Divine Appointments

Have you ever noticed God’s amazing ability to put the right people in the right place at the right time in our lives? Some might call these happenings a coincidence, but for the believer there is no such thing as a coincidence. These are divine appointments orchestrated by God to achieve His purpose in His timing. When I reflect on my past, I can plainly see where God has placed people in my life to further His kingdom. I have also had people placed in my life that have revealed a picture of God’s grace and mercy through extreme hardships. We met our good friend Pastor Bob under such a circumstance.

When we first started coming to Panama in 2012 we had read about a missionary who was doing work with the indigenous Ngäbe-Buglé on a mountain in Panama. We spent the next four years trying to find this group because we were interested in serving in their ministry. We sent emails, drove up and down mountain roads, tried phone calls, all to no avail. Just before our final move to Panama we met a wonderful couple at a Shabbat service at one of the local churches. We invited them to housesit for us while we were stateside getting our container ready to ship. One day we received a call asking us if we had room in our container for the front end of a car. The caller turned out to be Pastor Bob, the missionary we had spent four years trying to find. The first questions were,” How did you know we were bringing a container, and how did you get our number?” We learned our house sitters had connected us. We discovered the original mission had been disbanded because one of the doctors serving had been convicted of criminal activities. The rest of the mission regrouped and built a church and school on a remote part of the mountain to minister to the Ngäbe-Buglé. It has truly been a blessing to witness God’s transformation of that mountain. 

Someone asked Pastor Bob if we were going to change the culture of the people on the mountain by building the church. His response was, “We are not going to change the culture, the Holy Spirit will change the culture.” The Holy Spirit has changed the culture. It has truly become a mountain of miracles. When we first started going up the mountain, the indigenous would never look at us, much less smile. Now they wave when we go by, they love on us and we love on them. People who never married wanted to get married. The local witch doctor who actively fought against the church was converted and is now bringing others to church, alcoholics have given up drinking, and the physical abuse that was once prevalent has now stopped. The construction of the church cost Pastor Bob his leg due to a severe infection he received after an injury, but it never robbed him of his joy.

Wait patiently on the Lord. Trust and obey. He will direct your path and bless you in ways you never dreamed possible. He is our good and perfect father.

(Debbie Worzalla)

Based on Joseph, the Favored Son, is Sold into Slavery on October 13th, 2018 - Watch Sermon

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