Anakarina helps with a game during a Young Life Panama weekend retreat.
Imagine the fun of trying to move a cookie (that white spot on the forehead) to your mouth, using only your face muscles?!
If the cookie drops, you lose!
After a few attempts, she did it successfully!
Praying for Teens
Young Life Panama invited us to join them on a Saturday night to serve as an intercessory prayer team during a crucial night in their growth camp.
Many of those teenagers have made a commitment to Christ and have started walking with the Lord.
But many experience the trials, tribulations, and preoccupations of living in an environment that may not be conducive to growing in their new found faith.
It’s like the parable of the sower in Mark 4:
Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.
As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.
Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times. (Mark 4:3-8)
Growth camp is a place where these teenagers learn about how to walk with the Lord in the face of temptations and mental struggles.
On Saturday night, they do a group experience that cause many of them to wrestle with their new found identity in Christ.
Our role was to pray for the teacher that night, as well as for the teenagers who were wrestling with their faith.
Brenda and I stood along side many of these kids, praying for them one-by-one as they came out of their group experience.
There were plenty of tear filled moments as the Lord did a great work in many of the lives of these kids.
Some were visibly touched by the power of the Lord.
Others seemed to brush it off with a cold indifference.
But for those who took advantage of the prayer time, it appears to have been a solidifying decision to walk with the Lord.
As part of our partnership with Young Life Panama, we got to serve as prayer intercessors for their active ministry of reaching kids for Christ in some of the toughest areas of Panama.
Next up, we’ll be involved with some leadership development with Young Life Panama here in a few weeks.