Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A much needed update on us

We arrived back in Panama in mid January and settled into our new home by the end of the month. God has provided beyond what we feel deserving of and we are blessed to be in a lovely home in a quiet neighborhood close to our ministry here in Panama. This has taken a financial load off of our shoulders each month and we trust God will provide for the rest of our monthly needs as well. We ended January celebrating our son Kellan’s third birthday, and we praise God for the gift of him in our lives.

February was a busy month as the children of Panama ended their "summer" vacation and headed back to school. We just finished a week of Vacation Bible School with our church and we feel so blessed to have been able to be a part of it. Instead of children coming to us for VBS, our church went to them and we held services in four different neighborhoods surrounding the town the church is in. Nathan led the group in the town of Caimito which is a small town bordering Dolega. We had between 30-40 children in our neighborhood alone and we were told that over 130 Children came between the four locations combined. We witnessed many little souls being touched and stirred by the Holy Spirit as well as several professions of faith in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It was very encouraging to see the children come back each day, despite the humble setting of several blankets laid out under a tree in someones front yard.

Tyler just recently started attending a bilingual International School near our home in Panama. Our hope is that this will help him to learn Spanish more proficiently and allow him to more easily communicate with the children in Panama. We are excited for him, but this will be quite a transition for our family as we have solely homeschooled up to this point. Please pray for a smooth transition and a wonderful school year for him.

We are still waiting on the government (MIDES) to finalize our paperwork for our children’s home. We are eager and excited to be able to open our home to children, but we know it will happen in God’s timing and we must wait patiently on Him and trust His perfect plan. Meanwhile, Nathan plans to continue to serve at the feeding center and we will continue to visit the other Children's homes in the area. We cherish and enjoy holding and loving on the babies and running around and playing with the older children.

Thank you all for your continued support. It was such a blessing to be able to spend time visiting churches and interacting with all of you one on one. We were so touched by the stories that were shared with us, and also by your selfless giving to our ministry. We appreciate and greatly value your prayers for our family as we continue to serve the people of Panama, and share the gospel to those God puts in our path.