This time our blog comes from a different perspective. I hope you enjoy it!
My name is Justin
I have wanted to go on an International Mission Trip since I was twelve when I saw a statistic of how many people groups and individuals had never heard the gospel. I knew that if I could make a difference in that number I wanted to at least try. So when I heard about the opportunity to go on my first mission trip to Panama, I had to try.
The first step in being able to
I had never been on an airplane before so this was a totally new experience. My first reaction to the airport was that there were fewer people than I expected. This may be because we got there at 4 a.m. to check our luggage and secure our boarding passes. After our five team members got our boarding passes, we saw that we had TSA precheck. I didn't know what this
We waited for approximately an hour before we started boarding. They scanned our passes, we walked through a tube to enter the plane, and I walked to the very back where I was supposed to sit. Some people say that take-off is really bad, but I thought it was quite boring. To me, take-off felt like the very start of a roller coaster when it’s speeding up, but after that the flight was boring. If you haven’t been on a flight, I have one suggestion: bring a phone, tablet, or something to do,
Panama was very beautiful, especially the plants which are everywhere. The temperatures were nice as it was about the same as here in Missouri most of the time, but the humidity is way higher than here. There were fields of grass, mountains
I haven't traveled a whole lot but if I had to compare Panama City to somewhere I have been, it is about the size of St Louis. The architecture in Panama is different and beautiful with bright colors and designs everywhere.
When we arrived at the town we were going to work in, La Pintada, I discovered that the people were very nice and welcoming. They didn't seem to live by the clock as we do here, and everything felt like it went at a slower pace. They often showed up later than the time that an event started, but that is just part of their culture.
The food in Panama was pretty similar to the food we have here. I was surprised to discover that they have some of the same restaurants we have here including Subway and Papa John’s pizza. Of course, they had their own restaurants which I enjoyed going to and trying some traditional Panamanian food. On Monday afternoon after VBS, we visited the beach and ate at an open-air seafood restaurant. Then every day, we tried other Panamanian restaurants.
From Sunday to Thursday we worked in Vacation Bible School. We opened with music and songs, then the children went to their own classes. On the first
We left our work on Thursday afternoon and returned to Panama City. On Friday morning we went to see the Panama Canal. We were on the Pacific side and got to watch a ship go through two of the locks up to the lake heading to the Atlantic side. In the
On Saturday we slept in because our flight was not until 1:45 p.m. After arriving in Miami, going through customs, getting our luggage rechecked, and having a quick dinner, we departed and finally arrived back at
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