Don’t worry, this is not a story of my entire life – so you can keep reading!
In the fall of 2011, I had the opportunity to take a missions trip to Panama City, Panama. During this trip, I was able to see things that I never thought that I would ever get to see. God used this trip to change me in many ways.
One of the coolest things that happened to me on this trip is shown in the picture below:
Let me explain. Our missions trip took us to different parts of Panama, with one of those being a village that sits right on the Chagres river. The only way of getting to this village was by boat (and when I say a boat, I mean a tree trunk that had been carved out to resemble a canoe). Our trip took us 45 minutes deep into the Jungles of Panama! What an incredible experience, but most of all, what an incredible opportunity I had to take God’s Word to these people.
When we got to the village, we were greeted warmly by the people and were escorted to the hut where we could drop our gear and get ready for our teaching time. As we were introducing ourselves to the villagers, one of the missionaries, Marianella, was holding a little child that had just been born a few weeks before our arrival. She told us that even though the child was several weeks old, they still had not named the child. I, very jokingly, told them that they should name the baby “Jason”. I said that it was an excellent name for such a cute kid – but of course I was partial.
We continued to unpack and our teaching time came and went. We were then escorted up the hill to the church and lunch was served. After several hours, as we were preparing to leave the village, Marianella came up to me and said that she would like to introduce me to someone. I was taken to the same hut where we first met everyone and there given the incredible news!
They decided to name the little boy with no name – JASON! How cool is that!
Below is a more recent picture of Marianella & Jason!
Please pray for David & Marianella Bueno, missionaries in Panama City, as they reach into these remote villages. Pray that these people would come to know Christ. I also ask that you specifically pray for Jason that one day he will come to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior as well!