e-Mailer for 10/2018
Greetings in Jesus from rainy season in Panamá.
Like heavy rain produces even heavier traffic here, you can tell
when missions convention season is upon us. Many more requests
from churches for a quick update video. Glad to comply! In doing
so, I heard myself often refer to our national ministry slogan
of “Children Reaching Children.” It was gratifying this past
month to see more examples of it in action.
Young Abiel Samuel Andrades was our fiery little
preacher/evangelist at the monthly leaders seminar. I included
his middle name on purpose. Like his namesake prophet in the
Bible, Samuel sensed a call to minister to the Lord from a very
young age. Hilda Mendieta,
his children’s church leader and mentor, told us he that while
he may come from a broken family, he is faithful to the Lord, always at church, and loves
telling people about Jesus through preaching and singing!
Another example, Zion Apostolic Church has been bringing their
future leaders to our monthly meetings. Leaders Lexsaida &
Leonor are doing a great job creating a sense of community and
commitment to serve with these terrific preteens. In fact, many
of them joined us the following Saturday at Metro Amigo
orphanage, which leads to another reason for us to rejoice.
Kids from our AG
churches are reaching out to kids from difficult places. Do you
remember the Avila family we introduced in our e-Mailer
for 8/2018 after visiting their church, Jehová
Justicia Nuestra (Jehovah Our Righteousness)? Angélica
Ávila organized a special activity with their children’s church
kids raising the funds, preparing the gift bags with fruit, and
then leading the service for the kids at the orphanage. You
might be able to see her in the background joining the kids in
this song imitating an alligator. Antonia, another faithful
leader, shared the Word. And my favorite part was the small
group interaction with these kids from very different
backgrounds mingling, talking and praying together.
Two other church leaders
also joined to observe and consider further involvement. From
this introduction we are believing for many more mentors to
befriend, share Jesus, and love on the kids at Metro Amigo on a
regular basis as part of the Amigo Mentor Panamá
This month we also celebrated birthdays for
two of our faithful volunteer leaders. Fanny serves as director
and Carolina is a key teacher. I was busy serving the cake, so
please forgive me for not capturing images of them. I couldn’t
help but notice this little guy really got into his cake!
The last example of kids reaching kids I’d like to share was at
Casa de Oración Cristiana (Christian House of Prayer)
church missions conference where I was asked to do a workshop on
mobilizing children towards world missions. While it was adults
in attendance (albeit with very youthful spirits!), the purpose
was to motivate children to consider God’s call on their lives
for missions. I can’t wait to see the difference these future
agents of transformation will make on their generation!
It seems hard to believe that it’s only been two months since
Yvonne’s open heart surgery. She is recovering strength and
stamina a little more each day. You can join us in
praying for a slight cough. But mostly we want to give thanks to
the Lord for bringing her through with almost no pain nor any
complications. Praise God!
As mentioned in previous e-Mailers, we will
return to the US for itineration ministry beginning May 2019.
Thanks to several churches for already scheduling. If you’d like
to plan a visit of any kind—church service, missions window,
small group, children’s church, missions committee, coffee chat
or something else—please free to e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or call (+1 417-595-4697).
Our kids continue in similar life routines. Chloe works as a
nurse at a hospital full-time and a clinic part-time. Tony
teaches special ed. at an international school here in Panamá.
Celina is researching telomeres, and occasionally serves as a
TA, working on her PhD in Houston. Gracie made a change,
however, just finished fall midterms after transferring to Drury
U. for the Music Therapy program. We appreciate your prayers for
These familiar verses jumped out to Yvonne and I in our devos
last week. (Does it spark a little melody in your heart too?)
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all
for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
We cannot thank you enough
for your ongoing prayers and financial support. Blessings!
Kirk & Yvonne
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