SAMS Missionary April Sylvester Seeks Your Partnership

SAMS Missionary April Sylvester Seeks Your Partnership

SAMS Missionary April Sylvester serves in Zambia with at-risk teens. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with her by becoming a Sender? Pray, encourage, and give today! From April:

Join me in helping at-risk youth in Zambia! It’s easy! CHOOSE ONE NUMBER FROM THE BOARD and begin donating that amount monthly (don’t worry it’s not forever. You can put in an automatic stopping date.). It makes a huge difference!

Give here and comment below the number you chose.

The background: I live in Zambia and mentor at-risk teens, giving them a solid foundation to thrive in university and beyond. Here I am about to head into year two and I need your help! I am looking for people to partner with me in prayer and giving! Giving is so easy and doesn’t have to be a huge thing. Just look at that $2 sign, people! Together we can make an impact on the youth of Zambia!

Bonus: when you donate, you will receive my monthly newsletter with updates and stories from the ground.
I am so excited to share the journey with you!

Update: numbers 1,20, & 30 are taken!

Partnering with Trinity School for Ministry: Houston Relief Effort Mission

Partnering with Trinity School for Ministry: Houston Relief Effort Mission

Dear Friends in Christ,

Sometimes I get discouraged watching the news. Recent events can make it difficult to want to face what is happening in this broken world, but God calls us to go into the dark places in order to be a light to those in the midst of turmoil.

This upcoming week I will be heading to Houston alongside our short-term ministries coordinator to serve alongside Trinity School for Ministry students. We will be heading to the southeastern part of the city to do relief effort from Hurricane Harvey. Houston is the 4th largest city in America, with a population of over 2 million. In the southeastern part alone there are over 15,000 people. These people have lost everything. Their homes destroyed, and their belongings swept away with the water. SAMS has helped with the training to prepare for this mission. We will be partnering with Christ Church Plano and Missio Dei Anglican Church in Houston to help restore the homes of those in the neighborhood. The training consisted of team building, logistics, team roles, and spiritual development. While at the training, the team had a surprise visit from Archbishop Foley Beach from the Anglican Church in North America. He prayed with us and for all the people we will serve.

One thing that kept coming to me and the rest of the team was the word “presence.” Will you join me in praying for this mission? How might we be encouraged to bring God’s presence no matter where we go? I pray His presence will be overflowing and those who have felt nothing but loss soon feel the comfort and hope of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Your Partner in Christ,

Sarah Norris

Writer and Communications Specialist

Called to Community

Called to Community

Today there are billions of people on earth, so why do some of us still feel lonely? We pack our schedules with bible studies, community group, church, and volunteer projects, but we still can feel a void.

God didn’t intend for us to be alone. We were created to crave community with others. Whether single or married, we are all in need of community, but what does community look like?

The Nicene Creed summarizes the Trinity this way:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father…. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified.

The Trinity means that God is in a community; and because God is three in one, this means God is community. So, even before the creation of man, there was a perfect community. If Genesis 1:26 says that God made us in his image, then he must want us to be acommunity as well.

What prevents us from this is that we are a fallen people. We tend to want to meet our own needs first, and when they aren’t met, we move on to the next thing that comes our way. We live in a broken world consisting of broken relationships. Our sinful nature keeps us separated from God—true community. Think about when Eve ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. She was tempted to have unbelief about God and his true intentions for us.

There is good news, though, and redemption for community which can bring us into a relationship with God and others. When we repent and acknowledge our sinfulness, we can turn to God who sent his son to die on the cross for our debts. Jesus has redeemed us from our sin and unbelief and has called us for a life everlasting with him. When we acknowledge this, we experience the transforming love of Christ. Community grounded in Him fosters love and encouragement that can then be shared with all nations.

It can be difficult to grow in community, but it is God’s desire for us. When we grow in community, we are growing in him!

SAMS would like to build community with you. Every day, we pray for our missionaries and senders. We want to pray for you too. Send us your prayer requests here.

Support the Hurricane Relief Effort

Support the Hurricane Relief Effort

Hurricane Harvey has already displaced thousands in south Texas and Louisiana, and the rains and flooding are expected to continue throughout the week to come. Archbishop Beach is calling the Church to pray, give, and prepare.

You can help by donating through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund here.

Meteorologists are warning that while the winds have now died down, the greater danger could come from the continual rain that the region will receive.

Bishop Clark Lowenfield and The Anglican Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast are based in Houston, Texas and will be coordinating the relief effort among Anglicans in the region.  Bishop Lowenfield, who was forced to evacuate his home yesterday, said, “Thank you to all those who have been offering their prayers and expressing their concern to us. The impact of Harvey is already evident, and we are being told to expect days more of rain and ‘catastrophic flooding’. In the Houston area in particular, the devastation will take months if not years of recovery. Your gift to the Anglican Relief and Development Fund will mean that individuals in some of the most hard-hit areas will be able to put their lives back together once this is all over. Above all, I implore you to pray with us in this storm. As Psalm 29:10-11 tells us, ‘The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord sits enthroned as king forever. May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!’”

Archbishop Beach is calling the Church to pray, give, and prepare: “Now is an important time for the Church to step forward. First and foremost, please join me in praying for the people of south Texas and Louisiana. Please pray for all those in distress, those who are being called to extraordinary acts of courage, and those who are obediently engaging in small acts of faithfulness.

Second, please consider giving so that Christians in the area will have the resources they need to show their communities the love of Christ in tangible ways.  We cannot anticipate today all that will need to be done in the days ahead, but we are blessed to have churches in the region who can be the hands and feet of Christ.

Third, whether you are in Texas, Louisiana, or in the states surrounding the region, please be preparing to serve.  As the Diocese of the Western Gulf Coast prioritizes the needs, you will be hearing more about how you and your congregation can serve through volunteer work teams.”

You can help by donating through the Anglican Relief and Development Fund here

 

Original story at Anglican Church in North America

Arriving to the Solomon Islands

Arriving to the Solomon Islands

SAMS Missionary Bridger Dean Baldwin shares the latest from his recent arrival to the Solomon Islands.

I’ve been in the Solomon Islands (locally: the Sols) for about a week now, it is good to be here.  Thanks for all your prayers!  I am beginning to settle in with Jonathan and Tess Hicks, and their five wonderful children.

Last Friday I was welcomed by staff, faculty and students to Trinity School for Theology and Ministry.  The welcome ceremony was quite humbling, wow, some time I will have to write about it!

Jon, Tess and I have had some great conversations together.  I am thankful for your prayers that we quickly bond as a team.  It seems like once in a while I will be able to head into town to send out  and check emails, etc.  In the mean time, to inform your prayers please remember me in the following areas:

  • That Jon, Tess and I continue to form a relationship of trust, mutual encouragement and good communication
  • For opportunities for me to learn Pidgin and engage int he students at Airahu
  • That I will wisely get into a healthy routine.

Thanks for all of your prayers, we are off to a great start here.  I hope to be sending another update in another week or two.  It turns out I can get online fairly regularly in Auki, a short bus ride from Airahu.  The connection is not the greatest, but it will suffice.  Hoping to take care of bills and essentials in my short time.  Thanks!