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Trip Blog

Wednesday Hump Day


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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!

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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

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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!

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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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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

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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...

Packing Party!

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Great team and great teamwork!  On Tuesday evening we packed 16+ suitcases brimming full of carnival prizes, craft items, clothing, and other items with which we hope to bless the summer camp attendees and the workers in Panama.  Please pray for safe travels, good health, and...

Day 6 - Word of Life Women's Conference Part 3

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Day 6 was the last day of the Word of Life Conference. We started the morning with our daily devotion. It was placed on Amanda's heart to lead the devotion. Since the conference theme is personal conflict, the Lord led her to share her testimony with us. After breakfast, Debbie spoke one more...

Day 7 - Final Day

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We concluded this mission trip today by cleaning up the conference center and repacking for our return home. We were able to spend time with the Word of Life team reviewing the week's activities and brainstorming some ideas for the future. We were told that this was one of the most highly...