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

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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.

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SUMMER BIBLE SCHOOL IN LAS NUBES -MIRACLES OF JESUS-

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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.

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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.

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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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Red Boots in the mountains of El Barrigón

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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.

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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.

Celebrating Christmas at the Hospital

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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.

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Christmas Journey booklet were distributed.

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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. “

 

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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.

Awakening a caring heart

Children are encouraged to fellowship and fraternity.

Children are encouraged to fellowship and fraternity.

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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.

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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.

 

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Fair in the Pediatric Hospital

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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.

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Winners of Bible and Christmas articles.

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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.

 

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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.

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La Prensa, nationwide journal, and its Ellas magazine.

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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

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

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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.

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Bring the thruth Christmas to children is our goal.

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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.

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Partnership during National Holidays

Students participate in parades during National Holidays.

Students participate in parades during National Holidays.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

 

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

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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. “

Mental Health Fair at National Lottery

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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.

“God has given me the privilege to serve Him”

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Isaiah Aorta, student and Project Joel volunteer, has been with us supporting tasks. Not only in the social part but also bringing God’s love to other children in very difficult economic conditions. We have been working with a small community in the area of Paso Blanco, with the help of other volunteers. Isaiah tells us, “God has given me the privilege to serve Him, I am very happy carrying the message through puppets of Clan of Memo and share specialized literature with Biblical base, plus food. Sometimes I complained I don’t receive from my parents things like games or clothes, but seeing these children, then I feel grateful for what I have and to share something with them, especially the Word of God. “

 

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Hands working for Christ!

Christ Lutheran Church volunteers are visiting Panama in order to develop a series of work as missionaries in the community of Loma Cova, some schools and church in Balboa. We thank God for the continuing work on lessons for children of the community of Loma Cova, solidarity that has been given to young people and members of the Lutheran Church God is Great, collaborating with teachers at the School Pedro J. Sossa and State of Minnesota School!

Noah’s Ark and the Creation of the earth and the Miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes topics have been made with children who have greatly enjoyed this time with each of the volunteers.

Planting the seed

An open door was La Cabima School, located in the area of Las Cumbres, where we agreed with Director Brown the development of a work in values education and leadership with sixth grade students, during the school year. We distributed copies of the Book of Life, tool we are using to promote education in values. One of our goals is to train these young so they, in the future, share the information and knowledge with their peers. During the summer, the Project Joel program participated in a first approach to this school.

We thank God for this opportunity to bring a message of hope to this population of students, for volunteers of Ministry IDDP Panama, and for Book of Life, which will allow us to develop an integral curriculum of values, all year.

 

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Angels volunteers working in secret

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We celebrated Day of Good Deeds. The Project Joel program took time to acknowledge the great support of all the volunteers who are part of the tasks tirelessly to share the Gospel of the Good News to children and youth. From December 2015 to date, 2,870 have been joined the tours Christmas Red Boots, Summer activities and School Year. Thanks to the love of God, we have volunteers who advance their vacation days to be once a month, relying on a school to bring our integral prevention program, while we have others working extra hours to their regular work schedule. Others collaborate donating several items, food, clothing and toys in good condition. Some accompany us to communities, schools, institutions for children… and to places of difficult access. All these volunteers are angels working in secret, without encouragement of recognition, but with a great burden to help others. God bless them!

 

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Exhortation to follow the right path

We had the opportunity to Noah’s Ark with students of Pedro J. Sossa School. Using animal masks, these children sang and danced to share the message of Obedience. This presentation was made during the Civic Act, which is a public event held every Monday before classes, with the participation of all students and educators. With the support of posters with messages about Values, these students encouraged and urged their classmates to follow the path of good, considering God and His teaching in Scripture. All the effort invested during practice, bore fruit. Therefore we thank God for the love with which the teacher Berta educates these children on the issue of the Values.

