Good evening friends, this is the end of a very long, very tiring, but very rewarding day. We started it off picking up some supplies at a hardware store "that just happened to be next to a coffee shop". We ended with some ice cream from Dairy Queen- and in between we had the Jesus film. According to Kevin Johnson this is the "Trifecta of a mission trip day!" Our work projects continued at the Puerto Caimito church. Everyone jumped right in and found their place and role. We were like busy bees, doing multiple projects, that required varied skills, yet together, we made a pretty awesome team. It reminded me of the passage in 1 Corinthians about the Body of Christ and it's many parts.
"God's various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit... Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits... The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part... (1 Corinthians 12, The Message).
Flint Central, you would be proud of the team that you sent. They are truly the embodiment (see what I did there!?!) of what Scripture was speaking of when it comes to the Body of Christ coming together - one body, many parts - all useful and important.
Once our work projects were done for the day, we headed out into the community around the church to prepare for a showing of the Jesus Film. Our GO TEAM broke up into 4 groups and with a member of the Panamanian outreach team, went door-to-door through a large neighborhood inviting kids and families to the showing of the Jesus Film. While a bit out of our comfort zones, as we traveled from little house to little house, we found ourselves connecting with people, running the streets with kids, and chatting with folks.
Our team was privileged to bring in a brand new backpack from Jesus Film Harvest Partners. This 50 pound backpack contains a portable movie theater! The screen, projector, battery pack, microphone and two speakers are carried in the backpack - making it one of the most portable and creative tools for evangelism. Before it was set up we prayed over the pack, for its use both tonight and in the days to come.
It was a relatively cool evening in relation to the daytime. We set up in a park at the center of the neighborhood. As a cool breeze blew through, over 200 folks made their way in for the presentation! Our setting in the park was on a sloped hillside... It seemed similar to passages I've read in the New Testament when Jesus taught on hillsides, connecting with ordinary people, on their turf. He taught, the masses came and responded. Similarly, we found ourselves on a sloped hillside in a park, on their turf, in a lower income area, just ordinary everyday people, and yet the masses came out, and many responded. The pastors gave an invitation and dozens of children and a few adults came forward to receive Christ as their Forever Friend and Savior! How awesome!
This was an unforgettable day. Please continue to lift GO TEAM #3 up in prayer (remember GO stands for Global Outreach!). We have several more days and we want to make the most of every opportunity. Good night from Panama.