Anchors aweigh…

We arrived at Panama Outpost after 7.5 hours of driving and an hour-long boat ride to the base.  We were pretty tired, but full of excitement for the coming week. Our new surroundings reminded me of the stories of the apostle Paul.  I love when God brings Bible stories to life. Reading the stories of Paul sailing from port to port, recorded in the book of Acts, take on new meaning as we begin our new ministry sailing from island to island, bringing the gospel and medical care to people in remote places.  The stories come alive as I taste the salty air and feel the sun beat down on my face, and as the waves toss me to and fro.  I am just praying we can skip the snake bites, imprisonments, and shipwrecks!

The first village we visited was our neighbor’s next to the base.  About 30 Ngöbe people live there.  It was a short walk from the dock through the patches of mud.  I quickly regretted not grabbing a pair of mud boots.  Upon arrival at the home of our new friend, we washed our feet and ascended the stairs to her hut.  We sprang to work setting up the clinic and began seeing patients.  We saw many of the same things we had seen on the other side of Panama: colds, diarrhea, malnutrition, high blood pressure, and so on.  The challenge in this new area of Panama is lack of resources and access to care.  It is very difficult to obtain medicines, even for the hospital, because medicines are in short supply on this side of Panama.  

A new mom brought her one-month old unnamed baby to see us.  She had a cold and had been treated with antibiotics, but was not getting better.  As I examined the baby, I could see she was in mild distress.  Worry overtook me as I thought about how quickly these little babies can go downhill and how far we were from the hospital.  At this point the doctor had not arrived.  The group prayed over the baby and we waited and continued seeing other patients.  Two hours later, the doctor arrived and after a prompt examination of the baby, she was deemed ok. What an answer to prayer!  We instructed the mother on what to do if things progressed or the baby had trouble breathing. We were praising God for intervening in this little one’s life.  I learned a very important lesson about the Ngöbe: In their culture, they do not name the children until they are three years old.  The realization as to why hit me like a ton of bricks.  Some babies don’t survive simply because of the lack of health care, poor nutrition, and sanitation — all of the things we take for granted that are so easily fixed in developed parts of the world.

 

 

After seeing 30+ patients we were finally ready to set sail to Isla Popa, the island from which we would be base camping for the next four days.  We have much to learn in this new area, one lesson being how to drive the boats.  YWAM Ships utilizes donated ocean vessels to reach areas with limited accessibility.  It didn’t take long for Nathan to jump in with both feet as Captain Sandy, a volunteer with YWAM Ships, patiently taught him how to navigate and drive the 50-foot fishing vessel.  We were cruising along at a relaxing pace with the salty air in our nostrils and the warm sun beating down on our faces, when all of a sudden, we were all jolted to attention as we brushed against a sandbar stealthily hidden beneath the waves. No damage was done, but  Nathan, of course, felt awful until he learned a staff person had done the same thing during an earlier trip to Isla Popa.  Lesson learned, and knowledge tucked away for future use.


As we approached Isla Popa, the small village appeared on the horizon.  As we got closer, you could begin to see definition of the huts nestled atop the lush green bluffs along the coast line.  We loaded our belongings into the panga boat and headed to the dock.  The unkept trail that led to the village was steep and muddy.  It was a fight to keep our footing as the mud slicked around each step.  It was a sight to behold, watching the 13-year-old boys running, barefoot, with bags on their shoulders, as if they were running on a level track.  Once on top, we followed a footpath through open pasture, past grazing cows and steaming piles of manure, to a small hut sitting atop a rolling hill.  Outside the hut, a small bucket of water had been prepared for us to wash our tired, muddy feet.  Nightfall came quickly as we finished our rice and beans and hung our hammocks, all the while dodging ginormous beetles that had taken over our small home. The children laughed at us as we swatted uncontrollably at the never-ending assault. Some of them even helped pick the beetles out of our hair with a calmness that the crazy gringos did not possess.  The next few nights we learned to finish everything quickly and to crawl in our hammocks before the infestation began.

 

The small hut we stayed in with the wonderful bucket of water to wash our muddy feet.

We continued with three more clinics and in the end saw around 137 patients. We were able to dispense many helpful medications, as well as eyeglasses.  One lady, after getting discouraged in her search through the boxes of glasses for a pair that worked, finally found the right pair.  It was rewarding for us to see the delight in her eyes as she looked around and saw clearly for the first time in a long time.

