Hello my brothers I hope you are okay.
In April God allowed us to see lot of things.
In personal life, we finally moved to our apartment I am sending a few pictures of it, thanks to everybody that God has touched to support us and for being part in this new step in my family. I send a big hug from Panama.
At the south side of the mountain(Pacific side), we have the following report to share:
Bernabe Morales: He serves at the church in Balsa and at the moment he 6 people that are being discipled, we don’t have a picture yet, but we promise that by the end of this month we will have one or maybe two, hahaha just kidding more than two.
He started to teach in the church so the disciples may see how he does it so they can learn more. God is giving more strength to his church, for those who doesn’t know, Bernabe is more than a disciple for me he is my friend, he has been for years by my side working.
To share a little history of the church he is serving at (Balsa), nearby where Bernabe lives a pastor sinned and abandoned the church, the church tried to survive without a leader, holding a service as often as they could. Last year the church was destroyed in a storm (can you imagen how they felt?). Last year a team came to rebuild the church in less than one week!! (https://mgpanama.squarespace.com/news/2017/6/27/balsa-report-rebuilding-the-church-building-june-27-2017), and then the Balsa Church realized that they are not alone, that God cared about them too.
Besides all this, and after this, a church from one of the team that I consider my friend too (that is another story), adopted Bernabe and now Bernabe has started to disciple them and try to train a new future leader for the community.
Bernabe is also attending the Bible Institute at Cerro Miel in order to gain more training.
Simon Abrego. oh! my brother Simon…
He is just amazing, he has been our friend for almost 10 years, he started working with kids around 3 or 4 years ago besides pastoring the Church in Raton https://mgpanama.com/news/2018/1/9/january-update-2018. He with his team have reached around 3 thousand kid for Jesus and counting. He has been adopted by another Church that supports him through MGPANAMA. This year they will be hosting a team coming to strengthened the church and do some repairs to the structure. https://mgpanama.com/news/?category=Community+Transformation
Enrique is a new member to the team, we have known him from years and years. He was one of my father’s disciple, joining him to several trips to the mountain. Due to one training, Enrique felt called to start planting churches. As part of our team we are praying and waiting for someone or a church to adopt him. Today, he is a church planter, have started his ministry where he has developed a team and 17 churches have been started and 8 of them are where there are no churches. In the plan they are planting 6 more this year.
Part of the team are Pastor Heitor and Pastor Rey Camilo, who serve as trainers in different areas.
In North side of the mountain.
At this side of the mountain there is a courageous missionary, we pray that God will send more like him, his name is Mateo.
I know that lots of you have heard about of our friend Mateo, but now is not just Mateo, God has given him true believers and disciple that they believe in what the Bible say and want to change the communities nearby.
Monte Lirio Baptism
Monte Lirio is one of the areas he looks after. Monte Lirio was a place where teams have gone several times until we felt to stop sending teams but, rather to start a Bible Institute in order to train the 5 to 9 sporadic members. Sometimes we give up on things but not God, the Church belongs to Him and He looks after her.
After our return from the States, I traveled to see Mateo and share some good news in reference to the work he is doing in the area. We talked about Monte Lirio and I told him to give up on the place, but Mateo told me “David, something is happening there, the church is growing, for there are 20 people gathering and 3 have been baptized.” So, I told him to keep going there for now is when they will need help in guidance and training. Praise the Lord.
1. Our ministry have started the last processes to be a tax deductible. This has been a process of one year. As soon as we have more news we will share it with you.
2. In the month of April the mission trip that I did was mainly for preparing the missions trip in every area. This year we have around 4 international mission trip, little by little God is bringing more servants, to work in the mountain.
3. I have also met with Mateo, Bernabe and Pastor Simon in order to be with them and plan for this year’s work.
4. We are working in new ways to help and support our national partners. The ministry is growing not just in the spiritual side but is growing with more people that need tools to do their work better for Jesus.
5. We have met with pastors that Pastor Heitor have trained in order to serve them better, therefore a mini campaign has been programmed for August but before that the training will be strengthened with them.
We are so grateful for our trip to the States where we were able to share about the work being done in Panama but also to strengthen our relationship with Churches that support financially and through prayers, the ministry in Panama.
Know that your prayers and support are deeply appreciated, trusting the Lord for the provision He has in store for you.
Blessings and we will see you next time, if He does not come back before that.
Written by David Vega / Talsy