Mission of Faith - Part 2
Monday, May 01 2006 @ 08:20 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
All the while, we fight against time. With only four days in Renacimiento, we rushed to get as much done as possible.
But despite our best efforts we were unable to finish the church.
The missionary who was leading us, Kendall Brown, tried to cheer us up. "The foundation is done. I mean, we all know the most important part of whatever building is the foundation."
With heavy hearts, we prayed for the future of the building and the villagers before heading out to our second destination: the coastal village of La Pina. There we were refreshed by the beautiful sandy beaches and breathtaking scenery.
We had much better luck with this construction due to help from the villagers. "What's really neat about this project is that the believers here in La Pina have really taken ownership and pride in this church," team leader Jeff Fryer explained.
Within a couple days we had columns up and the roof structure in place--complete with a-frames. We wish we could've done more, but our time in La Pina and in Panama was coming to a close.
As we prepared for our journey home, the team took some time for reflection. "Overall, I think it's been an amazing experience.I went in with an open heart and an open mind, just wanting to serve God and I think he's had a lot of lessons to teach us. One of those being patience.I'd do it again," team member Sara Wessling said.
The mission continues. Our church here in Eugene, Calvary Fellowship, hopes to send more teams to Panama in the future and complete the work we started.