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Report for Saturday, Jan. 13th– Last day in Panama:
Today we spent the day with the pastor and his family touring the country of Panama. We literally went from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in one day. We visited the new Panama Canal (opened in 2016) in Colon and then traveled back to Panama City to visit Old Towne. We ended the day with Panamanian ice cream and a quick dinner in the hotel lobby. We will fly out tomorrow morning at 7:30 AM and arrive back in Richmond around 9:00 PM. It will be a long day of travel.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support of our team while we served along side the church members at First Baptist Pedregal. We are excited to share more details with everyone when we get home!
Enjoy a few pictures from today as well as highlights from the week:
Report for Wednesday, January 10: Thanks for your continued prayers. Now that we are in the middle of our trip, we are beginning to feel the long hours in our feet and backs. It has already been a rewarding experience being with the Panamanians and serving alongside them during VBS. After VBS at First Baptist Pedregal and the mission churches, we participated in a prayer service at the church. Our team, along with church members, prayed in small groups for the VBS, the school, staff at the church, the sick and other ministries. It has been amazing to see the Lord work in the lives of the church members and the children at VBS.
As of this day, it was reported that 4 children already accepted Christ as a result of the VBS.
Report for Thursday, January 11:
As we approach the last day of VBS, it has been apparent that the Lord continued to bless us with many experiences and opportunities and helped us to make connections with kids and adults in Panama. Our team has been enjoying dancing, making crafts, eating “treats,” and learning a new language. Although, in some cases, there has been a language barrier, it has been evident that something unifies us all….Jesus Christ.
Report for Friday, January12:
Our days during the week began in prayer with our Panamanian friends at the church in which our Gayton team prayed followed by the Pedregal team. Today, Jason wrote out a prayer and prayed it aloud in Spanish. It is amazing to hear the prayers offered by the Panamanians. The sincerity, conviction and diligence in offering a prayer to the Lord is touching and has encouraged our team. Our team praised the Lord and celebrated that the total number of children who participated in VBS and heard the gospel this week was approximately 240. Each day our team provided a craft for 3 churches, supported in classes, and in other ways. As we closed our VBS today, hearts were full and many friendships were formed that will last for years to come. One special blessing is that a Panamanian teenager will be coming to the states for two months to work as an intern at Gayton. She will be staying with Cindy, Keith and Miranda Patterson ( see picture below with Cindy and Amys). Our Gayton Church family will have the opportunity to bless this young girl as over the years many of the Panamanian families have blessed Gayton members.
It’s Tuesday, and we are loving the warm weather , the waffles and fresh fruit in Panama!! We have had three full days since arriving late Saturday night. When we left Richmond Saturday morning it was approximately 9 degrees and when we landed in Panama City at 8:00 it was approximately 80 degrees. The Lord blessed with us with safe travel and 12 suitcases ( which is what we had when we left Richmond)
Sunday, Jan. 7th report:
We were picked up at the hotel at 8:30 AM and transported to the church to participate in church services. For some on our team it was a great reunion to see Christian brothers and sisters at First Baptist Pedregal. Jason and Whitney were introduced and quickly became part of the family. It is amazing to be a part of the Lord’s Church and feel His holy spirit even in spite of the language barrier. The remainder of day was used to prepare for the week by resting and getting materials ready for the VBS crafts. We were picked up later in the evening to attend the evening church service. After church the team spent time reconnecting with friends and making new ones.
Monday, Jan. 8th report:
First day of VBS!! This day was fun filled for all at First Baptist Pedregal in the morning and mission churches in the afternoon! We were all excited to get started.
At First Baptist Pedregal, our team was given specific assignments-Jason and Cindy were assigned classrooms specific to preschool and teenagers, while Dale, Angela, Jim and Tony were assigned craft duty for all ages, and Whitney was assigned recreation duty and spent time with groups of kids outside. The first day of VBS Pedregal, approximately 75 kids attended, and it was a great start to kick off the Galactic Starveyors theme.
Ladies from the church provide lunch for the VBS team in preparation for going out to the mission churches.
In the afternoon the team was divided at helped provide crafts for two mission churches. Cindy and Angela worked with approximately 65 kids and Jim, Dale, Jason, Tony and Whitney had approx. 35 kids at that location. Jason and Whitney experienced true Panama culture and took advantage of the opportunity to drink coconut water from a tree.
Tuesday, Jan. 9th report:
We all woke refreshed and ready to begin a new day. It was exciting to get to church so we can see new friends and share with each other. Each team member is working hard to communicate and get to know the children. The pictures below are a collection of experiences thus far. The children have enjoyed the crafts that we have shared and the number of students at each church VBS has increased. Our team is even enjoying “dancing” and singing the VBS theme song… perhaps we will share it with you when we return. :)