SAMS at New Wineskins: A Global Family Reunion!

SAMS at New Wineskins: A Global Family Reunion!

Several hundred Missionaries and Senders gathered at Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina in September for the SAMS All-Society Retreat, several pre-conferences, the SAMS Celebration Dinner and Reception, and New Wineskins Global Mission Conference!

The All-Society Retreat (Monday evening through Wednesday evening) was a time of refreshment and rejuvenation for Missionaries, alongside Senders who joined the event. At the retreat, music ministers Chris and Elise Massa, of Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA, gave four plenary talks on connecting with God through the arts. Missionaries spent time praying through God’s Word and artistic forms (visual art, poetry, and music). Chris and Elise led morning, noon, and evening prayer, including Elise’s original musical settings of prayers from The Book of Common Prayer. Elise also shared a concert of her own folk music reflecting on the human condition and God’s work in the world. Visual artist Amy Foster served in intercessory prayer and facilitated a prayer room where retreat attendees could prayerfully create their own art. Bishop Trevor and Dede Walters, Fr. Dick Copeland, and former missionaries Nick and Kathryn Kircher were present to provide pastoral care to Missionaries. Small groups met four times over two days, providing space for Missionaries and Senders to share their joys and burdens with each other, and to pray together. A service of Holy Eucharist closed the retreat with the Rev. Canon John Cruikshank celebrating and the Rt. Rev. Trevor Walters preaching.

More friends of SAMS, old and new, gathered at the Celebration Reception and Dinner on Thursday to learn of the work God is doing around the world. Attendees received complimentary books signed by Missionary authors, and Missionaries representing five continents shared stories of God’s work in Kenya, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Ecuador, and among immigrants in the United States. This was followed by a meaningful time of prayer around each table.

At the New Wineskins Global Mission Conference, SAMS joined several other Anglican mission societies and organizations to learn from over a hundred speakers and come alongside individuals and families discerning God’s role for them in His mission. What a joy it was to share in Eucharist on Sunday morning, worshiping with clergy and laypeople from around the world! Sarah Kwolek, New Wineskins board member, says, “it was a delight to see so many Anglicans engaging with God’s mission around the world, including over 1600 participants in person at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Black Mountain, NC, and over 400 participants live-streaming the plenary events and MAP talks each day.”

Through events like these, your financial support of the SAMS Great Commission Fund helps provide pastoral care, useful resources for ministry, and training for Missionaries, enabling and strengthening their ongoing work in God’s Kingdom. These events also foster the global relationships necessary for Christ’s church around the world to work together making disciples of all nations. Thank you for partnering with us to see “a global Anglican family walking together in the way of Jesus to spread Kingdom change throughout our communities” (SAMS Vision).

Click through this photo gallery from SAMS’ week at Ridgecrest! Many thanks to Kevin Patterson for his ministry in capturing these moments of communal care, prayer, and training for Missionaries serving the Lord.

The Fall 2022/Winter 2023 Edition of The Messenger with Prayer Calendar is here!

The Fall 2022/Winter 2023 Edition of The Messenger with Prayer Calendar is here!

The newest edition of The Messenger & Prayer Calendar is here with stories of our global community in Christ and His mission.

In this issue:

    • Multiplying the missional capacity of the global church
    • A Thai church mentors young American missionaries as they participate in outreach to the Buddhist community
    • Miraculous hope spreads globally from Chile, in spite of pandemic lockdown
    • Prayer Calendar for Fall 2022/Winter 2023
    • New Missionary Candidates
    • A Sender who goes the extra mile
    • An invitation to New Wineskins Global Missions Conference, September 22-25, 2022!

Click this button to read it and join us in prayer!

Tamana: A Book Review and Invitation

This post is in a series of book reviews highlighting works by SAMS missionaries. These books will be available at our SAMS Dinner in September!  You won’t want to miss it!

TAMANA: At Home in Africa

Written by Patricia McGregor, Associate Missionary
Reviewed by Kate Ulrich, SAMS Communications Coordinator

This memoir of Patricia (Patsy) McGregor’s return to Madagascar with her husband, Todd, to plant the Diocese of Toliara (“TOO-liar”) describes Patsy’s difficult journey to find God’s purpose for her in an impoverished community. She organizes her experiences according to a Celtic model of evangelism which aided her: go to the people, live among them, learn from them, love them, start with what they know, and build on what they are. The stories of the Malagasy people, their rich, community-centered culture, and their prayerful thirst for God’s word will give you a new perspective on Christ’s church. Patsy’s story of becoming tamana – happily settled, at home – in Madagascar, will expand your imagination for how God can shepherd you in His kingdom, and what it truly means to be home.

Tamana: At Home in Africa is Patricia McGregor’s third of four memoirs. Be sure to check them out at our book signing event (details below)!

