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The Panama 28-day team is at the airport and ready to go! We apologize for the lack of updates; we have had limited wifi. Yesterday was spent packing and preparing for the trip home as well as spent shopping in the local Indian market on our final day in-country. We are continually amazed by the love, service and unity of our team. Truly, God has done great things this summer, and we rejoice in Him.

Today, we will travel back through El Salvador on the way to Houston, Texas. From there, we will board a bus for the four-hour drive back to Dallas and a time of debriefing.

Please pray for traveling mercies and divine encounters along the way. We will share more once we return to Dallas!

Your Country Coordinators,

Melanie & Razi

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What a great last morning/afternoon in country! The very first day we arrived in The Gambia, we did our first drama performance for a young lady named Fatou. Over the course of our time in-country, our team members developed a relationship with her and prayed for her often. The morning before we left, Fatou accepted Christ! I love when God shows up in the last hour and declares His faithfulness!

We have now arrived in Brussels, awaiting our flight to Washington then on to Dallas! Thank you to those who have prayed for traveling mercies! Please pray also for more divine encounters; this team can’t get enough of them! #awestar #jesushasdecided#usherHimback

Peggy Nunley, Country Coordinator

In a few hours, we will be leaving Peru. How wonderful our time here has been! So many precious memories have been made with people we will never forget. We are all excited to share what the Lord has done this summer. 

After our flight from Lima, we will be landing in El Salvador then continuing from Houston to Dallas, Texas. See you all soon! 

Your Country Coordinators,

Steen & Rebecca

The Peru 28 Team has made it to Lima and will try to update as soon as possible on their way back to Dallas, Texas. 

-AweStar Ministries

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Ending strong and ending well: That was our prayer as we entered into a time of worship today. Our morning challenge began with the William Carey quote, “Expect great things from God, Attempt great things for God.”

Our first ministry site was about 25 yards from an Islamic mosque. In the middle of intense ministry, the loudspeaker began blaring the call to prayer, filling the very air with this demand for people to come and pray. Some left conversations, others stayed, asking for prayer for themselves and their families.

Our second site was more intense. This was the site where the Awe Star team engaged in conversations with a local imam (religious scholar in the mosque). During their conversation, someone ran up to Pastor Martins, calling him “doctor/pastor.” Pastor prayed for this man and instantly, he was healed. It was a power encounter with the gospel. Immediately he testified to the imam what Jesus had done for him. I love when God demonstrates His power to validate His gospel! It was an incredible day! I know Jesus got lots of glory out of this team today and that just makes my heart smile. 

Tomorrow, we travel home. Please pray His presence would go before us and opportunities to continue sharing His truth would surround us. #awestar #usherHimback #gambiahasdecided!

Peggy Nunley, Country Coordinator

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Today we started out our last day of drama ministry here in Peru. The girls kicked off our last morning here by cooking the boys a delicious breakfast of “sublime” pancakes and chocolate milk! Following breakfast, we performed the drama one last time in the local market. It was one of the best dramas we have done. New people came to know the Lord, and people we had already met stopped by to say hello! It was bittersweet, as we performed the drama in this place which has come to feel like home. Every day, we met new people regardless if it was a site where we had ministered before or not. God has done so much here in Huanuco, and as we say goodbye to Dolly and the church, we can see the work that will go ahead of us through them. What an honor and inspiration it has been to lock arms with them as we have been here in Peru. Their joy has never once ceased as they relentlessly work for the kingdom reaching the people of Huanuco. 

After another drama in the main plaza, we ended the night with celebrating the birthday of one of the children we have met through Dolly. Her ministry is to reach the children of Huanuco who come from especially difficult home situations. It was so sweet to be able to love on them and see the giant smiles on their faces. 

As we pack up to leave for Lima, we are sad to be leaving these beautiful people. The memories we have made here will forever be treasured in our hearts. 

We will be driving to Lima tonight and arrive in the morning. Please be praying as we travel tonight. 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Steen & Rebecca

 

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As we finished breakfast yesterday morning, we received an invitation to go perform the drama at a rehab center. We were excited for this change of plans and quickly headed towards the bus. When we arrived, all the men of the center gathered chairs around in anticipation of what they were about to witness. As the students performed the drama, all eyes were glued on them in deep attention. After the Net was cast and the students went out to speak to them, many prayed to receive Christ as their Lord and Savior! Though going to the rehab center was not initially planned, God opened this door for us to go, and oh, how rewarding it was! The men there were of all ages, one as young as 15. It was great to see lives changed there before us and to be able to pray and encourage those as they are in the process of getting physical help.

