Panama

We are Bill and Gina Brick; a Christian couple that have been moved by the Holy Spirit to begin actively serving those in other nations. We have both participated in short-term compassion service projects and mission work through our local churches and various secular and Christian organizations.

Three years ago we freed ourselves to become available to the Lord’s direction in our lives, for full time service to His children throughout the world. We sold all our personal possessions to eliminate all debt and for the past 22 months we have been living in Boquete, Panama. We rent a small home in a local Panamanian neighborhood just 2 miles from the center of town.

Our neighborhood is called La Flores and consists of about 30 families; all Spanish speaking and predominantly very low income. We have a lovely park we have successfully renovated during our time here. We have 10-30 children attend our park activities each week. Much like a VBS (Vacation Bible School), we teach bible scriptures, do arts and crafts, play games and provide snacks and occasional meals. We provide first aid care and infection prevention, along with providing medication in emergency situations for families in need.

In 2015, we began Saturday field trips for the children and other adult family members. We recently partnered with a local church for the second year to assist them in a formal week-long VBS with over 100 children. Last year, we also taught English to those interested, as an additional outreach. We have a retirement community of foreigners, such as ourselves, who are aging and find that the Lord is leading us to those in need of care and compassion services, as well as assistance with various other life needs – assistance with computers, phones, etc.

In March of 2016, we were ordained as Ministers of the Gospel, through Emmanuel Ministries. We can now officially minister in the hospitals and jails in our area, which is a great blessing. When you ask the Lord to open your eyes to the needs around you, you will be amazed at all there is to be done in your own backyard.

 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.  (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)