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.”

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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.

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A Christmas at the Farm

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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.

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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.

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

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Reverend Rupert Neblett encourages children.

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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.

 

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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.

Songs to encourage the soul

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“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.

The Lutheran Forum of Panama

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Meetings at LHM offices.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

JOEL is already 17 years!

Project Joel program was celebrating 17 years of integral prevention work and Pedro J. Sossa School joined this event, with the participation of Teacher Berta and her group of students who wore “Gallina Turuleca” and dramatized this song.

In order to emphasize the essence of the work of  Project Joel, we conducted an intensive training tours, in which children were also part of the group of speakers.

“Being part of Project Joel has changed my life and allowed me to do a better job as a teacher,” says Teacher Norma, who for 17 years has been an active part of this mission. With respect to it, thank you, teacher, for your wonderful work and excellent team of teachers of this school, especially Teacher Berta and her group of students. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!

 

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Eternal Life behind the empty tomb

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The empty tomb gave us the Promise of Salvation in Christ, a powerful message that calls us to love and hope in God!

Early on, the team of volunteers was prepared to coordinate the search for Easter eggs, about 400 units – thanks to the donation of “Las Sabanas” Lions Club – which had been hidden around the Dios es Grande Lutheran Church. The program started with a delicious breakfast that the kids enjoyed, continued with the message of reflection on Easter and games, culminating in the search for Easter eggs. Puppets of Memo’s Clan were part of this event, prepared from the previous day.

We thank the congregation for allowing LHM Panama to collaborate in these celebrations, through Project Joel program. Project Joel develops an integral prevention work – together with the Dios es Grande Lutheran Church – in Jesús en los Pobres School. It should be noted that most children who participate in these events, attend this school.

 

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Via Crucis in the community of Loma Cova

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Members of Joel Project program, of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church and an organized group of teachers and parents of students of Jesús en los Pobres School performed a drama related to the Passion of Jesus with prayers and songs to along near the school community. Via Crucis (Latin for “Way of the Cross”) refers to the different stages or moments lived by Jesus from the time He was arrested until His crucifixion and burial.

The term is also commonly used to express all kinds of difficulties that arise in life when you want to achieve certain goals. “This is a new experience, a lot of responsibility, but a pleasure to do it, especially because it reinforces our children, all Christian values ​​we have taught them. In addition, bears witness to our faith all around the neighborhood”, said Griselda Aguilar, Sunday School teacher of the church. It took many days of practice, hard work and effort invested to share the significance of this date, giving glory to God.

 

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Focused on the Purpose

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During Holy Week we will be supporting, through Project Joel, various events commemorating the Passion of Jesus. Dios es Grande Lutheran Church has been organized in order to carry out on Saturday 26 March, a Movie Night, and Sunday March 27, the “Finding Easter Eggs” and the movie “Passover of the Vegetables “(from the VeggieTales series). During Movie Night the films “God Man” and “The Last Supper” (from the Superbook series) will be presented, with which it is expected to reach children, youth and adults in the community of Loma Cova, sharing with them the message of salvation in Jesus Christ.

We thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve and support our brothers in Loma Cova, hoping that the message of love and hope is received in the heart of the people involved; and the initiative of the members of this congregation seeking space and resources to bring the Word of God at all times, and even more festive times, being open doors to focus on the purpose of the coming of the Lord Jesus.

Christian Film Night

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The Children’s Ministries of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, located in the community of Loma Cova, realized a movie night outdoors, in the outer area of ​​the Church. Children and adults from the community took part in this exciting event. We shared our support through Project Joel program. Sing, pray and be moderators of the films “The Great Adventure”, “Passion” ( anime). Note that this event was held on Monday and Tuesday during Carnivals, so it was an opportunity to appeal to children, youth and adults towards positive messages, courage and Biblical principles, taking them away from the dangers of alcohol, drugs and the pressures of bad lifestyles. It was a tremendous opportunity to bring the Gospel to the streets. CPTLN Panama was blessed, because thanks to Lord, these are doors that open to bring His message of love and salvation to others, and at the same time, allowing us to be instruments of collaboration agreement with the church.

