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1st Quarter 2020

And he said unto them, The harvest indeed is plenteous, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send forth laborers into his harvest.
Luke 10:2  ASV

Greetings from Panama!


It is my sincere desire that this report finds you in good health, physically as well as spiritually and enjoying the richest blessings from God our Father.

Our first quarter began with a bang but has quickly turned into a bust. We started off the year receiving the Connections English Classes team from Midland, Texas. They worked with students from the Torti extension of the University of Panama as well as with members of the Torti community at large. Immediately following their mission trip we began with preparations for the first retreat with the Torti church. No sooner had we finished with the first of three scheduled retreats when we began to hear news of a new virus from China. By March 9th, the ministry of health had confirmed the first case in Panama from a woman who had arrived from Spain on March 8th. A week later we were on total lock-down ordered by Nito Cortizo, President of the Republic of Panama.

I am in my office at the church building in Torti and have advised Teddy to take his family and go up the mountain to the headwaters of the Sereno river (where  Yoise, his wife has a few acres of land that was part of her family's farm) and shelter there until we see how things are going to develop. From what I have been able to learn on the internet, people with high blood pressure or diabetes have a very hard time surviving this virus. Teddy suffers from both of those things. I will be living in the office so I will be able to coordinate relief efforts until quarantine is lifted.

As always, I and those who labor with me, covet your prayers. Please continue to support this work and to encourage others to join in as well.

Wishing you grace and peace, I remain your servant in Christ,
                   Kim L Rowell


I hope you enjoy the photos and videos below!
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Fellowship with the Brethren
from Midland, Texas

Clearing and setting up Camp for February Retreat

Bible Studies and Fellowship

New Souls added to the Kingdom

Baptisms 2020 Retreat.

New Virus from China hits Panama
Full National Quarantine Ordered

Executive Order #472 of 13 March 2020: Full national quarantine ordered. No person allowed outside of their residence except during stipulated hours.

Males may leave their residences to purchase supplies on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for one hour (determined by the last digit of their national ID card). Females may leave their residences to purchase supplies on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for one hour (determined by the last digit of their national ID card). Total lockdown observed Saturdays and Sundays. All gatherings of any kind prohibited. All businesses except for Banks, Grocery Stores, Fuel Stations, and Health Facilities order closed. 

As per Article 308, anyone violating these sanitary measures to contain a contagious disease may be condemned to 10 to 15 years of prison.

Teddy and Family Evacuate to Headwaters of the Sereno River

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