 

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We are still pinching ourselves that God would call us here.  It seems unbelievable that God would combine some of our passions with the ministry we will be doing. It feels too . . . FUN!   I guess when I really think about it, that’s what God does.  He takes our passions, desires, and gifts and melds them together to create a work so uniquely designed for those who follow him, that when we are obedient, we can call our work fun!

“A longing fulfilled can be sweet to the soul.” ~ Proverbs 13:19

Pray with us as we prepare to move to Isla Bastimentos permanently in six weeks.  We have a lot of packing to do and painting to be done (in our house, before we leave).  We are extremely grateful for each of you as you support us in the work God is doing in Bocas Del Toro.  We are thankful for your vital participation in our mission.  Thank you, too, for making our transition to YWAM Ships go smoothly, and for all of your encouragement in this process.

Much Love,

Christina and Nathan

A Season of Change…

It has been a whirlwind couple of months, and we are sorry we have not communicated more frequently.  We are happy to report that the Lord brought in all of the money we needed for us to begin our residency process, barring unexpected expenses.  We feel very blessed by all of the support received and how quickly it came in.  That was such a confirmation that God is not finished with us yet.

These past two months has also brought unexpected but exciting transitions within ReachGlobal and for our family.  There has been a organizational restructuring of the Global Fingerprints program and a new coordinator was chosen so that ReachGlobal could better align with Global Fingerprints.  This significant change and all that it entails caused us to re-evaluate where we are called to serve. After much prayer, reflection, and counsel, we feel God calling us to step down from ReachGlobal and focus on the medical clinics we have been a part of this past year.

Last December we began exploring an opportunity to partner with a YWAM (Youth with a Mission) ships outpost in Bocas del Toro, Panama, and to assist them with a medical trip they are doing this year.  Bocas is an area of Panama that has interested us for awhile.  We love working with the indigenous people and have been praying for God to show us how we can be used to serve this underserved population in Panama.  Because Bocas is an archipelago (a small group of islands) off the main coast of the Caribbean, access by roads is limited, which makes many people groups there very isolated.  YWAM ships use ocean vessels to reach the remote islands and areas inaccessible by road to share the gospel, and now with our help, to reach them medically.

We are beginning the transition to YWAM as long-term staff.  First, we need to complete the required training, which is a 12 week long lecture phase with 8 weeks of outreach that will begin September.  Please pray for our family as we walk through this time of transition.  Over the next few months we will be finishing up our school year, downsizing our house (once again), saying goodbye to our  friends, and moving to Bocas.  Our living environment in Bocas del Toro will be a significant change for us.  The base is nestled on the island of Bastimentos on the Caribbean side of northern Panama.  They rely on solar power and collect rainwater for drinking. Check out the video attached to this message to catch a glimpse of our new territory. Here is the url in case it doesn’t open:  https://youtu.be/fUMX8Ig6X7Q

We are incredibly grateful for your faithful support over these past four years.  We are asking for your continued support as we transition to YWAM.  ReachGlobal is in support of our transition and is working with us to maintain our donations until we can officially transfer all of our support over to YWAM, which we anticipate happening January 1, 2018.  We are grateful for all of the training and care we received while God had us serve with ReachGlobal.  As we transition, we are prayerfully and humbly asking you as our support team to maintain your financial support and before year-end we will share with you the process for transferring your monthly support to YWAM.

Thank you once again for praying with us and sharing in our joys and struggles.  We cannot do any of this without you!  If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at nathanpineault@gmail.com.

Blessings,

Nathan and Christina Pineault

Noah, Caleb and Luke

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visa Issues

Lately, God is really training us to “roll with the punches.” We are learning to trust and depend on Him in ways we may not have had to under different circumstances. I kind of chuckle because the enemy is trying so hard to thwart God’s plans for us and our ministry.  Yet, I believe God will use this for good and we will be back at it in no time.

Last week the Panamanian government announced a drastic change in the tourist visa laws.  This is in response to the growing refugee/immigrant influx into Panama, along with the changes the U.S. and other Latin American countries are making in their laws, tightening visa requirements in order to get a handle on the changing demographics. Previously, we enjoyed the ability to renew our tourist visa every 90 days by driving to the Costa Rican border and crossing over for 72 hours. Now, lawmakers in Panama are no longer allowing people to “live here indefinitely” as tourists. It is totally understandable, especially with the influx of people trying to get to the U.S. as refugees. Unfortunately for us, it is forcing our hand in needing to obtain our residency through the Friendly Nations Visa ASAP.

