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The Power of ONE

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We sit here in the cafeteria and sounds of laughter fill the room.  It testifies to the power of unity.  It testifies of a greater cause.  It testifies to having a single focus: Jesus.

God is soooo good.

Our team woke up yesterday and spent time in the Word, with Joshua 24:14-15 being our focus, encouraging the students with the reality that serving Jesus is not an impossible task but a delight.  God sustains us so that we might serve Him faithfully and store up for ourselves treasures in heaven.

In our large group, the students learned how to effectively share the gospel and how to engage with the people of Panama.  Afterwards, each of our students took a spiritual gifts test and shared their gift.  The gifts that God has gifted our students with are mercy, faith, exhortation, teaching, discernment, administration, and service.  Our goal is to give students an opportunity to exercise their gifts during the course of the trip and our desire is that they would go home and utilize these gifts to build up the body of Christ.

One of the highlights of our day was an incredible time of fellowship and worship.  One of the principles taught at Awe Star is “Worship makes us stronger.” Worship has the ability to take the weary and restore our spirits.  This really helped continue to build unity with our team as we had the opportunity to pray over one another.

God continues to build confidence through the training of the Freedom drama.  It has been awesome to see the drama pull students out of their shell and grow in confidence.  The team is becoming more like family with every passing moment. 

It’s awesome to watch all the teams come together as one each evening to worship.  There’s nothing like the glorious sound of students worshiping Jesus!  David Guion has helped in a tremendous way preparing our hearts for Panama.  Walker spoke from 1 Thessalonians 5:23, “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Our students are bombarded daily by the enemy who wants to steal, kill and destroy them.  The enemy wants to steal our fruit and destroy our testimony, which is why we must take every thought captive.

To close out our evening, our Team Directors (TDs) shared about logistics with our ministry teams and had an opportunity to continue to bond as a team.  

Continue to pray that God would give strength and energy as they complete drama training today and for us to continue to love and serve one another.  As the days pass and get longer, we as a team will need prayer from our loved ones.  Satan will try to distract us from our goal, but we know that Christ has a great plan for us as a team. 

Your Panama 14-Day Leadership,

Mike and Sarah, Country Coordinators

Zach and Mya, Team Directors

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