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On the ground in Panama right now, are 1 single, 2 families and…3 dogs! It’s quite a crew and there is never a dull moment as you can imagine. I think this picture is our best attempt to look like a Rock Band!  Please continue to remember us in your prayers. The work is real and very soon I will post more updates about what is happening here in Panama in more detail. Please remember that your support is how we are able to continue to live and minister here. We thank all those that have been faithfully standing with us and we invite more people to come on board and help us move this ministry forward! Come be a part of what God is doing in Panama!

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Children of our Father




Matthew 5:45 says, “…that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

I am one of those people that believe that God is actually, intimately involved in every single, little detail of our lives. Fault me if you like, I can take it; but because of the Bible, I believe we are objects of his great love and he loves to demonstrate it in a various ways every day whether we have the eyes to see it or not. Whether we ask for it or care about it, he does it. He makes the sun shine on the righteous and the unrighteous every day. He makes the rain fall for the Godly and the ungodly every day. Some of us are conscious of it while others try not to be.

This doesn’t mean we always understand things or interpret our circumstances in the way God wants us to or means us to understand them and that is why it is so critical that we have God’s written Word to consult in our daily lives. There is no substitute for that. However, with that said, at times there are moments that make me smile when I believe God’s communicating his caring presence in ways we weren’t even looking for. One of those happened yesterday for us as we were taking a brief road trip here in Panama. Let me share.

As we were traveling on a road that we’ve never been on, heading to the Atlantic side of Panama in the direction of Colon we started to hear a strange sound. We were driving up a long hill and at first we thought it was the rough road we were on. Moments later we realized it was a flat tire. Super bummed and in between towns, I knew I just had to get the spare on and this would probably change our plans for the day. However as I got it free from under the car and started to bring it to the front right side, Bianca pointed out immediately opposite to us, on the other side of the street was a small, stand alone building that said “Llantas” which means “Tires”.

Now I know some will think that I am making more of this story than I ought to but it really made me smile that we would have that particular problem in that particular spot of all the problems and all the spots in Panama that could’ve been encountered. I talked with the man running the shop. His name was Esteban and he said it would take $4 to fix the tire. All I can say is God is so cool!

We ended up giving him more than that and we even shared some Gospel literature with him but I just marvel at the way God makes things work out. Not all of our problems occur like that or resolve so smoothly. Certainly Christians are not promised a problem-free life by any means but there are times when I think God enjoys communicating his presence to us in ways that we know only he could have done. All the praise goes to Him. My encouragement to anyone is to watch for God more in every moment of your lives. He is there. Maybe not as we would expect to find him but he does not sleep and he is watching over each person in ways we don’t know about every day. Speaking of that, keep Esteban in your prayers. Perhaps the Lord will use our tire problem for his salvation if he places his trust in Christ as a result of what he reads.

Easy and Light

Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Jesus Christ

Traffic In Panama

                         Traffic In Panama

Can there be sweeter words from the mouth of Jesus?

There have been times in the past few years specifically when I have been exhausted in ways that I didn’t even know I could be. Constantly pushing against things and working to get myself, my family or a ministry to that place where you feel ready, comfortable, prepared, productive or whatever…it gets tiring. Many of the most tiring battles have been internal. One of the biggest battles has been learning to discern between “the voices”. Now before you get concerned that I am going off the deep-end or maybe even more crazy than you already thought I was, let me explain.

Yes, it’s true. I hear voices. I’ll confess. And yes, some of them are audible. In fact, some of them might even be yours. Other voices may be just imagined in my head or actually my own voice and sometimes I even think I hear God’s voice, though not out loud. Now if you’re counting…that’s a lot of voices. Out of them all the most important has to be God’s or so I have to remind myself… almost every day. Why? Because almost all the time, I am conscious of all kinds of people and their expectations, wants or desires. Whether I am thinking about my agency ReachGlobal, my supporters and churches, or my family back home. Even here in Panama there are people or groups of people that have ideas about my life or desires they would like me to satisfy even though they might be implicit or never even stated. Sometimes it feels like virtually everyone around me has an expectation or desire for me including of course–myself.

