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Traveling Home

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We had one last morning at Palabra de Vida to eat a light breakfast before heading back to Panama City. We wanted to leave earlier because of the rush of people leaving the city because of the Pope. We left at 8:30am and headed to the city.  Before leaving, we took a picture at the Chame...

Emotional Send Off

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I woke up this morning knowing that we would be saying goodbye to the kids, but it wasn’t something I wanted to do. As I walked down to breakfast, it hit me that these kids were leaving. I saw them bring their things from the cabins to the main area and it started to sink in that we would...


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Please forgive that there was no blog yesterday.    We have been very busy and we get really tired.  So a good night's rest took precedence last night!  So now I post and  it is Friday am...our 7th day.     Curundu.  The inner city of...

Bubble Slide and Fair

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It was a packed day today. The kids did various activities throughout the afternoon, which included a huge bubble soap slide and a fair. The bubble slide was amazing - the kids weee smiling good the entire time. They got to play games with their teams in the bubbles and you can’t doubt the...

Aqua Games

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It's been a fantastic third day of camp.  It was pool games day, an event the camp refers to as "Aqua Pufa."  The children ecstatically participated in swim races, water tug of war, and a hilarious belly flop competition.  The kids are becoming increasingly engaged by their...

Piscina y Amigos

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It was the second full day of camp today. Most of our responsibilities as a team revolved around the pool time. While some of us helped with manual labor outside, others went to the pool with the kids. We learned that these kids come from ghettos; communities with gangs, violence, single or no...

Kids Arrive at Camp

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Today all of the children arrived at camp. The buses pulled up and as they stepped out we cheered for each and every one of them. Some of the kids came with a small backpack or suitcase and some only came with a pillow, but the smiles on their faces were incredible. I could tell that they we so...

Panama Canal, Church and Word of Life Camp


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What a packed, exciting and uplifting day!    it started with a few of us visiting the Panama Canal.   What an engineering marvel.   Way to many details we learned but the most relevant was when we found out that the steel doors for the locks were made in...

Travel Day

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We got up at the crack of dawn to be at the airport at 4a.m. for our flight that left Pittsburgh. As we checked our bags this morning, we realized that we forgot to mark a checked bag. However, the issue was not fully resolved--we don't have the bag, but we are trusting that God will still...