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BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER -PANAMA

Greetings Family and Friends,

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Quick Facts

Panama’s temperature and humidity are often lower than Florida’s.

Panama’s ‘summer’ is winter in the US, Canada and Europe.

Panama’s has about 100 microclimates, so weather varies by location.

Mountain areas such as Boquete are cooler and windier.

Caribbean side (Bocas del Toro) is more humid and rainy than the Pacific.

The driest part of Panama is the Azuero Peninsula on the south coast.

The hottest part of Panama is around David (sw border near Costa Rica).

Length of day is 12 hours year round because Panama is near the equator.

Sunrise is approx. 6:20am and sunset is approx. 6:20pm year round.

Panama never goes on Daily Savings Time as all days are the same length.

Panama never gets hurricanes.

The Panama Canal is a passageway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the country of Panama.

Panama was chosen because it is the narrowest landmass between these two oceans. The Canal is approximately 50

miles long. It consists of three locks and dams that enable ships to travel from the Port of Cristobal on the Atlantic

side to the Port of Balboa on the Pacific side and vice versa. Ships can navigate through the Canal in approximately 24

hours.

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The Lord is good as He prepared the way to locate the servicemen’s home in Panama.  One house we looked at

was more than $900 a month, and that was in 1991.  A gouge right, for a small bungalow?

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We went to look at a duplex house that was rented by the government.   We heard it was once  American military

housing that was turned over to the  Panamanian government.  It was on the fringe of an undesirable

neighborhood.  But it was conveniently located to the American bases.  Close to Fort Corozal, Albrook Airforce

Base, and a drive across the Bridge of the America’s took us to Fort Kobe, and Howard Airforce Base.

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It was a tropical house  and you drove underneath it and it became your carport.

We climbed up a flight of steps to go into the house.  We walked  into a moderately large foyer, with a half bath to

the right of the entrance.

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We looked around and went upstairs to see the bedrooms.  My husband was excited and asked me, “what do

you think?”  I looked around and answered,

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“um, it needs a lot of work!”

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It was a dirty nasty mess!  He said, “I think we’re going to get it.”  I thought, “he’s got to be

kidding!”  Well, he wasn’t kidding!  For one thing, it was three hundred and something dollars.  The

government official said they would paint the inside and fix the plumbing.  Thieves had stolen the copper pipes.

 We ended up getting the whole duplex. My husband’s vision was to have one side for the servicemen’s home

and the other side for church, plus  upstairs could work as an overflow for the servicemen, when the other side

was filled.

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So we started cleaning the place up so we could move in and move out of the hotel. On Christmas Day, we were

scrubbing the kitchen down so it could be painted.  I don’t know how many years of grease was on the walls and

cabinets and floor around the stove.  I used boiling water, a metal scrubby, and  Comet cleanser on the floor,

and lots of elbow grease!

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The serviceman who was our contact, and in fact was the reason why we were  in Panama, has a

sweetheart wife that was preparing us a Christmas dinner fit for a king.

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My husband painted the whole downstairs in less than a day.  It took the government guys a long time to paint

the rest of the house with watery paint that needed multiple coats; not the best paint job.

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He was very anxious to get the downstairs  presentable so he could start having church in the home.  We bought

a couple of area carpets and put them in the living room /dining room combination.

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We needed furniture.   We went to eat and I left my purse in Mc Donald’s, and a lady quickly followed us out and

returned it to me.  That was our introduction to Luchita, a Christian lady, whom God used and was

instrumental in helping us find furniture.   We bought a couple of new couches and chairs, with wooden frames and mauve colored cushions (mauve was “in,” back then) and end tables.

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We  met her husband, Ramon.  He said, the Lord wanted him to help us, and he and Luchita were a great

blessing to us in many different ways; definitely a Divine connection.

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*We bought some folding tables, and blue folding chairs for the dining area.  We bought a linoleum for the kitchen

floor and things were looking up.

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I made some pink curtains for the kitchen, that looked like eyelet.  It was starting to look “homey.”

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The home had a nice floor plan, large rooms, and high ceilings and lots of windows.  People would come in and

say how much they liked it.

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Later on Sis. M. and I made simple gathered valances for the windows along with matching table cloths for the

tables.  I found wide fabric  on Central Ave., a super place for bargains, for a dollar a yard so we were able to

decorate cheaply.  The fabric tied everything together, white background, mauve, and blue.  It was cheerful and

everything was clean.

Yes, beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.  My husband saw past the filth and the work and saw a

beautiful Servicmen’s home.

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Yes, it wasn’t long and we started having church services.

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Once he preached his own revival for ten nights.  The Lord blessed.

 

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Thank you for stopping by and please pray for America the Beautiful and spiritual awakening.

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