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"The Bible is not the basis of missions; missions is the basis of the Bible" — Ralph Winter, missiologist (Engage magazine article)
SantiagoPanama Mission Adventures or Mission Panama as it is known on our Facebook page, is one and the same. Why the difference? SPMA is now a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit tax deductible organization managed by a board to provide ministry and logistical support to teams and communities in Panama. We will continue ministry with our constituents and communities that we have engaged in for the past 7 years. SPMA has assumed this ministry with great joy in order to continue to do what we have been doing.
Our task here in Panama has always been based on a biblical model that we feel Jesus used in His ministry that afforded much success. Scripture says,"Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people."Matthew 4:23.
Our focus will be exactly what Jesus focused on, the whole person by providing medical teams of all kinds, community development projects, and evangelism and discipleship ministry. We want to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with others in creative and innovative ways in the spirit of love and dignity.
SPMA provides both ministry opportunities and logistical support to Short-Term Mission Teams (STM's) that want to engage with us in meeting these needs.
What benefit does a STM have for you? Well, aside from the fact the every church should be on mission, it's not always easy to stay on mission. Sometimes you just need a jump start to kindle or rekindle that spark once again. Sometimes it takes getting out of your own context to gain fresh eyes. Often, it takes a real world view of the dramatic contrast of standard of living that truly exists in our world to help us regain perspective.
STM's with SPMA helps your church or organization do just that. We want to minister with our Panamanian brothers and sisters but we also want to provide our STM partners the "jump start" they may need to go back into their own context and "be on mission" once again at home. We make it possible by taking care of all the logistical hassle it takes to go on a STM. This allows team leaders to minister to their team members with out the distraction of the details of the trip itself. STM's make for great evangelistic and discipleship experiences for your team members and we can help with that.
Our partnership with NGO's, churches, and governmental entities provide ministry opportunities that are meaningful and not random acts of kindness. Our projects are intentional, measurable, sustainable, and truly make a difference in the lives we encounter.
Having said all of this, SPMA asks for your prayers, support, and participation. We look forward to a fruitful ministry this year and for 2019. We ask that you frequent our Facebook page Missionpanama and prayerfully consider how you can support this ministry. Better yet, bring a team down, it doesn't matter the size, come down and spend some time with us engaging our communities and culture. Drop us an occasional line once and a while, we'd love to hear from you.
Blessing upon you and remember this, "As you exit your door every morining, you have entered YOUR mission field - go and change YOUR world of influence with the Gospel of Jesus Christ." Stay on mission, it's a great lifestyle!
"Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love" — Roland Allen