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The Jungle Awaits

Today was a much-needed day of rest and fellowship for Panama 35 as we prepare for our trip to the jungle for the next four days. Last night we had to say goodbye to Marti Pieper, Awe Star’s in-house writer who helps prepare all of Awe Star’s written materials, such as quiet times for the trips and so much more. She has been with us the past ten days to experience a 35-day trip and get a better understanding of how our teams operate out in the field. During that time, she has become a vital part of our team family. The team got to encourage her and pray over her last night before her trip back to the U.S. We will miss her greatly. (She has also been helping write the updates for our team during the time she’s been with us, so her amazing writing skills will be greatly missed by the CCs!)

The team got to sleep in this morning and have an extended quiet time, a great start to a day of rest. After a cereal breakfast, we all gathered together for a time of worship and hearing from God’s Word. One of our students, Jacob, gave a great message on humility and unity. He encouraged us to continue growing closer to one another and really love one another, not only while we’re out doing ministry, but in our down time as well. The team then broke up into MOM & POP groups to encourage each other and pray for the jungle adventure ahead of us. Then, after a (you guessed it) PB & J lunch, we gathered together again for a time of sharing testimonies. Although everyone gets to share their testimonies regularly every time we perform the drama, we don’t include much detail for the sake of brevity. The students got the chance to really share their stories with each other, how they came to know the Lord, how He called them to Panama, and whatever else they felt led to share. It was a sweet time of fellowship that allowed everyone to go into a deeper level of unity than they had before.

The rest of the afternoon consisted of packing for the jungle and getting ready for our journey. In the evening, we had a great time that consisted of having pizza for dinner, playing games, and eating popcorn! Though we did not do any drama ministry today, we were reminded of the importance of rest. The Lord worked for six days and then rested, giving us an example of the rhythm of work and rest He wanted us to follow. When we rest, it allows us to sit back and process through all we’ve experienced. It points us back to the Lord by reminding us that we as humans are finite beings and He is the one who keeps the world spinning.

Tomorrow, we will be traveling up the Gatun River to an Embera village. The Emberas are one of Panama’s three main indigenous groups. The particular village we are visiting does not have an established church, so we are very excited to go and present the gospel to them and see God work. Please pray that the Lord would move in a powerful way these next few days as we minister to the Embera people in Gatun. Pray that we would be able to demonstrate God’s love to them by our speech and conduct, that they would truly see a difference in us, and that the Lord would bring salvation to the people there.

Thank you for your prayers. We may not have internet for the next few days, but we will do our best send updates when we can. We will be back in Panama City on Friday!

Your CCs,

Marc & Rebecca

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