Now if I begin to think for one second that it’s possible to start pleasing all these people or groups of people I start to play a game, a game I hate. The Game I am talking about is that rat race of craziness where I actually try to run around and satisfy the desires or expectations all those people or groups of people. Unfortunately I have tried to do this way too many times and I know from experience that it always leads me back to the same exhausted spot, wondering how to hear the voice of the one that really matters through all the noise – God.

Then I remember this verse and suddenly it has new meaning to me. I think I know how Jesus had such an easy yoke and such a light burden despite the true fact that he was/is the actual SAVIOR of the WORLD! Of course it’s not that people didn’t have desires or expectations of him. All over the Gospels we read about how people wanted him to leave, come, heal, speak, touch, be king, be dead, be gone, or whatever. I don’t think anybody has ever had more expectations on them than Jesus. YET he says his yoke is easy and burden is light…HOW can that be?

I think it’s surprisingly simple.

He knew that he had only one voice to listen to. He knew he had only one set of expectations to obey. He knew he had only one being in his life to please…His Heavenly Father. Everyone else just didn’t compare. So what does this mean?

This means, I have to learn to listen to one and only one voice in my life – really. There is truly, only one voice to listen to and obey…the voice of our Heavenly Father. Others may not like that. Some will literally hate that but that is the only way to live if you don’t want to be frazzled, exhausted or crazy at the end of your day, week or life. Moreover, I will add that if people really care about you, like they say they do, they will agree and support this too. They will agree that each of us is never in a better place than when we are fully obeying the voice of our Creator with an undivided heart. Furthermore, when we are listening to just His voice, I will bet that we will find ourselves being more of what we need to be for all of those other people anyway as a natural byproduct of lives living focused on God.

So, make it easy. Listen for God’s voice and do what He says and do it every day and let the other voices go.  I need to keep this in check because the very idea is under attack all day long. His voice is competing constantly with all the other voices around me all the time. So my ears must be trained and attuned to that specific note of my heavenly Father’s voice. This comes only one way. We must get used to His voice.   And in case you’re wondering, the most common way for Him to speak to us is through his written Word every time we read it. The more we read it, the more we know it. When we read God’s Word, we hear God’s voice. We note his tone. We familiarize ourselves with his uniquely, sweet sound. We learn about his passions. We understand his desires and expectations for us and then we get to live by them.

Easy & Light.

Just a Reflection on Psalm 1

May this encourage those who read it. Amen.

6 verses.The book of Psalms starts off with this short Psalm that basically describes 2 ways to live your life.

Every one of us has a choice to make. That choice is a choice we make once but we reconfirm it every single day of our lives.

1 Way (Verses 1-3)

2 Way (Verse 4-5)

The Reason & Non-negotiable fact (Verse 6)

Look at Way 1…

Described first because it is the better choice:

1. Blessed is the man.

“Bless” is the most common OT Word. It means….ברך to praise; to bless; (pt. pass) blessed, filled with strength, full; praised, adored; to wish on oneself a blessing.

In other words, it is everything you want out of life. To be happy, strong, loved, adored, treasured, important…So why don’t we pay attention to this?

What does a “Blessed” man do that makes him so different? That is the question we are supposed to ask ourselves here…

1. He does not walk… in the counsel of the wicked

2. He does not stand…in the way of sinners

3. He does not sit…in the seat of mockers.

Do you see this graduation? This is a process of degradation and erosion. Slowly this person is getting more and more comfortablewhere they should not be. Walk..Stand..Sit. With the Wicked, Sinners & Mockers.

What should we note here?  

We shoould get up out of the company of mockers. We should move away from the Sinners that are so comfortable with and not walk with the wicked who will corrupt us. This is the corruption process taking place before us. It is slow but it is active and it works. I don’t believe that most people usually specifically set out to “do evil and wicked” things. Or moreover become a wicked person. Now it happens and it happens a lot but I don’t believe this describes the conscious actions of most people. In saying that I don’t believe in the “moral goodnesss” of mankind. I do believe in the depravity of man. We are sinners and we all sin. But many people don’t set out with this expressed purpose in their day. They instead are not intentional about NOT doing this and because of that this process can take place. little by little, day by day, we find ourselves eventually in the wrong place with the wrong people doing the wrong things. That is the corruption process.

