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Day 5 - Word of Life Women's Conference Part 2

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Saturday was a day full of much excitement and many blessings to both the Panamanian ladies and our team. One of my favorite things about today was the very beginning of the conference where a game was being played and girls won Bibles or some type of spiritual book. The girls went crazy over...

Day 4 - Word of Life Women's Conference

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Today we transitioned to the Word of Life camp to set up for their women's conference. Upon arrival we checked into our dorms and rolled up our sleeves to prepare for the attendees' arrival. We assembled 150 gift bags which included Kleenex, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion...

Day 3 - Embera Drua Indian Tribe

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I give thanks and praise to the Lord, all the wise Creator. The one who made heaven and earth. For the glorious splendor of His majesty of His all inspiring creation. On Oct 6, I had an experience I will never forget. As we ventured to visit an indigenous tribe of Embera Drua people by canoe on...

Day 2 - Piriati Indian Village

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Today we drove about 2 1/2 hours to an Indian village called Piriati. Just as we arrived, a rain storm made unloading the van an adventure. The ground was so slippery that Violetta fell in the mud in her beautiful white linen outfit.  We have given her the nickname "Mud Woman." God...

Day 1 - Amigo Metro Orphanage


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We landed in Panama and grabbed our bags, which was no small task as there were 14 plus our carry ons. We hit the ground running and went straight to the Metro Amigo Orphanage. Kristin and Traci (Our Word of Life mission host) spoke to the teen girls. While sharing cinnamon rolls together...

La Misión Comienza!


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  We are well on our way to Panama. Cheryl's experience provided for smooth check-in at Pittsburgh International Airport which was no small task considering our 14 checked bags full of supplies, 7 passport clearances, and boarding passes. Our layover in Miami allowed us time for breakfast...

Prayer Itinerary

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Below is our day-to-day schedule with our prayer requests. Thank you so much for your support! Cheryl, Amanda, Kristin, Karen, Dee, Violetta and Sue 2016 Panama Women’s Team Itinerary & Prayer Requests Tuesday, October 4th“Prayer is essential. Without God going before us we...

Final Preparations

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Our team departs for Panama in less than one week!  Last night we were joined by Lesli, Yin Di and Lyly from the Panama Word of Life.  We spent four hours sorting through all of our supply donations for the gift bags and crafts for the conference.  The generosity we have...

Mission Vision

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While in Panama, our team has a unique opportunity to provide vision exams and to fit individuals with eyeglasses!  Terry Snider is the Executive Director of Mission Vision.  Terry's ministry provides eye exams and eyeglasses to those in need.  A portion of our fundraising...

Fundraising Update


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With just over a month to go until our departure on October 4, we wanted to provide you with an update on our financial efforts.    To date, we are 43.6% of our financial goals.  These funds will provide scholarships for poor women in Panama so that they can attend the women's...