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Sunset International Bible Institute mourns missions trainer Sammy Flanary


Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas, reports:

Egyptian Christian Alfred Habashy, center, with Doug Reeves and Sammy Flanary at Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas. Flanary, who died July 11, was part of Sunset’s ministry training efforts in Egypt. (Photo provided by Doug Reeves)

Sammy Flanary passed from this life to his eternal reward on July 11, 2013, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock.  Sammy had recently returned from a productive but physically challenging mission trip to Athens, Greece, and the Island of Crete. He was hospitalized for almost two months before his death.
Sammy graduated from Sunset School of Preaching in 1974 and served for many years as an evangelist and church planter in several US locations, before answering the call to preach in Eastern Europe and Russia when the wall came down.  Prior to their move to Perm, Russia for several years, Sammy and Mary graduated from Sunset School of Missions.
For the past 16 years Sammy has served as missions coordinator with the International Division and Advancement Department of SIBI.  In that role he has been actively involved in training programs in Athens, Greece, and Donetsk, Ukraine, as well as mission works in Paris, France and Cairo, Egypt.  Sammy was a skilled teacher of the Word and a constant soul winner.  Through the years he has excelled in mentoring younger men, who will undoubtedly continue his mission efforts.

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A memorial service is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 18 at the Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock.

  • Feedback
    Grateful for Sammy’s life and his service to our Lord and his kingdom.
    Alan Henderson
    July, 13 2013

    I was blessed to know and work with Sammy a short time in the early 80’s. He served as the pulpit minister at the Walled Lake Michigan church of Christ. Sammy was one of most spiritual men I have ever known and he was, and continues to be a blessing to me. I was impressed with his prayer life and I have tried to follow his example even though I have fallen short. Love to Mary and the children.
    Dale Perry,
    Wixom, MI
    Dale Perry
    July, 14 2013

    I was opportuned to have sammy as my teacher in the world bible school some years ago but it has become expedient dat sammy has given up to the cold hands of death. It is hard to say farewell but i must say it. We will miss u. Am happy that your works are not invane. Adieu brother sammy, may your gentle soul rest in peace. Amen.
    Sifonobong Asuquo
    July, 24 2013

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