Sunday, July 22, 2012

We have arrived in the U.S.A.

July has been an awesome month.  We hosted another great group from Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church.  They continued the work in the area of the city called El Cangrego through prayer walking, mapping and making contacts in the park.  They also led music at La Comunidad Bible Church and did a workshop on music/worship in a Kuna village outside of the city.  During the time they were in Panama, they also hosted a farewell party for us to show appreciation to all of our friends and the people we had worked with during our two years in Panama.

Just two days after the team left, we also left Panama.  What a day of mixed emotions.  We left a place that we love with so many friends and memories to go to another place we love with so many friends, family members and memories.  We flew to Nashville because John Robert was there.  It was great to see him after more than two months apart.  We spent two days there with Cavin's family and then drove to McDonough, Georgia south of Atlanta where we will be spending six months in a mission home of Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church.  We were greeted with open arms and it has already been such a blessing to stay in their Oasis House - as they have appropriately named this beautiful home!

Upon arriving in the States, we received sad news that Charlotte's uncle had passed away.  We were sad, yet thankful that we were back in the States and could be together with family during this time.  On Friday, we drove to Brewton, Alabama and spent time with Charlotte's parents and were there to attend the funeral on Saturday.

We arrived back in McDonough last night so that Cavin could preach today in the three services at Eagle's Landing.  What a joy to be with them in worship this morning!  Singing praises to our Lord in English brought tears to our eyes.  It is so evident that this church is on fire for the Lord and truly dedicated to serving Him.  We are truly blessed to be here.

Over the next couple of months we will be very busy with Cavin speaking in many different churches.  Some weekends we will have to travel, but there are some in the Atlanta area so that we can just drive there on Sunday morning.  It is wonderful to share of our work in Panama and how God worked!  I truly believe He will continue to do amazing things there!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July from Panama

Hello....  and Happy 4th of July.  It's just another day for the people here, but we will try to make it special for the kids as we celebrate this special day for our country.  Have fun cooking out, going to the beach, watching fireworks or whatever you may be doing and remember to thank God for the freedoms we have as Americans.

We are still in Panama for 12 more days.  The time is quickly coming to a close.  We have sold all of our furniture and most of our household goods.  The apartment is getting very bare as we approach the time to leave.

Last week we had a special commissioning service for the church planters that we have trained and worked with during the past two years.  It was a time of worship and sharing testimonies of what God has done, is doing, and is going to do here in this country.  We are excited because these people are equipped and ready to serve God.  We know He will do great things through them!

On Saturday we have another team arriving from Eagle's Landing FBC.  We are excited about this group coming to Panama, and pray that God will use them in a great way.

I'm going to leave you today with a view of a Panama sunset.  I took it from the window of our apartment!  I hope you enjoy it!