on a social media course for local leaders so they can share the incredible stories of God’s work in the city. Pray that God would prosper the ministry of the youth group as well as the ministries of other churches and ministries in Barranquilla.

the Dawson family in Pucallpa, Peru October 28th, 2022

Ryan and Jenny Dawson both grew up in Venezuela as MKs (missionary kids) and are now serving with SAMAIR Peru. With hearts for seeing the gospel transform lives and communities, they minister with the local church via mission aviation throughout the eastern jungles of Peru. Pray for them as they work and serve with SAMAIR as well as care for their young, growing family.

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