Special Announcement

Special announcement

Thank you for visiting our blog and letting us share with you what God is doing!

This blog will be making a transition starting in June. We will join together with ministry partners around the world who are also working to share the light of the Gospel in their countries. All of us will post stories of Gospel impact to one central blog. You will be able to see how the Good News is being shared globally.

Stay tuned for the new blog link and join us on June 1st!

Equipping The Saints Workshop, Río Rita-Colón

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LHM Panama dictated the seminar “Lutheran Identity” in the Jesús Divino Salvador Lutheran Church, located in Río Rita. We had a group of participants, who were very motivated and participative during the development of the issues, clarifying doubts they had about the current situation of the Lutheran church and changes adopted by some churches that do not belong to the same synod.

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The speakers: Licdo Edilberto Méndez, director of LHM Panama and Pastor Patricio Mora of the El Redentor Lutheran Church located in Balboa, clarified all their concerns and presented in a clear and simple way the importance of knowing the guidelines of the church and thus be able to make it known.


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Friendship, companionship and a great desire to live are reflected in the group of pediatric nephrology patients of the Hospital of Pediatric Specialties, with whom we meet every month to develop personal and spiritual growth workshops. These children are all life warriors as they attend their dialysis treatment three times a week, travelling from distant places of the country and try to carry out their daily activities such as going to school and doing their homework.

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Despite the fatigue or pain that their medical treatments produce, children enjoy these workshops; we can see their smiles, the sharing and take off their own thing to give it to their friends. Just as Joseph did with his friend Alejandro, who gave him his friendship bracelet. These meetings are generating a beautiful coexistence and an affective sharing between the parents and their children. At this time, they talk, carry out their crafts as a team, laugh and reinforce the parental bond and sharing among children.

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The subject was about the self-esteem and the feeling of personal value that comes given to being made by God in his image and likeness; Which makes us valuable to Him and gives us a sense of personal value to ourselves. As a complementary part that strengthens the development of skills, the children together with their parents made earrings and beautiful bracelets that looked proud at the end of the workshop. When she asked little Ania what she liked most about herself, she said, “What I like best about me is life.” This makes me reflect on how we face our personal situations and how we let the Word of God work in our daily lives. Let us not tire of doing good and continue showing love in every work and action that we do and thus we can testify that the love of God is in our life.

Discipline as a key to success in life

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Puppet Grandpa reinforce the importance of values in life.

As part of the follow-up to the work that has been carried out in the Jesús en los Pobres School, Project Timoteo developed the theme “Discipline” as one of the most important values that must be formed and reinforced in children and young people. With the support of volunteer Mauricio Miranda of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, the puppets Conoco and Grandpa explained the importance of discipline in life and how God in His Word talks about it and the negative results of living in disorder.

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Children listening the message.

Many of the students at this school are attending Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, so we believe that this follow-up work is quite complete, they also attended on Sundays by the team of leaders who carry out Bible School for Children, thus reinforcing values and relationships with them and their parents.

Visiting Instituto Oncologico with Columbus University’ students


Patients at the Instituto Oncológico were visited by a group of Social Work students from the Medical career at Columbus University. “This activity aimed to bring a message of relief and hope to all patients in the different waiting rooms. It was a very active morning, where for 5 hours dramas, songs, talks of prevention and education, testimony and prayers for the patients were realized. For us, the 16 student practitioners, but especially for me, it has been very shocking to put into practice something of our formation and carry the message of love from God. This changes the life of a medical student. Together with the puppets of Proyecto Joel we dramatize humorous situations and we get smiles and tears from the patients. It is a commitment for us to follow up on this task, “says Yadira Álvarez, student and coordinator of this activity.

Yadira has volunteered with Project Joel, but this is the first of the formal experiences where she invites her colleagues to live this experience, which was described by teachers and supervisors as effective and positive.


Project Joel Coordinators Meeting


During the first session.

In the city of Panama, the Project Joel Coordinators Meeting was held. The coordinators, who participated, were Claren Zapata from Nicaragua, Sharon Lemos from Guatemala, Omega Martínez from Mexico and Porfirio Franco from Panama. As well as Edilberto Méndez Mora (Director of LHM Panama), Rev. Nilo Figur (LHM’s Area Director for Latin America), Pastor Patricio Mora (President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Panama), Pastor Alejandro López of Emanuel Lutheran Church, Kenneth Peterson (Chairman of the LHM Panama Board), Rev. Fernando Huf of Brazil, Veruzka Farfán (Coordinator of LHM satellite in Peru), Rev. Brian Gauthier (in charge of Theological Education in Panama), Griselda Aguilar (President of the congregation Dios es Grande) and Lic. Fausto Pérez as speaker.


Representative from Nicaragua shares the labor the ministry is doing there with youth.