The law now requires that we leave Panama every 90 days for a period of 30 days to our country of origin — unless we are legally identified as Panama residents. As you can expect, the amount of money it takes to fly our family of five back and forth every three months is cost prohibitive, and is not an option since we plan to be here for the long term. To continue with our ministry, we need to be residents.

Here is what we need:

We have been in the process of raising funds to get our residency visa. We thought we had a few more months to raise the last few thousand dollars, but we no longer have that luxury. This unplanned trip back to the U.S. — two weeks from now — is going to take a large portion of what we had saved for residency. Over all, it will cost our family about $10,000 to obtain residency, and we have $5,000 saved thus far. With the cost of plane tickets (+/-$3,500) we are looking at needing to raise another $8,000 to cover our residency process. We will not be able to continue in Panama as long-term missionaries without going through the process to become residents.

Will you, as our faithful supporters, help us raise the money so we can continue our ministry here in Panama?

If you are able to contribute a special gift, please email us at nathan.pineault@efca.org to let us know, so we can plan for the funds. It can also be deposited into our ReachGlobal missionary account (Pineault IMA #2018).

Please cover us in prayer during this period of stress and uncertainty.  Pray that God would give us safe travel back to the states, that He would watch over our ministry and all of the projects while we are gone, and that we can obtain all the required documents from the FBI within the 30 days we are back in the states.

We are so grateful for your prayers and support over the last four years and look forward to many more years of serving God in Panama.

 

Prayerfully,

Nathan, Christina, Noah, Caleb and Luke

 

The Boxer…aka Missionary…

 

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The Boxer

by Sara Groves

When you said this was a fight,You weren’t kidding

When you said this was a fight, You weren’t kidding, kidding

‘Cuz my ribs are bruised, And it’s just round two

When you said this was a fight, You weren’t kidding

When you said this was a fight, You were not kidding

‘Cuz there’s a cut on my eye, And it’s just round five

And I used to be quick, I used to see you coming

I used to know how to move my feet, Now I can’t duck

And I can’t land nothin’, And I forgot how to bob and weave

bob and weave

When you said this was a fight, You weren’t kidding

When you said this was a fight, You weren’t kidding, kidding, kidding

‘Cuz this room’s in a spin, And it’s just round ten

If you care at all, Take that towel from your neck

‘Cuz I’ve reached down deep, And there is nothing left

I’ve got nothing, I’ve got nothing, I’ve got nothing

And I was talkin’ big, I was talkin’, But now, now what?

Greater is He who is in me, Greater is He who is in me

Okay, okay, okay

Greater is He who is in me, Greater is He who is in me

Greater, greater, okay

bob and weave

 

As a Christians, we know we have an enemy.  One that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. I have been trained well.  I know I need to put on my armor and resist the enemy’s schemes, to live alert and stay close to Jesus.  I was sure of myself when the battle was small, familiar, but now that I am in the thick of it, my perspective has changed.  What I didn’t know was how relentless Satan can be.  How tough the fight can be. How the attacks come at you with little to no warning, from directions you least expect.  

At times I have felt like the boxer, the room is spinning and I can’t catch my breath.  I’m bruised and beaten.  It seems that sure and sudden defeat is only a moment away.  It’s in those moments, I reach for the only one who can get me back on my feet.  The one who has been training me.  The one who has called me to where I am.  He reminds me that the war is already won, victory is mine.  He reminds me that “greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world” (I John 4:4).  He teaches me how to move my feet, how to duck, and how to bob and weave.

In reality, this battle is going to be there until the Lord calls me home.  That I am learning the signs of a battle does not mean I am weak or ill prepared.  The sign of a battle is indicative that I am right where God wants me to be, otherwise the enemy wouldn’t be bothering me. God led me to where I am.  He has allowed the battles to happen.  He is going to help me finish the round, standing in the victory that is already mine.

