Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Ends, 2012 Begins

Today is the last day of 2011. What a great year of ministry we have had here in Panama. We have trained 60+ church planters, 15 new groups have been started, mission teams from the U.S. have come and worked with us, and lives have been changed for eternity as people have come to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

On a personal note, this has also been a good year. Just this week on the 28th, Cavin and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We have now officially started on the next 20 years! Our children are growing and changing right before our eyes. John Robert is in his second year of college at Florida State University - Panama campus; Christian is an 8th grader at Crossroads Christian Academy; and Preston is a 4th grader at Crossroads.

We know that 2012 will bring lots of changes for our family. John Robert will be leaving in early May following the completion of this upcoming semester. We pray that we have prepared him for the future and that he will make wise choices and allow Jesus to lead him through every decision. Christian and Preston will also face changes as we leave Panama and they go to a different school next year. We pray that that all of us are able to allow Jesus to help us through the changes that lie ahead.

Even though we will be leaving Panama in July, there is still a lot of work to do here in Panama before that time. Two new church planting classes will be started in January.  We pray that new churches will be started as church planters are trained.  We have a lot of mission teams already scheduled to come to Panama to work with the UP Team and church planters.

It is our deepest prayer that people will come to know Christ this year in Panama. We have several people we are working with on a one-to-one basis as we witness to them and share with them the truth of the gospel. Please pray for God to work in hearts and lives of people that He longs to have a relationship with here in Panama.

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