After 2 years of asking God to send us to Panama on a short-term trip, God opened the door in February!
|Here's our team - Edyl Cunampio (his wife Kersten was on our team but stayed in PA due to her pregnancy!), Matt (our translator from Panama City), us, Owen and Amy Davison, Carl and Patsy Green|
Glenn and I were able to shorten the process by teaching in Spanish...and then only needing the Embera translation!
|While the couples were waiting, the wedding ceremony preparations began! Twelve children were "painted" - an Embera celebration tradition - so to serve as the ring bearers for the twelve couples!|
Glenn and I were given the opportunity to be painted by Edyl's sister, Mara, both for the wedding and in preparation for our PBU Cross-Cultural Understanding Seminar! Wedding preparations continued, including the weaving of a palm branch wall to hide the food service area, the painting and decoration of the gazebo and the preparation of the food!
|The wedding ceremony was finally ready to begin! Here the grooms pose with Edyl (who was beyond himself excited to see his father (below), grandfather, brother AND pastor get married!|
|Approximately 250 guests were present to hear Carl preach (and Matt and later Edyl translate) on Biblical marriage and then witness the 12 couples, who came forward three at a time, exchanging their vows and rings!|
The youth not only did most of the wedding preparations, but they wrote and performed a song for the couples at the wedding ceremony!
|After the wedding it was picture time! Above, Glenn and I pose with the family who allowed our team to eat every meal in their home! Below are the couples (minus Edyl's Grandpa who was taken home immediately after the ceremony due to his health).|
The Panama trip ended all too soon, but we were able to share what God had done with 30 PBU students as well as teach them some of what we learned in Portland in January!