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cinco de mayo

Today, we went to a suburb of Panama City where many Kuna Indians live. On the trip in we passed numerous landfills, but when we got there, it was a village surrounded by beautiful tree-covered hills. The local police were very kind and helpful to us, and they were excited we were bringing the good news to their town. We realized we had entered a dark town and saw how the enemy is actively attempting to blind the hearts of people here in Panama. He attempted to keep us from presenting the light through fatigue in our team.

Our bus driver, Julio, pointed out to Meagann that he saw the enemy attacking us and the translators. However, we kept battling, performed the drama, and shared the gospel! God’s power was made perfect in our weakness. We are totally reliant upon God; apart from Him we can do nothing. By His grace, we were able to go and tell people about Christ. To the praise of His glory, people came to Christ! We couldn’t help but to sing, “Our God is greater, our God is stronger! God, You are higher than any other! Our God is healer, awesome in power, our God, our God!”

After returning to our wonderful mission house for lunch and a little siesta, we continued the day walking to the busy street of Cinco De Mayo for some prayerwalking and street evangelism. As our ministry teams were prayerwalking, many of them were led to speak with people who were sitting or walking by the many stores on Cinco De Mayo. As one ministry team was speaking with a man sitting on a bench, a pigeon flew overhead and dropped a present onto two of the people in the ministry team. Later, we would laugh about this, but in the moment they kept their cool and continued sharing their faith. Because our team has a heartbeat of obedience, there are new believers in the Kingdom of God today!

We ate another amazing meal prepared by Tia Mirna. She is an outstanding cook! We are being very well fed. After dinner, we worshiped through song and got into the Word. God moved among us and stirred us to pray for one another. This was followed by a very special time. The men of the team washed the feet of all the women of the team. It showed their servant hearts and impacted the women.  We want to thank you so much for praying for our team’s unity. God is bringing it about in a great and powerful way!

Please pray for:
-Continued good health and among our translators
-Continued unity within the team
-The people who trusted Christ as Savior today
-That God would continue to give us divine encounters
-And most of all, that God would receive all the glory!

To God alone be the glory!

Philip Tallman and Meagann Earnhardt
Country Coordinators

What a day it has been!

After a wonderful night’s sleep, we enjoyed a home-cooked breakfast by Tia Mirna, our adopted Panamanian aunt.

We began ministry today with the mindset that we get to serve God today and it is an incredible honor and joy to serve Him!

We had the opportunity to do ministry this morning in a school in the suburbs of Panama City. Little did we know that our stage would be much smaller than usual. But that was no problem. The team adapted and interacted with the crowd very well. We were able to present the gospel through the drama with middle school teens. This was a great opportunity for the team because many of the kids spoke English, and that made sharing the gospel easier for them. Additionally, they did very well in relating to them, and a number of the students prayed to received Christ and expressed their desire to know more.

After our team finished ministering to the students, we packed up all of our equipment, thinking that it was time to leave. However, that was not the case. We got to perform the drama once more, this time to high school students. After we finished the gospel presentation, many students came forward to talk with our team and expressed a desire to know more about what it means to follow Christ. One person on our team got the opportunity to talk with a student who is a Buddhist. He did not trust Christ to be his Savior today, but he heard the gospel, and God’s Word does not return void! So please pray for this student that God will shine the truth of the gospel in his heart and he will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus.

After taking a break and eating a hearty lunch of PB&Js, we were able to go into another school. It is such a joy to be able to go into school and present the good news of Jesus! At this school our team was able to talk to many students about Christ.

We ended today’s ministry by walking through the bustling street called Cinco De Mayo. We performed the drama in front of a cathedral at the end of the street. It is a common area for homeless people and various vendors. It can be a dark place, but our team did a great job of getting out of the way and letting God shine His light through them.

This evening, we worshipped, prayed, talked about what God is teaching us, and got into the Word. To put it simply, we had a great evening drawing closer to God together.

Thank you so much for all of the prayers! Please keep praying! Our God is the God who saves and nothing is too tough for Him. Let us cry out to Him that He will do a great work in us and through us here in Panama.

Please pray for:
-Continued good health
-Continued unity within the team
-The people who trusted Christ today
-That God would continue to give us divine encounters
-And most of all that God would receive all the glory!

Thank you so much for praying for us and with us!

To God alone be the glory,

Philip Tallman and Meagann Earnhardt
Country Coordinators

Sunday 7/1

Let me tell you what great things God has done in our first day doing Jesus Ministry here in Panama.  The team arrived today at 10:15 a.m.  I am happy to say that everyone is safe and healthy. We took them straight to church from the airport.  After church the team had lunch at the house, and then it was time to do Jesus Ministry.  Today we were reminded that God uses all things to work together for His purposes.  On a day where the president of Panama was scheduled to make an appearance at Cinco de Mayo, God sent a most beautiful rainstorm that left many looking for shelter.  It’s a common misconception that we prefer to do the drama on a pretty, sunny day.  However, there is nothing like doing the drama in the middle of a downpour.  With a simple afternoon rain God pulled together a group of individuals who otherwise may not have seen the drama.  Many of these people came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior today!  One woman in particular, when she was hearing the Gospel, went and got three friends to make sure they heard the story of the only man who has the power to save their souls.  They were so attentive they were even warding off distractions for each other.  Praise God for many salvations today, and many others who saw the drama and had a seed planted.

We just finished an amazing night of worship topped with a powerful lesson on the Great Commission.  The team is now unloading and settling down getting ready for bed.  Please pray for us that tomorrow would yield many more divine encounters in the schools.  To God be all the glory!

Walker, Daniel, Charlotte