Monday, November 30, 2009

We love having Visitors!!

Read all about the cool stuff we did when my baby sister, her hubby, our first elder, and Mrs. Elder came to see us!

And don't forget! We still have hand-made, recycled paper for sale for all you "make your own" Christmas Card buffs out there! Send Seasons Greetings, Save the Planet, and help the poor in Panama all at the same time.

Email me!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Paper and "Nana" Time

Greetings All,

Lisa enjoyed a much-needed visit to our son, Matthew, this month, which provided her first real opportunity to spend some quality time with our Grand-daughter, Gaby. She also had several good meetings with several of our supporters.

David is developing a process for making new paper from office rubbish, which he hopes to teach to some very low-income Christian friends, as a way to supplement their income. You can help with this project by making your CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM THESE HAND-MADE PAPERS! See the photos. There are currently only about 150 sheets available, in a variety of colors, at $1 each (8" x 8"). Email David to arrange a purchase. All proceeds go toward the development of this project.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Spanish Spanish Spanish & a "Godincidence"

Teach your children a second language now!! Don't wait until they're 54!

Nico...Wow! Was he amazed at the "coincidence" of God's intervention in his life?!

Read all about it in the October 09 report. Choose your preferred format at right>>


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The end of the road!

Greetings All,

The big event for this month had the hair on the back of my neck standing at attention. We went as far as you can go by car toward the Panama-Colombia border...the town of Yaviza. It's a pleasant-enough little backwoods town, but it is the last outpost on a hostile frontier. Read our September report to find out why we did this crazy thing!


P.S. We have a new Orlando, FL-based phone number! Call us at 407-429-0287

Saturday, August 15, 2009

LST Going Strong

The first Let's Start Talking session at the new location was a great success! Julie Dancer (from the LST staff in Texas) and Katie Hall, a university student from Montana, spent three weeks with selected students from Instituto America - a prestigous high school in Panama City. This was the first time LST has been invited to this school, and it was a great success, with follow-up visits immediately requested and planned. We are still active at UDELAS, the university near our home.

Read the details in the August report.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Up-to-date on Working...Behind on Reporting

Greetings All,

We've been busy since the May report was posted, but I have not posted the reports until now. Read the June newsletter to see Lisa on horseback in the Darien, while I wield a paintbrush in Texas - proving the lengths I'll go to in order to get someone to agree to move down and help us!

The Panamanian churches lost one of its greatest workers in June. Please honor the memory of Walter Leonard by reading his funeral program.

After months of work on the new clinic in Sanson, we finally were able to put that facility to use. We had a great medical mission week! Read all about it in the July report.

And for more pictures, see Lisa's Facebook page. Or see them at Walgreens Photos by pasting this link into your browser:

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Wow! It's really getting to hard to tell about everything!

So much is happening! And summer isn't even here yet. Mark and I went back to Sanson for another phase of work on the clinic (which is scheduled for its first med team in June). A local helper on that project was baptized! Read all about it in the May report.


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The latest from Panama

It seems that more and more is happening all the time down here! We hardly get finished writing one report before we're bursting with news for the next one!

Thanks for all the encouragement and support!

David & Lisa

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Your Old Laptop can be a Missionary!

Our laptops are our lifeline here in the mission field! We use them to make phone calls to the U.S., to communicate worldwide via email, to locate resources here to help in our work in Panama, to keep up with the news back home, to prepare Bible lessons, to create documentation that keeps the LST program going at the university, to manage and edit the photos that make our work known to you, and to make our reports about our work. We each (me, Lisa & Michael) had our own laptop - and they were all in use constantly - until recently...

Lisa's has CRASHED. Michael's was STOLEN! Now three of us are sharing mine, which means that we're each reduced to a third of our former computing capacity.

Perhaps you have an old laptop you are not using. Let it become a missionary! We don't need the latest and greatest. All we need is a properly functioning, Windows-based laptop with at least two USB ports. Please email us at if you can help.

OR, we would be thrilled with one of those tiny, new "Netbooks". The Acer "Aspire One" and the HP "Mini 2133" are both going for about $300 in the U.S.


Thursday, March 12, 2009

A New Congregation!

Two house churches combine to form the new Metropolitan Church of Christ in the city. If you're visiting Panama, and your Spanish isn't so hot, you'll appreciate the warm, bilingual reception you'll receive!

The new school year begins at UDELAS with a record number of Let's Start Talking folks!

Read all about these two items in the March newsletter. Choose from MSWord (.doc) format or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format.

David & Lisa

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Feb 2009

Greetings All!

Three major events this month:
1) The Uptons join the team.
2) David & Michael help build a clinic in the Darien.
3) Lisa helps with a medical clinic. Check out the video clips from her trip!



Friday, January 16, 2009

Jan 2009 - A Great Trip Home!

Well, the holidays are over and we'll be heading back to Panama in a couple of days. It has been great seeing our kids and all of Lisa's family and so many good friends from our home in Central Florida! Thanks so much to all who fed, housed, loaned cars, made introductions, threw parties, encouraged, contributed, and made plans to come down and visit the work first-hand!

During our first week back...
..David goes to the Darien to help build a clinic,
...Lisa goes back to volunteering at the local Christian school,
....We start gearing up for the new semester of LST work at the university, &
.....Mark & Miriam Upton arrive from Texas to become full-time partners with us!

See our latest newsletter, at right, in MSWord or Acrobat format.

Cheers to All!