After the rehab center, we headed to do another drama in a plaza before lunch. The timing could not have been better when we arrived. As the students unloaded and set the stage, across the street a line had begun to form waiting for the bank. We had been to this plaza before at the start of our trip and had not seen such a large line there before. As the people stood there waiting for the bank, God had them ready to listen to the drama as the students performed.

Following lunch we headed to a nursing facility, where many of the patients have been forgotten. We brought food to give and were able to love on them. One student was able to read to a woman there whom Dolly said would never let anyone approach her in the entire time she has been visiting. This student read her an entire chapter from Galatians as she sat there, still and attentive. Ministry of this kind is of equal importance to doing the drama. The theme for this summer has been “iServe,” and we were happy to be able to serve the residents and nurses who work there in this way.

As part of the Man Up teachings, the men are learning how to speak into women. So last night, the men graciously cooked all the women a nice spaghetti dinner before individually affirming each of them. We could not be more proud of each of the men on our team as we have seen them step up in multiple ways over the past few weeks.

Today will be our last official day of ministry here in Peru before heading back to Lima tonight and then back to the United States. We are all sad at the thought of this trip coming to a close, but are joyful in the sweet memories we have made together though the people we have met and the adventures we have had.

Thank you for always keeping us in your prayers. Please be praying for each of the students today as we finish strong for our ministry here in Huanuco.

Your Country Coordinators,

Steen & Rebecca

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From schools to markets to side road junctions, the team has worked hard today to diligently make known the gospel to every person they have encountered. God has been so good to our team and has been faithful to prearrange divine encounters on a daily basis. Today many got opportunities to plant seeds of truth and even reap more souls for God’s kingdom. Tomorrow will be our last drama ministry day before leaving the country. Pray with us that we will end strong and continue to restore glory to Christ in a land that so longs for the hope only Jesus can bring. #awestar#jesushasdecided #usherHimback

Peggy Nunley, Country Coordinator

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Buenas Dias part 2! 

This is the update from yesterday (July 9). Oh, the goodness and faithfulness of our God. 

Today we had a delicious breakfast of chicken empanadas and breakfast sandwiches! Then we loaded the bus and drove about 45 minutes away to Mano de Piedras. We attended a Kuna church service and performed the drama for them. They were rejoicing with us that we have opportunities to share this drama with the people of Panama.

We then traveled to another church and performed for them and some people of that community. Some of our students went to invite a men’s soccer team who were waiting on their bus to take them to practice, and they came to watch our drama! The students did the drama with such enthusiasm with a beautiful view of the mountains and this wonderful community in the background. Afterwards, one of our guys got to minister to the soccer players. At first, he was intimidated, but he let God take control and speak through him. And five of the soccer players accepted Christ! The other ministry teams also had many salvations, and there was immense joy all around.

Next, it began to rain heavily, so the team ran inside the church with everyone else. We took that time to eat lunch. We also got to fellowship with the church members as we waited for the rain to pass. We worshiped and prayed with one another, and God was moving, as He spoke to us about how He is not finished working here in Panama.

The team loaded up once again, ready to do more ministry, and headed back to the Kuna church to go with them to do another drama near their church. We had planned to do the drama at a soccer field where there were many men gathered, playing soccer. The pastor’s wife went to ask if we could do the drama there, and they blatantly said no, which meant God had something else in store. After discussion, we felt led to move to a neighborhood to perform the drama. Policemen were there guarding the area. We asked if we could to the drama right there, and they said they were Christians and of course we could! Our God has all authority!

We got off the bus and it began to rain again, so we asked the students to pray that it would stop so that people would be there to watch. We knew God had led us to that spot for a reason. Then as soon as they started praying, the rain decreased, and people came walking down the street again! So we started the drama and adults, children, and even a few dogs came to watch. Many decisions were made, and lives were set free from the darkness that once controlled their lives. 

After this last drama, we headed back to Panama City and went to a place called Cinta Costera, a beautiful area in Panama that the team was able to prayerwalk the day before. There was an evangelism event going on there, with many missionaries and churches gathered to share the gospel. We did not know exactly what we would be walking into, but we knew God wanted us there. We were thinking we would just be doing street evangelism and not the drama. But as we walked up, the people were gathered around a large open space where other people were performing. One of our leaders walked up to a group to talk to them and found out the group spoke English. The guy who was most interested in talking to us was a man named Tim. As our leader spoke with him, we found out that Tim was the coordinator for this entire evangelism event. He asked why we were there but noticed that our leader was wearing a name tag with “Awe Star” on it. He immediately asked about it and said he had just heard Walker Moore speak at a church two weeks ago. He then said they just had a group cancel their performance, so they had an opening in the schedule for that night! This gave our group the opportunity to perform.