During two days, the attendees had the opportunity to know the history and development of the Project Joel, to present the work done in each of their countries, to discuss the theme of the Project Joel vision, to share the issues that are the challenges to those who have to face up to work, both in schools and in communities. The LHM Panama’s Director presented the Project Timoteo as a new program to reach out to children and youth, and integrate them into the Church. We have the testimony of Griselda Aguilar, as a volunteer and contact of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church and work with Project Timoteo. Mr. Fausto Pérez presented topics related to family and gender laws, sexuality and secularization. The Rev. Fernando Huff was in charge of performing the devotionals and Pastor Alejandro López to perform the musical accompaniment.


Griselda Alguilar, of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, shares her experience working together with LHM Panama. 

It was a time to fraternize, to share the tools and resources that they employ, to realize dynamics and to know a little more about our country.


Luther Academy and LCMS’ Deaconess Program in Panama

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LHM Panama collaborated in the organization and coordination of the Luther Academy Seminars and the LCMS’ Deaconess Program. Taking advantage of Carnival holidays from February 25 to 28, the Reverends Carlos Schuman and Adrian Solis, both Argentines serving in Chile and Paraguay, respectively, presented the seminar Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation: “Lutheran catechesis as legacy and formator of The current Lutheran identity.”

Programa Diaconisas en Panama

Simultaneously, the course “Introduction to the Letters of St. Paul” was held and in which we had the collaboration of the Deaconesses Danelle Putnam and Rachel Powell, both missionaries in the Dominican Republic, who also served in the past in Panamá and Perú respectively.

It was a great honor to be partners in the organization of these events and to be recipients of our doctrinal wealth through these seminars, where CPTLN / LHM strengthens fraternal ties with the Luther Academy, LCMS and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Panama.



Workshop “I Have a Friend”


Pastor Patricio Mora talks about love and friendship parents should express at their homes with their families.

Continuing with the workshops, with the group of mothers and children patients of nephrology of the Hospital of Pediatric Specialties, we met with them to develop the workshop “I Have a Friend”. This workshop was attended by Pastor Patricio Mora of El Redentor Lutheran Church, who talked about the theme of love and friendship as key ingredients in interpersonal relationships, especially in the family environment; as well as the love that offers us our Father God, who offers us His friendship and fills our emptiness and solitude.

We had the participation of two parents who were accompanying their children to the dialysis therapy, who enthusiastically were involved in the workshop and developed their friendship card “I offer you my heart and my hands”. Through a note written on this card, parents told their children those qualities that they like about them and how much they love them.


Parents and children show the crafts made during this session.

This was a time when parents and children interacted and shared together expressing their ideas and developing their crafts. Although initially these workshops were scheduled to be held with parents, we have found with the pleasant surprise that some of the children coincide in time and can share even a moment with their parents, before entering the therapy or when leaving the same; which allows us to have them together by participating in the workshops and teachings.

We are very happy and excited about this new door that God has opened to us to testify of his love and to perform works of mercy.


The Great Summer Harvest


   Opportunity to distribute materials and gifts.

La Guardería de Ariadne, in Juan Días area, hosted the event “The Great Summer Harvest” where Project Joel moved with “El Clan de Memo”. This is a series of activities in the communities that Project Joel realizes in the summer. Ariadne is one of our volunteer facilitators, and this time, with the “Jehova Nissi” Church team, we merge and lead an excellent evangelistic program.


Playing while learning.

Dramas, comprehensive reading, choreography, games and puppets of “El Clan de Memo” with the theme of Noah’s Ark. For Ariadne it is very motivating to offer her home and her school to develop programs like this, where children are cared for and blessed. On this occasion, gifts of the Good Samaritan ministry were given, as well as books and Bibles. Children were accompanied by their parents at this event.




Zahira motivates children during the teachings.

In the community of Las Nubes, is being developed Misión Bethel, which is a work supported by Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, located in Arraijan. In Misión Bethel were realized the Summer Bible School. Yazmin Martínez, Greynaldo Cortés, Jahaziel, Zahira and Benjael Martínez, youth of the church, worked tirelessly for this task to remain in the best way.


Material, Book of Life, is shared with children.

There came the “Clan of Memo” and Project Timoteo, with the choreography, games, readings, studies and prizes. The children learned wonderful Biblical truths. For LHM Panamá is a priority to support these activities that touch the community and help it to interact with the Church. The Resurrection, the Baptism and the Miracles of Jesus were the topics treated.


Loneliness… the two sides of the coin


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We would be surprised how many people live in solitude, even when surrounded by other people. The state of solitude goes beyond a physical state, and in other cases, it is related to states of depression. In large cities as in small towns we can find people who are suffering from loneliness, and we are all part of the great opportunity to offer them support and comfort.

LHM Panama is distributing the Facing Loneliness booklet, which is addressed to those who are alone, helping them to see that there are two sides to the coin, and that we can either face a destructive solitude, as well as finding the benefits in solitude We will see that loneliness necessarily is an impediment to reach one of the fundamental rights of the human being, as it is the right to realize ourselves as people and to be happy.

