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The Frying Pan and the Fire

(Tuesday, July 2)

The Casa Blanca sits nestled at the base of Ancon Hill, the highest point in Panama City. Rather than going straight to Cinco de Mayo first thing in the morning, the team made the hour long walk up to the top where an enormous Panamanian flag waves proudly above the city. With outstretched arms the team prayed over Panama City, its different neighborhoods and their struggles. From the gang-infested slums to the wealthy business district, the team cried out to God for the salvation and sanctification of the people. 

Ministry on Cinco de Mayo began just after lunch, and the sun beat down relentlessly on the team. After two steaming drama performances the team was weary. Satan was using nature against us, but God had other plans. The team sought momentary refuge in an ice cream shop, gathered to pray, then energetically discussed ways to improve the drama. As clouds rolled in to protect us, the team performed another drama,this time with their own creative twists. They poured their hearts out in front of the audience, then poured them out further when witnessing one-on-one. 

Locating the next drama site proved to be a challenge as a man particularly opposed to the message instructed us to move from the spot we had picked out. Insistent that we leave and do the drama somewhere else, he turned his back to us. Thankfully our God has all authority, and the man’s heart changed. “Well,” he murmured hesitantly, “I suppose these people want to see it. Just do it here.” Without missing a beat the team set up and began the drama. All the while the man stayed close, chattering and mocking. But then the veil was lifted from his eyes. As members of the team spoke to him, he wept. They shared with him the hope and salvation he had never understood before, and he responded with great joy. He wanted to dance and party because he felt like he “knew God like he never thought was possible!” Eagerly he begged for information about a local church, which one of our translators was happy to provide. The team laid hands on him and prayed for the Lord’s work in his life. 

God continued to work through the team’s weakness as the day’s last drama was…well, a tad off (2 Corinthians 12:9). In great movements of the Spirit, each student got their own story of God’s providence and saving grace. Every ministry team today experienced the Lord’s power to break hearts: addictions, distractions, boundaries, and scars were revealed and relieved, just as we had begged God to do at the top of Ancon Hill. 

Please pray for the team as we head off early for Calabazo in the mountains, and as we return Friday afternoon. Looking forward to what God will do! 

In Christ,

Steph and Daniel

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3 response to The Frying Pan and the Fire

  • Penny Culpepper says:

    Praying for you all now. God is smiling down on all of you. He will give you strength.

  • Susan Porter says:

    Wow! Condtantly amazed by what God is doing. Praying for strength, endurance and acceptance. So great to hear my son’s excitement about this trip last nite!

  • rachel carlisle says:

    So do not throw away this confident trust in The Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you. Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised. Heb. 10:35-36

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