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN US AT THE
SAMS-USA CELEBRATION
RECEPTION, AUTHOR’S BOOK SIGNING AND DINNER
Thursday September 22, 2022
Ridgecrest Conference Center
FLOOR 2 JOHNSON SPRINGS BUILDING

(Reception and book signing are in the room on the left and dinner is in the room on the right. Signs will clearly mark each event.)

4:00 PM reception where you can meet missionary authors and receive signed books.
This will be followed by dinner and special guest speakers. The event will end at 6:45pm.

The whole event, including the books, is complimentary! You may donate as you feel led to partner in the ministry of SAMS.
We look forward to visiting with you!

Immediately preceding:
The New Wineskins Global Missions Conference
September 22-25, 2022
AT RIDGECREST CONFERENCE CENTER
IN RIDGECREST, NC

Questions? Email info@sams-usa.org

Rufina’s Extended Story: Serving God Beyond Her Borders

Rufina’s Extended Story: Serving God Beyond Her Borders

Picture: Rufina, in Temuco, Chile, shares her testimony online in 2020 about how God brought her to the hospital as a patient to share the power of God and the Gospel with everyone around her.

Missionaries Russ and Heidi Smith in Chile have seen God open doors globally for healing prayer and making disciples through the pandemic. Rufina, Heidi’s Bible study participant about whom you can read in the Spring/Summer 2021 edition of The Messenger, has continued to be used powerfully by God following her miracle-filled hospital stay in 2020.

Rufina received a prophecy, through someone she didn’t know in an online church service, that God would use her to minister internationally. So, Rufina began to pack her suitcase. The pandemic prevented travel, but God had other plans. After Rufina shared her testimony on an international New Wineskins Prayer Call with Heidi translating, a woman from Canada contacted Heidi and asked if Rufina could meet with her to pray for her personally. Rufina did meet with her and was a blessing to this woman on another continent.

That was not all! Rufina’s cousin, Alicia, has a friend, Lugardi, who lives in the Netherlands. Lugardi had terminal cancer and did not know Christ, and Alicia knew that Rufina had prayed for people who were sick. So Rufina in Temuco, Chile, and Alicia in Santiago, Chile met online with Lugardi, thousands of miles away in Europe. Rufina was able to share Christ Lugardi. Praise be to God, she received Christ and God also healed her from the cancer. Yet Lugardi didn’t have any in-person support for her new faith. She didn’t know where to go to get any kind of help in her spiritual life.

God forged a connection for Christian fellowship for Lugardi through Russ and Heidi, who have a friend, named Matthew, residing there. Matthew was a former missionary kid in Chile that the Smiths had met decades ago, and he had moved to the Netherlands because he married a Dutch woman. The Smiths reached out to him about Lugardi and said, “We don’t know this lady personally, but she needs spiritual support.” Matthew jumped on it and said he would make contact with this new believer. Not only was he able to make contact, but he’s been visiting her family on a regular basis. Lugardi’s husband, who was an atheist, now trusts in the risen Lord. Their children say, “we want to hear more about Jesus. Tell us more about him.” Not only did God use Rufina to bring His healing power across borders, He also used her alongside the international body of Christ to bring the Gospel to an entire family. Heidi says, “God wasn’t kidding when He said He would use Rufina internationally!”

From Ecuador with Hope: a book review and invitation

This post is in a series of book reviews highlighting works by SAMS missionaries. These books will be available at our SAMS Dinner in September!  You won’t want to miss it!

FROM ECUADOR WITH HOPE

Written by SAMS Missionary Cameron Vivanco
Reviewed by Denise Cox, SAMS Associate Director

From Ecuador With Hope charms the reader from start to finish. This ABC book introduces each letter of the Spanish alphabet in both Spanish and English. The book engages preschoolers, early elementary kids, and beginning Spanish learners of all ages. We explore the colorful world of the South American country of Ecuador. The underlying theme of hope points to Education=Hope, a ministry of SAMS Missionaries, Cameron and Roberto Vivanco. The ministry provides scholarships to vulnerable students in desperate and difficult circumstances.

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO JOIN US AT THE
SAMS-USA CELEBRATION
RECEPTION, AUTHOR’S BOOK SIGNING AND DINNER
Thursday September 22, 2022
Ridgecrest Conference Center
FLOOR 2 JOHNSON SPRINGS BUILDING

(Reception and book signing are in the room on the left and dinner is in the room on the right. Signs will clearly mark each event.)

4:00 PM reception where you can meet missionary authors and receive signed books.
This will be followed by dinner and special guest speakers. The event will end at 6:45pm.

The whole event, including the books, is complimentary! You may donate as you feel led to partner in the ministry of SAMS.
We look forward to visiting with you!

Immediately preceding:
The New Wineskins Global Missions Conference
September 22-25, 2022
AT RIDGECREST CONFERENCE CENTER
IN RIDGECREST, NC

Questions? Email info@sams-usa.org