Dwight Lagore

Meet Our Missionaries

Lynn and I founded Strategic Action Mission Ministries (SAM Ministries), a Canadian registered charity affiliated to the FCA. We serve in both Brazil (a work started in the 70’s by Earl and Ruth Trekofski), and in Mozambique South East Africa. Lynn and I are the field team directors for Southern Africa and currently serve a team of 6 other amazing missionaries and a staff of 50 Mozambicans with a focus on our mission of “Loving God and Loving people so they have a chance to love God and love people.” Both Lynn and I are MK’s (missionary kids) who experienced a clear call on our lives many years ago to serve in missions. We moved to South Africa in 1987. God then brought relative peace to Mozambique in 1992 which enabled us to move there in 1993 and establish a ministry we never thought was possible! God blessed us with two amazing children who we homeschooled and who now are educated, married to amazing people and have given us 4 beautiful grandchildren. We continue to look for called and competent men and women of character to serve with us to reach many more lost and hurting people!

Missionary Work

Serving Field: Mozambique

Website: https://samministries.org

We believe the gospel is best understood, received, and responded to when people both hear the words of the gospel and see the works that result from lives changed by the gospel. As a result, we run a Christian school and feeding program, an orphan ministry, a Bible and Leadership training program, a couple medical clinics with a baby milk program, a literacy and agriculture program, as well as an aviation ministry that serves our other outreach efforts as well as emergencies. We are based on a 2300 acre farm in central Mozambique which provides the launch pad for the various mission ministries being carried out.

Current Projects

We have numerous current projects including 1. Constructing classrooms, teachers accommodations, a fellowship/eating hall and a playground at our school, 2. Continuing to construct accommodation facilities and a kitchen/dining facility for our multi-purpose training center, 3 Developing a new property with dorm facilities for our sponsored students and orphans who need to study away from home, 4. A couple vehilce projects for newer missionaries who need these, 5. A project to sell our Cessna 182 and purchase a newer Cessna 206 with a Jet A engine to better serve the needs of our growing operation.

How Can You Partner?

We welcome short term teams who can come and assist with construction projects, youth outreaches, vacation Bible school for our school children, etc. 

We also welcome pastors with experience who can visit and share with our leaders in training during intensive training times or during seminars in their areas. 

We welcome help to pray for and help sponsor any of the projects listed under our current projects.

We welcome any churches who would be willing to sponsor our Unique Christmas Gifts projects we promote each Christmas.

We welcome anyone interested in sponsoring a child or orphan to enable them to break the cycle of economic and spiritual poverty. We are looking for at least 50 new sponsors this year.

We welcome applications for new missionaries who sense a calling to missions! Currently we are specifically recruiting people who could possibly learn and fill the role of Field Team Leaders in both Mozambique and Brazil.

Vision and Future Plans

Our vision is to better equip our mission team in Mozambique and Brazil with a growing skill set, including more people (called, competent people of character), the infrastructure, the equipment and the resources to reach further and more effectively, so more of those we are called to are equipped to fulfill God’s call in their lives. 

As a result, we are building a gymnasium for our school in Brazil, more infrastructure for the children in our sponsorship program in both Mozambique and Brazil, improving the living conditions for our mission team in Mozambique to enable them to better survive the harsh conditions, and recruiting and mentoring younger people who could fill the roles some of us older missionaries are currently filling.

Resources to Share with Others

We hold the copyright to the Portuguese translation of a basic Bible training program that may be of interest to others. We also have written a few manuals ourselves (very contextualized for Mozambique) relating to youth leadership and community health. We are also certainly willing to share our experience and journey with others who may just need encouragement!

George Harrison

Meet Our Missionary

I, George, graduated from Living Faith Bible College (now Clearwater College) with BA in Ministry. I invested 10 years of my life working with Brother Andrew and his ministry of Open Doors. We spent those 10 years serving the persecuted church around the world . In 1995 we resigned from Open Doors and took up a position with Maranatha Evangelistic Association serving under the leadership of our dear friends Dr. John Lucas and his wife Doris. While under MEA we focused on Cuba and in particular smuggling Bible into Cuba and strengthening pastors.. Then we added a ministry in South Sudan

Missionary Work

Serving Field: Alberta, Cuba, South Sudan

During one of the first smuggling trips in Cuba, were were introduced to Godly pastors who lacked the basic essentials of life. This began our Cuba Pastor Ministry and today we have over 30 Cuban pastors receiving monthly support. Our thinking at that time was, if we can keep the pastors and their families healthy and strong, they will in turn produce healthy and strong Churches. This Cuba ministry of supporting pastors is now in its 29 th. year and we continue to move on with our Lord’s help.

In 2006 we took a ministry trip to Africa. That trip opened up a door to rebuild a run down mission station in then Sudan, now South Sudan. We planted and built churches and Christian schools. When the current civil war came to South Sudan in 2013 and reached our now rebuilt mission station in 2016, we had 3 churches built and were running over 1000 children in our now 3 schools.  Millions of South Sudanese fled to neighboring countries, with only the clothes on their backs. We followed our loyal staff and found many in Bidi Bidi refugee camp. We asked permission to build a church and a school and were granted by the United Nations a large plot of land to build on. Our school soon became according to the Uganda School system one of the best schools in the area. Muslim men started coming to register their children. We informed them this was a Christian school, where Jesus would be taught, they came any way. These Muslims school children took the message of Good News back to their parents and many Muslim parents have now become Muslim background believers as well as the children. Today in Bidi Bidi refugee camp the school runs over 450 students, all learning about Jesus. We have put on special outreach programs to reach the lost in the other 13 Refugee Camps. Just this past Easter in an Easter service in Rhino refugee camp 67 children and 2 adults were introduced into the waiting arms of Jesus Christ. We are in contact weekly with our South Sudan Christian outreach Board of directors. We sent funds monthly to keep the ministry running and our staff fed. This is just a brief overview of our work in Cuba and Africa.

Current Projects

When peace returns to South Sudan, we need to rebuild our 3 Churches and 3 schools . Most anything of value has been stolen even the metal roofs on the buildings have been taken. We also need to replace our ageing Land Cruiser . 

How Can You Partner?

Until peace returns its not safe for us to return to South Sudan, while we remain in the refugee camps, the United Nations has reduced the original allotment of food rations by 2/3. So food and basic living supplies remain the most important items at this moment. Currently we have been sending funds monthly for food to reach the children, the elderly and the handicapped and the vulnerable. We need help with this project, any assistance will be greatly appreciated. We have planted other churches in a few other refugee camps, and this has become a success in reaching the lost. Some of these churches are in need of new tarps to keep the rains out . Praise God He is moving within the refugee camps of Northern Uganda.

Vision and Future Plans

Our Vision, should the civil war continue in South Sudan, is to plant churches in all 14 refugee camps while the people are still displaced. We need to return to both Cuba and the refugee camps as soon as possible.

Resources to Share with Others

I would recommend Living Faith now Clearwater College as an excellent place to learn about both the Bible and missions.