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Day 3: Outside Support. In some countries you turn on your lights and there are cockroaches, in others it’s lizards or ants or some other critter. Here in Panama these little guys click-clack their way across the room from time to time. Unfortunately they are not interested in assisting in the construction of a playground.
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In spite of our crabby roommates, the day was spent wrapping up the remaining work at the playground. The rain from last night had filled in the holes to varying degrees, so I was pretty stoked that we had already level the structure. @kahleetah was pivotal in convincing a band of SoCal girls that it was worth destroying their well manicured nails to dig out the holes by hand...mud bath and all that!
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We attached the slides, finished a few odds and ends, tightened everything down and poured all of the cement (every one was super grateful when the local support drove up with a mixer and some shovels)!
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The added help allowed me some extra moments with one of the young men on the team. He mentioned how much he enjoyed the approach @kidsaroundtheworld takes in being missional. I explained that it’s no different than the surf or skate contests they ran yesterday...this is simply an environment where we can help kids encounter Jesus. I share about KIDStory by taking him through a story right there on the build site. He mentioned his anxiety about what’s next, his concerns about possible the consequences of his choices, his confidence that God was at work...but that there was still that part of him that couldn’t shake the fear of “what if”. We circled back to the story and found ourselves in a conversation about trust and faithfulness...and then I told him, “This is what we do with kids at playgrounds...it’s that easy to turn an environment into a discipleship opportunity.” His eyes lit up as he connected the dots that what he and I had just done could also be done with kids.
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I’m beyond privileged to be a part of a ministry that is advancing child discipleship in countries across the globe every day!
#lifeonmission #adventureinmissions #savedtoserve #playmatter #playmatter #katw #panama #lovemyjob

Day 2: Crash Course. It began as a beautiful day and ended with a solid lighting-filled downpour.
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With no cement available until tomorrow, the team headed to the beach to host a surf contest loaded up with all the little groms in town. It was a gorgeous black-sand beach with a fun break. The kids had a blast being cheered and treated like rock stars.
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After lunch the extreme sports continued with a half pipe contest where many of the same kids showed off their abilities to kill it on a skateboard as well.
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In the evening the bulk of the kids from town came to have dinner with us at an “Awards Banquet” which culminated in some epic give-always, lots of applause...and most importantly, an opportunity for one member of the team to share his story. A story that included a demand for performance in order to gain approval and love. A story that led to success in a sport, but a total loss of passion for it. A story of walking away as a rising star.
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His story takes a beautiful turn when he encountered Jesus...no demands for performance...no demands for perfection...just a desire to be in relationship. This is grace. A free gift to all that would accept it. Far greater than any give-away, applause or championship. Life changing in every way.
#lifeonmission #adventuresinmissions #savedtoserve #playmatters #katw #panama @kahleetah

Travel Day: After 20 hours of traveling by plane and bus, we made it to our beautiful lodging here in Panama. As we pulled in, we drove passed the familiar site of piled up bright metal and plastic! The playground arrived just last night, no more than 24 hours ahead of us.
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Tonight the local partner here shared his heart for this community and the long-time burden he’s felt to create a place where families can come together and where children can safely play.
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Tomorrow is Day 1 and I’m excited to see what this team from @cornerstonefv can do...but just in case, I brought a secret weapon: @kahleetah 😍
#lifeonmission #adventuresinmission #katw #savedtoserve #playmatters #panama #lovemyjob

The amazing team from Nike's Flyknit division took time out from their typical days perfecting athletic shoes to serve together in a totally different way. This team of 56 Nike teammates gathered around OneMeal assembly lines for two hours and packed over 16,000 meals - enough to feed 75 kids in Nicaragua for an entire school year! Competitive....yes. Hardworking....yes. Fun....yes!! Thank you team Flyknit for giving, serving, and providing these meals to children in need through the OneMealMeal program #amazing #onemeal #meals #foodpacking #event #kidsaroundtheworld #katw #volunteer #partner #feedthechildren #nicaragua #feedingcenter

This playground was installed this week in Ghana with Give Hope Global
Their Mission: To give hope and bring lifelong change to those we find suffering through the power of the Good News, Good Health, and Good Education
#givehopeglobal #kids #play #playground #build #africa #ghana #katw #kidsaroundtheworld #thelaughter #simplejoys #side #bringontheplay #swing #run

From the onset, the Holy Spirit began moving. One participant reflected after hearing the story of Jesus Blessing the Children, that, "Her thoughts were not God's thoughts, but that God was putting His thoughts in her".
#kidstory #honduras #Tegucigalpa #holyspirit #Godordained #Jesusspoke #storyclub #teacher #kids #bible #jesusblesingthechildren #touchinghearts #makninganimpact #Godsthoughts #leaders #story #tell #reachingout
#kidstory #storyclub #honduras #kids #kidsaroundtheworld #katw #bible #parable #peter #teach #learn #share #itsabouttheimpact #workshop #train #

This is why we do what we do here at Kids Around the World. Our partner, City of Joy, now has a tool to reach into the community and impact it for Christ.
#Rwanda #africa #community #outreach #play #playground #letthechildrenplay #katw #laugh #run #swing #cityofjoy #impact #thisiswhatwedo #volunteer #partner

Sam participated in a KIDStory workshop three years ago in India. Since he has been using KIDStory with his bible college students. They minister to 500 children weekly!

#kids #kidstory #storyclub #india #workshop #faith #threeyearslater #500children! #ministry #discple #forthenextgeneration #katw #kidsaroundtheworld

Pastor Nachos and his wife committed their lives to Jesus after their oldest son nearly died. Then they lost everything in a devastating earthquake. Following Jesus calling they now pastor a church of 80 people!
#80 #ecuador #pastor #churchplanting #Jesus #kidstory #storyclub #teach #childrenministry #Jesuscalling #mission #purpose #toloseistogain #makinganimpact #kids #katw #kidsaroundtheworld #earthquake #family #reachingpeople #bethedifference

Smile fueled by 2200 volunteers, 6 churches and schools, 2 ministries partnering together, and One God who orchestrated it all to extend His love to this beautiful child and many others in Malawi.
@cotni
#cotni
#Malawi #volunteer #volunteers #onemeal #meals #event #mealpacking #makingithappen #helpingbringssmiles #feed #ministry #partner #weneedyourhelp #africa #kidsaroundtheworld #katw

Ethan took on a playground tear out for his Eagle Scout project. He assembled a crew of volunteers to tear out a playground then work to clean, fix, and paint the refurbished playground. He successfully completed his project in time for his Eagle Scout

#eagle #eaglescout #project #warehouse #kids #kidsaroundtheworld #katw #playground #paint #refurbish #tearout #volunteeropportunity #partner #join #volunteer #alwayslookingforvolunteers #unbelieveable #kids_of_our_world

As part of Accelerate, we want to give you an opportunity to give back! June 10th, you'll have that opporunity! Join us as we package meals for children around the world! It's family-friendly and super fun!

Register: my.cfcwired.org/foodpacking

KIDStory is making major strides in Ecuador. StoryClubs are drawing children of all ages. People are seeking out to KIDStory workshops to learn how to effectively reach the children.
#kidstory #storyclub #workshop #ecuador #teach #learn #createanenvironment #makeanimpact #children #kids #kidsaroundtheworld #katw #volunteer #partner #reachingchildrenwithstoryclubs

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