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We Made It!

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Posted by Ryan Middleton on

Well, we have made it successfully to Thailand! We are in chiang Mai and have settled into a hotel. It was a very long day and the alarm sounds in 4 1/2 hours, so my apologies for this being very brief. Tomorrow, there will be a nice, full length blog post. Thanks for your prayers, pray for safe...

On Our Way

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Posted by Ryan Middleton on

Well, we are currently on 10 hours into our long flight to Seoul, South Korea. We have 4 hours and 15 minutes left of this flight as of 10:05 Pittsburgh time. The team met at the airport early this morning at 6AM and had a pretty seamless check-in. We then prayed together before continuing on...

Fireside Commitments

Posted by Team Leader on

Thursday kicked off with a special treat. Our team woke up extra early to enjoy a hike up one of the highest mountains near the camp. The gracious camp staff prepared sandwiches and drinks for us, and a few of them joined us and guided us up the mountain. This was a refreshing time for our team...

Wednesday Hump Day

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Posted by Team Leader on

We'll start Wednesday's entry with the names of all of our mission team members: Jon Dixon (Team Leader), his wife Julie and their son, Daniel; Brian Dieseroth (Co-Leader); Fernando Ascencio, his wife Lorraine, and their sons, Miguel, Elian, and Estefano; Steve Renz and his son, Nathan; and...

Tuesday's Activities!

Posted by Team Leader on

Tuesday began just like the day before - lovely 80 degree weather with a wonderful breeze. During our daily meeting with the team after breakfast, we were graced with the presence of Juanpi and Celia (and baby Emma), two of the workers the Bible Chapel prays for. They told us of the work they...

First Day of Camp

Posted by Team Leader on

Monday, continued...  As we were finishing our devotion, the campers started arriving. Some of the kids had to travel over two hours to get here. As the kids got off the bus they were warmly welcomed by the World of Life teen counselors. Our Bible Chapel team of 12 will be supporting the...

And The Week Begins!

Posted by Team Leader on

We all arrived at the Word of Life Camp on Sunday around mid day and began unpacking around 20 fullsize suitcases full of clothes and shoes for the children, as well as craft supplies and carnival games and toys. Thank you for your generous giving! After sorting the donations and settling into...

Smooth Trip, Safe Arrival

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Posted by Team Leader on

Our travel to Panama could not have gone more smoothly!  Much grace was given us at the Delta check-in, and all flights were uneventful. Never has the Panamanian airport been more quiet, nor the customs process less crowded. It was as if God cleared the airport just for us!  Traci...

Balloon Making Team at Packing Party

Posted by Jon Dixon on

Miguel Ascencio, Lorraine Ascencio, Elian Ascencio, Estafano Ascencio, Fernando Ascencio, Steve Ross, Steve Renz and Nathan Renz learning to make balloon creations (not pictured - Julie Dixon.) As part of our ministry to the Panamanian children campers, we will be helping to conduct a carnival...