138 Dirksen Drive, DeBary, FL US 32713
The days leading up to this trip we asked our friends and family around us to be in prayer for safe travels through Saturday. Even though we had to be at the airport at 5:30 a.m., getting through security was easy peasy. Our travels were smooth all the way from Pittsburgh to Houston and from Houston to Panama. Every one of our 24 checked bags full of donations were in our hands by the time we landed. God absolutely met us right where were the entire time of our travels.
As we loaded up all of the luggage and donations at the Panama City airport, we saw God’s provision yet again. The police of Panama confronted the workers (who were with our luggage truck) in an accusatory fashion and threatened to ticket us, thinking we were all apart of a tourist organization. After the confusion was settled, we were able to persevere to the town of Chamé. As we arrived at camp, we were welcomed with the open and servant hearts of some of the camp counselors. We settled in and got some rest.
Waking up Sunday morning, we decided to go to the local Spanish speaking church, directly related with Ana Panama (former transition home). Singing the Spanish translation of How Great Thou Art, we felt absolutely unified with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Even though our cultures are so different, unified under the same roof and under the same God.
The Pastor who led the service spoke about the perseverance of Paul (2 Timoteo 2: 1-10). As we lead into this week of camp, it was a beautiful and refreshing reminder of the perseverance that we have in Christ—in our highs and in our lows.
Thank you all for the support and we are so excited to see what this week holds!
-Jess Hines & Carmen Swasey on behalf of the Bible camp team