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Ipeti Jungle Ministry

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We are back! Thank you so much for your prayers! We have made it back safely here to the white house in Panama City and filled with such encouragement and stories. Below is more details of our time in the Darien but this evening, we will be taking the team to Albrook Mall to a eat dinner and enjoy the evening. We are so grateful and overwhelmed by God’s goodness! Thank you so much for reading and staying in touch!

Your Panama 14 Day Leadership,
Walker, Becky, Triston, and Bethany

 

Saturday:

Hallelujah! Gloria a Dios! Wow! Our time in the Darien has been amazing: we have enjoyed such a wonderful time. We traveled to the Darien Jungles of Panama with the Emberu Tribe. Once we bought all of our supplies, we traveled out of Panama City. With a short bus ride under our belts we came to a rocky road; tall green trees, and homes filled with hospitable people lined the road and filled the village. After we set up our hammocks and nets we joined the children of the village whom were playing duck, duck, goose and other fun games. It was humbling to see the team jump in and engage with the families here. We have encountered many joyous times filled with smiles. One of which being inviting people from all over the village to church. The team of translators helped us invite the surrounding homes to come see the gospel presentation for the evening. They came and filled the church shouting “Hallelujah, Glory to Christ resurrection’” greatly encouraging all of us during the drama presentation. We enjoyed the cooking from the local church members, and being a part of their home, here in the jungle. As we encouraged the church and prayed for those around us, we were blessed to finish the night listening to the local musicians practice for Sunday service.

 

Sunday:

After a wonderful nights rest in hammocks, the team enjoyed fried Panamanian Plantains and Huevos (eggs). The team was encouraged by Walker’s speaking on the orphan heart to the church of Ipeti. The students were able to engage in Panamanian music on Sunday and hear Pastor Julio talk about praise. Filled with the joy of the Lord, the students presented the drama for the crowded church and watched as God spoke to those around them: all were encouraged by the presence of God in the church service.  We then ate a full lunch of PB&J’s and snacks in preparation for the walk to another village, Ipeti Kuna, to share the Gospel. Upon arrival in the village, we received news that the adults were in a meeting, however, this opened up an opportunity for us to share the drama with the children of the village. Our last 2 dramas of the evening were at the local school, first sharing with the adults of the village and then for other children in the area. As we came back from the school, the team enjoyed a wonderful dinner of chicken and rice. After this, the team spent the evening introducing the new “Man Up” and “Reign On” studies for the men/ladies. It was neat to see the students spend time with each other and encourage one another in the attributes that God has given them!  After the studies we spent time in music worship before going to bed to get a good night’s rest. It has been incredible to see these students’ willingness to praise, serve, and share!

 

Monday:

Our last day with the Ipeti, we woke up early to go back to the school: as the Lord had given us a person of peace to speak with the principal about coming to share with all the students in the school. What are the odds? 100%! The Lord is faithful and gave us another opportunity to go to a village a few miles away to share with another school, before coming back to the church. As we were preparing to go, Pastor Luciano shared his testimony and how God called him to go. At one point, the town he was staying in came to him for help. Pastor Luciano shared, he had nothing to give but his knees in prayer for them. Wow! What a humbling reminder of the power of prayer in Jesus’s name! Monday evening was spent in spending time in fellowship and remembrance of God’s faithfulness, while spending one last evening with the families of Ipeti. Many of the people here have prayed over us, and likewise we prayed over them, and for those who have not received Christ. Even as the team shared drama one last time, God moved in the lives of the people here: “Today is the day of Salvation!” We saw many people of all ages come to know and trust in Jesus. With all of the great news thus far, we desire for you to join along with us in prayer for the church in Ipeti and Pastor Julio as he continues to Shepard the church here in Ipeti.

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