Thursday, July 27, 2006

Faces of Panama


The 2 weeks that we spent in Panama were phenomenal! It was such a powerful time and a great opportunity for us to help lead a team from Aaron's church. We did a lot of children's ministry and we spent time in an indigenous village as well. Working with the Wounnan tribe was one of my highlights of the mission trip. We had to take canoes across lake full of crocodiles to get to the village and we stayed in straw huts on stilts. It was so surreal to spend time with the tribe and learn their customs and their way of life.


There was one afternoon that we went to an orphanage. I was holding a little boy who had just arrived the week before with his two sisters. There was a point where he clung to me so tight and in that moment I was so frustrated at the unfairness and I just wanted to make things right for him... but I can't. In the book "Velvet Elvis" by Rob Bell he says,
"It is when the church gives itself away in radical acts of service and compassion, expecting nothing in return, that the way of Jesus is most vividly put on display." And sometimes that's all that I can do. I have to give of myself generously and love extravagantly whenever I can.

After the team left back to California, Aaron and I stayed in Panama for a few extra days to have a mini vacation. It was so nice to be able to relax and enjoy ourselves. We had fun walking and exploring around the city.


Aaron's parents and two of his nephews are arriving today. They will be here for a visit for a week. We will be going on a road trip to Kanannaskis, Jasper, Golden, Radium and Banff, all those beautiful places. It will be great to spend some time with them as we only have one month left until Chile!

As the days fly by I realize how much there is to do before we leave and sometimes it is very overwhelming! This is such a big step for us and we are learning more and more to trust God. We also have such great families and friends that are so helpful and supportive as we take this step. Anyways, as always I have many pictures from our time in Panama. Enjoy!













4 comments:

  1. Wow....great blog and gorgeous pics. I can't wait till you get back so I can look at all your pics with you. I wanna take time and really enjoy them you know?
    This blog got me so excited to just be out there on the missions field, and to go overseas again. I don't know that will be, but I am hoping very soon.
    Oh, and you and Aaron will have the worlds cutest children, cuz those pics of you both holding babies like nearly brought a tear to my eye. I love you both, and can't wait to spend more time with you when you get back!
    TQM!

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  2. sounds like you guys had an awesome trip! did you work with ywam while you were down there? i love the pics too! i can't wait to see more!

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  3. ya'll are amazing...
    i want an adventure too.
    aaron you are a pimp... and the dawg father...

    jsb

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  4. Pictures are amazing! You two are an incredible couple and hopefully someday I'll meet your American hubby and you can meet my American hubby. What's the latest on Chile? Please email me and let me know! Love ya girly!

    ~Jess

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