Send Those Who Go

Send Those Who Go

Familiar words given to us by the physician Luke, All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. (Acts 2:44,45)

These words give a sentimental idealism to our idea of the early church.  Yet, in this era of local to global, these words are more prophetic than nostalgic.  Today, Senders, those who respond to God’s call to mission through prayers and donations, sell property and give sacrificially just like those early believers.  Throughout the history of the church, those who journeyed out cross-culturally always had need of spiritual, moral and physical support.  Today’s cross-cultural workers are the same. So, how can we provide spiritual, moral, and physical support?

  1. Spiritual: Prayer, prayer, and more prayer! This is something that anyone from anywhere can participate in. Not sure how to pray? Visit the prayer page to discover a prayer calendar.
  2. Moral: Let them know you are listening. SAMS Missionaries love to know that you are keeping up to date with their ministry. When you read their newsletters, reply and let them know you care and are praying for them.
  3. Physical: Give financially.  Acts 2:45 tells of people giving up their own property and possessions for those who were sharing the Gospel. We can give in some way too so that others may know the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Are you one who gives so that others might go? Maybe you never realized that you are a member of the Acts 2:44-45 club.

SAMS’ New Prayer Page

SAMS’ New Prayer Page

A part of SAMS’ values is submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of scripture. 1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

Because of the power of prayer, we have decided to make it a tab on the SAMS website. We want to partner with you in prayer, as your Society is committed to praying for missionaries as well as for those who support and send.  Now with the new prayer page, you can be more informed how we can pray as a Society. Discover the new prayer tab at the top of the SAMS Website. There you will find the following:

The SAMS Prayer Calendar in digital format: Now you can set reminders to pray for your missionaries. Simply search your missionary’s last name, expand their pray, and select how you want to be reminded. Reminders to pray can be sent straight to your email, or you can add it to your outlook or google calendar.

A PDF version of The Messenger: Some Senders like to keep the SAMS Prayer Calendar in their Bible as a reminder to read. If you rather have a physical copy, you can print it here. You can also sign up to have The Messenger sent to your email here!

Send your prayer requests: We want to pray for those who Send! Submit your prayer requests to SAMS. As a Society, we pray daily for both Missionaries and Senders.

All of this can be found on the new Praying with You page! Your SAMS Missionaries covet your prayers and thank you for joining alongside them in their calling. Explore now and join SAMS in prayer for mission around the globe!

Lent, Fasting, and Praying for Your Missionaries

Lent, Fasting, and Praying for Your Missionaries

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, a 40-day period, concluding the day before Easter. This is a time for us to draw closer to the Lord through prayer, repentance, self-denial, and honoring Jesus’ suffering and death. In a world where material and personal wants can be quickly satisfied, Lent is a time to focus more on Jesus Christ and what he has done for us, rather than ourselves.

People will often fast during Lent. What exactly is fasting, though? The dictionary says it is “abstinence from food and/or drink as an element of private or public religious devotion.”

The Bible gives several reasons why we should fast:

To become Christ-like: In Luke, Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights while being tempted.

To repent of our sins: Samuel urges the Israelites to turn back to God (1 Samuel 7:3-6).

To seek God’s wisdom: Paul and Barnabas prayed and fasted for the elders of the churches before committing them to the Lord for His service (Acts 14:23).

To strengthen time of prayer: Luke 2 tells the story of a prophetess named Anna, “She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.”

The Bible also teaches us how we fast. Types of fasting include:

Regular fast: A regular fast usually means refraining from eating all food. People may still drink water or juice.

Partial fast: A partial fast means refraining from certain foods and drink or a particular meal. Daniel 1:12 says they restricted their diet to vegetables and water: “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.”

Full fast: A full fast means abstaining from all food and drink. Acts 9:9 describes when Paul went on a full fast for three days following his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus: “For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.” This type of fast is usually done with caution and not done for a long period of time.

What did Jesus say about fasting?

During the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said:

Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your father who is in the secret place; and your father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Matthew 6:16-28

Fasting is a time to focus and rely on the Lord for strength, provision, and wisdom you need. It is not something to boast about, and it doesn’t mean that God will answer your prayers the way you want him to. God only promises to fulfill our prayers if they are according to his will.  1 John 5:14-15 tells us, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” Having a dedicated time of prayer and fasting, especially during the 40 days of Lent, helps us take our eyes off ourselves and puts them on Jesus Christ, the one who suffered, died for our sins, and rose again so that we too may have eternal life.

