ASAS DE SOCORRO
Asas de Socorro Vision Statement
Our vision is to serve as an example to others of missionary work in the Amazon Region, in accordance with a Christian worldview of sustainability, so that we may be present in more locations, going further and getting there faster.
Asas de Socorro Mission Statement
We are a Christian missionary organization dedicated to excellence in providing aviation services, humanitarian aid, and community development support in the most inaccessible areas of the Amazon region of Northern Brazil, with the purpose of serving God alongside those living in precarious conditions in those areas.
1955 - Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) sends two families from the United States to begin providing aviation services to missionaries in Brazil.
James and Darlene Lomheim
Harold and Elsie Berk
1956 - A damaged Piper Pacer is purchased and James Lomheim and Harold Berk rebuild the airplane in their backyard.
Harold Berk and James Lomheim in the disabled Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer they were rebuilding, tail number: PT-AOR
1957 - The first flights for missionaries are flown out of the city of Cuiabá, Mato Grosso.
1959 - A second Operations Base is opened in the extreme north of Brazil, in the city of Boa Vista.
1969 - Licenses were granted to install HF radios in Boa Vista and in surrounding villages, so the missionaries can have contact with the city and the airplane.
1976 - A third Operations Base is opened in the city of Manaus.
1995 - The transition begins for MAF to hand over local leadership of Asas to a Brazilian Board of Directors and leadership team. Asas is now an MAF Affiliate Program, with all local operations run by national leadership and MAF providing assistance to Asas when requested.
2016 - Asas enters into a formal partnership with Ethnos 360, for Asas to provide pilot and maintenance services for Ethnos 360 aircraft stationed in Brazil.
2017 - Asas enters into a formal partnership with JAARS, so that the two organizations can exchange personnel, equipment and expertise.
The name Asas de Socorro comes from the Portuguese word for wings – Asas, and the word for help or mercy – Socorro.
Imagine somebody drowning; they yell, "Socorro!"
What is First Aid in Portuguese? First – Primeiro. Aid – Socorro.
Psalm 121:1b – 2: "Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and Earth." What is help in this verse? Socorro.
Asas de Socorro strives to bring God’s help, mercy and aid to those who most need it.
AMOR - Amazon Mission Organization
AMTB - Associação de Missões Transculturais Brasileiras
A Rocha Brasil
Ethnos 360 Aviation
JOCUM - Jovens Com Uma Missão
MEAP - Missão Evangélica de Assistência aos Pescadores
Médicos de Cristo
MEVA - Missão Evangélica da Amazônia
MNTB - Missão Novas Tribos do Brasil
Rede Mãos Dadas
RENAS - Rede Evangélica Nacional de Ação Social
YWAM - Youth With A Mission Worldwide