Through this bulletin we share with you news related on the labor our ministry develops in Panama, working on programs and production of resources to share orientation on daily lives topics and words of comfort, wisdom, hope and strenght from the Word of God, as a faithful source of faith and confidence.
SHARING THE BIBLE-BASED VALUES
THE RIVER MONSTER ARRIVES AT THE SCHOOL
We develop the theme of environmental conservation, the care of nature, and the wonderful creation that God has given us through the video The Monster of the River, which we will project in all the classrooms of the School. It is key to address this issue from the perspective of the purpose of God and Creation.
BEGINNING READING COMPREHENSION WITH THE STORY OF YOUNG WINNERS
Students from the School begin the reading comprehension strategy with the story of Young Winners in the Word of God. With the support of the volunteer Ariadne, we began the sessions with a reading, as a devotional, talking about values and healthy lifestyles. Reading the Word of God is a key complement that gives a more comprehensive vision to the formation in principles for life.
LEARNING PROCESS WITH THE READING OF BIBLE STORIES
The group of students are learning to read using the book Garden of Bible Stories. With the support of teacher Diana, three times a week, they venture into the content of these stories, reflecting on the messages, reinforcing with songs and simple dramas.
YOUTH AND KIDS
ADOLESCENTS PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH CONGRESS
Coming from different areas of the country, adolescents participated in a youth congress in which they received materials such as booklets, Bibles and Calendars as part of the content to be developed in this event. This is an excellent opportunity to interact with young people who act as leaders in their educational centers, and share the Word of God.
WORKSHOP ON OBEDIENCE AND DECISION-MAKING
With a large group of young people, we held a time of reflection based on the story of Sadrac, Mesac, Abed-nego, and the Fiery Furnace. Through this Bible story we invited them to reflect on the value of obedience, especially who to obey. What happens when dad or mom break the law? What happens when peer pressure leads me to break my principles? What happens when the laws and regulations of my country go against Biblical principles? These three young people had to live this experience, and they learned a lot from it. This activity is one of three opportunities in which we reach young people from various communities where we develop Project Joel.
BULLYING AND EMOTIONAL EMPATHY
The issue of bullying is a challenging topic for young people, due to the aggressive contexts in which they themselves may be living. We reached out to various groups of students from the Jesús en Los Pobres School to work on this material. We used as a teaching tool, a balloon in which each student wrote his/her emotions. The balloons were secretly exchanged, in order for each one to experience what the others were feeling, and vice versa. This simple game was the basis for talking about empathy, the emotions of others, and the abuse that some experience.
PUPPET THEATER IN PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL
Glory to our Lord, LHM Panama ministry center returned to activities at the Pediatric Specialties Hospital, after almost three years of not being able to attend and make these presentations, because of the Coronavirus pandemic. It was a great joy to once again share educational lessons and a voice of hope to children and their parents, through our puppet theater. On this occasion, we highlighted the Month of the Family, celebrated in Panama on June, with songs that emphasized the family unity, and a prayer asking God's blessing for all families and for each one of them.
TALK ON HEALTHY FAMILIES
As part of the activities during family month, LHM Panama ministry center was invited by the social work department to give a talk to hemodialysis patients who are treated at the San Miguelito unit. The talk on Healthy families and relationships between its members focused on interesting topics for patients who attend hemodialysis treatment in the morning. Based on the Bible verse of 1 Corinthians 12: 14 - 22, the emphasis was placed on the fact that the family is a team and we all need each other. All family members are part of the body, and all of them are important, and everyone needs each other, so it is necessary to strengthen the family unit.
TALK AT HEMODIALYSIS UNIT
The talk Healthy Families, Happy Families, was developed to patients of the San Miguelito Hemodialysis Unit, in the evening session. On this occasion, we met with them with the support of Raquel Camargo, a social worker at this hospital. We highlighted the importance of putting Christian values and principles into practice, besides of being an example for children, communicating love, respect, patience and honesty, which are values that help family coexistence.
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Nelson has been an active volunteer with Project Joel since his high school days, and has been an enthusiastic volunteer ever since, participating in the activities of speaking and presenting in school groups. Today, in his spare time, he helps us with reading comprehension homework, and game development.
"For me, the teaching of Christian values is very important. When these children receive this information, they have better chances of success and of growing up with healthy lifestyles, because God is with them," shares Nelson.
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