Dave and Katrina Smith and their three girls moved to Costa Rica yesterday to begin their language studies. After they complete their studies, they will be moving to serve at our SAMAIR Bolivia location. Please pray for their family as they settle into their new home in Costa Rica and begin studying Spanish.
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.
Latidos de Esperanza (Heartbeats of Hope) is a pregnancy center in Pucallpa, Peru. They praise the Lord that after many months of waiting for renovations to be done and for a water issue to be fixed (after not having water for several months), they will finally be able to reopen the office for service to the public.
Two young ladies, Paula and Georgyna, are being discipled by some of their volunteers. Paula is currently attending school to be a nurse tech and has the support of her parents to help care for her baby.
Georgyna is a university student planning to finish her studies with a law degree in December so that she can get a job to support her child. Georgyna lives with her mother, and they are in a very difficult situation financially and emotionally due to issues with her father. Please pray for protection for them and wisdom for the center to know how to best help. They are in a safe place for now.
One of the Bible classes at Ammi is called “Termos Chaves” or Key Terms. Most students only have portions of the Bible in their language, so a primary need for the students is to learn how to translate natural, accurate, and clear explanations of basic concepts like God, life, death, angel, or grace.
One example from the Key Terms class is the word forgiveness. Most of the students’ cultures do not practice or understand the idea of forgiveness, so there is no word for it. The students shared that when someone wrongs another person in their village, it is typical for the recipient to hurt the perpetrator back in the same way that they were hurt or to ignore, isolate, leave the village, or try to forget, always seeming to carry the weight of bitterness toward the person who wronged them. The translation process requires an entirely new phrase to be developed in each language explaining the process of receiving forgiveness from God and extending forgiveness to others.
Pray for the ways this class allows the students to develop new language to share the gospel in their home cultures. Pray for the ministry of Ammi and for God’s Word to reach all the tribes of Brazil.
Paolo Villanueva works as an administrative assistant at SAMAIR PERU. His job is vital for the smooth operation of the aviation ministry. He praises the Lord for his job and asks for prayer for good health for him and his family.
Pray for Paolo Villanueva.
Last month, SAMAIR Bolivia flew two dentists and a doctor to serve for two days in the community of San Fernando in eastern Bolivia. Alas de Aguilas (Wings of Eagles), a ministry started by students at the school SCCLC in Santa Cruz, helped sponsor this trip. Praise God for all the hands that served. Pray for the people of San Fernando to know and experience Christ’s love and care for them.
In Santa Maria, Colombia, the kids involved in the Creciendo con Jesús project just started their semester up at school again! The project is led by the 1st Presbyterian church of Barranquilla.
Pray for the students as they transition back to school- pray for their friendships, their safety, their teachers and them as they enter back into that environment. It can be a tough place for them in terms of safety and often challenges a lot of the values they are learning in the project.
Ammi Training Center, located in indigenous Brazil, celebrated their last semester with a musical conference, where students planted trees, played music and used other forms of creativity to bring glory to God. Please pray for their new semester that began on August 1st. Please pray for the beginning of classes and guest teachers that will be traveling to teach at the campus. Pray that Ammi will continue to seek creative ways to teach their students about glorifying God in all they do.
For over 35 years, Zacarius Choque has been pastor in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. He is a faithful, kind and humble servant of the Lord. Zacarius and his wife Justina ask for prayer for their work and their family. Their son-in-law serves as pastor in another church nearby. Pray for both of their families as they minister to others. Pray for God’s rich blessing upon their souls.
Jorge and Ginny Enciso and their family live and serve in Bogota, Colombia. They work with Ciudad Corazón (house church network) and Viva Youth (peacebuilding initiatives with at-risk youth). Pray for the strength, wisdom and love they need to work and minister in Bogota.
Jeff and Kathy have served in Bolivia and the SAM home office in the past and continue to support the ministry of SAM, even while Jeff pastors a church in Florida. They have big hearts for pastors and seek opportunities to care for both pastors and their families. Recently Jeff and Kathy visited pastors and ministries in both Bolivia and Peru. They shared two devotional books (written by Jeff and Kathy) with these pastors. Pray for the ministry of the Orcutts and for spiritual refreshment for pastors.