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Vacation Bible School in Rio Abajo

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Children and youth who received training during the school year participated in a summer event organized in conjunction with One Hope Foundation. Summer is a good time for this type of events, which are appreciated by parents. For LHM Panama ministry center it is honored to be part of these efforts to proclaim the message of love and salvation in Christ, to children and youth.Approximately 80 children were present during the three days of teachings and Bible classes developed. We have the support of volunteer teachers in schools where Project Joel program has been working, and youth of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, located in the area of ​​Loma Cova. This has been a great opportunity to put into practice the techniques and teaching strategies learned by Project Joel in a recent special training in Honduras, related to education in values. “Children receive all this teaching that then shared in their homes, communities and schools,” says Maritza Valdés, a volunteer teacher.

 

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Summer Bible School in Loma Cova

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Approximately 80 children from the community of Loma Cova attended the Bible School in Dios es Grande Lutheran Church. Teachers and volunteers developed a professional and effective work with the aim of sharing with each child the message “God is faithful,” which were understood through the stories of Ruth, Daniel and Jonah. The Project Joel program participated supporting teachers Griselda Aguilar and Domiciano Morales in the various tasks with the children, and this is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to the strengthening and approach of the Church to their community, being also an open door to track the work with students from schools in the area. LHM Panama / Christ For All Nations is grateful for the wonderful opportunity to approach members of this congregation and with children and young people of this community.

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Supporting Bethel Mission

By Project Joel initiative, we had the opportunity to share with leaders of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church during the closing day of the Summer Bible School, which was held in the community of Las Nubes. In this community, these young leaders are taking missionary work known as Bethel Mission, sharing lessons to children in this place. During this time the children received training in topics such as Biblical parable of the Lost Sheep and development of crafts and songs. Project Joel joined this event, cheering with songs, games and puppets. As a Christian ministry, LHM Panama / Christ For All Nations is grateful for allowing us to collaborate on how much or little the proclamation of the Gospel. We pray for each one of these children receiving these seeds for His love to grow and bear fruit in them to bring others the message of salvation in Jesus Christ.

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Red Boots reached 4200 children

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Annually, by promoting “Red Boots” tour, we create awareness among children and young people from various schools on the material and spiritual needs of many children in our country. In this way, they add to the work of sharing and give a smile at Christmas. During 2015, the message of the True Christmas reached 4200 children, who also received food, toys, educational materials, Bibles and clothes. Two of the most emotional cases are the community of El Barrigón, located in the province of Veraguas, where we have completed 10 years visiting them; and the indigenous region of Gnabe Bugle in the province of Chiriqui, with whom we have three years. Each time is a wonderful experience, because we not only share material assistance, if we can speak of God’s love and how to stay there.

God has given us this wonderful opportunity to share His Word with children growing up in the midst of these situations, being the Botas Rojas tour an initiative to reach them. God has blessed us by allowing us to make this program and to provide us with support through schools, community authorities, churches and volunteers.

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Bringing the Word of God in the community of Alcalde Díaz

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Thanks to the invitation from teacher Maritza Valdés, Project Joel program held with residents of the community of Alcalde Díaz, a summer party. In the program songs, group games and delivery of awards were made. The puppets of “The Clan of Memo” participated to share the Word of God, encouraging children and youth to walk the path of good. We live the experience of sharing the Christian program to this community, motivating and involving adults, youth and children in activities, games and lessons. We shared the Word of God to participants, who were very lively, attentive and glad to hear this message. A victory! Life Books were distributed and we prayed together. We thank the Lord for the home that opened the doors for this activity. Everything we do for God, we must do it with excellence, whether to get one or many, each count toward the Lord.

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Tribute to Mothers in the Hemodialysis Unit

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A special program with songs and poems alluding to mothers at the time, was presented by the Ministry of LHM / CPTLN in the Hemodialysis Unit of San Miguelito. This tribute organized by the hospital administration was held on the eve of Mother’s Day. It was a special time to highlight the love and dedication of moms like the “Virtuous Woman” in Proverbs, they are always attentive to his family and the needs of your home. A special blessing asking God, for all mothers every day of his life and especially this group of women who, in their day to day, plus care for her family must cope with their disease.

 

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Participating in the Independence Day Parade

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Carrying signs with messages of Christian values, Project Joel‘s volunteers and members of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church accompanied students from Jesus en los Pobres School during the parade on the Independence Day. This school has been developing a work of spiritual formation teaming between CPTLN / LHM and Dios es Grande Lutheran Church.