Anyone interested can receive this resource, which is available in various reading formats: print, e-brochure (PDF) and Online. Available in Spanish.

To request it, people only has to complete the Contact Form and the delivery is processed immediately.

Joy in the Hemodialysis Unit


Christmas in Christ, brings joy and is what we saw reflected in the faces of the patients of the Hemodialysis Unit of San Miguelito, who joined to sing the Christmas carols with us while they patiently received their dialysis treatment. With a sax that conveyed a sweet melody that bristled the senses and reached the soul, the volunteer singers of LHM Panama and Licda. Raquel Camargo, social worker of this hospital, sang happy Christmas songs infecting the spirit of Christmas.


“Live happily, live happily, in the sweet love of the Lord, singing and praising Christ will come times of love and peace,” the patients sang and applauded with their palms. We shared with them this beautiful moment, feeling the joy that brings us the message of these beautiful songs; which speak of the peace and love that God gives us through His Son Jesus. The devotion A Different Way was the material we shared, which was received with great gratitude by all present. Thanks to Jazmin, Zahira, Jahaziel, Yordi, Maryi from Dios es Grande Lutheran Church and Pastor Patricio Mora from the El Redentor Lutheran Church for his voluntary support and gift of service to others. God bless them.

Together as a team!


LHM Panama Director, Edilberto Méndez, with Rev. Brian Gauthier (right).


We received the visit of the Rev. Brian Gauthier, LCMS missionary pastor for Panama, to the LHM Panama ministry center, accompanied by Bill Lohmeyer (LCMS missionary in the Dominican Republic, who coordinates efforts in construction and supports projects in Latin America and the Caribbean) , With whom will be evaluated possibilities of support in future projects. We had the opportunity to accompany you on a tour of the facilities of some of the Lutheran churches in Panama.


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Rev. Gauthier and his family will reside in our country in order to serve the Lord through the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) as missionaries, attending leadership training for Lutheran congregations in Panama and formation Pastoral in conjunction with the Buenos Aires Concordia Seminary. Also, facilitate and advise the seminarians in their field work and help with the establishment of the program of deaconesses. He will be in charge of preaching and teaching in the different congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Panama (IELPa) and will instruct Panamanian pastors in Theological Education to carry out more efficiently the tasks of the pastoral office.

A Christmas at the Farm


Children enjoy the message given by pastor Patricio Mora.

LHM Panama ministry center carried Christmas presentations with the message of the true meaning of Christmas and the joy that brings us to celebrate Christ our Savior. On this occasion, we were invited by the Interdisciplinary Center of Attention and Research in Education and Health-CIAES of the University of Las Americas, which celebrated with children who are patients of this clinic and who throughout the year keep receiving their therapies. With the theme: a “Christmas at the Farm” was held this beautiful party, where LHM presented its puppet theater and through grandfather Thomas, his granddaughter and his friends, we talked about the central message of Christmas that speaks of the great love of God for all of us.


People received topical booklet related to the Nativity.

The very attentive children, sitting around the stage, called the puppets to come and introduce themselves and wanted to be embraced by them. It was a pleasant time when the children had fun with the games, eating treats and with the exhibition of animals from the farm. For our part, we give the children the coloring book titled: The Christmas Journey and the adults present a card bearing the message of 2 Corinthians 9:15 that says: “Thank God, because you have made us such a great gift That we have no words to express it. “ We express our gratitude to the Lcda. Lilith Davidson and University of Las Americas that gave us the opportunity to share the joy of Christmas with this beautiful group of children. God bless you them.


Red Boots in the mountains of El Barrigón


They are so happy with their gifts!

Dozens of children from various areas of the mountain gathered at the home of the Perez family, where Auntie Nico receives them with affection. All the children came looking for the surprise in the community of El Barrigón: the Christmas event. This event was held for two days, in which the Red Boots Campaign for Christmas shared the Word of God. Thank God we received enough donations (toys, clothes and food), which were distributed, as well as materials, books and Bibles. The Pérez Family, organizer of the event, prepared this activity months in advance.


Enjoying the puppet theatre.

Among the donors we have students from the Schools Pedro J. Sossa and Jerónimo de la Ossa, among other private education centers, CPTLN and individuals. Team Joel and a large group of volunteers developed the activity so that these children lived a Christmas with very emotional and valuable moments. Children watch movies, play, feed, receive Bible lessons, and receive gifts. “The Show of Memo” brings the joy of Christmas. This task requires a great logistical work that requires effort and time.

A gift that feeds the Spirit: The Word of God


Licda. Blanca receives her Bible.

With great joy they received the Licda. Blanca and the Licda. Elisenda, a special gift made by LHM Panama ministry center. This gift was a Bible and a CD with Christmas carols, which were asked by them during the fair realted to violence against women prevention, at the Hospital of Pediatric Specialties.


