God Over Us!
Hi friends! My name is Magan “Hakenya Mafalla” Ford and I’ll be filling you in on last night’s events at camp along with some super cool things God has shown me during our time here! It’s officially DAY FOUR of camp and we cannot believe how fast this week is flying by! Each day has brought something new, exciting, and probably unplanned, and we have loved every second of it. It is amazing how far we have come with our Panamanian friends. From strangers to family, from “Hola!” to “I love you Pine Cove!” It has been an awesome adventure and we are expectant and excited to see what big things God has in store for the rest of the week.
So, last night we got to have a camp-wide scavenger hunt!! All week we have been talking about the true treasure that Jesus talks about in Matthew. Not worldly treasures that leave us empty, but the lasting treasure we have in Jesus. It was awesome to see each cabin so intensely running around camp to find the small treasure we provided for them, all the while being reminded of how much more we should run after the treasure of Jesus himself. He brings so much joy, friends, and it has been so evident in every aspect of our time here.
After the scavenger hunt, we had worship and a Club Talk outside around a bonfire! It was dark outside, so we walked up the mountain with torches lighting the path around us. When we reached the top, a huge fire was crackling and shooting up sparks of light. With huge trees hanging over our heads, a full moon, and bright stars shining through the limbs, it was impossible not to simply sit in awe of our Creator. The Panamanians began to sing “Open the Eyes of My Heart” in Spanish while we chimed in in English. There is something amazing about singing praises to God in two different languages. A lot of times we struggle to understand what the other is saying, but when we worship there is no language barrier. We don’t have to worry about a translator or miscommunication. Our God is a God of all nations, tongues, and tribes. He is not bound by language or distance or culture. After worship, one of the Panamanian leaders gave a message. The speaker told us to look at the creation around us, and that the Creator of all of this longs to be in a relationship with us. So much so that He sent His Only Son to pay the price for all of our mess ups. No jokes, no filler stories, just the Gospel. It was beautiful and a great reminder that the Gospel is enough and never grows old.
Something God has been reminding me over and over again during my time in Panama is that He is sovereign over all nations. He is not small, He cannot be put into a box, and I am not in control. So many times I think that I need to go, I need to speak, I need to serve. While these things are true, they are not possible without God. I cannot save anyone, I cannot help anyone, I cannot share the love of Christ without God working through me. It’s so easy to think that He needs my help. The truth is, He doesn’t. And I am so glad that He is in control and I’m not. God is so GREAT, and His love stirs in us a deep desire to know Him more and be apart of the great work He is doing. He lets us be apart of sharing and seeing the fruit of this life-changing Gospel. He is a loving Father and I am so thankful for the way he continually reminds us of this love.
Today we had worship, heard testimonies, played activities, and (finally) took CABIN PHOTOS! I think I can speak for the entire team when I say we have been blessed by our co-counselors and campers and love them like family! Right now, we are planning a dance for the talent show with them tonight, and we cannot wait to tell you all about it. Thank you for keeping up with our trip, it has been so encouraging! Enjoy the photos!