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First Baptist, Lebanon

FBC Lebanon survived! We went to the Gamboa Jungle and met with three different villages.

The night before we left, we had to condense our belongings down to the absolute bare minimum, then put them into plastic bags. Walker told us plastic becomes like gold in the jungle, because once things get wet they will never dry.

We woke up early to go pray over Panama City as a whole. We got a very clear visual of the difference between the old Panama poverty and the new Panama business. Next we took an hour-long bus ride out of the city. The driver dropped us off at the edge of a lake, and we waved goodbye to our only source of civilization. The view of the lake and the jungle in the background was breath-taking. Everyone should have the chance to experience the magnitude of God’s creation the way we did as we awaited the small boat that would bring us to the village.

Once in the village, San Antonio, the first thing we saw was little girls running around, trying to get a glimpse of their new visitors. Huts, palm trees, and miles of jungle were laid out before us. Several families welcomed us into their hut home, and the rest of us stayed on the meeting hut floor. The huts were expertly made of woven grass and wood. The floors, of course, were dirt. Once the mosquito nets were up and we were settled comfortably into our huts, we were whisked off to dinner and then to worship and devotions with Walker. We were invited to a hut in a neighboring village that had cold Coke in glass bottles for us. It’s amazing how refreshing a simple drink can be. We were able to bond as a team and as a unit, sharing laughs and making memories.

Pastor Todd, our host missionary here in Panama, led the devotion about Perceive and Proclaim, and we went quickly to bed after an already-long first day. That night was long for several of the Missourians. We weren’t accustomed to the number of mosquitoes we would see or the animals we would hear.  If you think you know what monkeys sound like … you don’t. Just ask one of the team members from this trip. They would be happy to reenact them for you. 

Most of us were awake by 5:30 am, with much to accomplish for that day. Also, we realized that once the monkeys were up, so were we. The day began with Walker’s morning Bible study about how we need to be spit-tites and not sit-tights. Spit-tites want to get their hands dirty for Jesus. Sit-tights are those who, as Walker described them, want to look like the poster child of a Christ-follower but have no real intention of  going to work.  We had a harsh realization of that idea when Walker asked us to make spit balls in our hands using the dirt from the floor. Some gag reflexes were tested, but the morning ended with heartfelt emotion and the real evidence of God’s presence.  

After breakfast, we took a brief walk through the jungle, and the kiddoes of the village were more than happy to accompany us.  Our team was then split up into groups and sent into the other villages to offer to help with any work the people might need. We also invited them to the drama we would present later that night. One group was able to go fishing with some of the nationals. Although they didn’t catch any fish, they had an unforgettable experience.

We presented the drama twice on Tuesday: once in the far-off village and another time in the village next to ours. We were unable to share it in San Antonio because of the torrential downpour that had begun. Through the drama presentation, a Bible study was set up in the far-off village, and that gave us all reassurance of why we were here.

 That night, Pastor Luciano preached to us about his testimony and the difficulties in his life, including his daughter passing away with cancer and how he was stabbed nine times saving a child from the Colombian rebels.

There are SO many more stories to come about our adventures in the jungle, but they’ll have to wait until we get back. One more day!

Sending our love . . . we’ll see you tomorrow,

FBC Lebanon

 

 

Dear Friends,

We just arrived back from the region of Gamboa and the village of San Antonio. Everyone is cleaning up and getting the dirt and grime off of their bodies. Later  this evening, we’ll post a detailed account and pictures of our adventures.  Until then,  just know we are safely back in Panama City.

Your Servant,

Walker

Waking up at 7am, doing our morning Bible study, putting on a pound of deodorant, and airing out our costumes from the past day has become a routine for us Missourians. As we wipe the sweat from our brows, we hear Walker’s encouraging voice saying “You will acclimate to this weather,” and we pray that we do.

 As you know, today was Sunday, and we had the chance to go to La Communidad Iglesia, the church of some missionary friends. Their names are Todd and Marielena. Marielena is a native Panamanian and translated for the majority of the service. Lik in FBC Lebanon, they began their service with worship and familiar songs like Prince of Peace. Then Walker spoke to the church of around 65 people and told us about truly following Jesus. He also told us of his beloved suitcase “Eileen,”  known for her missing wheel making her stand at a slant. It was encouraging to see God already working in the lives of so many Panamanians and our fellow translators, who led the worship. To conclude the service, they had all visitors introduce themselves and any celebrating a birthday were led in front of the stage to have a pretty impressive happy birthday song sung to them. Anna was among them and was so excited her face turned red.

 After the service, we had our routine PB&J (which we LOVE) and played ping-pong with kids of the church.  