I am armed with the sword, the word of God. He equips me with even more strength, wisdom, and discernment through the Holy Spirit to help me stay strong in times of intense warfare.  I have learned to spend even more time in His presence, through prayer and worship, pressing into Him to know him more and more.  Victory is mine, victory is ours.  Press into Him when you have nothing left, press into Him when you are victorious.  It’s the blessing and right we have as children of God!

Please Pray for us, our team and our Global Fingerprints team.  Pray for God’s protection and for endurance to stand against the struggles the enemy throws our way.  Pray despite setbacks and frustrations, that God’s will prevails and the gospel goes forward and lives are changed.

Grateful for you,

Christina and Nathan

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

“The Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from me, declares the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).

 

God’s will prevails….

 

 

“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith,

and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.”  

  ~ George Mueller

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Last month we had a medical clinic for several communities and our Global Fingerprints kids. It was such a joy to work with these people from Minnesota, that I almost forgot all the troubles the Lord had brought us through to get us to this point. The past month was filled with disappointing conversations with the health department here in Panama. Paperwork went missing, medications were denied, dates were changed, my confidence was shaken, and much more. But God — He worked it all out! In the end, all medical staff were permitted to practice, medications were accepted and not taken by customs officials, and five communities were touched by God’s love.

This experience has taught us so much about praying specifically for the needs we encounter. No matter how insignificant they seem, we need to take them to the Lord in confident prayer. Our partner, Norma, was a great example of this for me. It seemed she never batted an eye, that I could see. When frustrations mounted she would just say to me, “We will see how the Lord will work it out.” What faith! Such an example to me to not let Satan discourage me, and to remember that although the government is seemingly in control of all we are able to do, or not do, God is in control of them and has the whole situation in His hands.

 

 

We spent three days visiting several small communities. We saw many, many needs. Poverty and the lack of quality medical care is ugly.  What it does to the body is often devastating. We met with men, women, and children who live a very hard life. From drugs to sex trafficking, my heart aches for these people. I felt so humbled that God would allow us to help in this small way. They all walked away with smiles on their faces. Please pray for those we ministered to this week, that they will continue to feel God’s love and come to know Him in a personal way.

 

We had around 65 of our Global Fingerprints kids attend our annual clinic. Each supervisor bussed the kids from their communities to the local church in Capira. We set up screening stations for height and weight, vision, vitals, and hemoglobin. After that, they visited the doctor and received anti-parasitic medications. We were able to catch many issues that we are now able to follow up on, to better meet the physical needs of these kids. I think back to how hard Satan tried to stop this from happening, but God is good and His plan will always succeed. All I have to do is remember to not get caught up in the chaos the enemy tries to create, and to confidently go before God in prayer.

Upcoming needs:

Although we were able to screen a large number of our children, we have more to screen. March 25-30, we will have a team from North Carolina joining us here in Panama. We currently have three nurses, plus Nathan and me, and one doctor. We are in need of more doctors or physician assistants to join with this team to provide the rest of the screenings. Please prayerfully consider joining us here in late March.

Please email me: christina.pineault@efca.org if you are interested serving with the visiting medical team. The following are approximate costs.

Flight to Panama: $600-900

Housing and food: $35/person/day

Transportation: $35/person/week

Now that we are part of the Global Fingerprints team, we function to help one another in each of our prospective sites.  One need that has come to our attention, from ReachGlobal’s medical director, is a lack of medical professionals for Myanmar’s April medical tour, for the Global Fingerprints kids located there. The Myanmar team has had difficulty finding churches to help. Our Global Fingerprints medical director has asked Nathan if he would be willing to help with this tour and share our experience with medical tours with their team.  Nathan is available to help out, but we could use $1000 more to help with the costs of travel to Myanmar. If you are interested in helping with this, we (and the Myanmar team) would be grateful!

Many blessings,

Christina and Nathan

 

Finding the lost and binding their wounds . . .

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I myself will tend my sheep and give them a place to lie down in peace, says the Sovereign Lord. . . . I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again.  I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak.  ~ Ezekiel 34:15-16

I would love to tell you all the great things we have done here in Panama this month, but I can’t.  You see, God is the one doing it.  I feel as though I am just retelling the countless stories I’ve seen.  Stories so great they would fill a theater full of interested spectators, clinging to their seats until the very end.  We feel privileged to be seeing them unfold firsthand as eyewitnesses.  This must have been what it was like when Jesus walked the earth.  I feel like Luke or Matthew trying to retell the stories, but they come so fast my fingers can’t type fast enough.  My mind and my heart struggle to grasp all that he is doing.  I find myself breathless, motioning for one moment to catch up.

