After a stressful drive in the accumulating snow we finally arrived at Dulles and made it to the gate just as they were calling our group to board. Thank you for your prayers as you covered our travel. The flight was uneventful and we were met at the airport by our friends from First Baptist Church of Pedregal who escorted us to our hotel. After a night’s rest, we worshipped at First Baptist Church of Pedregal on Sunday morning AND Sunday evening and were able to participate in Holy Communion at the evening service. Monday was the opening day for the Bible School and attendance was a little light because it was a National Holiday in Panama, but a good time was had by all at First Baptist Church of Pedregal and at the New Hope Mission Church where we served in the afternoon. Tuesday, the number of children increased as the Country got back into its routine. The crafts are being well received and Keith and Dale may be able to tie a fishing knot by the time they return . As usual, Angela has done a great time in preparing the craft materials and Jim is being the dutiful husband in supporting her efforts. Richard is just enjoying being with the kids. Everyone is looking forward to some special worship time later in the week as we work with our friends from First Baptist Church of Pedregal as they present a religious drama for the parents in the neighborhood. Stay tuned for our next blog and we continue to covet your prayers.–The Team
Hello again, everyone!
We’ve greatly appreciated everybody’s prayers throughout the week. Since our Wednesday blog post, our group got to participate in two more days (the last two days) of VBS at First Baptist Church Pedregal. We also wrapped up our time at both mission churches on Thursday.
We spent Friday afternoon exploring downtown Panama and had a wonderful dinner with our hosts/friends. We look forward to a special outing Saturday with our Panamanian friends, followed by our flight home Sunday morning. On that note, we should be back at Gayton by 6:00 PM on Sunday.
And now, one more set of pictures for you to enjoy! Two of these come from one of our mission locations, The Remnant Baptist Church. Also included is a sampling of the various crafts the teenagers completed during the afternoons this week at FBC Pedregal (along with a shot of the teens deep in learning).
Hello, once again!
As our mission team passes the halfway point of our VBS week, a little fatigue is inevitable. Nevertheless, we’re feeling great!
Over the past few days, our team has worked with approximately 125 students each day – between First Baptist Church of Pedregal and the two mission churches. Relationships continue to be formed, and laughs continue to be had!
We just wrapped up a meaningful prayer service with our Panamanian brothers and sisters in Christ. We prayed for a variety of things: the church, its pastor, its own mission opportunities, and the country of Panama itself.
After an uneventful trip, our group arrived safely in Panama on Saturday night. We enjoyed a full day of worship on Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Pedregal. We were also given some “updated direction” on how VBS was to be run, requiring us to be prepared to run all five crafts each day (as opposed to one each day).
Our craft director Angela immediately rose to the occasion, and with a team effort, we were good-to-go Monday morning. Numbers were a little small to start, but there was much excitement from both the Panama and Gayton sides!
After running the morning VBS, we went to two mission churches for an afternoon VBS session; one of those mission churches was running VBS for the first time.
We also assisted in the afternoon with teenagers for their own VBS back at FBC Pedregal. Three places in one afternoon, but a fantastic team effort – coupled with God’s will – allowed it all to happen!