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Filling the Void

Greetings faithful prayer warriors! We are excited to share with you all some of the divine encounters the Lord allowed us to have today as we ministered in Panama City. Our day was full of drama ministry along the streets of Cinco De Mayo, where we saw many come to know the Lord.

Very early in the day we encountered a very interesting man named Francisco. Francisco was a very enthusiastic man and made many loud remarks throughout the drama. Some began talking to him afterward and learned that his wife had passed away a few years ago and that he had no one. He expressed great sadness and loneliness. Francisco began to explain that this was the reason that he walked the streets of Panama. He was desiring so much to find some kind of camaraderie. He didn’t care who it was; he simply wanted someone to talk to.

The students began to share the gospel with him, and Francisco was quick to recognize it. He began exclaiming that he had heard of Jesus from his wife. The man began to break down and admit that there was an emptiness within him, an emptiness that he had tried to  fill with many things, one in particular being alcohol. The students had the privilege of leading this man to the throne and to an eternal relationship with the King of Kings. Afterwards the man expressed true joy and seemed to almost be a new man, one might say a new creation! Don’t we serve a mighty God?! We were able to get his information so that a local church here could contact him and help him with support. He was ecstatic to know someone cared about him and loved him.  This man’s life has been forever changed. 

At our fourth site, the team was growing weary as the sun had been relentless throughout the day. So we first began with worshiping through song and prayer. The Lord is ever faithful and provided strength as we worshiped and prepared to share the gospel with the crowd. One of our ministry teams was able to talk with a man named Carlos. Carlos was from Nicaragua, and had heard about Jesus time and time again growing up but fully surrender His heart to the Lord in 2011. He is now seeking to become a full-time missionary wherever the Lord may call him. The students who talked to him, and then our whole team, were also able to pray over him and lift his ministry up to our Heavenly Father. Meeting with Carlos was such an encouragement to our whole team, please keep Him in your prayers as He continues to serve our God here in Panama.  

 We finished off the day learning about different types of prayer in the Bible. We looked through Exodus, where God parted the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites. Also in Mark, where Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane “Not my will, but thine”. We learned that sometimes God answers prayers by changing the external (Red Sea), and sometimes rather than changing the external He changes us (Gethsemane). We have seen God answer both types of prayers this summer, and we are so thankful to have brothers and sisters in Christ who consistently pray for us.  

Please pray for:                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Francisco as he begins to give his life over to God.                                                                                                                                                     

Carlos and his calling into the ministry.                                                                                                                                                                    

Strength for the team to finish strong and to keep their eyes on the race. 

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9

Your TDs (Team Directors),

Zach and Karissa

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16 response to Filling the Void

  • Amber Atkinson says:

    Karissa!! I miss you so much dear friend!! 🙁 this not talking for 35 days thing is taking a tole on my heart! Lol it was easier last year when we were both too busy to think about it! Now its just you that is too busy to think about it! :p But I know that God is using you to bring the gospel to people who desperately need it! You will be home soon enough and I will have my perfect hugger back! But I do know how hard it will be for you to leave Panama. Everywhere you go you give them your heart and I love that! It’s great to see pictures of you with the panamanian kids! You are so lucky! Bring one home please!! Lol I am praying for you and the team as you finish up your days there! May you finish well and bring tons of glory to The Lord! I know you will! Until we speak or meet again..
    Love always,
    Amber (baby cupcakes) Atkinson

  • Nikki Smith Reach says:

    Sounds like an awesome day.

    Kati- had several people ask about you tonight at church. I know they can’t wait to hear about what God has done these weeks you’ve been in Panama. I love you! Goodnight. Mama

  • Ryan T Reach says:

    Know that there are so many people praying for you Kati and Mya and team!

  • Toni Titus says:

    It’s so hard to believe that a month is almost completed for you all. So many wonderful testimonies of the power of the Gospel. Thank you for keeping us updated. Love and prayers for you all.

