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.
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.
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.
IBIENA, the Bible Institute for the Evangelical Native Churches, serves many ethnic groups from the jungles of eastern Peru by training pastors and their spouses how to pastor a local church, disciple others, and share the Gospel effectively in their home communities. In July, students from 12 different groups celebrated finishing the first block of studies. The theme was 1 Corinthians 15:57-58. SAMAIR Peru plays a role by bringing many couples into the city for classes.
Pray for the ministry of IBIENA.
IBC Ciudad de Dios, a young church on the outskirts of Arequipa, Peru recently celebrated its first baptism service! Jason and Sarah Sheets, missionaries with TEAM, serve with this church. Praise God for new families and for consistent attendance at the Sunday service. Please pray for the Nueva Vida en Cristo (New Life in Christ) class that will begin this month. Please pray for the group of young people and their spiritual growth.
Pray for the ministry of IBC Ciudad de Dios.
HMA is a time for missionaries to return to the United States and spend time ministering to their partners, churches, or spend time furthering their training and education. Please pray for Mike and Marcy Brown and their kids as they spend this summer on HMA. They serve at SAM Academy in Pucallpa, Peru, and the new school year starts in September.
Pray for the Brown family.
Granito de Amor is an evangelistic children’s ministry in Pucallpa, Peru. Before Covid, Granito de Amor mainly ministered in the pediatric ward of the hospital. They hope to start hospital visits again soon, but have done two programs for the community so far this year. Several missionary kids (MKs) have joined the ministry along with eight Peruvian youth.
Pray for the ministry of Granito de Amor.
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.
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.
At the end of the SAM Academy school year, Mike Brown and Minori Lucas took twelve high school students on a river trip to a community called Masaray in Peru. They painted the pastor’s house, picked up garbage from around the community, did a kids program, and played soccer with the young people of the community. It was a wonderful time of community and service. Pray for the people of Masaray, as well as the SAM Academy students and staff on summer break.