Equipping teachers for reaching children for Jesus.
HACHA REPORT - JUNE 16-24, 2018
God bless you. It is good for us to be able to give this report.
Last year around this time of the year a team from Alabama came to join forces with the ministry in Panama in order to go to Hacha, a small village that is about two hours hiking from where the road stops up on the mountain chain of Chiriqui and Bocas del Toro. They went with us trusting in the information given to them, that is one step of faith, camped and ate with the nationals; there was a small number of believers that through years have been getting together to hear the Word in the midst of a village to be MamaTata.
By the end of that week a piece of land was donated, that is another miracle. Through out 2017 another piece of land was donated which was almost in the middle of the village, now that is a big miracle, for the first piece of land was way too far. The news was given to the USA church and they got to raise the funds to consider the possibility of building the house of prayer in Hacha!!! It was muddy and cloudy but the work was done. Only one day the sun came out as to give the time to try hard to finish, Aleluya!
This year another youth team got together and made the trip to Hacha with MGPanama with the purpose of sharing God’s love through the work with kids, the women and men but mainly to start building the so long awaited house of prayer. The weather did not help much but was generous enough to allow the team (USA, nationals and Latins) to finish 90% of the building, the rest would be finished by the mother church that has been coming to Hacha for several years now and the group that follows Jesus in Hacha. The USA team took turns on the outreach and on the building. God is good.
The result was awesome, 7 POF from all the visits made and the last day 2 took the brave decision of getting baptized in the river that passes through the village, the water was very cold but that did not stop them. Loudly gave testimony of what is to follow Jesus. The church that helped us to build the church is committed to send a pastor to look after this baby church that has been established now.
Being able to come back from the mountains with all the team in one piece is always a blessing. We had 14 from USA, 13 of them got sick but God gave them strength to keep going and work hard to share Jesus. On the last day we were able to hike back out, no one was left behind, Praise the Lord!!!!
Your prayers were of great value and we deeply appreciate them. Thanks once again for your faithfulness to our King by praying, giving and as time allows, going.
DAVID VEGA / Mission starts with you
Edited by Talsidia Vega
In this occasion we had more students than expected and others for strong reasons were not able to attend but are committed to catch up with the module.
Pastor Jim and Mickel are good exponents of the Word of God and open to answer any question the students might have. This group of students is more proactive, they are not afraid of asking questions and they are good questions, one of the things we tell them is that it is very important not to go home having doubts, better to ask than to keep not knowing. So that is what they are doing.
Pastor Enrique, who is the one coordinating the place to stay, the cooks and did the invitations supervises many of the pastors attending the Institute therefore he follows up with them in anything they need in reference with the Institute and materials needed.
We appreciate your prayers for the next class that is programmed for the end of May and in this opportunity the Church that sponsors this Institute will be sending a few teachers, among them is the Senior Pastor, brother Todd Calaway. So also keep them in prayers, for any need there might be with their trip.
May God keep you and bless you as you serve Him in the calling He has given you.
Talsy and David.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. Eph 6:18[g]NLT
Our arrival to Algarrobo for our last module of the Bible Institute was smooth and dry (no rain). We settle and got ready for starting next day at noon.
This last module was "Church History", even though the story itself was a little complicated, things changed when we enter the section of "Church History in Latin America"; specially when we came to the point of the "conquistadores". History tells the story from our perspective but is very different from the native's perspective, wow, at that moment the class became alive, with stories carried from generation to generation, stories told by the grandparents and so on. By hearing them share,I felt ashamed with all the harm done to native cultures and the way in which the Gospel entered our land; it was the wrong way, not God's way. The harm is already done and we need to learn from past mistakes. We learned a lot of how the Mama Tata believe was born and how the Gospel came to the Ngobe reservation; all this through their sharing.
For three year a group of almost 30 started their studies in the Institute, some very shy, others with little knowledge about the Bible and others not knowing if they will finish the 15 courses required for graduating. Little by little some could not continue due to, coffee harvest and the need to search for a better income, others due to work, training etc, we felt sad for that but the Institute continued. Last Saturday June the 3rd, 13 received their certificate that proved their perseverance and determination to finish well, Mateo and disciples had to travel for day and half, Simon had to walk for 5 hours and so on in order to attend.
The last day we had to stay for the Sunday service since the car that was to pick us up, came in late; but what a blessing to hear how Pastor's Lorenzo preaching has improved, and how Domingo has changed from a shy and little talkative person to a person willing to share from the pulpit and telling me that he together with Dionisio will join the team to hacha this coming Sunday the 11th.
Having Tate, Pastor Todd's son on board brought the local kids the challenge of playing using the kid's sign "a soccer ball". No problem with language, they solved that.
Praise the Lord for ministries such as Crosspoint Ch, IBAC (Bible Institute) that come to be a blessing in the equipping of workers that will use properly the Word of God. To God be the glory and thank you for holding us in prayers.
The report from the Balsa Team will follow soon.
In Him and until He comes back again,
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15.