We had our latest seminar in Río Indio November 13-17, and it was a good week. The topics for the week were evangelism, missions, and church planting. Russ Turner led the teaching, and Clip opened each morning teaching on evangelism. We were honored to have John Webb (a missionary in the Dominican Republic for 16 years and now the pastor of a bilingual church in Patterson, NJ) with us for the week. His teaching was focused on missions.
Those in attendance seemed touched and motivated by the things that were taught. It was appropriate considering the church in Río Indio is praying and working to help mobilize Erik Mora (the assistant pastor) and his family as missionaries to Bocas del Toro.
Kenny Morris and Clip were able to return to Río Indio at the end of November to have another meeting about mobilizing the Mora family as missionaries. The church has many questions (they’ve never sent a missionary out of their church), but they are supportive.
What’s next? The pastor of the church, Amado, is going to reach out to other churches. Additionally, we have planned a trip to Bocas del Toro for January 28-February 1, 2018. The purpose of the trip is to visit areas where there is currently no evangelical church and to talk to the few pastors that are in Bocas del Toro. Getting a missionary to the field is a process, but, as you know, it is a worthy endeavor.
We will write about this in upcoming updates, but we have begun to meet with a few pastors for the purpose of discipling them and teaching them how to disciple others. We can’t wait to see how the Lord works!
Praises & Prayer Requests
- Please continue praying for the church in Río Indio and the Mora family as they seek to be faithful in the area of missions.
- Clip and Cesar Guerra (another national pastor) will be meeting with 3 young men to begin discipleship.
Partnership in the Gospel
It’s hard to believe this is our last update of 2017. Thank you for keeping up to date with our ministry and for your prayers!
Often, as we think of you, we think of Philippians 1:3-5, part of which says, “because of your partnership in the gospel …”
It is an honor for us to partner and serve with you.
The people are discussing missions during one of the semiar sessions.
Clip teaching on evangelism during one of the seminar sessions.
Emaus Baptist Church, where we hold the seminars in Río Indio.
Travelling by boat up Río Indio (Indian River) to a church in the small village of El Chilar. The only way to get to the village is by river.
The Baptist church in the village of El Chilar. At the bottom left of the picture you can see the small dock at the river bank.
Celebrating Thanksgiving with friends. We thank the Lord for the friends He has given us in Panamá.