The following is a departure from the usual blog entries found here…you’ve been warned. My adopted sister, and full cousin, Talsidia Vega and her family are missionaries in the Republic of Panama. Occasionally, she shares updates on her work as part of the “prayerline” and I was fascinated by some of her recent updates. When you consider that her work takes her into the mountains of Panama, it’s pretty amazing story, whether you might be inclined to support her work or not.
She shared some of her efforts to evangelize and I thought I might include them here with photos. It’s fascinating stuff (at least, I think so) to read. Consider the story of the people here in the context of 21st Century Learning…the Digital Divide is almost insurmountable.
Note: I haven’t edited this TOO much. Remember, it was written by native Spanish speakers writing in English, a language they are more accustomed to speaking than writing.
For God’s glory, we continue moving forward to reach all the small villages of Panama with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Pueblo mesa and monte lirio (no rainbow. Sorry) are two of those villages located in the province of bocas del toro inside the ngobe indian reservation. Four years ago, the only way to reach these villages were by boat going up rivers or by walking through the jungle. Only few people could reach them using a helicopter.
Three years ago, during one of our mission trips to bocas del toro, we came to know that a new route through the jungle was under construction. The people of the area informed us that a Roman Catholic priest with the approval of the government and the help of some organizations was able to find the resourses for this project connecting not only pueblo mesa, but another
The more we were informed about the people living in those villages, the more we felt excited to take the challenge to penetrate and reach them with the Word of God.
Therefore, we made a plan to visit some of the first villages in the route and see the condition of the people by ourselves. We were very surprise to see so many families with so many childrem. Also, many villages already had brand new schools facilities built by the goverment.
In the other hand, we were very sorry to see that the majority of the adult generation did not know how to read or write their own language or spanish. They only speak ngobere the language of the ngobe people.
As we introduce ourselves as missionaries of the bible, we discovered they do not have an idea of the story of the creation, the fall of man and God’s plan of salvation for the whole world. The majority did not know the meaning of “the bible”.
We took some bible with us and as we showed and explained them about the
bible, they became very interested to know more about it.
By the time we had to say “good bye” many were saying, “missionary, do not> forget to bring me “the black book”. They could not say the bible.
As we depart from the area, our question was Lord how do you want us to serve them???
They are so many, Lord. As we wait for an answer. Our mind was focused on we need workers, where are they, Lord???? We insisted and the church, where is your church??? Finally, an answer came from the Lord of the harvest “do not wait for more workers, leave that to me, you go and take the bible to them. The workers will come after….”
After praying and sharing about this experience with friends a plan is under process.
One thousand bibles project:
to raise five thousands u.S. Dollars for purchasing and distributing one
thousand bibles between fifteen villages located along this route
For the adult generation who does not know how to read and write our program includes showing two films; one is about genesis and the other one is about Jesus. Both in ngobere language. A missionary family is Costa Rica is translating the film “The Hope” to ngobere. This is another good film from Genesis to Revelation that will be shown. Praise God.
This week, we made a trip to barranquilla, a village after pueblo mesa. We distributed sixty bibles and two hundreds books of life. Also, we were able to show Jesus film in ngobere.
We still need to go back to Barranquilla next month for follow up and to show Genesis film.
Arsenio, a young kuna missionary (kuna is the the name of another indian group of panama) who serve the Lord with us went on this trip and spent four days with them teaching them how to use the bible. He also did childrem ministry.
God provided rolando abrego an indian of the village who helped us as translator. Rolando came to be the policeman of the village. What better translator we could have. Rolando told us that this was the first time the people of barranquilla had the opportunity to receive the message of God in their own place.
Samuel abrego the chief of the village and his daugther, Anayansi, were very happy with our visit. God made a miracle for us.
Also, we had the opportunity to have a meeting with the principal of the school, teacher maribel navarro with nine other teachers under her leadership. After explaining to them how to take advantage of our program to help the students, they were motivated and committed to follow up the work with their classes.
Please, join us in prayers for this program and if the Lord leads you to plant a seed with us, you are very welcome.
Please, see our gallery of photos.
God bless you.
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