Bible given to Licda. Elisenda.

Much more joy we feel to see how these ladies treasured this gift, where they will know more the Word of God and feed their spirit, at the same time they were thankful for this special gift.

We are sowers but it is God who gives growth and works in the hearts of people. As 1Corinthians 3: 6-9 says,

I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.


Happy Nativity of Jesus!


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God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9

Thank you for being part of this beautiful mission of Sharing Hope. We sincerely wish you this time to be full of peace, encouraging you to continue trusting in  the Lord’s promise of infinite love; and that next year we will continue bringing a voice of  encouragement to all people, everywhere.

Happy Nativity of Jesus!

Celebrating Christmas at the Hospital


Sharing joy during the waiting time.

We were present among the guests to the Christmas party, organized for the children of the pediatric ward of the Hospital Irma De Lourdes Tzanetatos, on December 24. Treats, gifts, santas, Disney dolls with Woody the Cowboy, Mickey and Minnie and Elmo, made the day of the children, who, along with their parents, enjoyed a time of fun, games and face paintings.


Christmas Journey booklet were distributed.


A special activity was presented by the group of volunteer singers of the Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, who sang Christmas carols announcing the joy of celebrating the birth of Jesus. We shared, in the voice of Pastor Patricio Mora of the El Redentor Lutheran Church, a beautiful message about the importance of celebrating Christmas in Christ and of having Jesus as the main guest of Christmas, for He is the birthday and the reason for Christmas.

For Miss Neblett, chief nurse of the pediatric ward, “having the CPTLN group is very important for them because it presents the Christian message of what Christmas really is about. And so we teach children that saints are fun and gifts are a long awaited thing; But it is important to know that Christmas makes sense when we celebrate Christ who is the center of Christmas. “



Let’s be merry! God has given us the Best Gift


Reverend Rupert Neblett encourages children.


The Red Boots Campaign for Christmas arrived in the community of Gnobe Bugle in the province of Chiriquí. Thank God for His countless blessings, with the support of volunteers and donors from American English Overseas, Project Joel and IDDP, the children were part of an event where we shared the joy of the greatest gift of all: Jesus.



It was two days of dramas, songs, activities in which the center was God’s love for humanity. Adults and children received literature, toys, food and clothing.

Awakening a caring heart

Children are encouraged to fellowship and fraternity.

Children are encouraged to fellowship and fraternity.


In the midst of the abundance of advertising offers it is necessary to encourage solidarity in the hearts of children! One way to do this is to help them understand what the true meaning of this season of Christmas is: to commemorate the Birth of the Son of God, Jesus. How do we do it? By using comprehensive reading and artistic application, children discover this meaning, for this we are using the booklet Christmas Journey. As a next step, let’s go to action, teaching the Value of Solidarity, awakening the desire to give joy to another child with fewer social and economic opportunities, and motivate them to pray for the lives of those children.

The teacher Norma Morales is part of this strategy of teaching in Values to the students.

The teacher Norma Morales is part of this strategy of teaching in Values to the students.


During this year, the Red Boots Christmas Campaign will visit several difficult to reach communities (Costa Abajo, Sitio Prado, El Barrigón), in order to present a complete teaching program (distribution of materials, puppetry, singing and prayer), distribute clothing, food and gifts for children. Through this event, we hope to show the providence of God and motivate people to approach the churches of the place. Thank God, we have volunteers and people interested in supporting this campaign, such as the teacher Norma Morales and the students of the Pedro J. Sossa School.



Songs to encourage the soul


“I will sing a new song to you, my God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you.” Psalm 144:9

In times of health problems, the songs cheer the soul, helping us to cope a little better that moment. And in this Christmas season, the message even more encourages and exhorts to hope.

During December, with carols, we will tour various health organizations (hospitals) and the home of the elderly, thanks to the support of young people of the Dios es Grande Lutheran Church and Pastor Patricio Mora of the El Redentor Lutheran Church.

Fair in the Pediatric Hospital


As part of the activities carried out by the Pediatric Specialty Hospital, as part of the International Day of “Non-Violence towards Women”, LHM Panama was invited to participate in an orientation fair on the importance of preventing acts of violence against women; this is due to the increase of the cases of femicide in the statistics of our country. In our position, we distributed the booklet Couple in Crisis, which explains how the conflicts in the couple affect the relationship and the importance of seeking emotional and spiritual help before the crisis is greater or can end in a tragedy. In addition, we made a raffle of a Bible and CDs of Christmas songs, the lucky ones being Mr. Luibell Gallardo and Ms. Janett Díaz, who were very happy and grateful with their gifts.


Winners of Bible and Christmas articles.