Fasting and Praying for Mission

This year, would you consider fasting and praying for missions around the globe? Perhaps there is a particular SAMS Missionary on your heart. You can sign up for the SAMS E-Messenger to receive prayer requests from your SAMS Missionaries. Maybe there is a particular region or country God is calling you to pray for. Operation World has facts, figures, and prayers for every country.

Matthew 9:37 says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Would you pray in the morning and/or evening at 9:37 for missionaries to be called into the field? May the Lord draw you close to him during this Holy Season.

The Godly Couple: A True Parable

The Godly Couple: A True Parable

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”  Romans 12:9-10

Once upon a time, there was a Godly husband and wife who lived in the northern end of a prosperous country.  This couple did well in life.  Their home was comfortable; their children happy, their needs and the needs of their family were met.  Yet, they were not satisfied; something was bothering them that they just could not put to rest.

One Sunday in church they received an invitation to attend a gathering on how to serve people who were struggling in less fortunate countries.  They felt a stirring in their hearts to attend the meeting and they did.

At the gathering, they learned the best way to serve the poor in other countries.  They learned how to work side by side with the missionaries God had placed in the poorer countries.  They learned the right way to share God with the less fortunate people and how to give them hope for their future.  They learned that language barriers are not always barriers, that there was something supernatural that can transcend that barrier.

They also learned how to be effective and wise leaders of the people in their church who wanted to help them serve the poor country.  The couple was able to guide many groups from their church to various countries.  While the groups built houses, painted schools, or did what the missionary needed to have done, they were living examples of the love of God for all people, whether rich or poor.  They were well satisfied and the people they served were satisfied.

The Godly couple was so blessed to be able to serve God in this way that they decided to go to the poor countries for a longer period of time.  They were invited back to one of the countries by the church leader.  They prepared to go for three months to work alongside their friends in the poor country and they did.  Their lives were enriched and they were contented.  They had put to rest the thing that was bothering them and they prayed about moving to the poor country for three years and they did.

They lived there very happily; they still do and continue to look forward to the ever after.

If you are interested in serving as this couple did, contact SAMS Associate Director, Denise Cox at

Loving and Encouraging Your Missionaries

Loving and Encouraging Your Missionaries

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Your SAMS Missionaries love to hear from you. Maybe you are not sure how to get involved with the missionaries you or your church send. How can we show love and encouragement to them when they are so far away? I reached out to your SAMS Missionaries and this is what they said:

  1. Sign up for their newsletters and reply to them

“It’s so encouraging when someone replies to my newsletters, especially when I can tell from their message that they read what I wrote!”

  1. Let them know you are praying for them

“It is a blessing getting notes from people who detail how they are praying for us. It conveys very powerfully that they have put a lot of thought and effort into their note.”

  1. Follow them on Social Media

“When we post things on Facebook, many of our senders will take the time to write a reply. It doesn’t have to be long, it is just nice to know they took a moment to let us know they are aware of what is happening in our lives.”

  1. Invite them to events

It is meaningful when people invite me to things when I am in the states or even to things when I am not. It reminds me that my supporters are thinking of me.”

  1. Share their ministry with others

“It blesses my socks off when folks tell others about my ministry and those folks start supporting!”

Sometimes it is the little things that encourage us all. How are you taking a second to encourage and love your missionaries, and others today? For when we show love, we show God because God is love (1 John 4:8).

World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday is February 4th, but your church can observe it any Sunday. How is God calling you and your church to get involved in this year’s World Mission Sunday?
SAMS is a part of Anglican Global Mission Partners. AGMP unites the needs in the mission field with people in the pews. Many from AGMP have joined together to provide you and your church with several resources for World Mission Sunday. Explore these various resources below:


Ways to Pray

Pray for your SAMS Missionaries with this Prayer Calendar, and signup for the SAMS Newsletter to receive monthly prayers to your email inbox.

Prayer Litany

Use this AGMP Litany to lead your parish in praying for world mission.

Ways to Give

Consider taking up a special offering during World Mission Sunday to support a SAMS Missionary or another SAMS Fund. Click here to support.


Discover even more resources on the New Wineskins World Mission Sunday page.