Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cawthon News

Reed, Jenni, and Jessi left on Thursday.  We were sad to see them go, but thankful to have had time to spend together and make memories.  We are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of my parents - Bob and June Martin - in a little less than 4 weeks!

Monday night we will be hosting a Christmas party for our Selah group at our home.  We are praying this will be a time of fun and fellowship and also that we will have guests who may want to be a part of this group.  Continue to pray for this group.  We are planning some big things for 2012!  Stay tuned!

During the past couple of weeks some things have occurred that will change our stateside plans a little.  Originally, we thought we would be here in Panama until December 2012.  However, through praying, reflecting on what God is doing here and talking with supervisors, it has been determined that July 2012 is going to be the time for us to leave Panama.

Several factors have gone into making this decision.  For one thing, our teammates Derek and Audrey Tucker will be ending their time of service here at that time.   The other couple on our team - Tim and Tina Louderback - will be changing their focus somewhat in January (2012) and they will work more with joining US teams with churches in Panama.  They will continue to work with the UP Team until July when the UP Team disbands.  We have seen God work mightily here in Panama through the Church Planting Institute and we are excited about the work our Panamanian brothers and sisters are doing.   Kenny and Cheryl Morris (fellow IMB missionaries here in Panama) will continue to work with the church planters after we leave.  Their focus is on mobilization of Panamanians throughout Panama.

Our plan for stateside is to live in a mission house on the campus of First Baptist Church of Eagles's Landing in Stockbridge, GA (Atlanta Metro).  This is one of our U.S. partner churches.  It is truly a blessing to be able to use their "Oasis House" during our stateside.

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