As I read scripture this week, the story of the Good Shepherd keeps ringing in my head.  In Ezekiel 34:15-16, God himself gives us a tangible example of his role in our lives.  He is the Shepherd.  He is the one who searches for the lost, and brings them safely home.  He binds up the injured and strengthens the weak.

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This month the supervisors from Nazareno told me of the story of Moises; he is one of our Global Fingerprints (GFP) kids.  He is roughly eight months old, and is suffering from extreme malnutrition.  They have been working hard at getting the appropriate resources, medical help, and nutrition so that he can have a chance at life.  Over the last four months, they have seen significant improvement, but here is where the story gets interesting.  When they first began visiting the family, Moises’ father was very standoff-ish.  He wanted nothing to do with God or the supervisors.  One of the supervisors told us, “He was a very hard man.”  As the supervisors continued to reach out to this family, they began to see this man soften.  As God stepped in to strengthen Moises, he also was seeking a man who was lost.  My heart exploded with joy and my eyes filled with tears as the supervisor continued to tell us how God is working in this man’s life.  During their November visit, the father actually said to the supervisors that he thinks God may be working in his heart.  He is hearing God’s voice for the first time in his life.  It’s just as it was in John 10:3-4,

“The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”

Moises’ father is beginning to see and hear God in a tangible way.  God is not only helping his son, but God is softening his once dead heart.  Please continue to pray for this man’s salvation.  

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A similar story is happening in El Espino.  I wrote last month about what God was doing with the kids there, but I forgot to mention the man who is hosting the kids club.  When the church initially helped build a home for three of our GFP boys, their neighbor, a non-christian, was watching.  At times he even came over and helped out.  Now, he has offered up his front porch for the supervisors to hold their kids club.  As of right now there is no church in El Espino.  Week after week, this man is hearing the gospel and the Lord is working in his heart. He told our supervisors that when he built his home, he thought he would never use the front porch because it was so big and he lives alone.  Now, he said with all these kids he needs to make it bigger! God is showing this man his purpose and place in God’s story. Please pray also for this man’s salvation.

Jesus told us that he is our Shepherd and that he takes care of us.  He protects us.  He is the one who bandages our wounds and gives us strength.  When we wander off, he is the one who seeks us and finds us.  When he finds us, he rejoices over us.  And that is what is happening in rural Panama.  He is the good shepherd.  We are just the vessels he is using to carry the message.  

We still have 38 kids waiting for sponsors. Some of them have great needs and only with your help can we meet those needs. Please go to www.globalfingerprints.org and sponsor a child today so together we can continue to be firsthand witnesses to God’s work.  Please share with your friends who may be interested in child sponsorship. My Christmas Wish is to have them sponsored by the end of the year, but we cannot do this without you being apart of the story!

P.S.  We would LOVE to have your Christmas card!  We treasures these mementos from home and hang them up to look at all year long. It is also a great reminder for us to pray for each of you.  Please send us a Christmas card and my mom will bring them when she comes.  Mail them to:

Christina Pineault

c/o Dorie King

1442 Cascade st NW

Rochester Mn 55901

 

Three Hungry Kids and Don Pepo…

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We have been back in Panama for a few weeks, and it has taken a bit to get back into the swing of things, to settle in and begin a new year of school with the boys.  We had so much fun back in the states, which now seems like a blur, but we are excited about the things God is doing in Panama.  Thanks for all your support, loving words of encouragement, and fellowship.

I want to introduce you to a new area of Panama where God is using Global Fingerprints to change lives.  El Espino is just 45 minutes from Panama City.  It is a small rural town similar to Espave that has its own unique blessings and challenges.  In El Espino you will find a small collection of business, a school, a church, and a doctor’s office.  On the outskirts, hidden on the back side of the town you will find a  “squatter community” filled with houses formed with whatever materials the owner could find, mostly tin, with dirt floors.  Just travel a few minutes further past the edge of this portion of the community and you will happen upon two of the largest training centers in Latin America for Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslims. Much of the influence within this small rural town comes from within the walls of these training centers;  BUT God is faithful to those he calls his own! Thanks to a young couple’s courage to step out in faith to reach their town with the gospel, this community is seeing the true church in action and God is meeting them where they are, and lives are being touched.  

