Panama // GO Team 2 // Day 5

“What started as a list of names…”

That was part of Jen’s prayer tonight that just hasn’t left my mind. I know I have talked a lot about our team and I am by no means trying to brag (or #humblebrag) about the group that we have here. Yet day after day I am overwhelmed by who God brought together for this trip and I no longer feel like the term “team” is large enough.

This collection of people from different cities, different backgrounds, different expectations, and different languages…is a family.

What started as a list of names on a piece of paper, names that didn’t necessarily know one another,  has become a family.

And don’t think I am just talking about those of us from Flint Central. We are a family here with our brothers and sisters in Espave.

We have had so much help on our projects from so many incredible people here in Espave. From construction projects to VBS to sports events to coordinating meals and travel - and all that falls in between. This has been a family effort.

Tonight we talked about how some of the pieces that fell into place for this trip - some at the last minute. And I began to think about how this team came together. It was a moment when you sit back and look in awe. Because while we are getting lots of great work done and forging incredible friendships and bonds it is abundantly clear that God is up to something in our midst

As for our work on Wednesday, we continued to see wonderful progress on every project. Our team did an amazing job of clearing the pathway to Pastor Chevy’s house and laying rock and concrete to create the pathway.

We continued our work in the trenches. We finished our last two trenches and are ready to mix and pour cement in on Thursday.

The roof is officially raised!

The roof is complete on Pastor Chevy’s house. We just have the piece at the peak of the roof and it is done! We can no move our focus inside of the house. Earlier in the week we had to break up the concrete floor in one room because it was cracking. We located the root of the problem…it was the root from a tree. We were able to fix the problem the root was causing and are ready to re-cement that floor as well.

We also had the privilege of being able to go into a local primary school and share the good news of Christ. This is a public school that allowed us to come in, host our VBS program, play games, and pray with the children. It was an incredible opportunity to share the gospel and invite people to their local church community in Espave.

As we were walking out of the school, the principal even asked if she could be in a picture with the last of us walking out. What a testament to how God is working in Panama.

For dinner we took the kids from the Child Development Center to KFC. They had a blast eating with us and playing in the play place. We also delivered our gifts of backpacks with supplies to them. Needless to say there were plenty of hugs and smiles to go around :)

Pray for our family as we move into the last day of work on Thursday. We want to get a lot of work done and also continue to strengthen the family we have all become here. 

- Pastor Josh