Sammy Gurule


The Office of Volunteer Ministries (OVM) is pleased to announce the Sammy Gurule Memorial Missions Fund. This Fund is made possible by a generous donation from Edwin and Phyllis Gurule in honor of their son, Sammy. Sammy possessed a deep love for helping others and mission service. In his memory and on an annual basis, OVM will provide service assistance for up to seven (7) qualified Latino or Native American young adults who serve as long-term volunteer missionaries in the OVM/Adventist Volunteer Service program. If you or someone you know has a heart for mission service who could be a candidate for this fund, we invite you to apply.


The SGMM Fund seeks applicants who are/have:

  • NAD/OVM long-term volunteer (18-30 years of age) actively engaged in the application process for an assignment of six months or longer. Funds will only be released to volunteers fully approved and voted for service.
  • Completed the SGMM Fund application at least one week before departure for voted volunteer assignment.
  • Latino or Native American.
  • Church membership within the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
  • Demonstrated financial need (annual income of $35,000 or less).
  • Willing to provide a post-mission service interview (written or in-person).
  • In possession of a “teachable spirit and willing attitude”.

Selection Process

Candidates for a SGMM Fund grant apply by first completing an application. Your application, an interview, and an assessment of financial need are considered in making the final selection of candidates who best meet established criteria and honor the spirit of Sammy Gurule's life. Grant recipients will be notified in writing by regular postal mail.


Complete the application:

Apply for Missions Fund