Tim went to talk to the other director, Alex. He came back and said that Alex also knew exactly who Awe Star was and wanted us to perform the drama immediately. So the students got their assignments and set up within five minutes! We presented the gospel to over 200 people at this event. Many were encouraged  by the joy our students had and the love they showed to everyone.

Everything that happened tonight was because of God’s timing. Every person we talked to, every site where we performed, God had ordained beforehand and went before us. The team was very encouraged by today’s ministry because they saw what it truly meant to step back and let God use us in spite of our weaknesses. 

Today, the team is going to Mañanitas. We will be ministering in several soccer fields and for many people. We expect God to move. Pray for focus for our team! Our time left in ministry here in Panama is short, but God is not limited. God has all authority, and we can’t wait to see what He does. 

Your Country Coordinators, 

 

Melanie and Razi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Buenas Dias! This is the update for July 8. The Lord has done so much in just the past few days; we felt like one update could not merely contain it all. 

 Saturday was such a good day for our team, and so many great things happened! After our team time last night of spending an extended amount of time with the Lord, they came to breakfast ready for battle, wearing the armor of God. Before our day started with the team, we as leadership felt that the students who had stepped up into the T.D. role yesterday did such a good job that we should let them again.

We started our morning out in a rush because we were presented with new opportunities to do several dramas before lunch that we were not aware of the night before! Praise the Lord! When the students were ready to go, we walked and took the Metro to Iglesia La Biblia de la Comunidad and performed the drama for the American English Overseas Center. Here, we got to interact with students learning English, which formed bonds between many of our students and the students for whom we performed.

Thankfully, our speaker system was working at the time, and our team was feeling strong. Through that, many divine appointments happened and souls were won for and by Christ! After the English students went back to their classes, we did a small teaching together about our quiet time. Because of our rushed morning, our T.D.s  felt some more time in the Word was needed, so we all did the quiet time for the day again together and then had each the assigned ministry teams talk about it and pray together.

The Scripture for the day was 1 Peter 4:1-10, about how to use your spiritual gift. This went perfectly along with what the students needed for the unity of the team to continue to be strong. The devotion spoke specifically about how “Our spiritual progress hinges on our willingness to work together.” God’s timing is so good, even in the little things involving what our team needs to hear from His Word and when!

After this time studying God’s Word as a group, the leadership felt that the students still needed a boost of encouragement. so we treated them to Subway. After a tasty lunch, it was time to travel to our next ministry site to perform our next drama. After walking for a while and riding the Metro (subway) for several stops, we finally made it to our site. Our wonderful translators were so kind to our students and drove the speaker system and assignments to this site so they didn’t have to carry them on the Metro. The Metro was packed because it was Saturday, and many of the students were excited to experience this part of Panamanian culture.

This next site was also an American English Overseas Center. When setting up the speaker system, we realized that, just like yesterday, it once again was not going to work without being plugged into an outlet. Though it was frustrating, the students were confident we were in the right place at the right time because the enemy was trying to stop us. Thankfully, there was an outlet right next to where we had set up the speaker up, and we did not even have to move the speaker an inch. The students who watched our students do the drama were so responsive, and the performance even brought one girl to tears. One of our students engaged with her after the drama and helped guide her seeking soul into a relationship with the Lord. It was so amazing to see how excited all our students were about this! Several other relationships with the Lord were started during this time, and we are so proud of the way our students fought the enemy and stepped out of their comfort zones.

After the American English Overseas Center students left, a translator and a leader took the speaker to try and get the battery replaced so we could continue with our scheduled dramas for the day. Unfortunately yet fortunately, God again had other plans, and in our waiting for the speaker, we traveled on to our next site. This site was very touristy, a part of Panama our students had passed but not experienced. This was also the first time for one of our students to be so close to an ocean. To see the awe in him and how he saw God’s glory in the vast sea were amazing. Because our speaker was still not functioning, we then walked on to another spot in the same area and waited to meet with a church. But God had other plans, and the church people didn’t show up. This was taken as a perfect opportunity to manage our time and head back to the White House for some much needed team time, talking about the events we had experienced that day and letting the students share their God-stories with each other and affirm each other as well.

God is so good, and the unity on this team just shows how the body of Christ truly is one body when students from all over the United States can come together, not knowing each other beforehand, yet becoming so important to each other far before our time in Panama is over.
Your Country Coordinators, 

Razi & Melanie