With the presentation of our puppets: Doña Cata and compadre Chencho (the abuser), we shared the clear message that blows and hurtful words not only produce physical pain, but also pain in the soul, and that we have to go to the source of love to be able to treat others with love. We encourage people to always put into practice the “Golden Rule” that the Lord teaches us in His Word: love God above all things and your neighbor as yourself.



Important nationwide journal publishes work of LHM Panama

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La Prensa’s Ellas magazine, one of the most important nationwide journal, published an article about the labor of Holistic program. This program shares presentations, songs and messages of hope; distribute booklets; and performs dramas to adults and children at Pediatric Hospital. Several times a year, LHM Panama participates with volunteers to develop this labor, to encourage people with an important message: they (adults and children) are not alone; in Christ, they can find strength to continue, and only He can gives them comfort to their heart, often decayed by disease.

Nationwide newspaper and Ellas magazine, Christimas edition.

La Prensa, nationwide journal, and its Ellas magazine.


Thanks our Lord for this amazing opportunity to show to people that in Him everyone can find the true love and peace, specially during this difficult times, for partnering with volunteers of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, who always are part of the Christmas Carols Tour, as well as Pastor Patricio Mora, of El Redentor Lutheran Church.

*Ellas magazine, Christmas special edition / December 7, 2016 

Christmas Journey at Loma Cova


Mauricio Miranda, as volunteer, share the lesson to kids.


In a very special way, we started the Christmas season at the Jesús en los Pobres School. Encouraging artistic skills in children, we shared the Christmas Journey booklet, reiterating the reason why we celebrate Christmas. Throughout each page of this book, some children discovered the story of the birth of the Son of God, while others recalled this message they had already learned. In the end, we conclude that in this season, as in every day of our lives, we must remember that happiness is not found in toys, gifts or material, but in the peace and hope that God offers us through His Word.


Bring the thruth Christmas to children is our goal.


We had the support of volunteer Mauricio Miranda, a member of the Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, who reinforces, with his collaboration, the commitment and interest of this congregation in the formation of these children’s values.


Partnership during National Holidays

Students participate in parades during National Holidays.

Students participate in parades during National Holidays.


During the parades celebrating the Independence Day, we had the opportunity to carry the message of hope to the streets, thanking God for His daily blessing. Today, more than ever, we feel committed to proclaiming values based on the Christian faith, and this commitment is manifested by accompanying the students and educators of the Jesús en los Pobres School, whose outstanding students carried posters promoting various messages in Values.

Members of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church were part of this event, with members of LHM Panama.

Members of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church were part of this event, with members of LHM Panama.


In collaboration with the Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, we have been developing integral prevention, education in values and teaching the Word of God as a source of love, forgiveness, strength and wisdom.


The Lutheran Forum of Panama


Meetings at LHM offices.


At the beginning of November, the 2nd LUTERAN PANAMA FORUM took place, in which representatives of the Lutheran congregations of the country and the LCMS Lutheran Mission for Latin America participated, as well as representatives of the Luther Academy and Lutheran Hour Ministries. During this event, we reaffirm our commitment to the Lutheran work in Panama, and contribute to the review of our goals and objectives for the first three years.


As a result of the meetings, next January 2017, we will count on the support of the Rev. Brian Gautier as a new Lutheran missionary in Panama and person in charge of Theological Education. Likewise, the Rev. Alejandro López, from Chile, received the call to serve in the Emanuel congregation of the community of Sorá, and will be in charge of the Music Ministry. We will shortly describe the other agreements and goals we will be working on.



Patriotic parades in Panama, great opportunity for the Proclamation

Educators, families, and students participate in taking posters about the Values that the Word of God promotes.

Educators, families, and students participate in taking posters about the Values that the Word of God promotes.


We celebrate Panama’s Mother’s Day and how wonderful to participate in one of the most important events! In the company of students, educators, parents of the Pasitos School of Panay we participated with great enthusiasm in the National Parades that took place on November 10, in the area of Villa Zaíta. November is the month of the country for our country, which allows us great opportunities to march proclaiming messages of encouragement, values and hope in the community. In this case, with posters alluding to these messages, we developed the strategy of publicly proclaiming the Word of God, being well recognized by the public.

Students share messages alluding to Values.

Students share messages alluding to Values.


The Values in Life

At the same time, taking into account the quote from Psalm 119: 9 “How can the young man lead a clean life? Living according to your word!” (DHH), we seek that, in this type of activity, the students share with their families and the community the values teachings they are receiving in their school, which is a key issue in the training of students.


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Bringing a Light of Hope to the Red Cross’ Nursing Home

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In coordination with Ms. Migdalia Salas and Ms. Ada Ortega of the Red Cross shelter, the team and volunteers of the LHM Panama ministry center, we visited the nursing home located in Calidonia.
With our puppets, the grandmother Toña and the grandfather Tomás, we developed a complete program through group games and songs. The elderly laughed, sang, told anecdotes and received the message of the Word of Life, which teaches us that with Christ we have hope and we are strong enough to cope with any circumstances that arise in daily life.