 

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Christian Values and the Care of Nature

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From early on, students of Jesus en los Pobres School gathered to listen and learn about the Creation, the care we give to nature and how to implement Christian values. Puppets of “Memo and his clan” were responsible for sharing this message in a fun way. We have the support of volunteers from Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, Griselda Aguilar, Mauricio Miranda and Greynaldo Cortés, allowing the partnership and follow-up work with the school and the community of Loma Cova.

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Planting a tree!

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Children in the community of San Pablo in Las Cumbres, along with their parents, were planting trees in areas surrounding the river community. This initiative comes from Pasitos de Panay School to supplement the training received by Project Joel on protecting the environment. We applaud this initiative and join in this effort, it is put into practice the learned values.

Bringing a message in March Pro-Family

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We joined the Pro-Family March organized by the Evangelical Alliance of Panama and supported by the Municipality of San Miguelito, and held in San Miguelito, populated area of ​​the province of Panama. Hundreds of families joined this march, as well as participating with Team Joel and puppets Cococho and Grandpa of Memo and his Clan.

We shared values ​​message, sing and behave with bright posters with messages on family. This event takes place in the midst of a crisis in society and the revision of laws on sex education and diversity which are being managed in the legal system of our country.

It is important to uphold the principle of family values ​​and conveys God in His Word.

 

24th anniversary of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church

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As part of the anniversary activities Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, held a youth workshop entitled “Working Team” which was developed by the integral prevention program Project Joel. Youth, who participated in this event, worked together to form, with hundreds of words in disorder, a beautiful poem describing the teamwork that made the seagulls.

The prof. Dayra Ruiz, Project Joel volunteer, explained the focus on teamwork, complementing teaching with a simple game in which young people trying to sort hundreds of jumbled words and form a cute poem. This activity was a challenge for young people, forcing them to communicate, to lead, to have solidarity, to take initiatives and decisions, in order to meet the final goal, by using the work as a team.

We thank the Lord for this opportunity where fraternize with our brothers and sisters of this congregation.

 

A Farewell Party

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A challenge for the Project Joel program was to develop a high excellence strategy with children from the area of El Chorrillo. During 5 days, SENNIAF, government entity and organizer of the event Creative Vacations, plus another group of organizations were training, playing and sharing with these children. These events aim to perform a task of social work that reaches the most vulnerable groups in our country. During these five days with interaction, children learn by singing and drawing on the care of their bodies and make their own puppet, with which part of a drama. “Hard work and dedication have requested this activity. It has been exhausting, but I enjoyed it greatly,” shares Jasmine Martinez, a member of CPTLN and Dios es Grande Lutheran Church. Glory to God!

 

The Clan of Memo in the International Book Fair

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All have experienced a cultural celebration at the International Book Fair, organized by the Panamanian Chamber of Books. And until that big event arrived “The Clan of Memo” and Project Joel Team in order to share with children and adults, beautiful stories, games, comprehensive reading, prizes, songs (“La Gallina Turuleca”, “Flags of love “) and puppet show. Thank God, we distributed 500 units of the Book Life (by One Hope), tales of the Angel with Big Feet (by CPTLN) and textbooks (by Good Samaritan). All songs, dramas and dynamics shared Christian messages about Values.

“This is an unique opportunity to highlight the Christian values ​​and share with everyone, so that children and young people can put into practice what they learned, helping them better understand the message,” says Diana Valdes, volunteer and trainer.

Kevin Pinto, Nahir Nakira, Tiny, Greips, Porfi and Diana (“Project Joel Team”) worked tirelessly for children who visited the stand of the National Library will enjoy the activities.

The Clan of Memo in Samaria

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Led by our volunteer Ruth Camaño in the area of Samaria and an excellent team work, the day of “Viva Kids” event in which puppets of Memo’s Clan participated, sharing joy and Christian lessons. Samaria is known as a high-risk area, however, Samaria becomes an opportunity to bring love and hope in God. Children who attended the event, held dramas promoting positive messages, performed choreography, sang, were encouraged by the presentation of the puppets, and received the message of God’s love. The leaders received certificates of appreciation for their valuable support. The development of Biblical studies “Life Book” and “Jesus Loves Me” was on the agenda of this event. We thank God for the interest that some churches give the work with children, bringing a benefit to the entire community, since children share the blessings in their homes. We appreciate the support of young of God is Great Lutheran Church as part of the volunteer team.

