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Bienvenidos a Panama!

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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

723 new souls responded the first week as we showed the Jesus Film in the villages. Muslims are very present and the response does seem to be influenced by the strength of the Muslims in the area. During the day, we worked with 50 pastors and went out at night. The we went 8 hours to the north to Mugumu and went from Village to village. There were about 40 of us the 2nd Week and over 5,000 people accepted Jesus as their Savior. The next week, 4 of us held 3 different seminiars during the day with pastors and wives and went out at night to the Jesus Film. In Mtwara and Lindy, the Muslim presence is very strong and the numbers were less. Yet over 8K people responded to Christ.

Obviously, the Follow-up and the Church Planting is key to growth. We are extremely excited about the harvest, but we stressed to all the pastors the extreme need to follow up and the absolute importance to going out to the remote homesites that we walked to in order to get these new converts into church. Please pray with us as Tanzania is going through struggles. **We had just gotten there when on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, the Muslims blew up a church and declared all churches banned. The government historically does virtually nothing to control such behavior. Many, many churches are commonly burned down on Zanzibar with virtually no repercussions to the offenders.

That is why we were working with the Pastors. They need support and encouragement. Many are not trained, they are just passionate followers who have stepped into the empty role left by another. It was our joy to go, but we are so grateful for your prayers. Thanks also to Walker and the AweStar Team for their support of us and allowing this Blog to display the joy of New Life coming to Tanzania. — Pastor Larry Pittman