En cambio, (On the contrary) what the “Blessed” man does that is different is what he delights in and what he enjoys…The Law of the Lord.

How strange right? It would seem that Laws of any kind would be anything but enjoyable or delightful but this man actually loves it so much that he ponders it and revels in it at least 2 times in each 24 hour periods. Now this phrase “day and night” is certainly a literary device intended to mean constantly. He is constantly reading and thinking about the Law of the Lord. It is pleasureable activity for him. WHY?

There is something about it that he loves. I hazard to guess that it is simply because of Who’s law it is and not ncessarily what the Law is. He loves knowing God.

It would be like if you went up into your parents attic on eday and whle moving things around, you found a love letter from your great, great, great grandparents to eachother. Wouldn’t you be the least bit tempted to read it? Not for any other reason than to know their minds and their hearts? Even though it wasn’t a letter to you, to be able to go back and know something intimate about them and their relationship would be special and cool for lots of reasons.

Now take it to the next level.

When we have the Law of God, we have written

down for our enjoyment the expressed and written desires of God for our lives. And this is a letter addressed to us. The Whole Bible is written down for us to read. If you want to know what God thinks, read what God wrote – for you! If you want to know God listen to his words that came from him.

This is where I like to remind people that it is quite possible to know ABOUT someone and never really KNOW someone. For example, Many of us can recite the statistics of our favorite athletes or sing the songs of our favorite musicians but how many of us can name their favorite ice cream? or know where their birth marks are? Only those who know those people intimately can answer those questions, like husbands, wives, mothers and fathers and close friends, etc. There is a different level of knowing God that is possible when we know his words. We move from knowing about him to knowing his mind and his desires. And then of course the ultimate form of knowing God comes finally, completely, and exclusively through a relationship with his son Jesus Christ. He himself calls us his friends in fact and shows beyond doubt, his desire to have deep intimacy with us. (See John 15:15) 

Now in case you doubted the value of this pursuit, look at the result. Look at the product of this repetative action in someone’s life. (See verse 3)

Look at the endurance the “Blessed” man has. Look at the provision he enjoys, the strength, the usefulness he offers and the success he has in life. It is hard not to desire the product that he enjoys.

Now compare this all to the alternative way of living.

The “Wicked” man does not endure. He is not well established. He is useless and in fact can’t even stand in te judgement or with the Righteous. It is the end result that we forget. Beccause during regular life, day-today living it often seems as though the wicked are prospering and that the picture is in fact inverted but in reality we are only reading one page in one chapter of a very long book. The final outcome will be very different than what daily moments might suggest. We must never forget that God’s Words are always true. He does not lie. The things we see with our eyes, from our vatnage points in our microseconds on the timeline of humanity are not all there is to see. God however sees it all. He has a field of vision that encompasses all of humanity and all of recorded time and space and all of history and so our question with this conclusion is really just “do we trust God to tell us the truth?”

I trust Him and His Word because God is the only source of total truth and His word will endure forever. (1 Pet. 1:24-25)

Verse 6 is my final reflection.

The secret to the Blessed man is that the Lord watches over him and the Wicked have no such help. Now God shows love and mercy to both because he causes the Sun to shine on everyone and has given life and breath to everyone BUT there is another assurance that the Blessed man has beacuse he has a relationship with His maker and his Creator remembers him and he his Creator every day.

Lord give me this kind of relationship.

WE (Still) Need You!


Dear friends, I will cut to the chase. One of the realities for most modern missionaries is the need to raise their own support for life and ministry. This is certainly true in the case of our family. Everything that we do in Panama could not be done without people doing this with us as a team–one sacrifice at a time.  
It has been a long road to get to where we are and we praise the Lord because all the progress has been made by His grace and we know this. We have seen how He has moved here in Panama to begin foundation laying for the ministry; how he has carried us along as a family to open a new team for ReachGlobal in this country and how he has continued to move on the hearts of people behind us in the country we came from to remember us. It is those prayers and gifts that sustain his work here. God is Awesome!

