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Fighting Back the Darkness

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We are back from Las Culebras! Our time there was short but sweet. The team came back with joyous stories of the faithfulness and provision of God!

On Monday morning, we awoke early to a delicious breakfast before heading on a bus ride to Chepo, the port to get to Las Culebras. We enjoyed an exciting boat ride before arriving at Las Culebras. We climbed up the mud path to get to our temporary home for the next few days. The pastor of the church there graciously opened both the doors of his home and of the church. Our students got to set up the hammocks we would be sleeping in over the next few days, all part of an exciting jungle experience.

The village of Las Culebras is very small, but we invited the entire village to come to the church to watch the drama. Although we had some technical difficulties, the students were excited to share “Freedom” with the people of the church. After we performed the drama, we had the opportunity to fellowship and build relationships with the people. Several of our students got to pray over and with them.

The next morning, we awoke with the sun amidst the sounds of the chickens and other animals in the village. We ate a delicious meal cooked by our awesome chefs and then got some time to journal and pray before heading out in ministry. Because Las Culebras is such a small village, a lot of the ministry happens after boat rides. We took a 45-minute boat ride to a school called Trapachito. When we arrived, we had a long walk before arriving at the school. When we got there, we discovered there were less than 20 school children there, and only four teachers. But we know that God cares for even one, so our ministry was worth the long boat ride and mile long walk. The students performed the drama and then were able to share one-on-one with the students and teachers. What a joy it was to see many come to saving faith in Christ Jesus!

By the time the students were finished ministering at the school and had made it back to base, it was already late in the afternoon, which prevented us from doing more dramas. One of our students shared what God had been teaching him from the book of Ecclesiastes. We love that our team is so eager to share what God is doing in their lives!

Wednesday morning, we packed up and headed out from Las Culebras, After our boat ride we headed out for a fun time at a local village. This village of the Embera people is called Ipati. The team got to spend some time playing in the river, engaging, and getting the local (temporary) tribal tattoos. The students were so excited to experience Panamanian culture!

Today we are spending the day on Cinco de Mayo. We are excited to minister with people from all over the world as hundreds of people walk this street daily. We believe God has big things for us! Pray for our team. Pray for us to see a revival in Panama. Pray for students to see story after story of people moving from death to life. Pray that we would walk in power and expectation. God is sovereign over all!

Your Country Coordinators,

Melanie & Razi

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  • Jean Brown says:

    I am wait anxiously for your posts and updates. My grandson, Jackson Brown is on your 28 day mission trip. He was so excited at the end of last year’s 14 day trip about being able to do this again. I pray for safety and for God’s leadership and all you do and for good health. May God richly bless you and the teams.

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