Our original plan for today was to go to an orphanage. However, it began raining . . . and raining . . .  and raining. So we decided to go to one of the malls in Panama City, but not to shop. Our goal was to understand the culture more and speak to locals one-on-one. We may not have been able to perform the drama, and we may not have been able to hand out tracts, but that does not mean the Holy Spirit was not at work there. With God’s help, we were able to lead several people to Christ who would otherwise not have been able to hear.

Tomorrow, we will conclude our stay in Panama City. We will backpack out into a village, San Antonio, in the Gamboa jungle. Parents, families, and friends, please continue to pray for us these next couple of days. We will be experiencing a culture unlike anything any of us have seen. Heat and mosquitoes will be among our difficulties. But those things will not stop us from spreading the Word.  

Our word of today was “Lo siento,” meaning “I’m sorry,” which we have all used on several occasions. We feel so blessed to be helping God with something much bigger than ourselves and learning about how to follow His ways. Walker’s Bible study last night was about not consuming our time with worry and stress, but learning how to sit at the feet of Jesus and LISTEN.

Each night we are privileged to have a meal prepared by our wonderful cook, Mirna. The first night it was spaghetti, then beef and rice, and tonight it was chicken and rice. We have fallen in love with her cooking, and it will be among the many things we will miss about serving here.

Since we will be in the jungle from Monday until Wednesday morning, we will be unable to update the blog. Our next update will be as soon as we get back on Wednesday.

 Sending our love all the way back to Missouri. We miss you guys!

FBC Lebanon

 

 

As FBC Lebanon ventured into our second day in Panama we had the words of Walker implemented in our minds, “This is Jesus’ Ministry” and “Listo,” which means “I’m ready.” Still adjusting to 100% humidity levels we headed out into Cinco de Mayo, otherwise known as the Acts 2 Market Place. To get a visual of  Cinco de Mayo, imagine downtown New York City filled with vendors, small shops, and different cultures.

To begin our day, we first realized we had no translators, a bit of a challenge when we don’t speak Spanish and the Panamanians don’t speak much English. However, the Lord provided, as He always does. A Christian man, Fred, who is unable to walk because of circulation problems, was sitting in his wheelchair reading the Bible through a megaphone. We were immediately drawn to him, and he of course was able to help provide the words to our drama. In return, we were able to give him money for batteries for his precious megaphone. Encouragement. That’s what we felt walking away from our first scene, after seeing God’s provision and his disciples at work in Panama.

The people of Panama mostly claim to be Christian; however, they are Catholic and know nothing about a personal relationship with Christ. They have religion but have not allowed Christ to come into their hearts

We had the opportunity to perform the drama six times today, despite the rainy season beginning only one day before we arrived. We have formed into a close-knit family, including our wonderful translators and of course, Walker. We are working in harmony, learning to love each other and God more and more each day. Walker’s Bible studies have been teaching the men how to truly respect the ladies and teaching the ladies, well . . . how to be ladies. It’s amazing how that is already affecting the way we treat each other.

Everyone is healthy, happy, and looking for our stories to take home, so make sure that you ask each member how their trip to Panama was. We are falling deeper in love with the people, the country, and sharing God’s love.

 

FBC Lebanon

 

 

We just got back onto the Internet! Will put up more pictures tomorrow. The stories that are coming out of this team are nothing but miraculous. Our first time to do the drama today was at a medical university. Fifty-plus first- and second- year doctors gave their lives to Christ. Then it got even better. We went to minister in a poor community, but the police weren’t going to let us. We turned around, and a strange man standing beside us spoke to the police officers. The next thing we knew, we were impacting lives.

Who was the strange man? The former Sheriff of Panama City. He had three places where he wanted to go and share the gospel. One of them was the school in the pictures! There is so much more to this story, but you will have to wait until the missionaries get home to tell you the rest of it. Got to run; will post more later on!

Your Servant,

Walker Moore

I heard from Walker tonight about the FBC team. They are doing great but having Internet problems so he wanted me to let you know that God is at work and people are coming to Him.  They have just had a tremendous day and hope that they can get things working so they can tell you all about it.  Please continue to pray for them and for the people they meet.  

Cathy Moore

Awe Star 

FBC LebanonThe team is up and everyone is doing their quiet times while I try to fix our picture updates. I hope to have more pictures up and everything going by the end of the day.  (If you go to Facebook and look at “Walker Dean Moore,” the group picture is posted there.)

Today we will be presenting the gospel at one of the largest universities in Panama. Pray for the students to have boldness and pray for the Lord of the harvest to bring forth workers.

Above all, LOVE!

Walker Moore

The team arrived in Panama, excited and ready to do Jesus’ ministry. They are currently going to bed and getting ready for tomorrow. Thank you for sending such an incredible group of missionaries.

Your servant,

Walker Moore

P.S.  See Photo!