 

Creative Vacations Week

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The SENNIAF (National Secretariat for Children, Adolescents and the Family), government institution, has invited several NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) to conduct special activities in various areas of the capital during the school vacations. Project Joel had the opportunity to participate in Barraza. The children learned to tie knots with the group Royal Rangers and ABU (the grandmother who tells tales about the care to have with the body and a healthy sexuality). We sing, play and have fun for a week, presenting teaching of values ​​and dramas, in which children learn to make their own puppet. Project Joel speakers have been giving their best during this week. Young members of God is Great Lutheran Church were also part of this week of creativity, supporting as volunteers. It was a time of intense training that strengthen values ​​education that children have been receiving.

Noah’s Ark, Kids Camp 2015

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Very dynamic, entertainment and new knowledge were characteristic of Kids Camp 2015. Leaders and teachers from different areas moved to the camp facilities at Monte Carmelo in order to participate in this important event. Children played, learned, and expressed themselves in various ways, as drawing, choreography and skills.

We had 300 children from different areas and schools, participating in trainings on leadership, peer pressure and managing emotions. Approximately 100 volunteers offered their time and effort in order that the children were well behaved and had an important value to the development of their lives, especially in the spiritual area.

Members of the God is Great Lutheran Church also joined this effort not only be of great volunteer support but also a growth opportunity for them.

Thank the Lord allowed this opportunity leaders and teachers strive to love so that children had a special meeting with new information and with the love of God, sharing with them the message of Jesus, love and forgiveness for their lives, and transformation only God can do in the lives of people.

The theme “Noah’s Ark” was developed in lectures, seminars, devotionals, games and songs.

Noah’s Ark, Kids Camp 2015

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Very dynamic, entertainment and new knowledge were characteristic of Kids Camp 2015. Leaders and teachers from different areas moved to the camp facilities at Monte Carmelo in order to participate in this important event. Children played, learned, and expressed themselves in various ways, as drawing, choreography and skills.

We had 300 children from different areas and schools, participating in trainings on leadership, peer pressure and managing emotions. Approximately 100 volunteers offered their time and effort in order that the children were well behaved and had an important value to the development of their lives, especially in the spiritual area.

Members of the Lutheran Church God is Great also joined this effort not only be of great volunteer support but also a growth opportunity for them.

Thank the Lord allowed this opportunity leaders and teachers strive to love so that children had a special meeting with new information and with the love of God, sharing with them the message of Jesus, love and forgiveness for their lives, and transformation only God can do in the lives of people.

The theme “Noah’s Ark” was developed in lectures, seminars, devotionals, games and songs.

Celebrating African descent in Panama

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During the month of May in Panama celebrates Black Ethnicity Day /African descent. “The 30th is the official date of commemoration, through the enactment of Law 9 of 2000. The history of this special date lies in the abolition, the May 30, 1820 by King Ferdinand VII of Spain, the slave trade law in its territory. The population comprising black race in Panama stems from 1850, at the beginning of the railway construction. Since that time they have remained in our territory, part of it, bringing their culture and customs” (information from the newspaper La Estrella de Panama). The contribution of this community has been a great impact on our country, either bringing their customs, fashion, food and immense joy for life.

Project Joel held with the Pasitos de Panay School this important event. With enthusiasm, dances, dresses, Afro-Caribbean cuisine, making crafts with recycled materials and games, recall wave of immigrants who came to our country to work on the mega construction of those times. With its culture, values, love of life and desire to excel, our isthmus became their home, and we are a big family today.

The Lord is the creator of a beautiful planet, with countless astonishing richness, and a humanity that cultural diversity enriches coexistence in society. Every human being has been endowed by God with unique characteristics, and through His Son Jesus asks His son.

The message of Jesus is exalted above our race or country of origin or of our culture, the message of the Cross goes beyond what we see physically. His message of hope and eternal life for everyone, given out of love. And this is the message we share in events like this, where we have the opportunity to proclaim the Good News, to teach biblical values ​​and talk about the love of the Lord

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