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Panama 14-Day

The Panama 14-Day team is in the mountains sharing Jesus in several villages.  Walker climbed to the top of one of the mountains to be able to get a very brief phone call to let you know how things are going.  He said everyone on the team is doing really well and he is amazed at the surrender each of them is displaying in serving our Lord.  God’s love is evident to the people in these villages as many are being saved.  The team is healthy and will be returning from the mountains  tomorrow.  They will post pictures and an update then.  Please keep praying for the Lord to continue using this team for His glory.  Thanks! Awe Star Staff

Hello everyone,

On Sunday we had an amazing time of worship at La Comunidad Bible Church before leaving for Gamboa! Gamboa is only a 20 minute bus ride and 5 minute boat ride from Panama City, but it feels like you are stepping into a different world. The Embera people are so welcoming and instantly made us feel part of their community!

After we arrived and set up our mosquito nets, sleeping bags, and hammocks, we enjoyed another wonderful meal prepared by Mirna. Then we gathered with our flash lights and Bibles to have a time of signing and worshiping with the believers in the village. Even though we come from two different worlds, we all have a love for Christ that brings us together.

On Monday we woke up early to many different jungle sounds, but the Lord gave us energy to start the day! The Pastor of the village wanted to treat us to a trip to a waterfall before we started drama ministry. The beauty of Panama never stops amazing us. It constantly reminds us of how wonderful our God is!

Gamboa consists of 3 small villages and we got to perform the Drama in each one. Many of the people who watched are already being discipled by the Pastor and we were able to pray and encourage many of them. One man who came asked us to pray for him because he has been running fever and has very sore legs. We lifted him up to the Lord and we know that God has all authority. In fact Walker was able to preach that night in the village about God’s authority over all things. It was evident that the Lord spoke through Walker that night and touched many people’s lives.

After spending time worshiping and bonding with the Embera people, it was hard to leave this morning. However, we will be praying for them often and we ask you to join as well!

Thank you for all of your prayer support for the last two weeks, you all were very important in the Lords work here! We have many more stories to share with you when we return home. We will be leaving tomorrow morning and should arrive in Dallas around 9:00pm. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Meagann Earnhardt

What a glorious time we had doing Jesus ministry in the jungle. We are back safe and healthy and the students are currently showering, changing, and getting ready for a time of shopping. We will post more tonight!

The team had a great last day of city ministry this afternoon.  We went to one of Panama City’s largest parks, and it was crowded with many families playing.  We were able to perform the drama twice, and each time had a great crowd of people.  Specifically, there were two young men sitting on skateboards intently watching the drama.  Afterwards, one of our ministry teams felt lead to talk with the men.  They were very receiving to the truth of the Gospel, and accepted Christ!  We also had the opportunity to go back to our bus driver’s neighborhood, and perform the drama outside of the building he has a small Bible Study in.  We have been very thankful and blessed to be in his community.

Tonight we are getting some great teaching from Walker, and will be preparing for our travel to Gamboa tomorrow.  This will be the last update until Tuesday as we will not have Internet connection in the jungle.  Please continue to pray for our team as we do Jesus Ministry.  We look forward to telling you what great things God does in the village.

Meagann Earnhardt

After a wonderful time of worship on Wednesday, we all woke up with refreshed hearts and minds! The Lord provided a Christian school for our first drama site of the day. Being greeted with many little “holas” overwhelmed the team with joy. Schools are always very moving, but this time we knew we were celebrating Christ with many of the students and teachers! This was exactly what the team needed to start off the day.

At our second school of the day we had the opportunity to share the gospel with children ranging from elementary age to junior high. Many of the older students understood the good news we were bringing and accepted Christ! Our prayer for them is that they will trust the decision they made and encourage one another in their new life. The administration was very happy to have our team visit on Thursday because they were ending their “English Week” with an English-speaking competition and invited us to watch. It was a lot of fun joining in the competition!

After lunch Julio, our bus driver, introduced us to his pastor, Isabella. She took us to her community to perform two dramas at apartment buildings. Isabella’s church does a lot for this community. They go around picking up the children and bring them back to the church for a meal and Sunday school classes. They have so many children that they have to do many different groups! We also got to go pray for Isabella and her church in her church building. She was so thankful for the Lord bringing us together and was very encouraged by us helping her in her community!

Thursday night we spent time enjoying our last teaching from Philip before he left on Friday morning. It was hard saying goodbye because he was an amazing leader for our team, but we are excited for Walker to join us!

