Our tour day today was a dream adventure. We all loaded into our small boat and headed out on the River Chagres. The weather was the best it had been all week and our team was excited to see some more of Panama’s wildlife. We found a Cayman only minutes after being in the water. The River Chagres flows into the canal and we were soon buzzing by a gigantic ship loaded with shipping containers. Did you know that ships can be charged up to $1M to use the canal?
We veered out of the canal to an area filled with small islands. All told today, we were treated with seeing Capuchin and Tamarin monkeys, a 7-8′ crocodile, and a river tortoise! We were even able to feed the Tamarin monkeys little bits of banana, so cool.
We arrived at Jungle Land and were blown away by the scene. A three story, floating house, decked out with hammocks, swing chairs, a restaurant, and a myriad of water activities. After lunch, our group, being the adventurous and lively sort, elected to kayak further into the jungle. Part of the time we were racing, part of the time we were slinging lily pads at each other, but the whole excursion was a blast.
We got back with enough time for some swimming and relaxation. Then, we were back in the boat returning to Casa Paraiso for the last time.
Our day (and week) finished with the students affirming each other. They spent each day listening to each other’s testimonies, watching them serve, cheering on growth. Tonight was a special opportunity for them to call out the Godly attributes that they’d seen in each other and they saw a lot. Hearing them speak so kindly and encouragingly was truly heart-warming. They called out leadership traits, special giftings, and obvious talents and inspired faith-filled living by saying how excited they were to see God use those gifts coming back from Panama.
The MYM Team