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Ministry In The Mountains

Today we left early on the bus headed toward the mountains of Panama. We journeyed to a small village called Aguacate. Arriving at about noon, we were able to help with the school in the village. The team split into four groups and taught different age groups. Each group taught the students simple English phrases, Bible stories, and the “Cupid Shuffle.” After about two hours of spending time with and teaching the children, all of the groups met together at the school’s basketball court and danced to the “Cupid Shuffle.”
After dancing, the team performed the drama for the students. All who were there saw the Gospel and many began a relationship with Jesus! God is so good: that He would call us to share with the children of Panama and that He would call them to Himself.
We later led the church service in the village. After an awesome time of worship led by the nationals of the village, the team performed the drama and Walker brought the message. All were encouraged by the drama and Walker’s sermon on the “Orphan Heart.”
Today the team rose early to load up on two trucks headed for Trinidad, another village up the mountain. The team then divided into four groups. One group went to the school to teach as they did the day before. Two more teams went out and invited the people of the village to the school to see the drama. While they were out, the groups tried to find ways to E.N.G.A.G.E. the culture. This simply means that they went out trying to find jobs or ways they could help the people with their everyday tasks. The last group stayed behind to make lunch for the other groups.
Upon meeting back together, the team had lunch and prepared for the drama. With food in their stomachs, the team began set up for the drama at the school. God again made his presence known among the people. God showed up and many came to accept His free gift. The team was greatly encouraged to see God work. We then went down to the river to take some pictures and while we were there, a dear sister from the village asked to be baptized. Her name is Kenya; she said she had been waiting for the right time to be baptized and chose to proclaim her relationship with Christ in front of our team. We were so encouraged by her boldness in this very important step of her walk.
After spending a little more time with the people, the team headed back for Aguacate. They then had a few hours of rest before dinner. Walker used this time to tell of his hike up Mount Kilimanjaro carrying the cross. The team was encouraged to hear of all that God revealed to him and the truths he learned.
After dinner, the church held a worship service. During the service, the children of the village performed a couple of native dances and a special song. After this the team presented the drama and Henry brought the message. The nationals then presented the team with gifts, and said their good-byes.
We left the mountains this morning and have arrived back at Casa Blanca without any issues. We will post further updates tonight as we will be doing more ministry this afternoon.
Againm we would like to thank you for following our trip and for all of your prayers.
Thank You,

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