 

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“God has blessed me greatly”

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Testimony of Professor Silvia Chang, of the University of Panama (Faculty of Humanities, Department of Anthropology)

“In addition to my work at the University of Panama, and as part of an alternative social task, I collaborated with Project Joel program during talks on values and training at Artes y Oficios Institute and at National Institute. We develop topics as “Towards Professional Life”, “Integrity” and “Bullying”. We use materials of LHM Panama, which are of great benefit and mate very well to the task of training in values, especially Christian values. As an educator, I can confirm that when we train and guide students on Christian values, I am the first beneficiary. I’ve grown a lot as a human being performing this task. I have also seen the Herculean task that has Project Joel when traveling to remote communities. That’s admirable for them. The times in which I participated, God has blessed me greatly. ”

 

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When God’s love compels us, no limitations

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Even amid an environment of extreme poverty, joy is no impediment to gladden the hearts of children.

In the community of Paso Blanco we have witnessed it, when we participated with spouses Guevara – Phany and Sixto  – carrying the message of hope in God. Yes, we have found limitations with access to electricity, however, in the near future, we will present films with messages of encouragement, with the help of a power plant. Yes, we did find a need in food, children are participating in a dining room. Yes, we did find spiritual lack, by God’s grace we share the wonderful love and power of God through the stories contained in the Bible and the Book of Life – flipbook format for children.
“This is an unavoidable task, it is our duty to be close to the most needy, and here there are about 100 families living in extreme poverty, depending on begging; however, this may change to a better life. I am convinced that empowering children with the powerful Word of God, much of the work is already done. Children receive food free of charge, and receive devotionals and books with teachings. For this year, we will add to this community in Red Boots for Christmas Campaign”, said Porfirio Franco, Project Joel program coordinator.

 

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Holy Week Tour

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Among the communities of Chinana, El Lagarto in Chepo, Loma Cova, Tanara, and part of the indigenous area in the province of Chiriquí, we shared with 2,300 people – including children, youth and adults – a program focused on Easter, plus donation of food, toys and Bibles. Thanks to the grant from the One Hope Foundation, we distributed 2,300 units of Book of Life, whose content speaks of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and with the Bible Society donation, we gave away 300 Bibles and 40 New Testaments. Schools with which we relate through Project Joel program, donated toys and food. A team of volunteers mobilized to these areas to work together with puppets of Clan of Memo, sharing the message of salvation in Christ and the hope of eternal life.

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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Easter message at Pediatric Hospital

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With the voluntary support of Pastor Patricio Mora, young Claribeth and Maryi, members of Dios es Grande Lutheran Church, LHM Panama ministry center visited the Pediatric Hospital, where we carry the Gospel message of Jesus’ teachings on the way to Calvary.

We shared the booklet “The Way of Lent” with parents, and children’s book of Bible Stories “Trust in God”. With our puppets “Camila and Anita” teach children about love and sacrifice of Jesus for all of us and His triumph over death. which it gives us the hope of eternal life.

People were very attentive to the message and participated commenting that for them Easter is a time of reflection and joy because Jesus rose again and so we who believe in Him, also resurrected.

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.

A key point to reach the heart

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Every Monday of the week, before beginning the morning period and afternoon period, all students and teachers of a school meet in an open area in order to participate in the Civic Act. Civic Act is an event in which the Principal of the school, accompanied by educators and students assigned, shares a special message, news and announcements, singing the National Anthem and take the Oath to the National Flag.

LHM Panama’s Project Joel program has been part of the Civic Act at Pedro J. Sossa School; and this school year has been participating in it, with the coordination of teacher Norma Morales and with the support of voluntary Wendy Perez, to perform a reflection based on the Values, in which we pray, sing, short portions of the Bible are read and even present mini dramas with puppets. Students join this presentation displaying posters with different values ​​have been learning in class.

For Project Joel, this is a strategy for the Lord’s message of love is present in the lives of students, is a key to reach the heart of each person present, and, so far with the help of God, we have been participating in these events in schools where Project Joel is developed, in order to promote healthy lifestyles and values ​​that the Word of God offers to everyone.

 

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