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 (osmanhope.org), 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 Magnet: 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!

The Magnet
Written by Mary McDonald
Reviewed by Nita Dempsey

Dear friends, I commend this well written and heartfelt book to you. Mary takes us on the personal journey of her childhood through her adulthood and on to how Jesus redeemed trauma and used joy to form her calling as a missionary veterinarian. This is a bold and frank telling of a little girl’s losses and victimization, a teen’s rebellion and aspirations, a young adult’s disillusionment, to finally and beautifully a step into the redemption and purpose of our Lord. This is a story that will inspire you in your faith and endear you to the author. Whatever we are facing or have endured, this story affirms the power of Jesus Christ to restore us to our true selves.

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

Tania de la Cantera: a book review and invitation

This post is first 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!

Tania de la Cantera
By Suzy McCall
Book Review by Denise Cox 

Life in a poor urban neighborhood in Honduras is complex and filled with both joy and sorrow. In this fictional story of one family’s day to day experiences, SAMS Missionary Suzy McCall vividly portrays life in a poor Tegucigalpa neighborhood. The story swiftly draws one in, as in each chapter one longs to know how the life of Tania will turn out. Her teenage mom and dad, her rough grandmother, and kind neighbor are all portrayed with realistic clarity. This fictional account provides a deeper understanding of the pressures faced by those living in poverty in Central America.

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

Apprentices of Patrick Lutalo’s ministry put finishing touches on maternity facility in Uganda

Apprentices of Patrick Lutalo’s ministry put finishing touches on maternity facility in Uganda

Missionary Bridger Patrick Lutalo recently wrapped up the first project of his ministry Teach Men to Fish. The ministry equips young people of Uganda with marketable skills along with discipleship in the Gospel. Patrick led youth apprentices in constructing a maternity facility for the community. You can read Patrick’s March 2022 report, which shares how many women and children have already been blessed by the maternity facility, here.

The official dedication ceremony took place on December 20, 2021.  Patrick reported to his senders: 

Today was the official dedication before God of our maternity facility project at Naama Health Center 111 in Mityana. We started off with spiritual mentoring from the Rev. Emmanuel Luka of St. Andrew’s Cathedral at Namukozi. He is the youth coordinator in the diocese. He is so young at heart and shared his childhood experiences, which resonated with the apprentices. He urged us all in the importance of doing what we can for one another for the glory of God. Rev. Emmanuel Lukabwe attended Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and he is familiar with SAMS. This created a special spiritual bond for us. We are making plans for the continued spiritual mentoring of our apprentices.

Immigrant Ministry in Pittsburgh: Meeting “Amina”

Immigrant Ministry in Pittsburgh: Meeting “Amina”

We have moved to snowy Pittsburgh! We miss the warmth and big sky and food of the Rio Grande Valley, but our time here so far has been filled with many good things. Our main focus in these first months of transition is seeking financial partners and looking for a house to rent, but in this update I wanted to introduce you to one of our new neighbors who makes me excited about our mission, which is to partner with the local church in Pittsburgh to extend Christ’s love and truth to recent immigrants.

“Amina” is a young woman from Afghanistan who arrived in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. She was halfway through her university studies in psychology and sign-language when she had to flee the resurgence of the Taliban. Her new landlord knew about the English classes at Church of the Ascension, the church with whom we are partnering in Pittsburgh, and she arranged for Amina to begin weekly tutoring.

Before our first meeting, I nervously wondered what she would be like, picturing a fierce yet tragic, robed figure, maybe like the iconic “Afghan Girl” cover photo from National Geographic. In reality, Amina was wearing a soccer hoodie with a puffy winter coat and snow hat. She had a big smile, a nervous laugh, and came across as a friendly, slightly shy, slightly sleepy college student.

Not surprisingly, I have heard that one of the hardest things for Afghan refugees is being separated from family. Amina is no different, leaving behind her whole family – her mom, four older siblings, five nieces, and five nephews.


My mental image of an Afghan refugee:
The famous “Afghan Girl” from National
Geographic in 1985

After one of our first meetings, a woman from the church met Amina and walked with her around the church building. In the sanctuary, Amina saw the mural behind the altar depicting the Ascension and asked, “Is that Jesus?”

I feel incredibly privileged to spend time with Amina each week, to help her improve her English, and to be one of the first Christians she gets to meet in her new neighborhood.

Some of the Christ-centered artwork which visitors see inside Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh

I pray that as she adjusts to this new place, that she will come to recognize the risen Christ in the kindness of people around her. Your partnership is touching the lives of those like Amina who are far from home. Thank you for being a part of this ministry!

We have been officially commissioned as missionaries serving refugees
and other recent immigrants in Pittsburgh alongside Church of the
Ascension!

Almighty God, through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, you revealed the way of eternal life to every race and nation: Pour out this gift anew, that by the preaching of the Gospel your salvation may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

A Prayer for World Mission Sunday from the 2019 Book of Common Prayer, p. 604.

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

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