In this moment we need to communicate that we are STILL in need of your support and your prayers. Yes we are here in the country and Yes things are happening but that only continues if people remember to stand with us. We started support raising three years ago, in the summer of 2012. Over the course of time 2 things have happened and neither are surprises to us. Firstly, people’s commitments have changed. Life situations, jobs, marriages and other circumstances have required that people change or stop giving. Of course we understand this completely but this then opens the place for new On-Going supporters to carry the ball if they feel so led by the Lord. We hope you might consider taking on this challenge of a regular commitment monthly, annually or some other interval that works for you and our agency will average out the gift over the year. If so please pray and click this link to SUPPORT THE FOWLER’s. Give as you feel the Lord telling you to give but know that you are needed now and we are grateful for both your Prayers & Donations! 

The Second happening is that ,by Gods grace we have developed ministry in Panama that already needs more resources! We are realizing that the more we have the more we can accomplish. Recently, our English Class Outreach has become an effective tool to connect with Panamanians, build relationships and communicate the Gospel. We saw 7 Panamanians come to Christ in the first week and because of them and others, we held a follow up Bible Study in an area that could be an option for a future church plant. One of these 3-month English course requires about $500 to hold with materials, supplies and snacks for the class and this is just one example of a ministry tool.  Whatever the vehicle may be, our heart is to see the Church and its’ Leaders strengthend or started here in Panama for God’s Kingdom locally and globally. We pray that every platform we use moves us toward that end. Please pray with us about how you can help because we still need you! 

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Graduation night for the boys!


Chill Out Church!

Relax & Remember…A culture contrary to Christianity is the Church’s native soil.

growth in harsh climate

Just like many others, I am saddened by the clear moral erosion currently taking place in my country-the good ol’ USA. Even as I watch from outside the country (Here in Panama), each day seems to propel our nation with greater momentum in a direction more diametrically opposed to Christianity and Biblical truth. While I survey the current events and contemplate the different world our future generations will have to grow up in, I admit that I am tempted to despair for future Christians and the church until I remember 2 important truths:

  1. First, The world can and always will be nothing but the world. In fact, we are already told in the Bible, that the moral condition of our world will go from bad to worse in the days before Christ returns. (2 Tim. 3:1-5, 13) Therefore this spiritual decay doesn’t really surprise us nor should it change our commitment to Christ in the least.  We need only to remain “people of the Book”! We just keep on following our Lord. – EYES ON CHRIST!
  2. Secondly, though Christianity may have enjoyed a period of prosperity and a degree of favor in the public eye of this country for some time, it’s apparent that things are changing. This may trouble some but never forget this: Christianity was born in a pagan and hostile environment; that is its’ “native soil“. In fact, not only did it start in an immoral, violent world clearly opposed to it but it actually flourished there! The Church grew so much in fact, that today, almost 2000 years later, Christians are all over the globe-still following Jesus Christ and standing out by doing so-as the Gospel continues to spread!

So my encouragement to the Church is just this…”Chill Out!” None of the things around us are taking God by surprise and none of them should change a thing about those who truly follow Jesus Christ in Word and Deed. Walk forward with Eyes on Christ, Truth gripped firmly in one hand and Love gripped equally in the other, just like always! And when our Lord comes again may, he find us faithful in every way until the end!

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – Paul the Apostle (1 Corinthians 15:58 -NIV)

I Found Us!

Ethan and Eli meeting one of the Embera.

Maybe the title sounds egotistical but let me explain. Down here each day seems to bring new and curious things for our family. We’ve been in Panama almost 4 months now and so far Bianca and the boys and I have almost visited every spot I had any prior experience at. Although this past week was one highlight I have been waiting a long time for.

            The Indigenous group we went to visit is the Embera Indians in one of the several villages along the Rio Chagres. The only way to reach them is by canoe because there are no roads to this part of the jungle. In truth, I would have never met any of the Embera without the trusted relationships built over the years through Word of Life and Mirko and Traci Delibasich. Traci in particular has had quite a history as a connector in Panama and I can safely say that we are living proof of that.

