Lent Prayer Resource

SAMS Ireland, a mission agency facilitating church partnerships with church communities in South America, has unveiled a new resource for Lent 2024. This prayer guide is designed to provide prayer support for South American church initiatives and outreach projects throughout the Lenten season.

With a daily prayer focus linked to specific ministries and church endeavors with link dioceses in South America, this resource aims to deepen the engagement of churches and individuals in prayerful support. Each day of Lent will offer a prayer point, allowing participants to intercede for the various challenges and opportunities faced by the Church in South America.

The downloadable PDF format ensures accessibility for churches, small groups, and individuals seeking to actively engage in prayer during Lent.

“Prayer is a powerful tool for fostering unity and supporting our brothers and sisters in Christ,” remarked Claire Holmes for SAMS Ireland. “Through this Lent 2024 prayer resource, we hope to facilitate meaningful connections and ignite hearts with a passion for mission and ministry in South America.”

The Lent 2024 prayer resource is now available for download on the SAMS Ireland website, inviting churches and individuals to join in prayerful support with the Church in South America throughout the Lenten season.

Download the Lent Prayer Resource PDF

Wishing SAMS Ireland supporters much joy and blessing this Christmas season

Thank you for your ongoing support for Mission this year. Wishing SAMS Ireland supporters much joy and blessing this Christmas season! As we celebrate the birth of our Savior, we are reminded of the beautiful promise in Isaiah 9:6:

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

May the Wonderful Counsellor guide you, the Mighty God strengthen you, the Everlasting Father envelop you in His love, and the Prince of Peace fill your hearts with His enduring joy.

In this season of love and togetherness, we extend our heartfelt gratitude for your partnership with SAMS Ireland.

May the true spirit of Christmas fill your homes with warmth, your hearts with peace, and your lives with the boundless love of Christ.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

 

SAMS Prayer Station: A Video Prayer Journey for the Anglican Church in South America

Embark on a prayer journey through Peru, Bolivia, and Northern Argentina with our special video prayer resource. In this 20-minute video, we explore the landscapes of South America, standing in prayer with the Anglican Church. Let’s transform these landscapes into ‘prayerscapes’ as we intercede for our brothers and sisters.

The prayer video is intended to be used individually or in the setting of a church prayer group. Simply click below and be led through prayer points and scripture for the church in South America.

Join us in this intercession tool. May our prayers reverberate across borders, bringing comfort and encouragement to our Anglican church partners in South America. Watch and share the video on our website and Facebook page. Together, let’s make a difference through the gift of prayer.

 

 

Boas Novas Church Brazil – Sister Valerie Thom

Welcome to Boas Novas Church, nestled in the heart of the Marie Paula district of Niteroi, within the vibrant state of Rio. A mere 13 km across the iconic bridge from the bustling city of Rio de Janeiro, our church stands as a beacon of hope and compassion.

Boas Novas Church stands in solidarity with the most marginalised in our community, displaying unwavering dedication despite our modest resources. At its helm is Pastor Carlos, a compassionate leader, supported by his devoted wife, Roberta. With very limited income, Pastor Carlos and the church elders invest not only their time but also any available funds into its operations.

Step through our doors and experience a warmth that is unparalleled. Our doors are open wide, offering solace and sustenance to all who enter. Pastor Carlos, driven by an unshakable passion for spreading the message of Jesus, devotes his full-time efforts to both the church and the community.

The recent pandemic has dealt a harsh blow, particularly to those already living on the fringes. Despite these challenges, Boas Novas Church has remained a steadfast pillar of support. We’ve extended our helping hand to the local community, providing essential food baskets, cleaning supplies, and even contributing to health expenses.

Pastor Carlos, a testament to resilience, battled heart problems and emerged stronger. His unwavering commitment to his calling is evident in every aspect of his work.

A striking illustration of our church’s unity shines through a heartwarming anecdote. In 2019, when a team undertook the task of painting our church, the local community rallied alongside us. The collaborative spirit transcended mere tasks, as we learned that partnership meant sharing responsibilities. While we painted, our church family took up the mantle of cleaning. As we bid farewell, our church radiated unity, with Brazilian and Northern Irish flags adorning the space, a true testament to the harmonious blending of cultures.

As we gather in prayer, we beseech:

  • May the light of Jesus illuminate the lives of those in our community.
  • Let job opportunities abound for the most vulnerable among us.
  • Bless our outreach efforts through social events and women’s conferences.
  • Strengthen the partnership between Sams and our church, amplifying our impact.
  • Open doors for future collaborations, allowing us to return and continue our work.
  • Gratefully acknowledge the church family’s boundless generosity and open hearts.

Join us in our mission, where faith, compassion, and unity converge to create a brighter tomorrow for all.

Together, we are a testament to the power of faith in action, and we invite you to stand with us as we journey forward, transforming lives and spreading the love of Christ.

