We were super excited to have the opportunity to travel back to Panama recently. Although we were only there for 10 days, it was such a blessing to reconnect with friends and ministry partners.
During our time here in the States, we have been investigating and praying about the possibility of providing water filters to each of our GlobalFingerprints families. Thanks to a great international program offered by Sawyer and the sweet help from our friends at Faith Church in Wisconsin, we were able to purchase and deliver the filters to Panama!
Did you know that this little filter pictured above can provide clean water for a family for up to 10 years? Isn’t that incredible! Something so small has made a huge difference to so many families in Panama. We had the pleasure of visiting over 20 of our GF families and demonstrating how to properly use the filter.
Many times we would fill a cup with the clean water for them to taste. During one of our visits, the mom made a strange face after tasting the water. Nervously, we asked her, “Is the water bad?” With tears in her eyes she replied, “No, the water is good. This is just the first time for me to taste the water clean with no dirt.” God is good!
As we were leaving one of the homes, Jesus, one of the GF kids that we have known for several years, wanted a picture with Matt. We are beyond grateful for the continued relationships. Jesus is an incredible kid with an infectious joy!
The purpose of the GF program is to transform lives. While physical things such as clean water are important, the program also focuses on transforming lives through the gospel. At the end of each visit, we spent time sharing and praying with the family. Also, thanks to our friends at The Springs Church in Missouri, each child is given a copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible. What a joy it was for the kids to receive their new Bibles and immediately want to read to us! Pray with us that the Word of God will transform the lives of these children and their families.
THANK YOU for helping give the gift of clean water. We are able to continue on with our ministry thanks to your giving and your prayers. We thank the Lord for your faithfulness in supporting our ministry.
And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.Matthew 10:42
WHEN WILL WE RETURN TO PANAMA?
Praise the Lord Angie has recovered well from her surgery. It was a long process, but the Lord is so faithful and she is healthy and feeling good. Thank you all for your prayers.
Matt had an x-ray about 3 weeks ago due to an ongoing pain in his neck and shoulder. It showed that he has some compressed discs that are pinching a nerve. He received an injection that we were hopeful would fix the problem. Unfortunately, it did not. He will have an MRI performed this week to determine what procedure needs to be done to alleviate the pain. Please pray with us for clear answers.
Our hope is that Matt can receive the care he needs quickly and adios USA! We are thankful for good medical care and God’s timing in revealing these issues during our time here. However, we are also ready to return to Panama.