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.

Brazilian and Angolan Church Partnership September 27th, 2023

The Council of Christian Churches of Angola invited Planters Brazil, a Brazilian church-planting ministry, to participate in a national missions conference based in Luanda, Angola. SAM missionary Craig DeLille was honored to join Planters Brazil, contributing to Kingdom growth and the spiritual health of the Angolan church.

Angola, a Portuguese-speaking nation, has a history of wars and destruction. The country struggles with a devastated population, broken infrastructure, and damaged public administration, economy, and religious institutions.

A team of nine pastors and missionaries, including Craig and Brazilian pastor Iraquitan Carvalho, visited several provinces of Angola, teaching, preaching, and encouraging the local church. Craig and Iraquitan also provided training and education for the International Conference of Missions held by the Council of Christian Churches of Angola. 

As the Angolan church leaders continue to look to Brazilian churches and leaders for discipleship, missionary training, and church-planting support, pray for these brothers and sisters eager to see God’s kingdom grow and flourish. Pray that God continues to use these relationships and connections for His glory.

Santo Corazón and San Fernando September 25th, 2023

This week, the SAMAIR team and 12 other Bolivians are visiting two communities, Santo Corazón and San Fernando, in the eastern part of Bolivia. Historically, SAM has done much ministry in this region. However, support has dwindled due to the pandemic and the lack of people to serve. 

Our current hope and prayer is to visit and imagine how we can continue to partner with these communities in the long term. In the short term, the team will visit leaders, build relationships, offer medical assistance, and learn about their skills and needs. Pray for joyful partnership and the flourishing of the Gospel in Santo Corazón and San Fernando.

Jon Freeman September 22nd, 2023

SAM welcomes Jon Freeman to the team in the US office! Jon is an experienced missionary and pastor. His wisdom and vision will help remove ministry obstacles, increase effectiveness, and grow resources. Jon will focus on project ministries and deepening church partnerships.

R.J. Caswell September 20th, 2023

South America Mission has a long legacy of ministry, but we continue to ask what effectiveness and obedience look like for us today. To help SAM answer this question, RJ Caswell has joined the US office as COO. RJ brings years of experience in counseling, Christian education, and pastoral ministry. We are thrilled to welcome him as he will help SAM be strong, healthy, and dynamic in this generation.

the River Ministry in the Beni September 13th, 2023

SAMAIR Bolivia supports ministry in the Beni, a northern department of Bolivia. Micah Bittner recently traveled with Pastor Enoel to assess and make needed repairs on the boat Enoel uses to serve small communities along the river. They determined that the complicated, rundown system must be entirely removed to install a new one.

Micah and five other men worked 12-hour days, only stopping for quick meals. The five men donated their time and skills. One was the dedicated cook and coffee supplier; another was available to make parts runs; the rest were helping Micah. None of the helpers had any experience with electrical work but had servants’ hearts and a desire to learn. What an excellent opportunity to train these young men in a trade they knew nothing about.

After four full days on the boat, the system was installed. The boat is still not fully functioning as the team decided to replace the batteries, solar panels, generator, and battery charger. As the Lord provides for these components to be changed, the boat will take form and be ready for years of service.

Please pray for the final upgrades and replacements so that Pastor Enoel and his ministry can serve the physical and spiritual needs of the communities on the river.

Henrique and Corina Dias Terena September 11th, 2023

Henrique and Corina have served the Indigenous of Brazil for years in different ministries and roles, including working at Ami Training Center, CONPLEI, ALTECO, and the Three Waves Leadership Team. We are thrilled to have them join SAM as members of our community. They spent several weeks in the U.S. to meet and share with Kingdom co-laborers. What a privilege and honor to hear about their current and past work, including stories of initial contacts with new people groups. Pray that our deepened partnership will help strengthen the Indigenous Church throughout South America. 

SAM Academy–Week of Prayer September 9th, 2023

Ask that our students may grow and thrive academically this school year. Pray even more that each may know Jesus as their Savior. Pray with us that wherever their paths lead, each of our students will make a difference in the world because of their love for Christ.

SAM Academy–Week of Prayer September 8th, 2023

Ask God to protect our students and families, covering them in health and safety. Sicknesses thrive in the jungle, roads are known for their crazy driving situations, and life here just has an extra element of uncertainty. Pray that our students and their families will know peace and safety this coming school year.

SAM Academy–Week of Prayer September 7th, 2023

Pray that our school is intentional in shining a light in our community. Lift up our specific outreaches, such as the Christmas Outreach with the elderly, ministry trips to river communities, and connections with local schools, Hosanna and TEC. Also, pray for God to present us with new opportunities. Pray our kids may know no borders in their friendships and relationships.

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