This coming summer, through the Baptist Missionary Association (BMA), I will be travelling to Peru as a mission intern. For the first month of the term I will be staying with John Michael Poulin, the BMA missionary for that region. I will be following him and learning about life as a missionary. After that, I will travel into the Andes Mountains to work with national missionary/pastor Paul Esteban Tinoco Lopez, who works with the media arm of the BMA called Lifeword. Lifeword assists local churches in fulfilling the Great Commission by providing Christ-centered media to produce disciples of Jesus Christ. In Peru, Pastor Tinoco is placing radio towers for local churches to broadcast Lifeword produced media in order to spread the gospel to regions that missionaries can’t reach easily. I will be working with him, and may be able to see how my engineering studies can help in the mission field. During the last two weeks of my stay, there will be a medical mission team visiting from the United States through Baptist Medical Missions International (BMMI) and I’ll have the privilege of serving with them--The medical team will start in the mountains of Peru. After a week, the team will head down into the jungle region near the head waters of the Amazon River. During that second week we will be ministering to a tribe that has only recently met Americans for the first time.
Foreign missions have always been a desire of mine. My parents were missionaries in the Dominican Republic when I was young and we moved back to the United States when I was two. In the fourth grade, I got to return to the Dominican Republic with a BMMI medical mission team and it was amazing to be there. I went a on church sponsored trip in the seventh grade to Guatemala. Every time, there was something about these places that just drew me in. Last March I was given the opportunity to travel with the College of the Ozarks to Vietnam. I travelled with a group of Vietnam Veterans and was able to hear their stories and firsthand accounts. This trip reignited my desire to be in the mission field, so I decided to see what I could do. My original intent was to see if there was any sort of engineering projects I could take on for a region that needed help. I made contact with the current missionary in Dominican Republic, Jesse Hales, and he pointed me to Angela Rice at the BMA. Angela found this opportunity for me in Peru, and I am excited to see what God has planned for me to witness.
That being said, my immediate need financially is to buy a plane ticket, which the price ranges from around $1300 to $1500. Along with that I will be paying for room and board while I stay, and the price for that is undetermined.
I plan to upload videos that will include updates of how the trip is going and what I am experiencing. My hope is that the many people who may never get the chance to travel on a mission trip will be able to experience parts of it through these videos. I will be posting them on YouTube, and my account name is Sam Scaggs.
I count you my partner in this endeavor and very much appreciate your investment in my life by providing this opportunity to serve. I will update you as I’m able. Most of all, I covet prayer partners. Please email me or send a friend request on Facebook if you choose to join me in prayer during my time as a Student Volunteer Missionary.
Thank you for your support,
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