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We first met Luis and Karel back in February of this year as they faithfully served at the church in Espave.  God has used this couple to bless the people that attend Hay Vida en Jesus.  They have a desire to serve God and share the gospel wherever they go.  I can remember hearing Luis share about a family that lived in a shack on the side of the hill.  I can recall not understanding everything he said in Spanish, but I caught the cry of his heart.  He desired to help this family, but did not know how.  Luis and Karel own a small, humble restaurant, called Don Pepos, next to the school in El Espino.  Everyday they would see a group of siblings, and offer them food because they did not have much to eat.  It was very exciting to watch Luis glow with excitement as he learned how they could help through the use of the sponsorship program.  

With some Global Fingerprints funds and a few skilled workers from the U.S. and Panama, they were able to build that family a stable home, provide small boxes of food, and a new pair of glasses for the youngest boy of the siblings, Jesus.  Two weeks ago, Luis and Karel, who are now the supervisors for El Espino, took another step of faith and hosted a movie night at the boy’s neighbor’s house.  They had a time of worship and watched God’s Not Dead in Spanish.  They had 40 people (adults and children) attend, and the adults expressed interest in doing a Bible study in the future!  

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Every Tuesday, Luis and Karel visit the local “canchita” (little field) to share the gospel with some of the neighborhood kids, and they also visit the homes of the sponsored kids in El Espino.  The kids told them that they wanted to play soccer but did not have a ball.  I thank the Lord that He knew just what they needed because when we came home to Panama we carried four large bags of deflated soccer balls (and pumps) to share with kids.  

This last Saturday was the first kids Bible study.  Luis and Karel asked us to bring five balls and a handful of Bibles, thinking that would be sufficient for the number of children they expected.  God had other plans: He brought 31 kids to the Bible study!  Thirty-one children heard the gospel, read the bible, learned some new songs, and received a warm meal.  All of them were excited to return for the following week’s gathering.  

God is so good, and faithful to those who step out in faith.  Join us in praying for the work God is doing through the Global Fingerprints supervisors in El Espino.  Pray that the children will come to know the Lord in a personal way. Who knows? Maybe this will be the beginning of a new church someday! All because of three hungry kids and Don Pepo!

                                                                                                   Christina

If you would like to sponsor a child please visit Global Fingerprints and sign up today, we have many children waiting…

If you would like to help us purchase bibles, craft supplies and other things we need to run the programs visit: EFCA and designate Global Fingerprints Panama #2150-3861

Broken shoes…

“Don’t sweat the small stuff.” A modern day mantra that is meant to diminish stress in our first-world hearts.  It’s a great reminder to not let worry and stress rob your joy.  Little things like spilt coffee, a traffic jam, or a broken pair of shoes shouldn’t ruin our day.  But what about in a world much different than our own?  A world where a broken shoe can mean the difference between receiving an education or not.  This was one of the realities we observed this summer.

One of our Global Fingerprints (GFP) kids broke her school shoes, and because shoes are part of the school uniforms, she was not permitted back to school until she had a new pair.  But in the world of rural Panama, where the average income is less than $30 per day, buying another pair of shoes is not a luxury easily obtained.

During a monthly check in, Pastor Cesar found out that she had not been in school for three days, and that her caregiver was not able to purchase another pair of shoes.  Before Global Fingerprints, she would have remained out of school indefinitely; however, because she is a sponsored child, we were able to take her to the store and buy her a $15 pair of school shoes. She was able to return to school the next day!

Here is a glimpse of God’s work through GFP since our June launch.

  • Three pastors and nine lay leaders trained to be directors and supervisors in the program.
  • Three church connections established in five communities.
  • Four sponsored children baptized.
  • Emergency food boxes provided for kids in crisis.
  • One medical clinic set up.
  • A house built for one family.
  • One boy provided with urgent surgery.
  • Two social activities, one was a trip to the zoo.  These kids have never been to a zoo!
  • Kids Bible Club every week

What’s Next:

  • In 2017, we will begin training pastors and supervisors in the Pathways curriculum (Pathways is a program designed to train pastors and lay leaders in studying the bible and using passages in context.)
  • Set up the Youth Center to be open three times per week, providing tutoring, English classes, hands-on instruction on how to plant and maintain a garden, computer classes, and a meal.
  • Set up tutoring programs in other locations
  • Begin vocational training with our older teens.
  • Establish medical tours for child screening twice per year.
  • Plant churches: God is using GFP to open doors for church plants in areas where there are no churches.  There are two on the horizon, one with Pastor Cesar, and one with another partner — the first EFCA church we will have planted in Panama!