In this respect, Mr. Esteban told us that: “That light of hope is what we need and it is the light that illuminates and guides our lives.”

As a reminder of this message, they created a necklace with beads and a cross that reminds us of Jesus’ great love for us, who came to give us life in abundance. They also received a devotion booklet entitled “A Light of Hope”. Thank God for this opportunity to show your love for our neighbor and for having Felix, Keren and Pastor Patricio Mora, volunteers, who gave us their support to carry out this action of love and bring hope to those in need.

Aníbal, an exceptional child


Aníbal, the second child from right to left.

A few months ago we released the testimony of Aníbal, a child who comes from the community of Tanara. Aníbal actively participated in the tours to the mountain ranges in El Lagarto Chinina where with her grandmother became the ambassador of “The Clan of Memo”. He also participated in the activities with the children of the community of Paso Blanco.

After these activities, Aníbal became part of “Team Joel” and asked us, with great emotion, we go to his classroom; he discussed this initiative with his teacher and the school Principal. And with the approval of both, puppets of Clan of Memo traveled to El Naranjal, with the support of volunteer Sixto Guevara. All participants lived intensely games that were developed and we made a commitment to follow up the issue of values presented that day.

Aníbal, in this case, is the missionary child who brings the Gospel to many places in his hometown.


Christmas Journey!


6,000 children will be reached with the powerful message of Christmas “Fulfilling the promise of God.” A 12 schools, seven communities, 2 hospitals and 10 community events will be arriving with presentations, dramas, games and the wonderful message of the True Christmas. Clan of Memo with all the puppets will be moving to all these communities and sharing pleasant moments with the children. The Red Boots Christmas Tour will be in the communities of El Barrigón in the Province of Veraguas, Sitio Prado, Paso Blanco, Arraijan and Puerto Armuelles, sharing food, toys, awards, books, Bibles, movies and “The Show of Clan of Memo” to 3,000 children in extreme poverty.


Bible study “God Reveals”


In the midst of a society that is constantly struggling with moral issues, religion seems to be a taboo subject, and each time seems to have more people who are against any expression of faith.
Through videos and study guides, the series “God Revelas” wants to share people that story. We invite people to explore what the Bible says about the incredible love of God, and how such love wants to give meaning and direction to their lives in this world and for eternity. The study is conducted by using the Internet and it’s available only in Spanish.

To learn more, go directly to the site of this course http://cptlnpanama.wixsite.com/diosserevela

The Cancer Institute receives Grandparents puppets of El Clan de Memo

As an act of selfless love, we describe the event organized by the students of the Faculty of Medicine, of Columbus University. With gifts, surprises, songs and joy, these young people made smile to more than one person in the room where we make this special presentation for patients at Cancer Institute. “Grandparents” Puppets of El Clan de Memo could not miss, bringing unparalleled joy and a message of encouragement and strength. These opportunities are great blessings of God, they are open to present the love of God and His Word as eternal source of peace and hope in any circumstance of life. The Lord has blessed us, because in the context of social work to be performed by these students, and previous tasks of social work with them, we have a door open to enter this place.


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We reinforce the commitment that: just as there are Rights, there are also Duties

Project Joel develops a training program holistically in the lives of students, by strengthening the knowledge and understanding that as children and young people have rights, just as there are duties to fulfill. When we inculcate the value of responsibility by example and promote volunteer service, do a job in this regard. Team Joel students of the Pedro J. Sossa School, teaming with volunteers of Project Timothy (Jordy and Paililer, members of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church) are prepared for activities and events related to the Month of Holy Scriptures. At every opportunity that presents itself, students rehearse with preschool children, in what we observe very positive reactions and interactions.


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Month Cancer Prevention


We begin this month with the Cancer Prevention Campaign, being an opportune time to accompany and offer encouragement to all people and their loved ones who are facing this disease. Through resources, share guidance and encouragement seeking to awaken a glimmer of hope and comfort in people. We will promote specialized content and orientation of the materials we provide, through the blog CuandoelCancerToca.wordpress.com and videos via Canal en Youtube LoMejorParaTuVida.

Devotional honoring the Bible

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Pedro J. Sossa School held a devotional in recognition of the Month of the Holy Scriptures, according to the law which has designated September. Volunteers Wendy Perez and Sixto Guevara shared with students the invaluable meaning that the Word of God has its historical value and for humanity. Later other activities under this celebration, such as studies, group games, were developed.


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Your words are sweet to me

Project Joel actively participated in the Children’s Leaders Camp “Your words are sweet to me,” words based on Psalm 119:103. This is the third camp in which Project Joel works in its organization and support. Approximately 30 leaders, as well as children and youth, were present during this event, which was aimed to complement the work on formation of values with Biblical perspective, and thus empower children to the service of Christian worship, resulting young people living with healthy lifestyles and for society to be proactive citizens. The event was focused on the truths of the Word of God and games, talent night, skills, songs, puppets presentation of the Clan Memo, as a complement were made. We thank God for giving us these opportunities to improve our service to Him, and by Yasira and Isol ordered, as well as the whole team.


