Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
This past weekend Derek Tucker, 5 Panamanians and I went to a remote village about 12 hours away from Panama City. We went to check on 2 students from the Church Planting Institute of Panama. The two guys have been living in the village for 1 month and are starting a church.
Monday, November 8, 2010
The Urban Panama Team is seeing many wonderful things in Panama. Two students from the Church Planting Institute of Panama went to a remote village to start a church. Pray for these two young men as they are serving the Lord in such a great way. Derek Tucker and I will be visiting them in a few weeks.
The UP Team has been mapping and doing block parties in a new community called Santa Fe. There will be a new small group started this month in this area that has no churches.
I had the opportunity to preach at Calvary Baptist Church, First Baptist Church Panama and The Baptist Seminary of Panama last month. God moved in all of the services with several people making commitments to Jesus.
The UP Team got together and ate chicken that would have had Truett Cathy leaving Chick-fil-A and working for Charlotte.
Please continue to pray for the us and the UP Team has we start churches in Panama City. 1.2 million people are in the city with only 22 Baptist Churches to reach them.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The Urban Panama Team has been able to see many amazing things that God is doing this past month. The three biggest things are the starting of the Church Planting Institute of Panama, an open door in a new community called Santa Fe, and The Pastor’s Banquet. The UP Team is so excited about what God is doing through us.
The Church Planting Institute of Panama classes started in September. These classes are training 12 people to be church planters. The program is every Tuesday night and one day of on the field training and will continue for 6 months. Most of the people in the class are in their early 20s. I believe that God is going to use them to see a church planting movement in Panama.
One of the team members of the UP Team, Tim Louderback, has been working with a land developer who has given the team permission to work without any restrictions in a new community that they are building, The new community, Santa Fe, has 5,000 new homes in it. October 16 we will be having a movie night in the community. The UP Team believes that God will open a door for them to start house churches in the area.
One of the responsibilities of the UP Team is to build relationships with pastors and churches. The team from First Baptist Church Thomasville, GA hosted a Pastors and Wives Banquet for 20 pastors in the city. The purpose of this meeting was to share the vision of the UP Team. God did that and much more. The pastors and their wives had a great time of fellowship and prayer at the banquet, and they are excited about what God is doing in the city.
About 300 people attended Seminary Day which is an annual celebration. Cavin got to preach the sermon for the service. During the invitation, 11 men and women dedicated their lives to ministry and desire to enroll in the seminary. Please pray for the seminary as they are facing many changes in the year ahead.
The Cawthons are having a great time in Panama. Every day is a new opportunity to see God’s love and power.
Please keep the Cawthons in your prayers as they strive to be a light in Panama. Pray for Cavin as a Johnny Rocket’s Restaurant has recently opened in Panama. The workers now know him by name as he is becoming a regular customer!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Teaching Church Planters
PAAM is a mission sending agency in Panama. The director of Panama has asked the UP Team to teach specialized training for Church Planters in January 2011. This will be for PAAM Missionaries as anyone that feels called to be a church planter.
Also the UP Team is starting a class for people that have been called into church planting. This is opened for all Baptist church planters. It will start in the next couple of weeks two nights a week. We have about 5 people interested in taking the class.
Working with City Council in Panama City
Through a connection with the City Council here in Panama, The UP Team was asked to host a Block Party. All supplies were paid for by the City. 400 people attend and 300 people heard the Gospel - one on one. The City Councilman has asked us to do it all over the City. GOD IS GREAT!!!
Team from Oklahoma City
A team came from Capital City Baptist Association in Oklahoma City. They really worked hard with the UP Team through prayer walking, construction and witnessing. With their help the UP Team saw work completed that would have taken 4 months to do alone.
Please consider coming to Panama City and joining the UP Team in their work.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
In the past week, the Urban Panama Team and Scotty Davis of Noonday Baptist Association and Mission Team, Inc., have been seeking a vision of cooperation and partnership in the city of Panama. I believe that God is giving both the UP Team and Noonday an opportunity to work together in the work that God is doing here in Panama.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
God’s plan is amazing.
In the month of June, the Cawthons have seen God connect them with people that come from many different backgrounds. They have built relationships with doctors, retirees, teachers, computer specialists, pastors and professors. Through these relationships, God is connecting The Cawthons with people that will help them start new churches. Please pray that God will continue to put new people in the path of the Cawthons. Pray for their new small group Bible study which will begin July 11th.
The Up Team (Urban Panama)is in full function in Panama. The team is made up of three families, the Cawthons, the Louderbacks and the Tuckers. This team’s main purpose is to start new churches in Panama City. The Cawthons are connecting with different people groups to start churches, the Tuckers are working with University Students and the Louderbacks are seeking out people groups that are unreached. God has brought this team together to turn the City of Panama upside down. Please pray that God will continue to give opportunities for relationships for all the team members.
Panama Baptist Seminary is one of the areas that God has opened up for the Cawthons to work in Panama. Over the last several years, the Seminary has declined. Cavin will be teaching classes at the Seminary in the Fall. He has been meeting with the leadership of the Seminary to improve the very important work of educating men and women who will be serving in Baptist churches in Panama. Please be in prayer for the seminary in this time of transition and opportunity. Caivn covets your prayers for wisdom.
The Cawthon Family are doing great. John Robert has been in the USA visiting family and going to youth camp with Temple Baptist Church. John Robert has many changes in the next month. Pray for him as he goes through these changes.. Christian and Preston are having a good summer but can’t wait for school to start. Pray for them as they get ready for their new school. Charlotte and Cavin are loving the work in Panama. They can’t wait to see what God is going to do next
Monday, June 21, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
We've gotten a little behind in writing on the blog. We've become very busy with life here in Costa Rica!