Mission Trips


Cesar: Living a Miracle

Posted Jan 8, 2016

Hello friends! Allie here (hi mom and dad)!

We are finishing up lunch here, but I wanted to take a second to introduce you guys to Cesar – he is the Director here at Camp Betel. Cesar is without a doubt the most joyful man I have ever met. He bounces around camp with a huge smile on his face and will not let a Pine Cove staffer pass him without at least giving him a fist bump (and exploding it). He is always telling us how sincerely thankful he is that we are here helping him accomplish his lifelong dream- to use camp to share the gospel to youth. And when he tells you this, you know that he really means it. Not only is Cesar the most joyful man I know, he is also the most hardworking and dedicated man. We all joke that all you really need to survive here in Panama is Cesar and a machete. He is constantly doing projects around camp because he truly wants this camp to be the best that it can be. Cesar is also referred to by the campers as “The Ghost” because he disappears and reappears everywhere! One second he is no where to be found and the next he is running through the crowd with his hands in the air screaming at worship. And then he is gone again-haha! Cesar is a passionate man for life and the Lord and it is so so evident. He recently said “I am living a miracle right now” – we asked him why and this is what he told us…

Cesar explained that when he was twelve, he prayed to God that he would be able to do camp and that God would provide the people to make camp happen. At that time God told Cesar no but that He would prepare him to be that person later. The time that Cesar was patiently waiting for is here right now as we are at camp.

Cesar began to explain that two years ago his church was deciding to end camping ministry because they did not think that it was effective. He said that when Pine Cove came last year, the heart of his church began to change. This year he said that many church leaders are here watching and learning, wanting to be a part of camp

Cesar and the Church are very thankful that God decided to send people to help! I think I speak for everyone when I say that we have all learned a great deal from our friend Cesar. Please pray for Cesar and the rest of the camp leadership as they follow The Lord’s will for this place.

Below is a picture of Cesar and different things that happened at camp today. We are all good and healthy as we get ready to finish up the last full day of camp!

You can also follow our Instagram account @pinecovestaff for more updates!


Cesar took us around camp the first day before campers arrived and let us eat all the oranges, grapefruit, yucca, and mandarin oranges we wanted. Fresh fruit for days!


…not surprising that Cesar also teaches the archery activity class

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Cesar and I today at lunch!


Cesar and Barrett two days ago during an intimate night of worship.


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  1. (from Brenda Bond) Hey Allie. Good to hear from you. I can’t tell you how it makes my heart leap when God shows up just at His perfect timing. He is so in the details. Just when Ceasar’s church was giving up on camp ministry. Just when Ceasar’s was ready to fulfill his dream. Just when Pine Cove calls and wanted to invest. Just God’s perfect timing. And the only thing better than that is having your college kid there to experience it. I thank God again and again when I see Him prove Himself to you. Because this make your faith unshakable. Just like Ceasar’s. Love and prayers to you all and to God be the glory.

  2. (from Kimberly Anderson) I read this post with tears in my eyes. So cool to see what God does when we let him have control. Thank you again to all you precious kids and your servants’ hearts. See, someone was watching you! What an impact you are having, and we know God will multiply your efforts there. Thank the Lord for Cesar! And thank you Allie for the post.

  3. Personal stories are what make PineCove’s ministry so powerful. I always say, yes, PineCove exists for campers, but so many times it’s the staffers’ lives that are so strongly impacted. And some of those staffers even live outside the U.S., like Cesar! What a beautiful ripple effect that’s been created by obedience to the Great Commission!

  4. This post makes me so proud, Allie! So thrilled to see how God is using all of you to impact lives for eternity. What could possibly be more rewarding than that? Know that I am lifting the entire team up daily and pray that you finish out strong and make it safely back home.

  5. Not sure if this post made it….

    I woke today by the raising sun
    as your sleepy eyes saw the same one

    As fatigue slows your young muscles
    Your brain still says, let’s hustle

    Lots to get done and fun to have
    Can’t wait to wash my face in my own lav

    Hot days of fun and sharing love
    You are pleasing Him from above

    Seeing how simple one can live
    Brings a new thought of how to give

    Knowing God and his plan
    Is so very simple to understand

    Children come to Him with their accepting attitude
    Ready to learn His word and memorize the beatitude

    I pray you run this week with gusto
    Knowing when you get home your Ready to eat pizza and your pesto

    Finish strong with the great commission
    You will know what to do ,if you just listen

    Sweet smell’n Ellen your the best
    I will be waiting for you , with the rest


  6. Missing you in Aggieland but so proud of your contribution to God’s kingdom and His children.

  7. I have enjoyed reading how God is at work and how He has worked through y’all during your week! Praying for all of you daily.

  8. I have so enjoyed seeing how your team is making such a great impact on this church and their camp ministry! I pray that God continues to work through you all to bring new life to the campers that you meet and establish this unique ministry for this church. Excited to read about the rest of your trip!
    -Brittney Barham

    P.S. Drew (Sperry), I got you registered for that COMM class. You’re welcome.