            On this visit I was hoping to finally introduce my boys to this group of Indigenous and also reconnect with their Pastor again. It had been a long time since I had seen Pastor Valerio Ruiz.  He is Embera and has a small church in the village where he seeks to reach his people for Christ, though he feels woefully ill equipped to do so. And though his situation is complicated, he’s actually one person we had in mind to work with throughout our time of support raising back in the States. When I first met him, he was traveling 1 hour by canoe and 3 more by bus to get a few days of training so he could feel prepared to lead his congregation in his village. His sincere conviction and faith have really given me perspective on my small sacrifices for the Gospel. I have a lot of respect for him even though we haven’t spent much time together. I really expected him not to remember me.

            When I climbed the hill to look for him by his home, I found him working under his house, which is raised on poles. To my surprise, he acted like he remembered me though I still had my doubts. Until he motioned for me to follow him to a small, concrete building where inside on the wall he pointed to my picture. It was old and it was dirty but it was there held up by tape. There we were, my family and I on the first prayer card I ever had to share with people who wanted to “follow the Fowler’s”. I wasn’t sure what to say. I was greatly humbled. He told me he had been praying for me and had been waiting for me to come. I honestly had no words. Though I felt in that moment, a great responsibility toward this man.

            So now I am praying. I am not sure how we can best help him yet but please pray with us to have wisdom as we move forward. I know the Lord wants us to do something but we have a lot more questions to ask and trust to build before we can really serve this Christian brother well and in turn the Embera Indians. I see Valerio as one man with the potential for great influence over his village and many others, if the Lord sees fit to use him that way. Please pray for the following things as the Lord leads:

  • Training up/Equipping of Pastors and church leaders like Valerio
  • Discipleship of new Christians among the Embera and others
  • The Gospel to go forth in and from Panama
  • The faithful sharing of God’s Word at all times in all places

15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. –Eph 4:15-16

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…Here are some pictures from our brief visit and thanks again …For Following The Fowler’s!

Our first prayer card from 4 years ago.

Our first prayer card from 4 years ago.

Valerio, His wife and daughter with Traci and I in front of their church.

Valerio, His wife and daughter with Traci and I in front of their church.

An Embera Home

An Embera Home

Eli found a kitty

Eli found a kitty….no we didn’t keep it.

Possibly the ugliest parrot in the world.

Possibly the ugliest parrot in the world.

Ezra wasn't quite sure what to expect.

Ezra was actually optimistic.

Me and my men!

Me and the men!

Love Now.


My Friend Paul Danner fixing a Christian Brother’s car here in Panama. Cesar is one of my new pastor partner’s.


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Recently, it has become hard to ignore the unusual level of darkness and evil at work in the world. Wherever we turn we see it. For Christians that know and read their Bibles this should come as no surprise though it is still horrific to witness what is being done to people and many times our spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.

To compound this, the affect of the violence has been disheartening to watch as well. While some have actually joined the violence and seized the moment for themselves, exploiting others or surrendering voluntarily to the influence of the wicked. Others have chosen to remain ignorant, oblivious and unaware in effort to preserve their lives the way they like them for as long as possible. Both responses are tragic although there is another that I fear even more.

In reference to the last days, Jesus once said in Matthew 24:12, Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold“. Now I’m no expert on end-times theology, neither do I pretend to be but I do know this: Every day brings us closer to our Lord’s imminent return and the world will get worse before it gets better (Matt. 24:8, Mark 13:8). I believe Jesus tells us here just how easily that can happen–The love of most will grow cold!

I am writing this to encourage my Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Christianity is no stranger to violence and persecution; in fact you might say that it’s our native soil. History has proven that Christianity has not only survived persecution but most often it has flourished and spread even more as a result of it. I want to point us back to a right response to the recent events of our world because I believe we need to be together on this and stay with the scriptures. Paul writes in Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Friends THIS IS OUR RESPONSE. This is our battle plan. We are not doormats that must passively accept whatever the world gives us as if we have no options or no power. Neither are we scared and hiding and hoping to not be found out as Christ followers. We are bold with love for Christ and that is a very active thing. This is our response. Love is precisely the one thing we cannot afford to let grow cold right now and we keep it warm with use, as pumping blood through the veins keeps the body warm. My friends, I do not want to scare anyone with my directness but these recent events do not make me less firm in my convictions, in fact they do the opposite. I hope they do the same in you and in the depth of your conviction and the firmness of your faith you respond with bold love. Love people actively. Love with the Truth of God’s Word and love with the Gospel message. And just like Jesus, may the power of your words of truth coupled with your actions of love be a light for others in these darkening times. Stay close together. Stay close to Christ and let us love more boldly than ever.


