Posts Tagged ‘village’

Where to next?

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

 

Where in the world?

Where in the world?

Lots of travels already this year and we are preparing for the next trip. Let’s see how you know your world facts and if you can discern where we are going in a few weeks… (more…)

Kuna literacy update

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
first literacy graduation

first literacy graduation

The results of the first 9 months using the newly revised literacy program have been very encouraging. Students of all ages have completed the 5 book series and are now reading in Kuna! There are Kuna Grandmas who had given up hope on ever being able to read God’s Word who are now reading and encouraging others. By the end of December there will be 132 graduates of 570 students! The testimonies at the conference of how well the literacy classes have gone are motivating many other villages to make Kuna literacy a priority in preparation for the coming of the whole Kuna Bible (distribution projected for August, 2014).

Testimony of literacy student

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Eudelina

Eudelina

Meet Eudelina. She is a lively, beautiful Kuna lady who shared the following testimony and prayer request at the conference in Panama, “I am a pastor’s wife and also a literacy student! For many years I have come to these conferences. I love to hear God’s Word and grow in Him. But as I watched the other ladies who can read, I just couldn’t figure out how the marks on the paper made any sense. The other ladies would talk excitedly about chapters and verses, but I just couldn’t see it.

Then last February literacy classes began in our village. I was the first in line to get my name on the list of students! It was my time to learn reading because I so badly want to read God’s Word for myself and my children. So I began from zero, you understand? The last 9 months I have been working through the first three primers. I am not really a fast learner, but I can now see the words. I really am reading! And as we read the Bible verses, I can see (read) many of the words. Please pray that I will keep working hard and that by next year I will see all the words in God’s Book!”

Believers face increased opposition

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Kuna brothers & sisters who daily count the cost

Kuna brothers & sisters who daily count the cost

Pray for the believers in some Kuna villages who are facing increased difficulties as they take stands. In these locations besides the monetary fines for not participating in the village-wide drinking festivals, believers are being fined and/or put in confinement for using clinics or hospitals instead of the village medicine men. When asked why they remain in the village they state simply, “Because if we left, there would be no Light in this darkness.” What Godly men and women! A part of me wants to pray that the pressure would cease, but their testimony shines brightly even among the unbelievers who see that this is real. So pray that they will stand strong, be encouraged and courageous until it is God’s time to lift this burden.

Kuna church needs prayer

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Jerry getting updated from Edelfonso & Anelio (with Ed's son Saul)

Jerry getting updated from Edelfonso & Anelio (with Ed's son Saul)

The church in the village were we lived is at a low point and in need of your prayers. Some of this is from pressures from the village. Some of this is from believers who need to work out differences and humbly seek God together. Although it’s been 2 years, Edelfonso is still very much grieving the death of his beloved wife. Not having her there to minister to the ladies in the village has been a great loss to everyone. Pray that the leaders of the church and other believers will be encouraged in the Lord and walk in unity.

Kuna missionaries

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Anelio & Silverixia

Anelio & Silverixia

We have such a great respect for so many of our Kuna brothers and sisters in Panama! Anelio & Silverixia are a young couple that were sent out as missionaries by their church to a village upriver. You may remember that in 2009, while returning to the village where they minister, they lost their 3 year old son in the flooded river. God has used their faithfulness in spite of many hardships to win many to Christ.

A church has been established in the village. Every Saturday Anelio has also been traveling upriver with some of the new believers to the next Kuna village to teach “God’s Book.”  (more…)

don’t forget the recipes!

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Monday, May 9th, 2011
reading the Word

reading the Word

The countdown has begun! Next week Joyce & I travel back “home” to Panama. So much has happened in the lives of our Kuna friends since we last saw them – the flooding and devastation, intense pressure on the believers to return to the traditional ways and forsake the Bible, a dear friend’s death, the Old Testament translation nearing completion! It will be so good to have time together to rejoice and grieve. Plus we have a lot of work to do!

The Kuna literacy program is ready for its final check and then printing. This means there are 6 primers, each with detailed daily lesson plans for the teachers, student writing practice, worksheets, extra reading practice booklets. (more…)

flood update

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

We wanted to give an update on the devastation from the flooding of many Kuna villages in Panama. A big “thank you” to all who responded in such a generous way, contributing to the flood relief fund.   

To give you a glimpse of the caliber of our Kuna friends, we recently heard from one of the small churches. They were concerned for the 7 widows with children in their village and another 5 in the village upriver who completely lost their crops in the flood. Not all of these ladies are part of the church, but the believers felt God would want them to care for these widows in both villages. Isn’t that what true religion is all about – putting actions to our faith (James 1:27)? (more…)

Kuna flood relief

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Thursday, January 20th, 2011

…a practical way for you to help

sisters in Christ

sisters in Christ

Recently Panama experienced some of the heaviest rains and flooding on record. Many Kuna villages were affected, including the village where we lived and served for many years. The believers report that 41 homes suffered damage and most of the villagers’ gardens were washed away. This was the food for their daily life as well as cash crops for next year.  All the coffee plants were washed away, the corn, rice, fruit trees, and avocados.  Much of the platano was lost (and this is the main staple of their diet). Many faithful Kuna brothers and sisters are faced with nearly a total loss. (more…)

Bolivia

Posted by Jerry and Joyce McDaniels on Monday, October 4th, 2010
Simba-Guarani lady, Bolivia

Simba-Guarani lady, Bolivia

We are very excited for the opportunity to train 22 Bolivian missionary candidates, begin equipping a new literacy consultant, and make some trips into tribal areas to evaluate and move literacy forward.

Most of us haven’t heard much about the country, but Bolivia is quite the fascinating place! The landlocked country could be summarized by the word “diversity.” Besides Spanish, Aymara and Quechua languages, there are 34 other officially recognized indigenous languages spoken! That’s quite a challenge for missionaries seeking to clearly communicate the most important Message of all time! (more…)