Today in Panama was an opportunity to see all of the Pastors of this Nazarene district in one place at their annual District Assembly. 25-30 churches were represented by their pastors and other church members. To our surprise, we were brought up front and Jim represented us well through a interpreter in conveying the message that although we come from two completely different cultures, we are united by the love of Christ! We experienced amazing worship with them and an outstanding message - our interpreters Eli and Luz were in high gear as they took on the task of interpreting for us today, and of course, did such a great job! So many of the people that we have met here in Panama were there and in spite of the language barrier, in some ways, it felt like we belonged.
We are halfway through our week here in Panama and tomorrow we will head out to the Cuna Village for the day. So many things are being used to both teach us and touch each of us deeply in different ways. It is evident in our conversations that we all understand that it is such a blessing that we get to do this!
This afternoon we were able to take a break and view the city from afar and also see the Panama Canal up close!
For me, this whole experience teaches me yet again to embrace interruptions, for it is always an opportunity! In Panama, although we make our plans for the day, there is also a lot of "unknowns". Working side by side, but not speaking the same language brings a need to trust, on a deeper level that God will lead me, I just need to follow. I find myself looking for those interruptions in the faces of the beautiful faces of these people we get to be with every day that we are here. Carlos, on the path back up the hill.......Jorge, wanting to know what's in my bag..........the beautiful Cuna woman that recognized me from last year........even the beautiful little girl peeking out from behind the sheet, whose face breaks into the most precious smile when she see us. Interrupted with an opportunity.....what is it God, that you would have me do or say in this moment? I pray that THIS lesson stays with me when I return to the life God has for me back home.
"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, this is the way, walk in it." Isa. 30:21
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Posted on Wed, February 8, 2017
by Linda Caswell