From Hannah Bimmerle-
Our team had a strong start to our week today. We woke up early this morning after a long day of travel, and began our day at approximately 9 o'clock this morning. We headed to our first church service of the day, and had our first experience of the week worshipping to our great God with the people in both English and Spanish. I gave my testimony to the church and then a group of us including Rebecca, Nik, Kaleigh and myself sang two songs to add to the worship experience. A small group of us went and helped in the children's service after the worship portion of the service was over. When the service was over, the people of the church all showed there thanks and appreciation for us coming and sharing how the Lord is working within us.
When we were finished eating a lunch cooked by Pastor Juan's wife (delicious as always), we headed back to our hotel to relax from our day of travel prior. Many of us slept and bonded by collecting all of our supplies and talking of our first church service.
At around 3 o'clock, we headed out again to an amazing coffee shop up in the mountains in a town called Boquete. The scenery was beautiful, the coffee and muffins were scrumptious, and everyone gazed long at how beautiful the mountains were. Once we were done sucking down our delicious and fancy coffee drinks, we were headed up even farther into the mountains. We arrived at a garden called "Mi Jardin es Tu Jardin". The variety of the flowers were unreal, and the colors mixed with the cloud-covered mountaintops in the distance was something of a painting.
Our last stop was our second church service right down the road from the gardens. It was a much difference experience from our first church service. The people were of the indigenous population, so many of them wore colorful dresses that are of their culture. The whole service was in Spanish, but the whole team agreed that we still felt the same power of God that we had felt in the first service when we could understand what they were saying. Again, the few of us who had worshiped in the first service, sang in the second service and we sang Hosanna with Nik playing a single guitar.
We wrapped up the day eating dinner and visiting with the locals who had come to the service. Today, we learned not to take anything for granted, to look for the little evidence of Jesus working all over the place, and that we all are here to contribute our own pieces to the puzzle within our team. We all our excited to see what tomorrow brings!!