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The SAMS blog is a collection of works from our short and long-term missionaries out in the field, SAMS news, and other Christian outreach ministries we support. If you would like to receive the blog posts by email, click on one of the blog posts and then click the box ‘notify me of new post by email’ at the bottom of the post or just ‘subscribe’ with your email at the top right hand of the page. Join Us. Thank you.

A No Naansense Blog!

I have started making baked Naan Chips, sprinkled with garlic salt and Old Bay Seasoning.  They are so super crispy and tasty that even my "discerning" kids love them!  The best part (besides no MSG) is that our constant consumption of Naan benefits our refugee...

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10-Year Celebration Story # 3: Looking Back to See Ahead: The Gift of Presence

10-Year Celebration Story # 3: Looking Back to See Ahead: The Gift of Presence

This is the Third story in our Celebrating 10-Years of Ministry in Brazil. It is often said that when we look back into our past history, even back to the beginning in the Old Testament of the Bible we can better see with confidence why it is so important to trust God enthusiastically with our future. I agree and that’s why we are writing this series. The featured photo shows us with two very special Brazilian families who have helped us discover the Best Return on Investment.

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Why The Anchor?

Why the anchor? We chose the anchor as the Agape Year logo for a number of reasons, but the one that is on my mind right now is that the anchor holds us secure, even in the tumult of a storm. I remember sitting down with our graphic designer to brainstorm…

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Celebration Story # 2: Encouraging Local Community Involvement in Mission

Celebration Story # 2: Encouraging Local Community Involvement in Mission

This is the second story in our 10-Year Celebration series of our missionary activities in Brazil. The featured photo is of then Pastor, now Diocesan Bishop, Marcio Meira and his wife, now a Pastor, Linda receiving Plarn Rugs for the families of their Compassion Ministry in Cabedelo, Paraiba, Brazil. These large colorful plarn rugs were stuffed into our suitcases and brought to Brazil. The plarn rugs were distributed to various churches and used as floor coverings in classrooms for children’s story time during Christian Education classes, and in individual homes in neighborhoods where churches had outreach ministries. Many of these homes had a combination of dirt and rough concrete floors.

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WCs I have known and loved (?)

If you are easily offended maybe you might want to skip this.  Sorry the photos are sideways - I have not yet figured out how to get them properly oriented.29 August - I decided to write about some of the WCs I have seen here. The one at the big lake where I was three...

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