Palisades Christian Academy Maranatha Mission to Panama

A group of 12 adults and 15 eighth- through 10th-graders from Palisades Christian Academy (PCA) left Spokane, Wash., on March 18 to travel to Portrerillo, Panama. God blessed the group with safe travels of more than 20 hours each way by airplane and bus. He also showed miracles of His providence, especially in finding housing and a place to feed the group and conduct Vacation Bible School at an affordable price.

PCA always works with Maranatha for mission trips because their support team is amazing. The building of a church and Vacation Bible School are perfect service activities for this age group too. Not only did the group build the church and a Sabbath School structure, they finished a day early. The Maranatha construction workers told the students how happy they were to work with the group because PCA has a reputation for building straight walls and completing projects.

On Friday night, the PCA mission trip team and the Portrerillo congregation met for the first time in the newly constructed church to celebrate God’s goodness with a communion service, led by the PCA group's spiritual leader, David Springer. This has been the tradition of PCA mission trips since they began in 2000. Praying for and washing the feet of someone who speaks another language can be very meaningful, as the students discovered.

On Sabbath morning, the mission team worshipped with the Portrerillo congregation as well as members from other area churches. Students and parents from the team, as well as the VBS children who came to church, conducted the service. Mike Meyer, PCA’s construction team leader, presented the keys of the new church to the congregation. It was a special moment.

God provided another miracle for the mission team at lunch after church. Having invited the Portrerillo congregation for lunch, PCA was surprised when about four times the number of guests expected showed up for the “potluck” with no food. God literally multiplied the food for the group, and everyone had enough to eat. The PCA mission team members will continue to pray for the people of the Portrerillo Church and hope to meet many new members of their congregation in heaven one day soon.

Ruth Lenz, Palisades Christian Academy teacher and mission trip team leader