2021 Annual Report Available Now

2021 Annual Report Available Now

God, by His grace, enabled missionaries and senders of SAMS to equip the global Anglican church for Gospel-driven ministry in 2021. Read how in our Annual Report. You may click the button below to read it.

We invite you to join in the ongoing work of SAMS, partnering with Anglican churches to raise up, send, and support missionaries in response to Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

“I was blind, but now I see!”

“I was blind, but now I see!”

SAMS Missionary the Rev. Gregory Whitaker, discipling Christian leaders in Cambodia with his wife Dr. Heidi and three of their five daughters (two having begun college in the U.S. in the past 15 months), shares the following story.

Mabt has been a friend of ours for years. He belongs to a tribal group in remote northeast Cambodia, and he met the Lord when he moved to a city to continue his education. For years, he was the only believer in his family. During one of his visits to his home village, Mabt prayed in his home, welcoming the Holy Spirit and breaking the curses of the mountain gods. As he began playing the guitar and worshipping Jesus, the shelf holding the family idol crashed to the floor, and the idol shattered. Mabt’s father, Yang, rushed in, saying: “My son, what have you done? Now I will not believe in anything. Not in the mountain gods, and not in your God.”

Yang held to that statement for years, during which his vision, already compromised by the loss of one eye, deteriorated. Mabt approached us to ask for advice, and we referred Yang to Mercy Medical Center, where Heidi serves as a pediatrician. He made the daylong trip by bus from the province and underwent successful cataract surgery.

After Yang returned home with restored vision, he was able to read the beautiful words of the Gospel in his own language for the first time, the Bunong translation of the New Testament having been completed only a few years prior. Yang has become a follower of Christ, and freely shares his story with other villagers.

“I received my sight back, and then I could read God’s words for myself, and now I believe Jesus.” -Yang

 We praise the Lord for the many members of the Body of Christ who each faithfully fulfilled the role God had
given them to touch Mabt and Yang’s lives – from dorm parents to Bible translators to medical personnel.
And we trust there are many more beautiful stories yet to be lived and told! 

Pictured: Gregory, Mabt, and Yang rejoice together in God’s saving grace. 

Please pray for:

  1. Mabt and Yang’s village, that many more will become disciples of Jesus Christ who disciple others.
  2. Discipleship and the equipping of leaders in the rapidly growing Cambodian church, which has increased by as much as 30-fold in the two generations since the tragedy of The Killing Fields.
  3. Heidi as she trains young doctors at Mercy Medical Center with a Christian discipleship perspective.
  4. Gregory as he leads the international Anglican congregation, mentors the Cambodian pastor of their sister Cambodian Anglican congregation, and reaches out with the Gospel in the community.

Missionary Candidates Eric and Liz Larson are preparing to serve in Cambodia alongside Gregory and Heidi. They desire to spread Gospel impact through theological education and ministries of compassion.

We invite you to join in the ongoing work of SAMS, partnering with Anglican churches to raise up, send, and support missionaries in response to Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

Hondurans build new home for hurricane victims with help of SAMS Missionary

Hondurans build new home for hurricane victims with help of SAMS Missionary

SAMS seeks to empower disciples globally to engage in God’s work. In 2021, missionaries continued to equip people of many nations in a variety of ways. For example, Jack Melvin used a SAMS World Relief Fund grant to hire a Honduran pastor who is also a professional mason to construct a house for the Guerra family. The Guerra family had lost their home in 2020’s hurricanes Eta and Iota. The grant also provided the funding for the building materials and other aspects of the project. Jack, in addition to being the diocesan architect, also coordinates sponsors to support the education of at-risk children. The construction manager of the Guerra home project, Ana, graduated recently from university with help from the ministry Jack coordinates.  Below are some pictures of the project with information Jack Melvin shared in a newsletter to his senders.

Jack shares about the project: 

Above is the new house for the Guerra family. It was designed and built by Hondurans for Hondurans.

The layout is typical for a house in the campo. As an architect, I tried to talk them into a fancier design, but they would have none of it. So we let them build the house that they wanted.

Our only request was that it meet the budget, as per the estimate of the Municipality of Copan Ruinas. This house was part of a larger project to help hurricanes victims, sponsored by a coalition of the mayor’s office and non-profit organizations, including the Ministry of Presence.

The family wanted a few improvements above the specifications, such as concrete blocks instead of adobe, an indoor toilet, and a septic tank, which we were able to provide, because Señor Guerra donated his labor. The family will also paint the house themselves.

Family Guerra standing in front of their old house.

The Blessing of the House with the extended family and construction workers. The mason is also an evangelical pastor. Here he leads a service of thanks for God’s provision.

Our construction manager and agent in Copan Ruinas is Ana Aquilera, whom we [Ministry of Presence] helped with her college education in Business Administration. Now she pays it forward.

Due to her skills in accounting and her ability to beat down unreasonable costs, the project came in on budget and close to schedule— the first time for me in Honduras.

We invite you to join in the ongoing work of SAMS, partnering with Anglican churches to raise up, send, and support missionaries in response to Christ’s Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).

Empowering Students with Gospel Abundance

Empowering Students with Gospel Abundance

Above: Mary Chowenhill and Kalo Jusef, a former UCU student from Sudan who equips refugees with entrepreneurship skills.

The economics of God’s abundance fuels SAMS Missionary Mary Chowenhill’s mission work, and also informs the way she counsels entrepreneurship students at Uganda Christian University (UCU). She may not have a car to drive into the city of Kampala, but she sees God’s abundance in neighbors who bring fresh garden produce to her door. A broken hot water heater opens her eyes to God’s provision in a kettle to heat water for her shower. No hot water heater means a lower electric bill, which translates into cash she spends on other things—such as crafts created by a local artisan. Mary does not see the world through the typical economics of scarcity. She sees opportunities to lean on God’s sufficiency. With this experience and mindset, she helps her students start businesses with limited capital.

Mary advises students at UCU’s business incubation center. Edina Kia, a young woman who wanted to start a honey business, only had one hive to start. Now with six hives, Kia is about to sell the fruits of a successful harvest. Another student, Douglas Wegulo, markets char-briquettes made from by-products of sugar and coffee. The briquettes are an alternative fuel to wood—a valuable resource in Uganda. Mary has encouraged Douglas to see that, although he can’t afford two acres of land, the abundancy is in finding like-minded business partners to come alongside him—even if they become competitors someday.

Mary’s mindset is rooted in the Gospel: God’s abundant grace and holiness meets us in our spiritual state of scarcity. This biblical truth touches the lives of students at UCU, which attracts people from across Africa. One of Mary’s students in 2016 was Kalo Jusef, from the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. “Born a Muslim, he converted to Christianity, as did his father and his entire family, as a result of his time here at UCU,” Mary shares. “He came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and started a ministry in Uganda to refugees from Sudan and South Sudan. He provides them with the practical skills they need to develop their own businesses.” Kalo and his wife, Leah, seek to go back to the Nuba Mountains to minister there. We pray that God may continue to send students like Kalo out from UCU to share Gospel hope through their vocations, as His abundance brought Mary to Uganda through senders who partner in her ministry.

Click through the gallery below to see pictures of Edina Kia’s log-beehives, and Douglas Wegulo’s char-briquettes business!