It is always amazing to me, when we load up 300 bags of food, where the Lord will take us. Oh we know we will be in Colon, Panama but where exactly? So many needy places…….where should we stop? And why here? We depend on the Holy Spirit for sure, but also as His instrument we have local pastors who have several locations they would like to touch and begin inroads into future ministry. Today was such an adventure.
We had communicated to the pastor previously that since the need was so great that organizing a group ahead of time might be beneficial to all. And sure enough that happened. We came upon a neighborhood and decided to meet in a building we assumed might be a church but in a short amount of time the crowd was growing too large for it and we decided to move it outside. Adjacent to the structure was a large playground where our stage became the top of a slide. We presented each a bracelet consisting of five colored beads. Black to represent our sin, red for the blood of Christ, white for purity, green for His righteousness and yellow for Heaven. Amazing what a piece of string and five plastic beads did to pull strangers together at the foot of the cross. At the close of the teaching we had all pray a prayer of salvation. By this time the crowd had swelled to more than 300 including men, women and children. We had our own mini crusade at that playground.
Also, they didn’t know it, but their bracelet also served as a ticket to receive a free bag of food. It was such a joy to share life and hand them life at the same time. And not to mention, the looks on the faces of the children as they walked away with a new friend in the form of a stuffed animal clutched to their chest! Wow…….good stuff. It is our prayer that Jesus continues to remind them through these small gifts that it was His love for them that made it all possible.
For those of you on the ground with me here in Panama, I pray for your continued strength and perseverance. Don’t lose sight of the purpose for which we are here. And for those back home supporting us through their effectual prayer…….we are not done. Please continue to be vigilante. We are just now ramping up for the crescendo.