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Jun
27

Commitment not Colonialism

Archbishops Tito Zavala (South America), Onesphore Rwaje (Rwanda), & Stephen Than (Myanmar) stand with Bishop Richard Condie (Tasmania) at an ARDF meeting in Singapore ARDF is in Wheaton, Illinois this week for meetings with our Global Trustees. Our unique development model means that US stakeholders do not select which projects get funded by ARDF. Sure, […]

Jun
27

How to Pray for NAMS — part 3, by Mary Garrison-Ruiz.

Finally, dear friends, after sharing with you about sweet Audrey and talking a bit about why prayer is so transformative—for the pray-er and the circumstance—we come to the call for intercession. What a blessing it is to be able to communicate with our God and to know that at any moment we can share with […]

Jun
26

Trip to the Eastern Cape: Day 4

The majestic grandeur of the scenery along the route we are taking to George is indescribable. It will take poetry or a grand symphony to explain what we have seen today. Miles and miles of farmland rising up to the fantastic heights of the mountains all around us…landscape dotted with animals of varying species, both […]

Jun
26

I was Once a Foreigner, too

I set off on my bike for the Garifuna village to spend the afternoon with friends, to stroll on the beautiful Tela beach along the Honduran coast. Before I knew it, it was getting late and I knew, as a young single girl living in a foreign land, that I’d better hurry home before it […]

Jun
25

Trip to the Eastern Cape: Day 3

Cold, cold, cold…but I told Louise a long time ago that when I complain about the cold winters here she must remind me of the 63.8 degree Celsius weather in Gambella. So, I let her do the complaining and I simply nod in sympathy. This morning, the preacher used the image of a desert rose […]

Jun
24

Trip to the Eastern Cape: Day 2

It was -2 degrees Celsius this morning…needless to say, we did not emerge from our beds with the roosters…actually, even the roosters decided to keep a lid on it as we didn’t hear any until later. There is one here whose crow sounds a lot like a rooster we had in Gambella…”Oh what shall I […]

Jun
23

Trip to the Eastern Cape: Day 1

We left Cape Town too late…the traffic was simply absurd. But, as we have a rental, we also have music, so Brahms and Mahler helped calm the nerves and got us safely to our destination. We enjoyed a peaceful evening dining with the Queen.  This weekend, Louise and I will gather our thoughts, go through […]

Jun
22

Are You a Sender?

SAMS is made up of short-term and long-term missionaries. A huge part of SAMS are those who send them! What is a sender and are you one? Familiar words given to us by the physician Luke: “All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone […]

Jun
22

Serious Intercession

Louise and I are asking for serious intercession. We leave for a two week trip to the Eastern Cape on Monday. In many ways, we are retracing the footsteps of my great-grandfather who left Cape Town for the Eastern Cape in 1873…only, he and his family went by ox wagon and horse, not by car. […]

Jun
22

The Author of Life – Preaching for Life at the March for Life in Ottawa

Editor’s Note: Prior to starting the March for Life in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in early May, Bp. Charlie Masters preached an awesome sermon at a service held at St. Peter & St. Paul’s Anglican Church. An excerpt of it is below and the full text and video link are posted on AFL’s website.  You can […]

Jun
21

Pygmy Progress

Mr Kishiba Gilbert – a builder for this ARDF project – and his wife, of Mamba Village Last fall, we told you about a project to fund a school for marginalized Pygmies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Half way through the project, the school building is nearly complete and on track to begin receiving […]

Jun
21

Mission at Home: Mentoring Millennials

SAMS will be seeing you at the Anglican Church of North America’s Assembly 2017: Mission on your Doorstep. Who is our neighbor and how are we to serve them? How is God calling us to mission right where we are? Learn about staff member, Nita, and her calling to local mission.  Remember those who led […]

Jun
20

How to Pray for NAMS — part 2, by Mary Garrison-Ruiz.

Last week I introduced you to my friend Audrey and her great reminder of the value of time spent with the Lord in intercessory prayer. But, deeper to the heart of the matter, why must we pray? As faithful Christians, we seek to follow God’s will, and we know He is sovereign. Yet, in this […]

Jun
20

Sunday June 25th, 2017 – Third Sunday after Pentecost

Jeremiah 20:7-13  You pushed me into this, God, and I let you do it. You were too much for me.And now I’m a public joke. They all poke fun at me.Every time I open my mouth I’m shouting, “Murder!” or “Rape!”And all I get for my God-warnings are insults and contempt.But if I say, “Forget […]

Jun
19

Bottom Dwellers- Who Cares?

Rationale: Mission work should be looked as an investment. For investments like money, time, opportunity, resources, we look for results. We expect influence, impact, and situations that will make a difference. The same should be true for missions. This is not being cold but realistic. We cannot be expected to cover the world with our […]

Jun
19

So that happened…

You know when you´re feeling really overwhelmed with something and on the verge of crying but trying your best to hold it in and then someone asks “are you okay?” or “do you need a hug?” and then you release full on Niagra Falls levels of tears….? Well, over the past four weeks (yes – […]

Jun
19

Networking: The Future of Missions

In the launching of our redesigned website, we took care to make sure that the story of our history was preserved and presented with accuracy and honor. As we thought about our 43 years of helping Anglicans live as mission-minded Christians, we began to see three distinct eras of our ministry’s life. The first era […]

Jun
16

Moving Forward

It is hard to believe it is mid-June!  Much has transpired since my last post.  Since graduating last month from Trinity School for Ministry I have been focusing my energy on raising for support for 6-months of Bridger service in the Solomon Islands with Jonathan and Tess Hicks.  Every month I have been humbled and […]

Jun
16

“Working Together is the Key of Our Success”

A couple works together on their farm in the Diocese of Two Kasai ‘’We are working together because it is the key of our success. ‘’ – A couple from Bondo Kanyinda in the Diocese of Two Kasai An ARDF project is helping farmers in the Diocese of Two Kasai by teaching farming skills, giving […]

Jun
16

Sunday May 28th, 2017 – Seventh Sunday of Easter

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation (Psalm 68:5).   The verse struck me as curious. How is the Lord a Father of the fatherless and a Protector of widows from His holy habitation? Rather, it sounds as if by being in His holy habitation (a likely reference to heaven) God […]