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What a Day of Worship!

gospel presentation

We are so thankful that we serve such a great and awesome God who is sovereign!

After a good night’s sleep Monday night, we began Tuesday with a time of worship led by Marc and by one of our translators, Selegna. She taught us a couple of songs in Spanish to worship to. It helped prepared our hearts and minds for a great day of worshiping God through ministry.

Our first ministry site was a school located in an area that is known for drug influence. We did not have permission ahead of time, but we prayed that the principal would be open to let us come share the gospel. She was more than willing to allow us the opportunity to perform the drama for the young students. We shared our joy for Christ and love for the children by dancing and playing with them! Many of the students understood the message and expressed a desire to know Christ. We are very thankful there is a Pastor who visits the school weekly to follow up with discipleship.

The Lord provided the opportunity to go to another school. We were given only a small amount of time to perform the drama before a soccer scrimmage began. There were students eating lunch, practicing dance and soccer. However, when the drama started, they seemed to stop and pay attention to the gospel presentation. We were thankful we had time to go out in our ministry teams and talk with many of the students. We praise God that we saw some of them come to saving faith in Christ!

We were able to take a break and eat a wonderful meal of PB&Js before heading back to the school performed at first. This time we were able to share Christ with students younger than the first group. After seeing the drama they really expressed NOT liking the Dragon, but they cheered the Good Prince as he fought off the Dragon! When we asked the children, “Who was the Good Prince?” they replied, “Jesus!” Praise God for opening the eyes of even these small children!

For our final drama site we went to an area that was surrounded by 3 apartment buildings. We were able to set up the drama right in the middle of the 3 buildings. These apartments housed many of the parents of the children we ministered to at the school in the morning and afternoon. The area was run-down and we were told it had quite a bit of drug activity. We were watchful and  prayed specifically for God to bring the people down from their apartments to watch the drama. And God used us! People watched the drama from all over the place. They were watching from the street, the windows of their apartments, and even from the roofs of the apartment buildings. We definitely had some divine encounters. One of our students got the joy of leading her first person to Christ! Our hope and prayer is that they will grow in the grace of God as they begin their new life!

We spent the evening diving deep into the Word and seeing who we are called to be in Christ. This caused us to overflow with worship and pray for another. It was a very sweet and rich time of growing closer to God and to each other!

Thank you so much for all of your continued prayer! We are so thankful for you!

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