Romans 13:11-12

And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”



A Headless Goat or a Priceless Clue?


            A week ago my boys had the day off of school because there was no electricity. This is equal to a “snow day” for them here in Panama and of course they were not too bummed about it. We don’t live far from the ocean now so for fun we took them to a place where Rio Chame and the Pacific come together to explore (Pic. Above). It’s an unusual spot with lots of sandbars, dunes and pools of fish. While we were hiking we came upon something strange.

Lying high on one sandbar was a dead white goat with no head. The body had not been there more than a day and it was clear that no animals had yet touched it. Stranger still however, was that there were no marks at all on this goat. In fact in addition to no head, there was no blood anywhere around it and no footprints either. We hurried the boys passed to continue exploring but I couldn’t get that curious sight out of my head. What was a goat doing on the beach? Where was its head? Why were there no other marks at all around? I knew we were new here in Panama but something didn’t add up.

After researching at home, I came up with a theory. Evidently, similar headless goat scenes (and other animals) have been found before, South Florida is one example. Many times these have had a connection to the religious group known as “Santería” where goats, chickens and other animals are used as sacrifices for purification or spells. I had never heard of them before so I started looking into it. From what I’ve read, Santería is probably best described as a form of Voodoo, cloaked in the terminology and worship of the Catholic Saints. It’s a syncretistic religion with roots to Africa.   The history of which can be traced through the slaves that were brought to the Caribbean from Africa years ago but since that time has merged in a way with the Roman Catholicism. I learned it’s not only present here in Panama but it is likely growing! I believe the combination of worshipping the Saints and the widespread Biblical illiteracy here in Panama make this country fertile soil for Santería and cults like it to take root and grow. Just like Hosea 4:6 says, “…my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”.

My concrete confirmation came two nights ago when a man named Felix came to our gate at 11PM asking for shoes. We’re usually careful about handouts from our house but this seemed different. I ended up giving him shoes and also a Bible and we talked for a long time about Christ. As we talked he told me that he had been part of the Santería cult though he no longer was. He was grateful for the Bible. He had never had his own before and asked me where to start reading. I told him John and I believe we will meet again. Please pray for the chance to minister further to Felix but even more pray for the Lord to push back the darkness of false religion with the light of His Word here in Panama. Please pray for our boldness with the Gospel and the fortifying of Christ’s Church to really make disciples for Christ here in this country. And may we all find the darkness and take the light to it!

Our 1 Month Anniversary In Panama!

Steelers Playoffs excitement for at least 1 night!

Steelers Playoffs excitement for at least 1 night!

Well we’ve been here 1 month today. Great! …only 5 more to go before the cycle of “culture shock” gets to the worst part. Right now is supposed to be the “honey moon phase”, though I gotta tell you, if this was my real honey moon, I would have concerns about the marriage. Sure we have enjoyed parts of finally being here in Panama, but we have already had moments where my wife and I have both thought, “Oh no. What have we done!” Prior to this year we had spent a year in Costa Rica to learn Spanish and if you know us, your probably already knew that. That year was vital to our survival here in Panama, because even though we speak on the level of a 1st grader right now, it puts us leaps and bounds ahead with
people around here and of course it affords us more independence as we do life and ministry.

This year will surely be a year of growth, investigation and strategizing. A time for prayer, and listening both to God and to people. We have to perfect the art of question asking as we lay the track for our team coming behind us. We know that we have come to build up the church here in Panama. We know that we want to see the multiplication of healthy, biblical churches that transform people in Panama, one life, one family and one community at a time into who Christ wants them to be. However before we can really succeed we must find out what the people here are thinking, feeling and believing. This is where we get to wear our anthropologist hats and yet assess through the lense of scripture. A great example of what I am
talking about is Paul in Athens. (See Acts 17:16-34). A key verse to note is Acts 7:23, “For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.” This is the careful assessment that I am referring to. I heard a wise man say once that missionaries and pastors must always be students of the “Text” and the “Context”. He was referring to the Bible and those we mean to share its’ truth with and though the balance is hard one to maintain; it is critical to strive for continually. He likened it to a bridge that had to be firmly anchored on both sides to serve its purpose well.