  • Debbie Cantrell says:

    Emma, I love you and miss you but feel blessed to share you because of this work. I will pray that God will complete his good work with these two men mentioned in today’s blog. I am so grateful for your service and for your opportunity to follow the lead of Zach and Karissa. May you have restored strength to complete this work. Love Always, mom

  • Danielle Banister Harmon says:

    Kati – I continue to be amazed by what you and the team are getting to experience! Keep up the good work…the meaningful work! Take care! – Danielle

  • Bellamy Looney says:

    Mary Jayne- we are continuing to lift up you and the team in prayer. So thankful for more salvations today. I know you must all be growing weary, but in our weakness He is strong. Lean on Him and continue the race. There are many more souls to be won, Hope you all have a blessed Independence Day! We love you. – Momma, Daddy, and Van

  • Morgan Bridgeford says:

    Todd, this is Todd. Haha meg I miss you a lot. No one understands my humor lol. I am praying for you guys and I love hearing the incredible stories of Gods divine power. He never ceases to amaze me. I am praying for strength for all of you. Love perseveres. Meagan I am proud to call you my sister. You are a young woman for Christ and I can’t wait to see how He has been working in your life

  • John Carpeter says:

    I know God is at work and how exciting it is to see what God can do. I pray for you daily Ally and can’t wait to see you and hear all of the wonderful things God has done. Today is the 4th and we in America are remembering our freedom, but you are seeing what true freedom is. For we are never free until God set us free from our sins. That is the Good News you share with a lost and enslaved world. I Love you and thank God for you and your team. Love, Dad

  • Charlie & Michele Brown says:

    Hey Miss Kayla & Team,

    Greetings from the IDENTITY Life-Group back in Texas. We’re so blessed when we read the stories of your ministry there in Panama. Praise our God who loves the people there so much that he sent you to bless them! We also thank and praise Him for the work he’s doing in your hearts as well. Rest easy in His grace! Our prayers continue for your strength and His provision to finish this race well & blessed.

    Best Regards,
    Mr. & Mrs. B

    Love God, Live Free!

  • Ginger says:

    What another day of praises. The Lord continues to do mighty works with His divine appointments. Today I will pray for extra strength and endurance for your race is almost complete. Remember team by His grace for His glory.

  • Marti Pieper says:

    I’m writing you from the beautiful country of Peru and praying for your ministry there. Did you see me waving as our plane went over? Every update touches my heart and reminds me to continue to lift you before Him. I’ve already been praying you will finish well, and I know He has more work for you to do both there and back at home. BIG hugs to both TDs and praying for all the team!

  • Shawna Mattes says:

    Levi – Can you hear me saying “Fransisco…. Fransisco….Fransisco” like on Elf????
    I will surely remember him in prayer! As well as Carlos.
    The updates are so wonderful. God is so good. Finish strong.

  • John Carpeter says:

    The fields are white for harvest, so harvest away while it is still day for the night is coming when no more harvesting will be done. Take heart, hold fast, God will strengthen you to the very last. What an amazing team you are. I marvel at how God has strategically placed each one of you in His tapestry. Thank you for your obedience to our Lord. You are a fine example of surrendered hearts. Ally, love you so much and of course continuing to miss you. I was looking at some of your younger pics yesterday; I miss that little stinker but I am so proud of the young lady you have and are becoming. You and your team have been chosen (as Ginger so eloquently says) by His grace and for His glory. Now, everybody hug each other – that’s my hug to ya’ll and could somebody kiss Ally for me? – Lol. Prayers are continuing:)

    Loving you slightly less
    Mom

  • Marcelo & Susan says:

    Hello Christina and team. We serve an Awesome God!!!! How wonderful it is to see God’s mighty hand at work in people’s lives. We continue to pray that God keeps hedge around you and gives you strength to continue God’s work for His glory.

    Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed, for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
    Isaiah 41:10

    Love in Christ,
    Marcelo, Susan, Patrick and Toby

  • Dana Cantrell Parish says:

    Hello team,

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