Hearts and Lives Changed on Unforgettable Spring Break Trip to Panama
Following Jesus’ resurrection as documented in Matthew 28, Jesus gives His disciples some of the most powerful instructions in all of the Bible. Passionately He tells them, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Nearly 150 Liberty Christian students and 26 leaders responded to this directive by selflessly serving the people of Panama City, Panama, during their Spring Break, March 8–15..
Grouped in five teams, students eagerly boarded their flights. Equipped with encouraging letters written by Lower School students and devotionals thoughtfully prepared by the Spiritual Life Department, students readied their hearts for supernatural change.
During the first two days of their mission, teams worked tirelessly, pouring concrete, constructing building extensions, and painting churches and homes. Students saw the fruit of their labors in the shining smiles of the local children and in the thankfulness of the Panamanian community. Some teams had the amazing opportunity to attend local church services, where they gathered with local members as one body and thanked God for His goodness.
After completing two days of this intensive work, students performed a drama called “The Journey” to all who would watch and listen. The drama tells the story of a man who wanders through life, looking to rid himself of his sin and find his purpose. Ultimately, the man discovers that Jesus holds the answer to all of his questions and that his identity is found in God alone. The drama, along with genuine testimonies from students, served as a amazing bridge to open the hearts and minds of the Panamanian people and reveal to them the unrelenting love of God.
Each team served in unique and diverse ways throughout the trip. Several visited elementary and high schools, while others performed the drama in parks and neighborhoods. Two teams even had the opportunity to care for the disabled at a local convent, which accepted their love with thankful and open arms.
To celebrate the radical love of God, students and leaders gathered together in worship each night to sing praises out of the sheer thankfulness of their hearts.
At the end of the week, countless Panamanians and upwards of 30 Liberty students gave their lives to Christ. Liberty students were baptized in the Pacific Ocean on “Beach Day,” the last day of the trip that served as a celebratory experience when students also toured the Panama Canal and shopped at a local market.
Upon their return, one student said, “The Spring Break mission trip was a transformative, life- changing experience I will never forget.”