Let me open with good
news to report from Panama: men and women both can leave home
during the day (except Sundays); curfew is 11pm-5am; certain
businesses are allowed to open with limited access; international
travel should reopen mid-October. Please continue to pray with us
for wisdom deciding when to return… hopefully as soon as it as
Fundraising progress report update:
$2,000; NOW: $332 in new monthly support still needed.
* WAS: $27,000; NOW: $0 cash budget lacking—PTL!
Thanks to your faithfulness and generosity! Now we are “saving up”
toward the $50,000 Ngobe camp infrastructure project.
Helping us get closer to
that gradually shrinking goal are many churches and individuals we
have had the pleasure to minister with and to meet. One shining
church example is First Assembly of God in Clinton MO. Pastor Gary
Kraft graciously scheduled us for a service after we simply
dropped in on him unannounced. The reason he was willing to meet:
he said his heart was already in Panamá! Several years ago he led
two different construction teams building tabernacle church
structures as part of the Panamá 100 Churches Project with former
Panamá colleague Larryon Truman. Pictured with Pastor Gary at our
display table is Vern, a church member who was part of both
Big thanks to Pastor Gary and Ann for the great fellowship we
enjoyed after the services, for the church’s prayer and financial
support, and for being a vibrant example of an active community
church during these challenging times!
example of the many terrific individuals we have gotten to meet is
Sabrina Braswell, Missions Director at James River Church,
Springfield MO. She welcomed us to share our missions update with
her over a cup of coffee in the church’s ample and attractive
lobby. We also talked about possible future team visits from the
church to Panamá.
Since both of these examples include mention of US teams, if you
are interested in considering bringing a ministry or construction
team to Panama, I invite you to take a look at our updated TEAMS page.
In closing, we
once again thank tremendous ministry partners Abundant Life
Community Church, with Pastor Roy Rhodes and his faithful team,
along with Convoy of Hope, for donating much needed food and
supplies for the Ngobe Indian annual outreach. We are
organizing with Director Walquiria Valdés in Panamá for the
distribution, likely before Christmas this year, even though the
large scale in-person gathering scheduled for February 2021 will
The reason I am mentioning all this here is that there is room in
the container for additional donations. Some of you have offered
to send items for ministry use in Panamá, but the sticky point was
always the high cost of shipping and receiving. Here those costs
are greatly reduced.
Suggested items are: gently used clothes (for men, women &
children), used/new musical instruments for Fine Arts, puppets,
tents for the Indian families, children’s ministry curriculum (in
Spanish is preferable), and children’s Bibles in Spanish.
Deadline for delivery to Convoy of Hope warehouse in Springfield
MO is October 15, 2020. If you are interested, please contact me
When faced with an unbeatable opponent, let us take courage from
the words of Hezekiah [with my comments added]:
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before
the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him [and
all the turmoil, anxiety, sickness and fear surrounding us],
for there are more with us than with him. With him is an
arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to
fight our battles.” And the people took confidence from the
words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
Chronicles 32:7-8 (ESV)
Kirk_Antonio & Yvonne
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