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.

students and staff of SAM Academy, Pucallpa, Peru. July 22nd, 2022

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.

Juan Carlos and his family in Eastern Bolivia. July 20th, 2022

Pastor Juan Carlos, his wife Charo, and their daughter Karen live and serve in the large town of Concepción in eastern Bolivia. They are faithfully pastoring a church that was started many years ago. Pray for their safety and health, as they live somewhat isolated from the town. They have a great vision for the property where the church is located. They want to have a place where people can come and learn the Word of God and to restore buildings that are needing much repair. Pray for God’s provision and that the people of God will help.

the displaced Indigenous in Colombia. July 18th, 2022

Pray for the over 1,600 Indigenous displaced due to the violence in their territories, currently scattered throughout the city, after 7 months camping out in a national park in Bogotá. The Wajaro Foundation and Jake and Lauren Jones are collaborating with other organizations, churches, and the government to find a path forward for these people who represent 15 Indigenous groups. Pray for wisdom, for the Spirit´s movement, for provision and collaboration and that Wájaro can shine light on the reality and desperation of so many Indigenous peoples throughout the margins of Colombia.

Ami students and staff. July 15th, 2022

Last month, a group of Ami students and staff traveled to serve in a village located in the midwest of Brazil. Students led the trip where they cooked, did construction and conducted ministry for kids, youth, and adults. The students did some home visits where they met and prayed with the people in the village. In the afternoons, students played soccer, did children and youth activities, sang songs, and taught Bible Stories. Some nights were spent sharing testimonies in the church, doing drama skits, and leading worship. Pray that the students will feel empowered to lead and do mission trips on their own to other tribal groups and villages.

Jammer Torres in Pucallpa, Peru. July 13th, 2022

Jammer Torres has worked with SAMAIR PERU for many years serving as an aircraft mechanic. In the last two years Jammer had open heart surgery and had COVID twice. He is thankful for his recovery from both. Please pray for continued good health. Jammer requests prayer for his only son, David, who has started back to school after two years of virtual studying at home. Pray for David’s adjustment back in the classroom.

Pastors’ fellowship in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. July 11th, 2022

Thirty one pastors and spouses from Santa Cruz gathered for mutual support and fellowship. Pray for them to be encouraged and strong in the Lord. They have all experienced difficulties with COVID during the past two years. Pray they will teach the Word boldly and preach the gospel clearly.

Julio Cesar Pinzon in Bucaramanga, Colombia. July 8th, 2022

Pastor Julio and his wife Claudia are church planting in the city of Bucaramanga, Colombia. The pandemic was particularly isolating and discouraging for them since they settled right before it started. Recently, Julio participated in the City-to-City incubator in Cartagena with other pastors and church leaders which has been encouraging and motivating for him. Pray for Pastor Julio and the Pinzon family in Colombia.

flooding victims in Recife, Brazil. July 6th, 2022

Continue to pray for Recife and those affected by the destructive flooding. Many are grieving the loss of friends, family, and homes. Pray for God’s sovereignty and comfort to be felt throughout the community. Pray for SAM’s missionary team as they seek opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ to those in need.

the Marriage Seminar in Pucallpa, Peru July 4th, 2022

Dave and Marilyn Simmons are leading a six-week marriage seminar for couples with Mil Palmeras church in Pucallpa, Peru. Twenty couples have signed up! Please pray that God will be honored and glorified in these marriages as these couples learn, heal and grow together.

City to City in Medellín, Colombia. June 29th, 2022

In the city of Medellín, Julián Arias has been getting to know other pastors and ministry leaders throughout these months through connections with SAM and City to City, a ministry that seeks to connect churches and local ministries to help reach the city with the gospel by working together. He coordinated logistics for City to City’s two day incubator meetings in Medellín with pastors from across the city. Please pray for wisdom as Julián and fellow leaders continue to seek how they can serve together with City to City in Medellín.

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