July Report - Bocas del Toro
Hello brothers, God bless you and your family.
As some of you know we just finish a trip to one place call Bongo, for us is a 2 full days hiking (in theory), I was supposed to go with 3 more Indians (Bernabe, Alexis, and Martin).
Allow me to give a background of this trip to Bongo. Two years ago we heard about a place that is deep in the rain forest, we started to try to find a guide to take us to that place but we didn’t find him, we needed to find one for we did not know our way there. Then , if happened, Bernabe found one man that has family in that place, so Bernabe planned the expedition to Bongo. At the beginning there were 10 Ngobe signed up for this, but as I like to say, emotions burn fast, at the end just 3 stayed in the plan, as well as myself.
We where excited with this new expedition, personally it was one of my dreams to be able to go deep into the rain forest and jungle sharing Jesus to others that don't know about Him, when I met the guide, the first question a made was, Do you know who is Jesus?... and his answer was, I just heard His name but i don't know who is he, my heart just got sad and happy at the same time because people are getting lost, but happy that God put this team together in order to sent them to that place.
The trip was this past Sept the 12th to the 16th, we where ready to go, but I couldn’t make it. This past June I hurt my ankle in a mission trip and since then my ankle is not ok, I thought I could but it was not going to work. After two hiking hours it started to hurt, so I thought “two hours hiking vs two days hike?”, so I took the difficult decision to let the team carry on, I talked with Bernabe the situation, gave him my camera, the GPS and batteries and asked him to take every information about the place and I returned with a heavy heart. But....
When they left I saw the answer to one of my prayers to God, to see more Indians disciples reaching their own and go to difficult places, places where neither latin or foreigners can go. Please keep praying for these disciples.
Now the report from the trip.
That day the guide’s family received the Lord, the name of the guide is Eliberto, a total of 6 people conform the family and all of them said “Yes”, therefore a house of peace is in place, where the new church can start to blossom. There are 200 people in the village and there are more in the surrounding villages. The team was able to visit 3 different villages in this trip. Names and geographical coordinates are at the end of the report, you are welcome to visit them.
Now the plan for this place is as follows.
The plan is that in the next trip we may be able to send more natives, Bernabe will search for true disciples, ready to become a SEAL team for the Lord for those places, the ministry is to provide for their travel expenses and what is needed to complete the task and surely I will try my best to join them next time.
edited by T.Vega
Geographical coordinates as follows:
Bongo: N 08º37.932’W 081º48.197’
Canoa: N 08º39.998’W 081º48.191’
Guayacan: N 08º40.628’W 081º48.077
some videos from the trail.
video from the village
video of Bernabe
You can see how difficult is the trial in some pictures and will see Bernabe and his team praying for people and share Jesus, they took these pictures.
DAIRA 2, CENTRO DAIRA AND GUABAL
Hello my brothers in Christ, we love you and sorry for the delay on writing about what God is doing in our country.
Two weeks ago, came back from a mission trip with a dear partner church from the USA to the Bocas del Toro area in two places for a full week of work and the last day we came to Guabal as our meeting place.
God is doing something very interesting in this place, we saw how people believe in Jesus but they are afraid to place their faith in Him for eternal life. In the area lives a person, his name is Rogelio and his family, they trusted in the Lord and were baptized last year, they are the ones that are taking the lead on preaching God’s word, while we were in the area we were able to see how he works hard to study the Bible and tries his best to understand more and more the Bible. Remember that their educational level is not that high.
In Daira 2, the team was able to share the Gospel 78 in the 20 homes visited in the area. The group of men and women had a constant attendance of 12 to 15 in each group. Working with the kids is always a joy, for they are so open and the only POF in the night meeting was of a young boy that came forward and attended the men’s group.
We worked with the men, women and children, in the men meeting around 35 men came every day to the meeting, and we have strong conversation of who is God, and what kept holding them from taking the step to follow Jesus; some times the talk went on for 3 hours, about the Bible and them making questions.
The children were a blessed time to work with them, sometimes I think that it will require a new generation like this kids that are growing with a different way of thinking, been exposed to teachings about the world and the Word of God. The work will continue through the disciples that are been raised in the area.
Guabal is doing very well is amazing how the church in Guabal adopted the vision of mission and how hard they work for it, the church is healthy and strong. Our missionary Mateo, God has given him a very beautiful ministry, please pray for him a lot he needs all our prayers.
Even though there were no POF in this area, there were about 7 people getting baptize, all of them youth that opened their mouth giving testimony of their determination of following Jesus.
We thank the Lord for the team of disciples that Mateo has developed in the area, the vision casted to the Church in Guabal and for the schools, they have always opened the doors for us to stay, to use the kitchen and in some cases the teachers allow us to use their shower (this is a big plus).
The portable equipment received last year was used to show the Jesus film and the life of Paul as a way of showing how the early church started. I spend two days in each village with the purpose of getting the taste of both and showing the film. My mom served in Dayra 2.
David / Mission starts with you.
Edited by Talsidia Vega
BIBLE STUDY METHODS - Module #3
Getting together to go over teachings.
Hello everyone is a joy to write again about what God is doing in the mountains of Panama.
The Bible Institute was just an amazing experience; around 40 attendants between pastors, leaders and future leaders came to learn more about the Bible. In this occasion the module Part I that the group studied was Bible Studies Methods. Being such a long module it has been divided in two parts, Part II will be studied on Oct 17-21.
Three full days, deep into God’s Word was a challenge for some, an eye opening for others but at the same time a very enriching in the knowledge and understanding of His Word for our lives. God blessed us by having 4 teachers from Costa Rica and 4 from the partner church in the USA. At the end, they prayed for the teachers and a safe travel back home.
Pastors and Leaders were deeply grateful with God by sending the teachers and us and partner with them by bringing the Bible Institute to them in order to learn more and understand more.
I wrote this report after our last mission trip two weeks ago to Bocas del Toro where the Lord allowed us to meet some diamond workers in the Lord, God willing they will join us for the Oct Bible Institute where they hope to be polished in order for Jesus to shine in them and keep working hard spreading the good news.
We had problems with the equipment, for no reason the computer appeared to have lost the power point and the material been taught. That meant that we needed to go the old fashion way, no problem for that, but David did not give up and spend until 1:00am trying to recuperate the information and of course God was in control, he was able to have the equipment ready for the team to use next day, Praise the Lord. Some times we thing what is our service in a team? God knows how He places people in the proper place, in the proper time.
Thanks so much for praying
DAVID VEGA / Mission starts with you
Edited by Talsidia Vega
Hello my friends again
I hope everything is good and the peace of Jesus be with all of you, The ministry is coming in partnership with a beautiful church settled in Costa Rica. For the ministry is a pleasure to work together with others Latin American brothers, the name of the Pastor is Dany and he is an amazing leader, the purpose of this mission trip is to strengthened and do follow-up with the church in Raton.