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In commemoration of the World Day for Prevention of Suicidal Behavior and Suicide, was conducted the seminar – Workshop Skills for Life, with students and teachers of technical colleges in the area of Panama West: La Chorrera and Capira. It was carried out at the University of the Americas and was coordinated by the Intersectoral Network of Mental Health and the Ministry of Health. Speakers have extensive experience in these issues as Dr. Gaspar D’Acosta and Dr. Carmen Martinez, PAHO representative.

The Mgtra. Itza Romero, of LHM Panama, participated in the development of the workshops held by students, who carried out work groups that presented their ideas on ways they can share what they have learned with their peers from school. They defined ways to help those who are going through moments of sadness, loneliness and think it would be better not to live. Among the strategies presented by students was the creation of an Instagram profile “Dementes por la Vida” (Mad for Life) to support other young people and through it sent the following message: “Suicide is not an option, Yes to Life”.

We had the opportunity to talk with some of the young people, urging them to strengthen their ties of friendship, mutual support and love themselves; as each of them are special and beautiful part of God’s creation. Similarly, we shared the booklet on the Internet as a way to guide them to make positive use of this valuable tool that well used offers many advantages, but it can be very harmful to personal life if not used correctly.

Parade in honor of the Month of the Bible

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The Bible is the Word of God and in It we discover the story of God, His plan of salvation for humanity and hope in eternal life, besides being a source of wisdom, love, strength and comfort. By law, it declared September as the Month of the Holy Scriptures, so we pay special celebration. Project Joel, in the company of volunteers Sixto and Phanie  Guevara, and families in the community of Juan Diaz, paraded through some of the streets near the church of this community. This was a great opportunity to perform, for the first time this tour, sharing the message of God’s Word offers for everyone. We thank the Lord for this event, because the message was very well received by the public.

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The Art of Teaching through Singing

Diana Valdes, Project Joel volunteer, is conducting a follow-up process to the work being carried out with students of Pedro J. Sossa School, in relation to training in Values. As part of our strategy to convey the message effectively, we use the song, and reinforcing it in every word and intonation. Teacher Norma Morales, our contact at this school, is working as a team with our ministry, focusing on students to encourage them healthy lifestyles based on principles and values that the Word of God offers us. This strategy gives good results, the teaching and learning process is streamlined, while children enjoy it greatly.


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LHM Panama ministry center was making a visit to the Hospital of Pediatrics, in which we had the joy of sharing with children and their families a message that reinforces the values of love, communication and respect in the family.

Several of the children present participated voluntarily making us a dialogue together with the puppets and singing songs that teach about obedience and being different; allowing God to work in our lives so we can show good and positive attitudes and behaviors amid a society in which it seems that bad things are prevalent.

After the activity we find the child Julio 11-year-old smiling told us that he liked very much the message presented and had learned that we must obey parents so that we do well in life. At that time we felt that the good seed had fallen on fertile ground and ask God to let germinate and grow this good word in the heart of July.

This time we share the booklet “Educating for Life” it presents guidelines for parents on how to guide and discipline our children with love.

Last News in “Conectando”


Last innovative news about  recycling, fairs, children’s party in Colón, visits from Perú, evaluations and more, we share with you in the Conectando Bulletin / September 2016. You can access the online newsletter through this link! CONECTANDO ONLINE

The Tree of Values

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The Cusito puppet and the Clan of Memo visited the Villa Nueva School, in order to continue the work of training in values. The puppets are part of the teaching strategy on Values used by Project Joel program, in order to make effective and entertaining the message transmission. With the support of voluntary Diana Valdes, we performed the “Tree of Values” workshop, reinforcing the meaning and purpose of the values that the students had learned. We complement the work using games, songs and drama with puppets that children presented themselves. Most students we attended come from Pasitos Panay School, where Project Joel has been conducting a work of Christian formation for three years.


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New video! Eternal life


As part of the monthly campaign “Life after death”, we have produced a short video whose content focuses on questions that people often regarding death and the reactions they cause them; and the promises of eternal life that God gives us through various Biblical passages, besides the same victory in the resurrection of Jesus. The video is available only in Spanish.

Youtube vídeos channel – -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-A5zji4OLQ

“… the grace of God sustains me and that His Word is my right guidance.”


Testimony of Alexis Santamaria.

