Guaymí Annual Family Camp, February 2001
For the past three years I've had the pleasure of ministering to the children at the Guaymí Annual Family Camp. This year I had terrific teachers from our La Felicidad church, who organizes the retreat.
In this report I want to record my impression of one part of the altar service on Tuesday, the first night.
Towards the end of the service, most everyone was up front at the altar in the outdoor amphitheater and exuberantly praising the Lord. Most in Spanish, many in dialect and some in tongues. For awhile there was also a strong breeze passing through the trees overhead. It's the kind of sound you get up in the mountains when you're camping out and the wind roars and rushes through the treetops. It was at that moment I could imagine in my mind what the Day of Pentecost might have sounded like, with the sound of a rushing wind and the many different tongues being spoken by the 120 gathered together.
(Acts 2:1-4) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
I would have loved to have tried to record that sound, but I didn't have the tape recorder with me. Later in the retreat I did record some of the children during their class and their presentation in the evening service.
If you would like to hear some of these beautiful children you can visit our website and this article under Ministry Reports. Even though you may not speak Spanish, you cannot help but enjoy the effervescent glee of these young voices. The clips include:
Friday, March 30, 2001
Kirk Antonio Jones
Missionary to the Children of Panamá