As you can see, God is ever faithful and is moving this program forward, but we need your help.  None of this is possible without the help of sponsors back home.  Please click on this link www.globalfingerprints.org to begin child sponsorship today.  It only takes five minutes, $35 per month, and it makes a huge Kingdom impact.  We will also be sharing more in depth at Grace Church in Wyoming (Sept. 18) , and Lakes Free in Lindstrom (Oct. 9).  Please join us to hear more. 

If you have further questions, please email us:

christina.pineault@efca.org

 

Thanks again for all your support!

Nathan and Christina

 

Home Stay…

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We arrived in Minnesota late Monday night and we are very excited to be here for a short visit.  We ask that you pray for us as we travel, and also for our adjustment while we are home.  We are prepared that it may be an emotional ride for us, especially our boys.  We will be meeting with all of our supporting churches throughout our time in the states, as well as taking CHE training in North Carolina.  Our time at home will be short, and we unfortunately won’t be able to connect with everyone individually, but please know that we are incredibly grateful for your support through thick and thin.  We cannot do any of this without you!

Here is our schedule.  We have some very exciting updates to share and we hope we can connect with you at the following churches:

August 21, Cornerstone Church, Rochester, MN

August 28, Immanuel Church, Forest Lake, MN

September 4,  Hope Church, Osceola, MN

September 11, North Brook Church, North Branch, MN

September 18,  Grace Church, Wyoming, MN

October 2, Christ Community Church, Pinehurst, NC

October 9, & 16,  Lakes Free Church, Lindstrom, MN

We have some specific needs as we travel home. If you are interested in donating any of the following, please email us (nathan.pineault@efca.org).

  • We need to cover the cost of our flights home.  Your one-time gift toward the $3500 can be sent online (www.efca.org/give and designate Pineault IMA #2018).
  • One or two cases of NTV Spanish Bibles, at $156.64 per case.  We have a site online through which we can order them; donations toward these Bibles can also be sent online (www.efca.org/give and designate Pineault IMA #2018).  Please notify us of your donation by email separately so that we know we can place the order for the Bibles.
  • Gospel evangelism tracts in Spanish for distribution in Panama.
  • Summer clothes for the boys. They are growing super fast, and we could use some hand me downs.  We are looking for your gently used water-wicking shirts and loose shorts, size 10-12 and 12-14.  It is very hot and we are finding that our boys have a constant heat rash from sweating; the water-wicking shirts help immensely in decreasing the amount of wetness against their skin.

 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Grateful!

Nathan and Christina

 

And they will know us by our love…

And they will know us by our love…

“By Our Love”

by Christy Knockels

“Brothers, let us come together, walking in the Spirit, there’s much to be done.  We will come reaching, out from our comforts and they will know us by our love.

“Sisters, we were made for kindness, we can pierce the darkness as He shines through us.  We will come reaching, with a song of healing and they will know us by our love.

“The time is now, Come church arise.  Love with His hands, see with His eyes, Bind it around you, let it never leave you and they will know us by our love.”

This past month was incredibly busy. We had the joy of hosting two church teams and a medical clinic.  The first team hailed from Pennsylvania and the second from our home state of Minnesota.  I was deeply moved by what the Lord accomplished through these teams and am reminded of the privilege we have to partake in bridging the gap between churches in the States and churches in need here in Panama.  It was nothing short of pure joy to watch as God worked in the hearts of those who came to bless the hearts of those they met.  But it didn’t stop there; as the groups served, God began touching their hearts, using the faith of the Panamanian church, forever changing them and deepening their faith in Him!  

Here are a few pictures of what God did through people, like you, who were willing to allow God to use them in big ways!

Work on Hay Vida en Jesus in Espave

Building a house for one of our Global Fingerprints Families

Medical Tour in Espave

If you or your church would like more information on how you can serve along side our team in Panama, please email us at nathan.pineault@efca.org

We look forword to future partnerships!