“At 16, as a student of Francisco Beckman Institute, I joined Project Team Joel. Already 12 years have passed and now as a construction worker and a college student, I can testify that the knowledge learned about values through the Word of God, which I learned during my work with this ministry, have marked my life and I have made a good man. Today, I return to offer my volunteer time for training tasks, talks and mobilization of all the valuable material that carry messages of life of the Lord. I can understand that the grace of God sustains me and that His Word is my right guidance. “



At the monthly meeting of the Mental Health Network, we developed an evaluation of the positive and adverse aspects of the last realized fair, in order to continue promoting upcoming activities that promote mental health of our population. We were organizing the next event which will consist in a seminar workshop on suicide prevention that will take place with students and in which issues that enhance the value of life and strengthening life skills, will be played. LHM Panama, as member in this network, will have the responsibility to present a devotional on hope and love for life, for which we have asked and confirmed with Pastor Patricio Mora of El Redentor Lutheran Church, his support the presentation of this devotional.

Mental Health Fair at National Lottery


With words of blessing by Pastor Patricio Mora of El Redentor Lutheran Church and words of welcome by the representative of the Ministry of Health, the Mental Health Fair started at the plaza of the National Lottery. This fair was an activity visited by adults and children from nearby neighborhoods and Lottery’s collaborators, who benefited from the services, guidance and gifts distributed by the different institutions that participated in the fair, still, mostly, members of the Mental Health Network. LHM Panama was present sharing a kit containing a booklet on how to overcome alcoholism, a pencil and sweets; as well as a book of Bible stories for children. With this material got more than 100 people, who were very grateful for the guidance received. Our special thanks to the National Association of Families and Patients with Schizophrenia and Patronato Luz del Ciego, network partners, who this time were my voluntary stars, leaning in caring for people.

Colón’s children were celebrated

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The Lutheran Ladies of Panama made a children’s program in Jesús Divino Salvador Lutheran Church, located in the province of Colón. This is one of the first activities will be performed in various congregations, to strengthen, unify and encourage the people of God growing. On this occasion, LHM panama contributed by Project Joel and puppets of Clan de Memo.

This event for children of the community was done with much enthusiasm. The children received gifts, participated in games, competitions, were awarded, received snacks and, most importantly, received the message of love in Christ Jesus.

We thank the Lutheran Ladies of Panama, as well as members of the Jesús Divino Salvador Lutheran Church for the opportunity given to us to contribute to their events and activities.


An unexpected party

Project Joel, teaming up with a group of volunteers, shared joy and hope the message of Jesus to children in the community of Paso Blanco. With the leader of this project care and evangelization (El Comedor de Misericordia), Sixto Guevara and his wife Phany, voluntary Isaiah, young Lilimay as donors of Playa Blanca Foundation and puppetry of Clan de Memo, we conducted a parade of Values, games, contests, dramas, distribute gifts and shared a delicious snack. This was a party that children were not expecting!

It has been impressive the work that has been done in this community, whose inhabitants live in a difficult economic situation. This work reveals the excellence achieved through the efforts and dedication of each of the people who have been moved by the love of God. Children from the community of Paso Blanco were treated with love. This was the 5th time at which we visited the community in order to continue the follow-up work on the formation of values based on the Bible.



Recycling Workshop

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LHM Panama ministry was developing a Recycling Workshop at Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, located in Loma Cova; where we have the participation of a group of church youth and students of  Jesús en los Pobres School, who were accompanied by their teacher Domiciano Morales.

Volunteer support

We have the voluntary support of Professor Félix Rodríguez, who shared interesting insights about how the mismanagement of inorganic wastes pollute our environment; because when mixed with the soil they are releasing toxic substances that pollute the water and the air we breathe. For example, in the case of cans, which was the material we use to perform manual labor; to oxidise release a fine dust that can be sucked affect our respiratory system. Similarly, drinking water or breathing these pollutants affect our health and we produce many of the diseases that can sometimes be fatal.

The teachings given by Professor Rodríguez caught the attention of everyone, who showed great interest by asking questions about how they can dispose these wastes commonly call it “trash.” Similarly, we continue to strengthen the importance of taking care of nature that has been given to us by God in order to have a healthy place to live.

Follow up

This was a follow-up activity in which after the talk, the youth made a craft with re-used materials (cans), ribbons, and ornaments applied on their own initiative and creativity by creating a cute container they said they would use such as pens. We thank God for this opportunity to use our talents to His work and to Dios es Grande Lutheran Church to work together with LHM Panama ministry center, to continue reaching young people.

Train to empower

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The program Project Joel works on leadership skills with the various groups of students we serve in each of the schools with which we share our commitment. Through songs, dramas, games and presentations, teaching live life with values and healthy lifestyles are promoted. Of these groups of students a group of volunteers, Team Joel, for whom discipline and strengthens character is formed. Thus, Team Joel is subsequently converted into bearer of the message: to live a life with values based on Christian faith and purpose, sharing with their other classmates.

We have had the opportunity to form various Team Joel at La Cabima School , Pedro J. Sossa School, Jesus en los Pobres School, Estado de Minesota School, Manuel Hernandez School, the community of Paso Blanco, among others.

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