Jones Journal Monthly e-Mailer for August 2003
Greetings in Jesus! If you'd like to read this e-Mailer with photos, or see
past issues, click on "Ministry" at www.jonesjournal.org. This
includes updates on ministry, family, praise and prayer.
Let me work backwards, beginning with tonight, to highlight some of the past
month's ministry and family activities.
* If you'd like something to pray about, put
(Lower River) on your prayer list. I returned earlier tonight for the second
service in this "red zone" neighborhood for a VBS-style street
meeting with Brother Dionitis from
Catedral de Vida
church outreach. The kids were responsive yesterday, but we really wanted to
see the Lord get ahold of them before they end up like the drunk that staggered
through inches from my nose while we preached/shared yesterday.
It took them awhile to warm up to us, but eventually they were crowded all
around. They listened and repeated the Memory Verse from 1 Corinthians 15:57
CEV, "But thank God for letting our Lord Jesus Christ give us the
victory!" They watched the video attentively, trying to ignore the
passersby who walked in front of the projector shining out the back of our
Speed-the-Light Caravan onto the building across the street. At least one boy
paid attention to the lesson on "Conscience" by Rev. Dan Betzer,
because after he went through the line to get some candy he gave it back,
saying that it was his second time!
* In the Chiriquí province we celebrated the
(Children's Encounter) on Saturday 7/26, honoring Panamá's
Just shy of 200 children came together worshipping, celebrating
Panamá's 100 birthday and showing their patriotism through song, poetry,
drama, choreography and national costume.
Our area rep. Edilma de Villarreal did a great job organizing along with the
host church's children's ministry leader Maria Gonzalez as emcee. The three
young ladies pictured are wearing the
, the less formal style of national garb, while they performed an adorable
choreography with three handsome little guys, two of whom you see with hats
while playing the "Jonah" game outside--object is to *not* be eaten
by the whale!
* Annual Minister's Retreat was 7/20-23. We were responsible for the Children's
Ministry and hosting American guest speakers, Revs. J. Don George (TX), John
Delgado (FL) and Maury Davis (TN), with whom it was a pleasure to spend a
little time and get to know.
We included one free day and got Chloe and Anthony surfing lessons! Kowabunga,
Dude! They loved it! It's not as easy as it looks, but they definitely want to
do it again.
Celina was content to get wet and comb the beach for shells for
future art creations. Gracie got inspired and made a snow angel, er, in the
sand. Hey! It's the closest we'll get to snow here! Buh-doom-ching!
In ministry, the three big kids helped doing puppets, handing out snacks and
mingling with the children. Yvonne led worship and games. Kirk and Manuel
Miranda shared teaching duties. Plus we showed a few of the STAR videos from
the new "Knowing God" series with host Rev. Dan Betzer.
Here you're looking at Ana Sarai Rivera, daughter of Pastor César & Ana
Rivera in Duíma, during craft time at the Retreat. We'll be visiting her
with a team next month! Plus Chloe and three pastor's daughters smile while
* Teacher Training continues. Latest one was held at
on the way to the airport. As I mention in our
if you don't want to wait for your print copy to arrive),
there's a great need for healing and ministry to families that lack a healthy
father figure. That is a topic we are asked to address quite often.
* Celina celebrated her 9th birthday earlier this month, though the party was
in June! She did have her art show, as we mentioned last month, but the cookies
sold better than the art! In fact, Yvonne told me that one lady turned her car
around and came back to buy another "Monster cookie." She is thinking
about having a bake sale on our street! Don't laugh--three houses down they
stand outside their home with fresh-baked bread and big smiles trying to sell
to cars driving by!
If you received our newsletter a little while ago and wondered why it was a
reprint of the 5/03 issue, you're not alone. We did too. The printer corrected
the error and today the
actual 8/03 issue
was mailed out. Sorry for any
* During the past semester at Bible school, I met periodically with several
IBAD students to discuss their Senior Project. Lina Baker's project is called
"Imprints" children's ministries. I love that name. This Saturday
we'll have the leader preparation seminar & we'll hold the Inaugural service on
Sunday 8/10. Please pray for God's empowering of Lina and her leaders.
* The first Saturday of each month we hold our Children's Ministries
Preparation seminar for the Panamá City area. I'd appreciate your
prayers during preparation to make the training most effective for our leaders.
* 8/15-26 Riverside Family Praise Fellowship is bringing a
ministry/construction team for Duíma and also Concepción,
Chiriquí. Please pray for effective ministry by and for the team, and
their leaders: Youth Pastor Keven Petty, Missions Coordinator Linda Botsford,
and their pastor Darrill Sturgeon (who's not coming because as a former
missionary to Africa, he says it's not really a "missions" trip
unless you leave the continent...or hemisphere...or something like that!)
I close with the little cherub face of Caroline, daughter of Leonel, who is now
the AG campgrounds director. We first met when he was single, pastoring in
, and we did a city-wide parade and children's crusade. Makes me feel kinda
old, but mostly we feel grateful to be able to minister to these beautiful
children here in Panamá. Thanks for your financial and prayer support.
Yours for Them,
Kirk for all