Friday Favorites!

Hi hey hello,

This week’s Friday Favorites is going to be a bit different. Since I just got back from Panamá, I wanted to talk all about that, until I realized that today is Friday and therefore Friday Favorites! are supposed to go up today. So, I decided to have the two come together in a work of something that I probably wouldn’t call art and give you this week’s Friday Favorites! The theme for this week is: Panamá.

Monday: We left Tallahassee that morning, had a VERY long layover in Miami and got to Panamá around 11 o’clock their time.

Tuesday: We got up and had our first day of VBS. I presented the story in Spanish and we learned a memory verse. We were in a Kuna school and it was such an amazing experience. Seeing the kids’ excitement and enthusiasm to learn the memory verse was so encouraging.

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Wednesday: We went by boat to an Embera tribe on the Chagres River. Seriously, prettiest thing ever! We got to tell Bible stories and teach the kids songs. We did crafts and played games. We got to play soccer with some of the older kids. A number of the guys and girls got temporary tattoos done by the indigenous people.

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Thursday: We went to a Wuonaan tribe, where we also had to travel by boat. This was one of my favorite days because I got to talk to a woman named Carmen and she was truly an amazing woman. We did the VBS thing again. It’s funny, we did this almost everyday, but yet, we never got tired of doing it.

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Friday: We went to another Kuna village. This time we went door to door, telling the parents about what we were doing in the church. We held another VBS in the afternoon for the kids. That day a good friend of mine lead a woman to know Jesus. That was a simply amazing day.

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Saturday: This day and Sunday are tied for the best day. On Saturday we took the kids to a soccer tournament. Without us being there they would have been unable to go to this tournament, so it was a big deal for them. We got to play with the kids and invest in them. We cheered them on and played with them. The highlight for me was when a few of us took a bunch of kids up to the top of a very tall hill and chased them and hugged them. We played up there until we were called back down for popsicles. Later that day I got to really talk to a kid in Spanish, that was a huge milestone for me.

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Sunday: We got to lead a service at the local Kuna church. We got to see the kids who had gone to the school on the first day again. It was so cool to see them again, when we got there it wasn’t a greeting like “Hey, look! Americans!” It was a greeting of friendship. They knew our names and came running up giving hugs and welcoming us to their church. We lead worship, one of our instructors gave a sermon, there was a skit, and someone shared the bridge. We left and went to lunch and then came back and played soccer with the kids. My friend and I got to play a group of girls who really wanted to play a team of American girls. They beat us, but it was fun!

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Monday: We were supposed to go home, but in God’s plan, that didn’t happen. We got up early and went to the airport, got our tickets, and boarded the plane. We sat for an hour and were then told that the plane had a broken part and it would take most of the day to get it fixed. We got off, sat in a line for 8 hours, got tickets again, got back on the same plane, sat for 5 minutes and were told that the pilot could not fly because he had to go to sleep because of laws. We once again got off the plane and went back into the airport. We ended up sleeping in the airport, the coldest airport in the history of airports. Sorry no pictures of that day because it was sort of a travel day.

Tuesday: We were woken VERY early by security telling us we had to get out of where we were. We all quickly gathered out things and left that part of the airport. We were in a part of the airport that is closed to the public, we had permission to be there, but that information was not relayed after the security shift change. We sat around for a little while, then boarded the plane and headed for Miami. Upon arrival in Miami, we found out that there were not enough seats on the direct flight from Miami to Tallahassee, 7 of us were on a flight that went to Tampa, and then Tallahassee. I was one of the 7. We flew to Miami, had a 3 hour delay there, and after much time, got home, safe and sound. I mentioned yesterday, the sunset. That was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

I hope you all had a wonderful week and I hope you enjoyed Taylor’s Friday Favorites!

-LC

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There’s no place I’d rather be, than here in Your love, here in Your love. Set a fire down in my soul, that I can’t contain and I can’t control. I want more of you God, I want more of you God.

Hi hey hello,

As many of you know, I have been in Panama for the last week or so. I got back Tuesday night and spent all yesterday resting and preparing myself to go back to school. After such an amazing week, with God working so much, school seems so very insignificant, but I know that is where God has me right now, so there I shall stay. I will say that my heart and mind stayed with those beautiful children. I will try to get some pictures up of those kids as soon as possible, I have around 1400 pictures to upload to my computer, so it may take a little while.