On the home front, we are stressed. I’d like to sound “victorious” but i’m just keeping it real. Please keep us in prayer. I don’t mean to sound alarming or even as if I am complaining. We knew this was part of the process going in, though it doesn’t make navigating the challenges that much easier. We keep wanting stability for our family and yet life only assures us of more change. Please pray for Ethan, Ezra and Eli as they will be starting school this Monday. It is an international school but it is Spanish speaking. This seems like a great school but this will be an adjustment for them from their school in Costa Rica. Please keep them in Prayer for their learning and friendships to go well.

Bianca is amazing. I am undeserving of this women. And no, I am not being humble. Those of you who know us can attest. Over and over again she has displayed a remarkable resolve that quite frankly has me in awe much of the time. Not many women could do what she does and make it all look so easy. She does it and adds even her touch of style and grace to make it complete. We have moved more times than I can count. In fact now we have a 3 year Christmas tradition going of moving to new countries. (I’m eager to break that tradition!) I think we have lived in every kind of house except maybe a teepee or a yurt and yet she finds a way to make anything feel like home. The girl who could win beauty pageants can also
crush cockroaches with her flip flop and thinks geckos inside her house are “cute”. What a women! I thank Jesus for her. If you could solicit prayer for her, I think she would also ask for a feeling of peace from the Lord for a place to stay for a while. However that is accomplished. We don’t want to leave the area of Panama that we are in and change the school the boys are going to attend this year but the house we are in is also for sale and therefore we can’t get too comfortable. Pray for us to find a place to stay for at least a few years, if the Lord would permit it.

For me, I am thinking about lots of stuff. The Lord, life, family, ministry, my team, tools and finances. We miss our family, friends and partners in the U.S. and think of them often. The holidays have made that feeling even more acute for me. If you would pray for me, please pray about my heart being nearer to Christ than ever before. Pray for me to hear his voice as clearly as crystal as we take our first steps here in Panama. We need wisdom with commitments and partnerships. We need His provision for the 2nd van. We are hoping for a 15 Passenger – Toyota Hiace which used would be about $23,000 and at present, we still need at least $13,500 to buy it. This tool would certainly allow us to be able to do more but we are dependent on the Lord’s timing for all these things and everything else. Most of all, I think I need patience, trust and not to fear. I don’t know what will happen in the future and everyday I think about that. Though the possibility of all that could
happen for the glory of God keeps me moving forward. I think often of the phrase “perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf” from the mouth of Jonathan in 1 Sam. 14:6. Its that possibility that I hope in. God is so good and we walk forward into unknown future by remembering what He has made known to us of himself in the past.

Well hopefully this has been a helpful update for all of those “Following the Fowler’s”! I can tell you with confidence that we are so thankful for each person standing beside us. There is a feeling like I cannot explain when you are far from home in a foreign country and often alone, yet sure that people are remembering your family before the Lord and interceding for you routinely. We are part of you and part of your churches and we know it and feel it. We love you and praise the Lord for you and hope to connect with as many of you as possible in the days ahead since we are now finally here in Panama.

If you desire to connect with us our new information is below:


(724) 466-0682 (Free for USA Callers)
(507) 345-3527 (House Phone-Panama)
(507) 6578-6736 (Jon’s Cell – Panama)
(507) 6578-7788 Bianca’s Cell – Panama)

USA Mailing Address: Attn. Jon Fowler, 1239 Rolling Meadow Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15241

PANAMA Mailing Address: Not Coming Soon. Best way to mail is bring it in person or pass it to someone coming.

Emails: (Family Email) (Jon) (Bianca)


Facebook: Look for followingthefowlers or Jon and Bianca each have a page.

Skype: Jon.fowler2 is the best to use.

Bendiciones in Cristo,

Jon Fowler