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.

Sam Fiala December 30th, 2022

Sam Fiala has been in language school in Costa Rica preparing to serve with SAMAIR in Peru. Praise God for his time in Costa Rica. Sam joined a local Bible study and a teen mentoring ministry, along with language classes. Please pray for the next months of final preparation to move to Peru, including the completion of flight orientation in North Carolina.

Church planting in Santa Cruz, Bolivia December 26th, 2022

A small group of Bolivians and SAM missionaries have been meeting together and studying the book Iglesia Centrada in order to plan and prepare for a professional class church plant in Santa Cruz. Pray for Dalmiro Ortiz, Marcelo Escalante, and Mike and Marina Shank–for team building, wisdom, and direction.

IBC Bustamante in Arequipa, Peru December 23rd, 2022

Pastor Roger Garcia and his family will serve the Bustamante church in Arequipa, Peru, for a few months while TEAM missionaries Seth and Jessica Malec are on home ministry. This is an answer to prayer. Pray for Roger and his family as they temporarily move from Lima and serve the church family in Arequipa.

Pastoral training in Recife, Brazil December 21st, 2022

In Recife, Brazil, SAM Center hosted a weekend retreat for local pastors in partnership with Downline Ministries. Downline focuses on the importance of discipleship within the church, and the retreat included training sessions for the pastors on how to implement intentional discipleship within their church. It was an encouraging weekend for the Recife ministry team and the pastors! Pray for future opportunities to partner with Downline and to continue investing in local pastors. 

Misak women’s weaving cooperative in Colombia December 19th, 2022

In Silvia Cauca, Colombia, the Misak women’s weaving cooperative continues to work with so much motivation! Their unity and strength as they work together capture the spirit of what Wájaro is all about. Wájaro offers this dynamic group of women technical support as they continue to strengthen their cooperative. Wájaro facilitated workshops to improve their social networks, use digital tools, and construct and use spreadsheets and systems to better manage their business.

Pray for the flourishing of the cooperative and the ministry of Wájaro in Colombia.

Iglesia Biblica Gracia y Verdad December 16th, 2022

In the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru, Iglesia Biblica Gracia y Verdad celebrated its second anniversary in November with worship, teaching and a potluck lunch. The celebration was a wonderful time of food and fellowship, reflecting on the many ways the Lord has displayed mercy this past year. Pray for this growing community of faith.

Chris and Cristi Haylett December 14th, 2022

Chris and Cristi Haylett serve in Armenia, Colombia alongside Pastor Jorge and his wife Kristina with Nueva Esperanza (New Hope) Church and the foundation Manos de Esperanza (Hands of Hope). They desire to see their community transformed by the Gospel of Christ. Please pray for new funding for the foundation so they can continue the programs, classes, and outreach events. Pray for the Hayletts and their children.

Ammi Training Center December 12th, 2022

While many Ammi staff and students travel on ministry trips to remote villages in Brazil, the students and staff that remain on campus enjoy a special time of fellowship, training, and service. During the last ministry trip, Regina, a Brazilian missionary who focuses on community development in minority populations, came to Ami to teach baking classes. Students and staff also cleaned, had a pizza night, and provided activities for the children. Pray for the ministry of Regina and for the students and staff of Ammi.

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