These kids are some of the most wonderful children I have ever met in my entire life. If you could, pray for these kids. Pray that something that was said or done will have planted a seed or that God will use something we did to bring them to know Christ as Savior. Some of the kids names were: Mateo, Lydia, Clara, Alex, Chancho, Edison, and so many others whose names I cannot think of right now.

One of the many highlights of my week was after a VERY rocky trip home, on the last flight, from Tampa to Tallahassee, some of us got to watch the sunset from the plane, and after 38 hours spent in 4 different airports, it was as if God was telling me, “See Liz, I’ve got this.” Best week of my life, cannot wait to go back. I will be back tomorrow with details about each day and MAYBE some pictures!

Title Lyrics: Set a Fire – Will Reagan and United Pursuit

-LC

Consume todo mi interior, Dios. Justicia y amor me abrazan, Señor, Te amo desde mi interior.

Hi hey hello,

I know I have mentioned this more than my fair share of times, but I am leaving Monday for my mission trip to Panama. This is such a surreal experience. I am leaving in t-minus 7 days, leaving the country, getting on a plane and flying to Panama. With the trip so close, you would think that I would be welling up with excitement, but much to my dismay, I am not as excited as I thought I would be. At this point I figured I would be unable to contain my utter joy that I was leaving so soon, but I am not.

Don’t get me wrong, I am excited, but right now, I am caught up with all the details. I am helping plan the VBS for the kids we help work with and right now, it seems like I have so much to do. It may not seem like I have to do a lot, but I also may be translating for a few people giving their testimonies on top of translating in general, and I am getting a mite overwhelmed. I am trying to focus on my spiritual preparations, but I just cannot narrow my scope. I know that once I get there things will fall into place, and so I really just want to push things out of the way and prepare my heart, but it is rather difficult.

Title Lyrics: Desde Mi Interior – Hillsong United 

Any ideas for clearing your mind? What do you guys do?

-LC

Kneeling on this battle ground. Seeing just how much You’ve done. Knowing every victory, was Your power in us.

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Happy Wednesday! As I was reading last night during my quiet time, I read Proverbs 16:33. In the NLT, this verse says, “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” I LOVE how this translation puts it. We can go for something and have it all planned out, but in the end, God dictates the outcome.

With my college plans, I can plan and plan and keep planning, but God will ultimately put me where He wants me. If I am supposed to go to a specific college, God will open that door and close the other. Where God guides, God provides. God is in control, ultimately.

With my mission trip to Panama, it may seem like a big weight on my shoulders to act as a translator of sorts, but God is in control. He will give me the perfect opportunities. He isn’t going to give me something that is too much for me to handle. It may be more than I think I can handle, but God knows my real breaking point. He knows it all, so even though some decisions may seem like my own, they are in God’s hands.

We may throw the dice, but God determines how they fall.

Title Lyrics: Never Once – Matt Redman 

Just some thoughts for this lovely Wednesday.
What do you all think about this?

-LC

Con mi fe te exaltaré, Con mi amor te exaltaré, Con mi ser te exaltaré.

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I don’t know if I have mentioned it on here before or not, but in April of this year, the juniors and seniors at my school are going on a mission trip, to Panama. We will be down there for roughly a week, and I believe we are going the week after spring break. Our mission trip last year was to Albany, NY and I am so excited this year to have our out-of-country mission trip. I have been out of the country before, I went to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt with my dad back in 8th grade, and I went the Bahamas on a cruise, and Mexico one time, we took a cruise when I was really little, but I don’t remember that. The only memory I have of that was getting sea sick and throwing up all over my dad.

Needless to say, I am beyond excited. It will be the first time I have ever left the country without my parents and I will be surrounded by my best friends. I am so pumped to experience God in a new way down in Panama. One thing God taught me when we were in Albany is that He is the same God in Albany, Tallahassee, and around the world, so I am thrilled to see what God will teach us while we are down there. I know He has something big planned. I can see my Spanish growing and shaping each day and it gets me even more excited, because now I will be able to communicate with the people better.

Hey, did I mention that I am really excited about this trip? I think I need to say it one more time, I AM SO EXCITED!

Anyway, have a spectacular Friday!

Title Lyrics: Repeticion – Hillsong United 

-LC