 

Pastor Donald Brooks – Paraguay

Please join us in prayer for the students of St. Andrew’s School. We earnestly desire that all the activities within the school community would lead them to a personal and profound encounter with Jesus. Pray that they may come to understand that Jesus Christ is their greatest need and that in Him, they will find everything their lives require. Let us also lift up the parents and staff members, that they may be instruments of God’s love and guidance in the lives of these students.

Additionally, we ask for your prayers for Iglesia Centro Cristiano Emanuel. May the church experience a revival and become a powerful influence in the city of Luque. Pray that God would grant wisdom and clarity regarding the vision for the church during this new season, which includes the presence of a new pastor and various challenges. May the congregation embrace this fresh direction with faith and enthusiasm.

Furthermore, we humbly request God’s blessings upon Saint Andrew’s Chapel. May the congregation continue to grow, both in terms of generosity and membership. Let it be a haven and a loving family for all those who are far from their homelands, offering support and belonging. Pray that God would raise up individuals gifted in preaching and leading for Sunday services, as well as skilled musicians to enhance worship.

Together, let us intercede for these specific needs, trusting in God’s faithfulness and provision. May His grace and guidance be evident in the lives of the students, the church, and the congregation of Saint Andrew’s Chapel.

 

 

Rev. Luke Pratt, Pen & Emily

Greetings from Santiago, Chile, as we gradually transition out of summer in the Southern Hemisphere! We hope this message finds you well. We are eagerly counting down the days until our return to Ireland, which is scheduled for August. As we prepare for this significant transition, we find ourselves with a multitude of tasks and a limited amount of time. However, we take comfort in knowing that the Lord is our helper, and we are steadily progressing. One of our current priorities is finding tenants for my mother-in-law’s house, as well as identifying interested individuals for the items we need to sell or give away in the coming months.

Following two wonderful weeks of summer holidays spent with our Chilean friends and family, we jumped right back into work. My focus has shifted primarily towards discipleship, as my role as youth leader has been successfully taken over by a talented and experienced sister in Christ. There is a palpable sense of excitement and momentum within our congregation now, especially after enduring a challenging year in the aftermath of the pandemic.

We had the privilege of hosting our mutual friend, Rev. Stephen McElhinney, who serves as the Director of SAMS Ireland. During his visit to Chile, I had the opportunity to accompany him as he toured the Anglican churches and church plants in the city of Concepción, located 500km southwest of Santiago. It was truly a privilege to witness the incredible work that the Lord is doing there, alongside such dedicated and enthusiastic brothers and sisters in Christ.

Thank you once again, and may God’s blessings be upon you all!

We would greatly appreciate your prayers for the following intentions:

The growth of the church here, the emergence of new leaders, and the discovery of innovative opportunities for evangelism.

My upcoming ordination, as I prepare to embark on this new chapter of ministry. Our preparations for our return to Ireland, including the logistics of settling back into Irish society

Wisdom and discernment as we choose a school for our daughter, Emily.

The strengthening of our Christian witness as individuals and as a family within the Irish community.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude for the unwavering support you have shown us throughout these past years, in all its various forms. The Lord has blessed us abundantly through your partnership, and we pray that He continues to shower His blessings upon each and every one of you.

 

 

 

Canon Ariel Irrazabel

I am Canon Ariel Irrazábal, a pastor in the Anglican Diocese of Argentina. For the past 13 years, I have been closely connected with The Mission to Seafarers. Initially, I served as a Port Chaplain in various parts of Brazil, and now I continue my service as a Chaplain in the Port of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Additionally, I hold the position of Honorary Rector at the Anglican Church of All Saints in Quilmes, and I am also collaborating with St. Mark Parish in Hurlingham – both vibrant communities in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires.

My life journey is intertwined with that of Gabriela, my wife, and together, we embrace the role of a missionary couple. Our hearts burn with zeal for spreading the joyful message of Jesus. Gabriela, an accomplished theologian, is dedicated to faith education for adolescents and young adults. We are blessed with a 9-year-old son, Francisco.

Though I was born in Uruguay, Argentina has become my chosen home. This nation has graciously opened its doors to me, and within its borders, I have found a church family that has not only welcomed us but has also instilled in us the distinct ethos and essence of Anglican life.

Living in Argentina awakened a deep thirst within me for theological understanding. At the age of 47, I embarked on a transformative journey to pursue a doctorate in theology. I believe that I possess a unique and authentic perspective to contribute to theological knowledge – a core aspiration of doctoral study. While I may not envision a formal role in educational ministry, I do feel a resounding call to communicate, in a more authentic and precise manner, the divine workings amidst His people.

The essence of “first” theology is embodied in the lives of believers who encounter and cultivate a personal relationship with God. On the other hand, “second” theology seeks to articulate, convey, and illuminate God’s actions in ways that resonate with the people of our contemporary world and diverse cultures.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude to SAMS Ireland for their unwavering support throughout this arduous doctoral journey. Their assistance has been invaluable in enabling me to pursue this academic pursuit alongside my ongoing commitments. Your understanding and tireless dedication contribute significantly to advancing God’s mission in South America.

With profound appreciation,

Canon Ariel Irrazábal

 

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