Friday was a day spent on Cinco De Mayo! We are only a short 5- minute walk, so we spent the entire day performing the drama on the busy street. As it does most afternoons here in Panama, the rain began to fall and the people scattered inside. However, we quickly remembered that our disappointments are God’s divine appointments! As we took cover in the entryway of an abandoned building, 7 men who appeared to have gang tattoos took shelter with us. One of our team members, Sterling, felt led to start giving his testimony to the men. That is when the Lord put it on our hearts to do the drama for them. The team prayed for the rain to continue through the whole drama so the men would still need shelter, and the Lord definitely answered! Several of the men understood and wanted to accept Christ…Praise God! The Lord worked in a mighty way today, and we are so thankful to be part of it!

Thank you for all of your prayer support! We will be doing our last day of city ministry tomorrow, and then we will be heading to the village of Gamboa.

Please pray for:

-Continued good health

-Team unity

-Many more divine encounters

-The people who accepted Christ today

-Safe Travel to Gamboa

-And that God receive ALL the Glory!

To God alone be the glory,

Meagann Earnhardt

Country Coordinator

Today, we went to a suburb of Panama City where many Kuna Indians live. On the trip in we passed numerous landfills, but when we got there, it was a village surrounded by beautiful tree-covered hills. The local police were very kind and helpful to us, and they were excited we were bringing the good news to their town. We realized we had entered a dark town and saw how the enemy is actively attempting to blind the hearts of people here in Panama. He attempted to keep us from presenting the light through fatigue in our team.

Our bus driver, Julio, pointed out to Meagann that he saw the enemy attacking us and the translators. However, we kept battling, performed the drama, and shared the gospel! God’s power was made perfect in our weakness. We are totally reliant upon God; apart from Him we can do nothing. By His grace, we were able to go and tell people about Christ. To the praise of His glory, people came to Christ! We couldn’t help but to sing, “Our God is greater, our God is stronger! God, You are higher than any other! Our God is healer, awesome in power, our God, our God!”

After returning to our wonderful mission house for lunch and a little siesta, we continued the day walking to the busy street of Cinco De Mayo for some prayerwalking and street evangelism. As our ministry teams were prayerwalking, many of them were led to speak with people who were sitting or walking by the many stores on Cinco De Mayo. As one ministry team was speaking with a man sitting on a bench, a pigeon flew overhead and dropped a present onto two of the people in the ministry team. Later, we would laugh about this, but in the moment they kept their cool and continued sharing their faith. Because our team has a heartbeat of obedience, there are new believers in the Kingdom of God today!

We ate another amazing meal prepared by Tia Mirna. She is an outstanding cook! We are being very well fed. After dinner, we worshiped through song and got into the Word. God moved among us and stirred us to pray for one another. This was followed by a very special time. The men of the team washed the feet of all the women of the team. It showed their servant hearts and impacted the women.  We want to thank you so much for praying for our team’s unity. God is bringing it about in a great and powerful way!

Please pray for:
-Continued good health and among our translators
-Continued unity within the team
-The people who trusted Christ as Savior today
-That God would continue to give us divine encounters
-And most of all, that God would receive all the glory!

To God alone be the glory!

Philip Tallman and Meagann Earnhardt
Country Coordinators

We are so thankful that we serve such a great and awesome God who is sovereign!

After a good night’s sleep Monday night, we began Tuesday with a time of worship led by Marc and by one of our translators, Selegna. She taught us a couple of songs in Spanish to worship to. It helped prepared our hearts and minds for a great day of worshiping God through ministry.

Our first ministry site was a school located in an area that is known for drug influence. We did not have permission ahead of time, but we prayed that the principal would be open to let us come share the gospel. She was more than willing to allow us the opportunity to perform the drama for the young students. We shared our joy for Christ and love for the children by dancing and playing with them! Many of the students understood the message and expressed a desire to know Christ. We are very thankful there is a Pastor who visits the school weekly to follow up with discipleship.

The Lord provided the opportunity to go to another school. We were given only a small amount of time to perform the drama before a soccer scrimmage began. There were students eating lunch, practicing dance and soccer. However, when the drama started, they seemed to stop and pay attention to the gospel presentation. We were thankful we had time to go out in our ministry teams and talk with many of the students. We praise God that we saw some of them come to saving faith in Christ!

We were able to take a break and eat a wonderful meal of PB&Js before heading back to the school performed at first. This time we were able to share Christ with students younger than the first group. After seeing the drama they really expressed NOT liking the Dragon, but they cheered the Good Prince as he fought off the Dragon! When we asked the children, “Who was the Good Prince?” they replied, “Jesus!” Praise God for opening the eyes of even these small children!

For our final drama site we went to an area that was surrounded by 3 apartment buildings. We were able to set up the drama right in the middle of the 3 buildings. These apartments housed many of the parents of the children we ministered to at the school in the morning and afternoon. The area was run-down and we were told it had quite a bit of drug activity. We were watchful and  prayed specifically for God to bring the people down from their apartments to watch the drama. And God used us! People watched the drama from all over the place. They were watching from the street, the windows of their apartments, and even from the roofs of the apartment buildings. We definitely had some divine encounters. One of our students got the joy of leading her first person to Christ! Our hope and prayer is that they will grow in the grace of God as they begin their new life!

We spent the evening diving deep into the Word and seeing who we are called to be in Christ. This caused us to overflow with worship and pray for another. It was a very sweet and rich time of growing closer to God and to each other!

Thank you so much for all of your continued prayer! We are so thankful for you!

Please pray for:

-Continued good health and among our translators
-Continued unity within the team
-The people who trusted Christ as Savior today
-That God would continue to give us divine encounters
-And most of all, that God would receive all the glory!

To God alone be the glory!

Philip Tallman and Meagann Earnhardt
Country Coordinators

What a day it has been!

After a wonderful night’s sleep, we enjoyed a home-cooked breakfast by Tia Mirna, our adopted Panamanian aunt.

We began ministry today with the mindset that we get to serve God today and it is an incredible honor and joy to serve Him!

We had the opportunity to do ministry this morning in a school in the suburbs of Panama City. Little did we know that our stage would be much smaller than usual. But that was no problem. The team adapted and interacted with the crowd very well. We were able to present the gospel through the drama with middle school teens. This was a great opportunity for the team because many of the kids spoke English, and that made sharing the gospel easier for them. Additionally, they did very well in relating to them, and a number of the students prayed to received Christ and expressed their desire to know more.

After our team finished ministering to the students, we packed up all of our equipment, thinking that it was time to leave. However, that was not the case. We got to perform the drama once more, this time to high school students. After we finished the gospel presentation, many students came forward to talk with our team and expressed a desire to know more about what it means to follow Christ. One person on our team got the opportunity to talk with a student who is a Buddhist. He did not trust Christ to be his Savior today, but he heard the gospel, and God’s Word does not return void! So please pray for this student that God will shine the truth of the gospel in his heart and he will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus.

After taking a break and eating a hearty lunch of PB&Js, we were able to go into another school. It is such a joy to be able to go into school and present the good news of Jesus! At this school our team was able to talk to many students about Christ.

We ended today’s ministry by walking through the bustling street called Cinco De Mayo. We performed the drama in front of a cathedral at the end of the street. It is a common area for homeless people and various vendors. It can be a dark place, but our team did a great job of getting out of the way and letting God shine His light through them.

This evening, we worshipped, prayed, talked about what God is teaching us, and got into the Word. To put it simply, we had a great evening drawing closer to God together.

Thank you so much for all of the prayers! Please keep praying! Our God is the God who saves and nothing is too tough for Him. Let us cry out to Him that He will do a great work in us and through us here in Panama.

Please pray for:
-Continued good health
-Continued unity within the team
-The people who trusted Christ today
-That God would continue to give us divine encounters
-And most of all that God would receive all the glory!

Thank you so much for praying for us and with us!

To God alone be the glory,

Philip Tallman and Meagann Earnhardt
Country Coordinators

We have received a call that the Panama 14-day team has arrived in Panama. The students are doing well and eating supper. After they get settled they plan to finish fine-tuning the drama. The students will try and call home tonight.

Continue to pray for them and for many divine encounters,

Awe Star Staff

Hello Everybody!

First and foremost, we want to thank you for all of your prayers and support. We are off to a good start here in Dallas!

After arriving and getting to know each other yesterday, we spent some time in worship and received some biblical teaching. Today, we spent the day drama training. It has been a hot day, but we’ve been drinking so much water! It’s been good practice for Panama.

Tomorrow, we will be off to an early start. We’ll spend the morning in flight and arrive in Panama tomorrow afternoon. This week, we’re looking forward to a great week of ministry.

Please pray for:
-Safe travels to Panama
-Continued good health
-Unity within the team
-We will draw closer to God
-Pray for the people we will be serving in Panama
-Most of all, Jesus will get all the praise!

We love you all and are so thankful for your prayers. You are as much a part of this mission as we are. Please keep praying!

To God alone be the glory!

Philip Tallman and Meagann Earnhardt
Country Coordinators