We are still doing well down here in Panama City, Panama. God is good, that’s for sure. We had a great weekend this last weekend. We were involved in a mission conference with some young people from Panama. There were three missionary couples involved in the weekend, 9 youth and college aged students (age 16-26), and a man named Jose Arias who has been working with Baptist in Panama for over 50 years.
The activities took place in a community named El Limon, which is Spanish for The Lemon. As you might guess, they grow a lot of lemons there. It’s located about an hour from Panama City. Friday we hiked to the homes in the village inviting them to the weekends’ events. There are about 40 homes in the village, and almost all of them are only accessible by trail, not by a vehicle road. So we hiked up and down, up and down, and told the homes about the services. The village is located on the side of a mountain, with a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. It is such a beautiful place.
Saturday we prayer walked in the morning, and went door to door evangelizing after lunch, then had a service. We returned to Limon Sunday morning for the final service of the weekend.
It was a great experience. The best part was the interaction and leadership that we saw in the Panamanians. The older man that we were working with was inspirational. He is 81 years young, has more than 20 grandkids, about 40 great grandkids and he’s about to have some great great grandkids! He was right there along with us, hiking up and down the mountain to reach the homes, reading scriptures and telling them about Jesus at every home we went to. Saturday it was time to eat lunch, but he heard about another home that we had not been to, and insisted that lunch could wait, that he needed to go hike to and visit that home.
It was also great to see the young people that we were with and how they interacted with the locals, and shared Christ. Several of them were the teachers for the weekend services, so us missionaries just took a back seat, and watched them do most of the work. These young people are passionate for Jesus and it is a blessing to get to know these folks who we believe will play a big part in changing this country for Christ.
These young people were great examples of missionaries in our opinion. They got out of their comfort zone, and WENT. Will we do the same? We don’t have to go far, Acts 1:8 says we should go to our home town, our state, our country, and the ends of the world. Will each of us be willing to take up the cross, and go tell others about Jesus? There is much work to be done; let’s do it!
We hope that each of you are doing real well.
Derek and Audrey Tucker