As of April 26, 2023, Outpost Panama has been up and running as a fully functional YWAM base. We have received three short term teams ranging from a week to two months stay and we are currently expecting another short term team (Encounter DTS outreach) on the 26th. Since arriving, we have finished many projects: base restoration, which includes fixing up the main house to become livable after being uninhabited for over a year and restoring the tree house that is now our future prayer room and current DTS classroom, as well as community engagement, which are a number of water projects in the neighboring tribes, restoring a Casita in the community, and working with the local church in kids ministries.
This upcoming month, we are planning to launch our yearly fundraising campaign called “The Nehemiah Project”, with the goal of raising money for community development projects. The Ngobe are an eager people group seeking to better their community. In our current work, we are getting in contact with “the man of peace” in the community and, through their help, we listen to the community and their needs, whether that is a new well, water catchment system or a solar system. We work with the needs of the community first and then pull together resources and manpower to get the job done. Through this project, we are not only able to create an environment of self sufficiency within the community but also create long term relationships with the surrounding tribes.
Our goal is for these communities to know the Lord and his provision and goodness through healthy relationships and quality of life.