Blog Updates

Blog updates from:

Nick & Catherine Drayson in Juarez, Northern Argentina:

Pat Blanchard in Lima, Peru:

Linn Tedman in Asunción, Paraguay: and

Ian & Polly Montgomery in Lima, Peru on a recent visit to see Fr. Alejandro Mesco in Cabanaconde, Arequipa

Martin & Carla Flores in La Paz, Bolivia (this blog is in Spanish):

The Anglican Diocese of Bolivia also released the following video earlier this year which may be of interest:

A miracle in Chile

An interview between Peter Allen and Rev. Alfredo Cooper, chaplain to the President of Chile. Recorded on BBC Radio 5 Live during the successful rescue of the miners. Rev. Cooper speaks of the way God has been at work, and gives a solid answer to Allen’s challenge about how God could have allowed it to happen in the first place. Rev. Cooper also speaks of the perspective of the miners, who felt like there was a 34th person down there – Jesus.

Mission isn’t an exclusive calling for the few, it’s for everyone!

Mission isn’t an exclusive calling for the few, it’s for everyone.  Mission is at the heart of Christian discipleship.  It involves and demands all of us as we are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  Something significant emerges when we grasp the fact that mission must be modelled through servanthood.  Remember, authentic mission depends on the miracle of God’s participation.

Friday Night Live

Chilean miner Jose Henrique is one of the special guests at the SAMS Friday Night Live gathering on 4 February 7.30pm in Craigavon Civic Centre.

When disaster struck the 33 Chilean miners back in August, one of them, Jose Henriquez, held fast to his faith. Holding on to hope whilst being trapped underground for over two months was a true test of trust. A billion people watched the miners being rescued, but only a few will get to hear Jose tell his story personally. Alf Cooper who is the chaplain to the President of Chile led the nation’s prayers during the Chile miner crisis and was on the scene during their dramatic rescue. A gifted speaker and teacher, Alf will be translating for Jose Henriquez.

The keynote speaker at Craigavon Civic Centre will be the Rev. Barry Forde, Chaplain to Queen’s University and the evening will be hosted by Bishop Ken Clarke.

Gwen Carlisle and Mags Southern, Principal and Vice-Principal respectively of St. Andrew’s College in Asuncion will be present along with Bishop Peter and Sally Bartlett from Paraguay. SAMS is also pleased this year to have Bishop Carlos Lopez from Spain. Other South Americans present will be Jax McCallum from Argentina, Oscar Leon, Gerardo and Suyai Gimpel from Chile.

Other special items in the programme include feedback from SAMS Ireland volunteers. Following the large attendance last year, there will be extra seating and an overflow area in the Civic Centre.

All welcome at 7.30pm in The Craigavon Civic Centre.

For travel directions visit for details.

Jose Henrique will also be visiting:

Willowfield Parish centre Belfast 5th February at 7.30 pm. (Ticket only)

St Saviours Dollingstown Sunday 6th February at 830am. (Breakfast)

Shankill Parish Church Lurgan 6th February at 10 30 am. (Open to all)

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