Balsa Report - June 6, 2017

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Rebuilding the Church Building

It is good to greet you my friends, we have one week and half before the next team comes in, and it is a good moment to share with you a few things our Lord allowed us to see and do during these days.

Balsa is three hours hike from Raton (mother church) and we were called there with the purpose of rebuilding the church building destroyed by the summer strong winds, to start a discipleship process with the kids and to do hut to hut visitations. 

At the end of this arduous week we could see the following results:

People that said “yes” Jesus: 10.
People that started a follow up program: 20.
Gospel presented to: 20.
Church Building finished: 90%.   

This outreach was a special time for the team as well as for the community, both were captivated by God’s love as they witnessed life’s being change and in the way to a discipleship walk.  There is hunger to learn more and more about our Saviours’s words.  Overwhelming was the moment of our departure as they cried and prayed over us, not a cry of sadness but of joy that brothers from other culture and language came together in Christ.  Enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed living the moment. 

In Him and until He comes back again,

David and team

Guabal Update / April 2017

Introduction

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Upon my return from Costa Rica, we visited our missionaryMateo, who is in Guabal, just to visit with him and learn how was his family.  Bernabe, my faithful friend joined me in this journey. 

We had a good surprise as we saw how nice was the road, unfortunately the advance is only 20%,  :)

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Our arrival to Guabal was really nice,  at first sight we could see the results of the offering given by our partners,  the missionary home where Mateo and family live, is already looking good with a new kitchen place and a new bathroom (in a month time will be complete).  Is good to part of such a blessing, together with all those that gave for this to be a reality.  

They were very happy with our visit and spend time with them as well as with the beautiful church members, hungry to do their best forJesus.

Different people came over to say “hola” and share a cup of coffee accompanied with stories that talked about the Good News.  

 

In the evening we had a time with the leaders and went over some basic teachings with them.  We also talked about, Why are we Christians? What is the fuel of our faith? What is that, that motivates us to keep on going?  

These were key questions in the lives of the 15 + leaders and disciples that were present.   Their answers to my questions were interesting, fear was the common word, and that is because their cultures fear is present, they grow with it; they are afraid of satan, afraid of the witch, and many other things.  It was important and fundamental to reassure them, through the Word, that our fuel should not be fear, but love, love to our Savior and the one that took our place on the cross.  As we went through the Scripture and the sharing, their faces started to change, joy and peace could be seen.  Our gathering started around 8pm and ended past midnight, just sharing about the Bible and questions that arose from the sharing about proper relationship in marriage, how to be a person with a good testimony, including that your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, etc. 

This kind of trips are very important, to be able to sit with the church leaders, because as leaders we also need advises, encouragement, love and above all search for God’s wisdom in His Word for their is hunger to learn and hunger for Jesus. 

Thank you sooooo much for keeping us in your prayers, we deeply appreciate your love shown to our family and ministry.  

God bless,   David Vega / Panama 

April 2017 Report

1. T4T Training in Costa Rica:

Is good to tell you how was our time in Costa Rica.  Mateo and Hector went with me, they are hard workers in the ministry,  we went to Costa Rica for a training about how to evangelize make disciples and plans churches more effective.

God expanded our minds and gave us a new refreshing time, not just for me but for Mateo and Heitor too.

Our small team of three with brother O'Connor.

From day one we agreed to, look, hear and learn everything we can, but with an open mind to what God wants to show us.  Trying to find God in everything and trying to hear His plans. Because at the ends of this training I will like to heard how God is showing you how to use this tool, and this is how we started the training; with a mind willing to hear God and how He wanted to use everything we were going to learn.

Our time was a real blessing, we learned so much but better than that we now know how to use these tools, we have a strategy that we going to start to use in Mateo's and Heitor's places.

In Him,  David

2. YWAM Translation:

 The group integrated by students around the globe including Ngobe from the mountains. 

The group integrated by students around the globe including Ngobe from the mountains. 

Two weeks translation, besides been a challenge is spiritually enriching.  One of the things I take pleasure on doing besides evangelism and discipleship is translating,  for in some way in builds up the life's of others as well as mine.  

The first week was dedicated to "Relationships" with others, with God and with ourselves.  How attitudes affect our surroundings, our communication with the Holy Ghost and our life is affected consciously or unconsciously.

The second week, well, is something we all want but little we understand  how this works, and is "True Freedom".   In Him we have been made free from the guilt of sin, but because we collect things as we grow and go through life, it becomes hard to believe that we are truly free.  Understanding the lies the enemy made us believe up to the point in which they become part of our core of beliefs, is when our true freedom starts.  He made us unique in Him and His heart is for us to grasp His desire to brings us back to that uniqueness we have when He is the all in all in our lives.  

Thanks so much for praying, our heart is to be able to serve Him full-hearted.  The migraine  was gone for the rest of the translation time, Praise Jesus.  

In Him,  Talsy 

3- May

May is a month in which a lot of coordination needs to be done, for at the end of May and first week of June, we have the first graduation from the Bible Institute coming and at the same time we have a small team that will be doing some construction at the Balsa's Church building, because the summer wind blew it down.  In the second week and five days after the Bible Institute and Construction team leaves, a youth team from Alabama will join us in order to break the ice in Hacha and try again to start a preaching point in this small area. 

Your prayers are important to us.  Pls pray for good weather, grace before the local churches, community members, schools etc.  That our hearts may be sensitive to the Holy Ghost guidance. 

In Him and until He comes back again.  MGPanama.

"... for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not of works, that no man should glory."  Ephesians 2:8-9