We recently had separate visits from two good friends. Trips like these are important for us, for we are always encouraged by spending time with friends and brothers and sisters in Christ from the States.
Additionally, when planned well, these trips accomplish at least two objectives. First, for those coming, they provide an opportunity to do gospel work outside of one’s normal context. Second, for us as missionaries, they provide an “extension” to our ministry which helps us build stronger relationships and greater trust with the churches and pastors we are trying to encourage, equip, and strengthen.
Jonathan, a young man from our home church, helped install a new water pump at a pastor’s house. In this neighborhood water is only supplied from 6:00 AM - 11:00 AM, so it’s important to have a water pump to fill the tank each morning.
Michael, the pastor at Sale Creek Baptist Church, passed out approximately 250 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste to the students at the elementary school in Pedasí. Thank you Sale Creek Baptist Church for providing these supplies.
Clip and César, a local pastor, talked about some of the maintenance needs at the church in which César pastors. César has become a great friend and blessing to us.
- The family we mentioned in our last prayer letter, Victor, Sonia, and David, recently came to our house for coffee and dessert, and we praise the Lord for their friendship. Please continue to pray they will be saved and that we will lovingly, clearly, boldly, and accurately share the gospel with them.
- Continue to pray for the spiritual health of the Panamanian church.
- Clip began teaching a spiritual leadership class in one of the local churches. The people have asked Clip to teach on the life and leadership qualities of Paul. It is exciting and energizing to see their enthusiasm to grow in their knowledge and application of the Scriptures. For those who complete the course (around the end of March), we are going to award them with a good, quality study Bible.
The health issues we asked you to pray about last month seem to be better. Thank you for your prayers!
But Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches. Acts 15:40-41