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!


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.

Thursday September 22, 2022
Ridgecrest Conference Center

(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

Questions? Email

Building relational bridges for mental health care

Building relational bridges for mental health care

Missionary April Sylvester shares the hope of Christ by building relational bridges through the YANA (You Are Not Alone) Foundation to support Zambian young people in their journey to mental health. The organization provides “Listeners,” makes presentations at schools, and also has a referral program for professional therapy. One person who meets with a Listener was grateful: “[My Listener is] kind and understands me. Some days I get extremely depressed and only look forward to our sessions.”  

April updated her senders recently:

“In the last few months we have been able to ramp up our programs again. At the end of 2021, we had our biggest volunteer training yet! We were overwhelmed with the amount of people that came forward wanting to give their time and effort to support and love on the people around them through volunteer counseling.

“We plan to train more volunteer counselors (we call them Listeners) this year than ever before, so that we can in turn help more people than ever before! Praise God for the wonderful volunteers that have come, and please lift up our trainings to come! Thanks so much for your consistent prayers and support!”


A group of newly trained YANA “Listeners”

Serving alongside the Honduran church to bring hope to marginalized kids

Serving alongside the Honduran church to bring hope to marginalized kids

  – Written by Ana Reid –

Ana is a Missionary Associate, who upon leaving her full-time work in Honduras, still continues to be increasingly active in ministry outreach in several parts of the country.  She visits Honduras regularly and is in constant communication with those she partners with and those she serves, thanks to the commitment of her senders in the United States and the abilities of technology.

One of the communities with which Ana worked during her time in Honduras was Colonia Episcopal, Puerto Cortes – coordinating medical team visits, partnering in community development, and working with the local school.  One of the visiting teams offered Ana the opportunity to open a clinic (Sloan Clinic) at this very marginalized community that sits just meters away from the city dump, which is the main source of income for many families, digging for recyclables to sell. She jumped on the opportunity, led building renovations, hired local personnel and soon the doors were open to serve the community and beyond.  Ana continues to oversee the work at Sloan Clinic, she is also deeply involved with the local primary school and with the many other schools that students move on to once they finish 6th grade.  Ana keeps track of each student’s progress, has open communication with them, with their parents, as well as with the schools. 

 During her years in Honduras Ana also worked with Osman Hope (, a Christian organization that runs four day shelters in 4 different regions, offering educational and nutritional support to children in gang-infested neighborhoods. She assisted in the coordination of conferences and retreats and offered support to the directors of each shelter.

 Now Ana is a very active member of the board and is very involved with the ongoing work, with all the challenges brought by the Covid 19 pandemic.  Ana is especially active with the one shelter that was devastated with the last two hurricanes that hit the country, forcing it to temporarily close its doors. The shelter is now open and Ana is working closely with the local personnel and the church to renovate and bring the shelter to full functionality again.

 Ana’s agenda for her visits to Honduras are always full, even prior to setting foot there.  She schedules meetings with all stakeholders: Clinic personnel, school teachers and directors, sponsored students (the old and the new incoming students to be sponsored) field trips for students, dinner with high school and technical school students, meeting with local church leaders/bishop, meeting with mayor’s office personnel, meal distribution to all the primary and kindergarten students from Colonia Episcopal….and, there is always time made to be with friends, that through the years partner with her in ministry.


The Messenger & Prayer Calendar Spring/Summer 2022 : The Gospel Crossing Cultures in Southern Africa, Uganda, and Honduras

The Messenger & Prayer Calendar Spring/Summer 2022 : The Gospel Crossing Cultures in Southern Africa, Uganda, and Honduras

The newest edition of The Messenger & Prayer Calendar is here, and it has been expanded by four pages to bring you more stories of God’s work around the world through SAMS missionaries!

In this issue:

    • A little girl experiences healing through Christ-centered care
    • New avenues open for Gospel impact through educational technology in East Africa
    • The Good News crosses cultures through the power of narrative
    • Prayer Calendar for Spring/Summer 2022
    • An invitation from Mission Director Stewart Wicker
    • Missionary testimony: Discerning a Call to Missions

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World Mission Sunday Resources

World Mission Sunday Resources

World Mission Sunday is a special time in Epiphany to join with God’s people in praying for the spread of Jesus’ Good News around the world! One of our sister organizations, New Wineskins Missionary Network, has prepared a full webpage of resources (liturgies, videos, discussion guides, and more) to help your church observe World Mission Sunday. Many Anglican churches are celebrating it on February 20, but anytime your church can give special focus to world mission is great! Check it out: