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Panama 28 Day 2017

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Hello and Good Evening from Beautiful Panama!

The past two days have been a whirlwind of training and traveling, but we are finally in Panama City. On Wednesday we spent the day finishing up learning and perfecting the drama. That night we heard Peggy Nunley speak on the authority we have in Christ and what that means for our team as we go. The students were moved to tears as they realized what the magnitude of our trip meant. Together we huddled and prayed, tears streaming down our faces as we cried out to God for his strength this summer. The Holy Spirit was moving and increased our team unity exponentially.

 

Yesterday we started the morning off bright and early with a delicious breakfast. After saying goodbye to The Gambia team we all loaded onto a bus and took the drive from Dallas to Houston. God blessed us in many ways and we were able to move through security quickly. God continued to grant us safety and speed. We landed in Panama at around 11:05 PM last night. The students were tired but are ready to begin our first day here in country.

 

Today we started off strong and left for Chitre after breakfast this morning. Pray for the students. Pray for their energy and strength to be coming from Christ and not themselves. Pray  for them to be reminded that God has not called them to comfort. Most of all, please pray against the attacks of the enemy. The more tired we are the easier it is to forget the need to take captive every thought. We must work the works of Him who sent us for night is coming when no one can work.

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Your Country Coordinators,

 

Melanie & Razi

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Good Morning!

Our hearts are filled with joy after an amazing day yesterday. It was long and hot but our students worked hard at learning the drama. 

We started off the morning with a delicious breakfast and then sat under a few teachings. The students learned what the art of engaging on the mission field looked like, they learned how to SHARRE the gospel, and then we had a teaching on spiritual gifts. They learned that we could all use our individual spiritual gifts to work together to glorify Christ as one body. 

After some team time and then lunch we headed out to begin drama training for the day. We are so blessed by this team. God is truly faithful in the little things, we heard not ONE complaint from our students. Their attitudes were set on glorifying Jesus and learning the drama. They have impressed us with their ability to learn the drama so well.

Yesterday we prayed that the students would be willing to give their all during training and that they would do their best, for God is glorified in our excellence. The team is growing closer with each day, we already feel like a family even though we have only known each other a short time! 

Yesterday evening after spending time in worship, Walker spoke on distinguishing the voices from above, within, and below. Afterwards we taught the team how to share their testimonies on the mission field and they prepared those testimonies in their small groups. 

Today will be a long day. This is the last day of drama training, so we will spend the entire day learning the drama. Please pray that the students are able to learn quickly and that we can make the best use of our time. Pray for hearts that have an attitude of worship and focus on who God is. Pray that they stay hydrated and that the Lord will protect the students from the attacks of the enemy. Tonight we will begin packing and head out tomorrow morning for a long day of travel. We are so excited for all that God is going to do this summer in Panama and are looking forward to the ministry God has for us this summer. 

 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Razi & Melanie

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Good Morning!

Awe Star’s theme for this summer is Without Reserve. It is taken from Romans 12:1,

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” (ESV)

This verse is our prayer for the students this summer. We want to see them present their bodies as living sacrifices. They have already sacrificed in working hard to raise money and are now sacrificing their summer to serve the Lord. We can’t wait to see what God is going to do!

Yesterday was an amazing first full day with our team! In the morning the students sat through various teachings to do some spiritual preparation. We learned what following Jesus as adults meant and several of our students laid down their childhood to take on adult responsibilities. One of the beliefs Awe Star has is that we do not take children on the mission field, we take adults. Our team has already begun stepping up and taking on that responsibility. Praise God!

After a delicious lunch provided for us here at Awe Star University, the students began drama training. Although our team is the smallest team this year at ASU, God has perfectly ordained each role for each student. We loved watching how the Holy Spirit began unifying the team. They were filled with joy even as they persevered through the heat. We are so proud of how they picked up the drama.

After eating dinner and showering, the students sat under a teaching done by Caleb Moore. We also got to cherish some time spent in worship together. At Awe Star we believe that worship makes us stronger. The students could have easily been tired from a hard days work, but by spending time in worship we felt the Lord rejuvenate our hearts and our minds so that we could be stronger. 

We closed the night out with some team time. Razi spoke on the importance of sharing your stories and how our lives are living sacrifices to the Lord. This prompted our students to begin sharing their testimonies. Several of our students were moved to tears as they began sharing how the Lord rescued them out of bondage and brought them to where they are now. We encouraged vulnerability because vulnerability brings forth unity. We could definitely feel the unity in the team grow exponentially throughout this time. Praise the Lord!

Today will be another day similar to yesterday. The students will have teachings this morning and then will continue in drama training after lunch. Please keep our students in prayer for energy and strength to make it through the day. Pray they stay hydrated and that the Lord will keep their strength up. Lastly, pray against any attacks of the enemy on our team. We want to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Pray that the Holy Spirit will move in our students, and bring forth a spirit of oneness among the team.

 

Your Country Coordinators, 

Melanie & Razi

Buenas Dias!

Hello and welcome to the Panama 28 Day Team Trip Updates! We are so excited to see all that God is going to do in and through our students this summer. Yesterday the students all gathered here in Dallas and began their training. We are already seeing the Lord at work in our teams unity.

This morning the students are sitting under some teachings. After lunch, we will begin our drama training. The drama will be our main tool of ministry while we are in Panama this summer. It is an 18 minute long drama that goes from creation to resurrection. Each of the students will have a role in this drama, which they will find out today!

We believe God is going to do incredible things this summer. Please be in prayer for our students as we begin drama training. Pray for energy, focus, strength, and that they drink LOTS of water today.

Your Country Coordinators,

Razi & Melanie

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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