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.

Emily Layne in Recife, Brazil May 27th, 2022

Kevin and Emily Laynes’ kids started school at a local Christian school in Recife, Brazil. The school has a heart for ministry and a strong English program. Emily has had the opportunity to lead the devotion in English on Wednesday mornings. 

She usually focuses on one verse where she walks through it word by word and helps the class define each individual word. Then they talk about the application of the passage.

This has been an opportunity to share her faith with the class, challenge students that are believers and instill valuable Bible study habits when reading scripture.

Pray for more opportunities to partner and support the ministry and families of the school.

Craig and Mary DeLille May 25th, 2022

Craig, the Field Director of Brazil, and his wife, Mary, will be on HMA (Home Ministry Assignment/furlough) from mid-May to mid-  August. Please pray that during this short period of time, their HMA will be productive and provide time to rest and opportunities to visit with family, friends, churches and supporters. Pray for the logistics of their travel, car and transportation needs, and a schedule that works well for everyone, especially during the summer months. 

It’s hard to be away from hands-on mission work. They are very grateful for missionaries and leaders who serve alongside them. Please pray for their colleagues and all of the mission work that continues in their absence. 

Praise God for their new grandson, Asher Sebastian Hindes. “We are looking forward to some family time and soaking up every minute with him. He is a precious bundle of joy.” -Mary

the Rainy Season in Recife, Brazil. May 23rd, 2022

Rainy season is coming up, and whether you live at the top or the bottom of a hill, heavy rain stirs up some trouble.

The homes in the altos (heights):

Communities up at the top really struggle against land erosion, including damage to their homes and foundations. You’ll see slabs of concrete or thin black tarps against the widening dirt ledges. Houses even occasionally fall off the edge of hillsides, and often there are casualties when that occurs.

The families below:

Communities at the base of hills often get flooded by two things: water and waste. Trash pileup in the altos flows down with each first heavy rainfall. Streets, fields, and many houses fill up with water. I’m sure you can imagine the complications that can cause for a family. Transportation, jobs, food, safety, property & possessions, electricity, and ironically water supplies can be negatively impacted. 

There have already been some fatalities within these communities this year due to heavy rain. Please pray that rain brings its blessings while keeping these communities from more harm or loss. Pray for missionaries and ministry programs as they serve and respond to the needs around them.

Paul serving with the Recife soccer ministry May 20th, 2022

Paul is a ministry partner from Latin Link who has served off and on in Recife for 15 years. He is currently serving with the Vale do Senhor soccer ministry in Recife. On May 21 and 22, he will be taking a group of 16-17 year old boys to our SAM Center as a time of rest away from training. Please pray as they spend time in the Word and in sharing with one another. Pray that Paul will be able to continue to walk alongside them and encourage them as they press deeper into their faith.

the Seng’s May 18th, 2022

Retired missionaries Wes and Trudy Seng continue to serve Semirata, an indigenous training center in Iranduba. 

“We are both teaching and loving the classes. The students are eager and have finally lost their timidity so they ask pertinent questions and seeing the light come on in their eyes is priceless.

Both of us continue to be involved in the community around us. Wes has discipleship Bible study times with different truth seekers; I am teaching the book of John in the local church to the ladies and that has been a joy. One former prostitute confessed, “I just don’t know if I am saved!” Another one tearfully admitted to a drinking problem. I am thrilled that they have come to the place of acknowledging weakness instead of posturing pious religiosity because this is when Jesus can step in!”

Pray for Wes and Trudy to finish well, teaching the Bible with love and clarity. Pray that God will give them His strength, wisdom and thoughts.

the Callahans and their church relationship May 16th, 2022

Tim and Mindy are building a home at AMI for their future ministry. Ther church, Crossriver, in Cuiaba has a ministry that serves their community on weekends and holidays with a home-repair ministry. In April, their church sent 35 people to help plaster the interior of their house. This partnership is a great example of SAM’s desire for generous collaboration as the Brazilian church supports the work of AMI. Pray for Crossriver church and this service ministry and continued partnership with AMI.

the Callahans May 13th, 2022

Tim and Mindy Callahan arrived in Brazil last fall. Pray for them as they are finishing their language learning in Cuiaba and preparing to move and begin ministry at the Ami Center. 

Women’s Fellowship at AMI May 11th, 2022

Every Thursday the student and staff women meet to have a devotional and to learn a skill like cooking or crafts. This is a sweet time of fellowship for these women. Pray for deep friendships and community.

Village Visits May 9th, 2022

The students at Ami have been practicing sharing the gospel through oral stories using visual images to accompany their descriptions, rather than reading off a script or including a literacy component. Oral communication is frequently how information is shared in many indigenous communities. 

“You bring the culture of God, not of your village, or of Ami.” -Ami Staff

This challenge was shared by one of the teaching missionaries during a week of training for the indigenous students at Ami to prepare for their missions trips to other indigenous communities during the last week of April.

Praise God for this opportunity the students had to share the gospel and the kingdom culture of God. Please pray for continued wisdom and discernment as they try to adapt to sharing the good news to an indigenous community that is unlike their own culture. Pray for opportunities for them to grow in sharing their faith.

the AMI Training Center May 6th, 2022

The Ami training center provides indigenous pastoral training to the many tribes scattered throughout Brazil’s Amazon region. Students come to the Ami campus where they live, study and serve for eight months of the year. The Ami staff is multi-ethnic and participates in all aspects of the students’ training. Students train in scripture knowledge and practical life skills such as agriculture, health and sanitation.

Pray for missionary Vera Bergson who coordinates classes and academic activities. 

Pray for first year students who endure the challenge of traveling and adjusting to the training center, while also often learning portuguese in the process. 

Pray for one young lady in particular who decided to repeat the first year to better understand Portuguese. 

Pray for second year students as they continue studying and learning to engage with different cultures. 

Pray for third year students who will be graduating this year. Pray that God will guide their next steps as they seek opportunities to apply what they learned during their time at Ami.

Pray for the other missionaries and Brazilian staff serving at Ami.

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