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Let It Rain, Because We Are Fluid!

Waking up at 7am, doing our morning Bible study, putting on a pound of deodorant, and airing out our costumes from the past day has become a routine for us Missourians. As we wipe the sweat from our brows, we hear Walker’s encouraging voice saying “You will acclimate to this weather,” and we pray that we do.

 As you know, today was Sunday, and we had the chance to go to La Communidad Iglesia, the church of some missionary friends. Their names are Todd and Marielena. Marielena is a native Panamanian and translated for the majority of the service. Lik in FBC Lebanon, they began their service with worship and familiar songs like Prince of Peace. Then Walker spoke to the church of around 65 people and told us about truly following Jesus. He also told us of his beloved suitcase “Eileen,”  known for her missing wheel making her stand at a slant. It was encouraging to see God already working in the lives of so many Panamanians and our fellow translators, who led the worship. To conclude the service, they had all visitors introduce themselves and any celebrating a birthday were led in front of the stage to have a pretty impressive happy birthday song sung to them. Anna was among them and was so excited her face turned red.

 After the service, we had our routine PB&J (which we LOVE) and played ping-pong with kids of the church.  

Our original plan for today was to go to an orphanage. However, it began raining . . . and raining . . .  and raining. So we decided to go to one of the malls in Panama City, but not to shop. Our goal was to understand the culture more and speak to locals one-on-one. We may not have been able to perform the drama, and we may not have been able to hand out tracts, but that does not mean the Holy Spirit was not at work there. With God’s help, we were able to lead several people to Christ who would otherwise not have been able to hear.

Tomorrow, we will conclude our stay in Panama City. We will backpack out into a village, San Antonio, in the Gamboa jungle. Parents, families, and friends, please continue to pray for us these next couple of days. We will be experiencing a culture unlike anything any of us have seen. Heat and mosquitoes will be among our difficulties. But those things will not stop us from spreading the Word.  

Our word of today was “Lo siento,” meaning “I’m sorry,” which we have all used on several occasions. We feel so blessed to be helping God with something much bigger than ourselves and learning about how to follow His ways. Walker’s Bible study last night was about not consuming our time with worry and stress, but learning how to sit at the feet of Jesus and LISTEN.

Each night we are privileged to have a meal prepared by our wonderful cook, Mirna. The first night it was spaghetti, then beef and rice, and tonight it was chicken and rice. We have fallen in love with her cooking, and it will be among the many things we will miss about serving here.

Since we will be in the jungle from Monday until Wednesday morning, we will be unable to update the blog. Our next update will be as soon as we get back on Wednesday.

 Sending our love all the way back to Missouri. We miss you guys!

FBC Lebanon



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7 response to Let It Rain, Because We Are Fluid!

  • Rebecca Baugher says:

    Praising God for the great things He is doing! Praying for you all constantly – we love and miss you back at home!!! Can’t wait to see ya’ll soon!!!

  • We miss you too! It’s exciting to hear about how God is using you to make an eternal difference and bless the people of Panama! It’s so great to see the pictures of you showing the love and compassion you have for each other and the people of Panama. 1 John 3:18 “Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” You are definitely being “Jesus with skin on” above all..LOVE <3
    I can hardly wait to hear the good news of your jungle adventures!!
    I love, love, love you all…but Abbi is my favorite! 😉
    ~Mama Michelle

  • Please try to take pictures of your feet in the jungle…
    Romans 10:15 …”how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” Abbi knows what I want do with a picture of her feet! 🙂
    Good night, sleep tight….xo

  • The Browns, Lebanon says:

    Praying for you all and especially for dealing with culture, heat and mosquitoes! Love the pics!!

  • Trish Sproat says:

    So excited to hear all that God is doing in Panama through our missionaries. Praying for you all as you journey into the jungle. Stay safe and know that I love each and everyone of you. ~Trish

  • Rebecca Baugher says:

    Oh my goodness, I can’t believe you’re in the jungle now!!! I miss it so much!! Praying so hard for you guys – I’m so excited to see how the Lord is using you! It’s amazing! I just saw the picture ya’ll posted with my name in it…. I seriously cried happy tears, you guys are so sweet! Missing you so much!!! Hugs from the States!!! Love you all from the bottom of my heart!!! <3

  • Kelli Wright says:

    Praying for you guys especially while you are in the jungle. I am so excited to hear about all your adventures!! Miss you all……Love you Nick!! I’m so proud to be your momma!!

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