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Panama 14 day 2017

The last 48 hours have been a wonderful whirlwind.  From bus to plane to plane to bus, in our seventeen hours of travel, God provided smooth sailing, leading to a bountiful day of Jesus ministry.

Eagerly we awoke, ate our scrumptious breakfast made with love by Azalea, our Panamanian cook.  Then, we spent time preparing our hearts for ministry.  By foot we traveled to the streets of Panama City where we soon found ourselves on a street named Cinco de Mayo.

The busy street was lined with countless store fronts which included a mixture of mom and pop stores and chain restaurants.  Many of those working came out of their shops to watch the drama and many came to know Christ. What a privilege it was to see our ministry teams of young men and young women proclaim Christ.

One young lady on our teams eyes were filled with tears as she shared the Gospel.  The moment had finally arrived for her to do what God called her to do here in Panama. 

We performed the drama five times and our final drama was performed at a park that had a scandalous reputation.  The unwanted and broken resided here, but God intervened through ordinary students who pushed back the darkness.  Our students loved on the homeless and gave them Hope.  It was hard for our students to leave and it was hard for the people to let them go as they waved the Gospel tracts as our students left.

Tonight, we started our Man Up and Reign On journey with our young men and women challenging them to rise above the cultural definition of manhood and womanhood to being men and women who love God so much it  determines their present life and future family.  We will share more about this journey as the days progress.

Your Panama 14 Day Leadership,

Mike and Sarah, Country Coordinators

Zach and Mya, Team Directors

 

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We woke up this morning with anticipation in our hearts and butterflies in our stomach.  Our stateside training has come to an end and soon we will be boarding a jet plane headed to Panama.  Pray for our travels today.

Yesterday, our morning and afternoon had been spent refining our drama.  Our students gave it there all and WOW!…….we are so proud of them!  We are awaiting the coming days where through this drama our students will encounter divine appointments!

Last night we felt the presence of God in our midst as David Guion led us in the final time our four teams will worship together.  This worship helped put boldness in our team’s hearts to strongly march into Panama to push back the darkness.  What a beautiful sight to behold as our students spontaneously linked arms together across the aisles. There were no division of teams but one large family joining together, praying with each other.      This was followed by Peggy Nunley who gave a powerful message on overcoming strongholds.  Our students listened intently and the Spirit moved!  We ended our time together gathering around our country’s flag.  With arms linked together and tears flowed from many of our team members’ eyes as they sang “Here I am to Worship”  with arms lifted high telling God that He is All.  

“There is no salvation in no one else!  God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.  The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures.  They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:12-13  This is our pray for our team that wherever we go we will be recognized as a team that has been with Jesus-through loving and serving the people of Panama and our team.

What a blessing from you all to allow us to spend these next days with your students!  We really do covet your prayers as we travel today and pray for preparation as we start Jesus ministry on Friday in Panama!

Your 14 Day Panama Leadership,

Mike and Sarah, Country Coordinators

Zach and Mya, Team Directors

 

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We sit here in the cafeteria and sounds of laughter fill the room.  It testifies to the power of unity.  It testifies of a greater cause.  It testifies to having a single focus: Jesus.

God is soooo good.

Our team woke up yesterday and spent time in the Word with Joshua 24:14-15 being our focus, encouraging the students with the reality that serving Jesus is not an impossible task but a delight.  God sustains us so that we might serve Him faithfully and store up for ourselves treasures in heaven.

In our large group, the students learned how to effectively share the Gospel and how to engage with the people of Panama.  Afterwards, each of our students took a spiritual gifts test and shared their gift.  The gifts that God has gifted our students with are Mercy, Faith, Exhortation, Teaching, Discernment, Administration, and Service.  Our goal is to give students an opportunity to exercise their gifts during the course of the trip and our desire is that they would go home and utilize these gifts to build up the body of Christ.

One of the highlights of our day was an incredible time of fellowship and worship.  One of the principles taught at Awe Star is worship makes us stronger.  Worship has the ability to take the weary and restore our spirits.  This really helped continue to build unity with our team as we had the opportunity to pray over one another.

God continues to build confidence through the training of the Freedom Drama.  It has been awesome to see the drama pull students out of their shell and grow in confidence.  The team is becoming more like family with every passing moment. 

It’s awesome to watch all the teams come together as one each evening to worship.  There’s nothing like the glorious sound of students worshiping Jesus!  David Guion has helped in a tremendous way preparing our hearts for Panama.  Walker spoke from 1 Thessalonians 5:23, “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Our students are bombarded daily by the enemy who wants to steal, kill and destroy them.  The enemy wants to steal our fruit and destroy our testimony, which is why we must take every thought captive.

To close out our evening, our TD’s, shared about logistics with our ministry teams and had an opportunity to continue to bond as a team.  

Continue to pray that God would give strength and energy as they complete drama training today and for us to continue to love and serve one another.  As the days pass and get longer, we as a team will need prayer from our loved ones.  Satan will try to distract us from our goal, but we know that Christ has a GREAT plan for us as a team. 

Your Panama 14 Day Leadership,

Mike and Sarah, Country Coordinators

Zach and Mya, Team Directors

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What an awesome day of Jesus ministry!

We woke up yesterday to a gentle rain and an incredible breakfast of eggs, sausage, and pancakes. The students spent time in the Word with the focus being Philippians 1:1-2. Later that morning, Walker taught the students about the four different kinds of biblical love.

Our team was filled with anticipation to start the drama training. Anxiously they waited to hear what part each was cast for in the Freedom Drama and then spent the whole afternoon starting to learn their parts. What an excellent practice they had! They are well on their way to being able to present an astonishing presentation to the Panamanians.

The evening ended with worship which made us stronger. This precious moment felt as if the Lord rained down on us encouraging students after the afternoon of rigorous training. Our desire is that our students experience an abundance of this sincere worship over the next couple of weeks.

The students met in their MOM and POP groups to close out the evening to prepare their testimonies. These testimonies will be the tools God uses to speak through each of our students before each drama is performed.

Pray for our students today as we continue to practice on the Freedom drama! We love your students!

Your Panama 14 Day Leadership,
Mike and Sarah, Country Coordinators
Zach and Mya, Team Directors

Welcome to the 14 day Panama trip update! Our team has arrived and all is well. What an incredible team God has put together for Panama 14 day!

After everyone’s arrival, we dined together as a team and then joined together to prepare our hearts for what is ahead through worship and a message by Walker. Our theme is iServe Without Reserve. The challenge to our teams was to serve one another and love one another as Jesus did–serving=loving.

We enjoyed spending our evening together getting to know one another including fun facts about each person. Because we want to prepare for a great day of drama training and worship we went to bed early. We are eager to see how God is going to work in our team.

Your 14 Day Panama Team Leadership
Mike and Sarah, Country Coordinators
Zach and Mya, Team Directors

The time is almost here for a great summer in Panama. Check here for pictures and updates on how the summer mission is doing. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

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