Over 80 distinct nations populate this city, including a large number of unreached people groups from the Middle East. This city, a multicultural commercial center in Latin America, is where Samuel House is located. The multicultural aspect of this city gives Latin American international worker candidates a rich opportunity to build relationships with a focused people group, as well as the opportunity to experience many of the initial aspects of leaving their home country to live abroad on mission.
The candidates of Samuel House are predominantly bi-vocational workers, who use their respective vocations to add value to a community while building bridges for the gospel. On one occasion, a number of candidates facilitated a “make it better project” in a local school within their focused people group. Through this volunteer initiative, the candidates helped students outfit a nurse’s station by raising funds to purchase basic first-aid equipment. The students also had the opportunity to complete a Level 1 First-Aid Certificate training taught by Samuel House’s resident nurse.
In another project, a book drive was held for the library of the school while candidates helped to reorganize and catalogue. After receiving almost 100 book contributions, literacy awareness was elevated as they were taught on the benefits of reading and the use of the library. The candidates brought value to the school, they built credibility among the students and their parents. Now the faculty welcomes future candidates from Samuel house to continue this relationship as the Program Director notes, “The students of your cultural training center are welcome to come back anytime. They added so much value to our school and the students and teachers all loved and respected them. Will you send more of your people next year?”
Samuel House candidates are there to learn, but in that process of preparation, God is opening doors for the kingdom to be taken further and deeper among a least-reached people group in this multicultural city.
This story is taken from the Fall 2018 Alliance Connection magazine. You can get a free copy of the Alliance Connection at Alliance churches across Canada or view the digital copy online. We hope you will be encouraged and inspired to go deeper in Jesus and as a result, further on mission.
* Steve and Heidi’s full names are withheld for security reasons. They are facilitators of Samuel House, a 10-month cross-cultural training program located in the southern Caribbean Sun region to help equip and raise up a new generation of Latin American international workers to reached the unreached, partnering with the Latin American Alliance. Learn more at cmacan.org/shm