The weekend between Christmas and New Years passed with us having the opportunity to get away to the mountains east of the city.
It was a brief retreat away from the noise of the city, the hustle and bustle, and a chance to see trees, hear birds, and breath cool mountain air.
We went with our friends and that gave us time to talk about ministry plans for 2009.
Most of all, it was a great place to have a morning quiet time before the rest of the house was up.
Quiet Time with God
I had my morning devotion on this open porch, spending time praying with God about plans for 2009 for our ministry.
The clean mountain air reminded me of the Appalachian mountains, and the cool morning climate occasionally mentally transported me there.
We have some amazing opportunities in front of us that drive our prayer: invitations from different countries, ministry in Nicaragua, Panama, United States, and inquiries from Columbia, Guatemala, and Venezuela.
As the Lord opens the doors, we believe He will provide.
We are praying about working with a church planter here in Panama to lauch a new church in 2009 in our walking area. There are very few evangelical churches in the four neighboorhoods we walk in. One neighborhood has zero churches.
Playing in the Mountains
Later that morning, we went to a local park with a mountain stream and spent time swimming and having a picnic.
The coolness of the morning changed into a refreshingly warm day that allowed us to spend it frolicking in a mountain stream. See our full album at Facebook.
Waterfalls, cool streams, all refreshing sounds before returning to the city. A little recharged and ready for 2009.