I did it again……….

Jeremiah 29:11-13 New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”.
I did it again! As much as I try to get my thoughts in order, sometimes I revert to my human side and don’t see what God has planned. Sad thing is, I’ll probably have this train of thought again.
Okay, so what am I talking about? August 13 was the date I planned to celebrate the first anniversary for the “Church on the Hill” in Hato Chami. We have had monthly church services there and now we had reason to celebrate. Announcements were in place, the large cakes were purchased, some door prizes were bought and Reverend Ann Winters, from the states, was here to help. I prepared a full service and slide show to cap off the night.
We arrived at about noon and began to set up for the service and the children started coming already (the service wasn’t set to start till 6). So as we set up, the kids sang songs and watched 1 3/4 movies. It began to rain early in the afternoon and it continued to rain incredibly hard all afternoon. Lightning and thunder caused the children to cover their ears. Then the electric went off! Thus, the 3/4 movie. You need to know that when the electric goes off in the Comarca, it doesn’t come back on for a long while. Now my hope for a big celebration was dwindling. I remember talking to a student in the dorms saying ” so much for a good celebration tonight. Nobody will come out in this terrible rain! What am I going to do with the cakes? I bought enough for over 100 people. Do I celebrate next month?
I hooked up the generator and went through the motions to go on with the service with the 30 or 40 people that came early. Two girls came soaking wet, so I gave them a blanket to take the chill off. The only light was the projector light on the screen. Soon after we started, the surge suppressor power strip burned up. I did NOT have a spare! What now? God provided one person in the congregation to send someone to his house to get another one. He saved the day.
We got re-started and the people kept coming in , in spite of the rains and the lack of electricity. And we sang, prayed, and shared the Word of the Lord. They continued to come! By the time the service and festivities were done, over 110 people were sent by our incredible God to share in the nights service. I later heard from one man that came to the service, but the church was so full he couldn’t get in. He stayed for bit, in the rain, but ended up leaving early.

It was a very difficult night and amazing at the same time; but it also was yet another situation where I left God out of the picture when I was bumming before the service. I believe that God sent all those people because there was something said that night that God wanted them to hear. It was also a reminder that , against all odds, God will prove that he can do anything at any time. All we need to do is be faithful and watch Him work.
At the end of the night, I shook my head in amazement at what had transpired. I remember when the service started, I said ” I had big plans for the anniversary celebration that didn’t include all this rain, but God knows what He is doing”. And, sure enough He does.
God knows best. I need to trust His plans will always play themselves out if we are faithful. My prayer for all of you is that you seek His face, seek His will and watch His grand design come together…in spite of all the obstacles. Amen.


One thing that has raised it’s ugly head here in Panama is the incredible amount of children without a dad in the house. This really bothers me. For some kids it is the fact that dad left to live with another woman, or two, or three…..
For others, the only connection between dad and the children is that he was ‘present’ at inception. Many children have told me they didn’t have a dad, or never met their dad. What a shame! Dads are so important to the family structure. Dads are so important for the future of their sons. Dads need to model the type of man they want their daughters to marry. In way too many cases, the children do not have that model to guide them. I understand that this is an issue in many parts of the world, I can only speak of my experiences here in the Chiriqui region of Panama. No don’t get me wrong, I am not here to judge. You see, I am one of the dads who failed to be the ideal model for their children. I failed, too. That is why I am extra sensitive to this matter. Thanks to our amazing God, I have another chance to be a dad, or a grandfather to some of the kids here. This is a ‘task’ I take seriously.
Recently I went to visit a large family (9 children in the house). I do not know all the specifics but there is a set of twins there that I enjoy playing with. I chatting with their mom, I found out that the twins, almost 6 years old, were abandoned by their dad when they were born. Sad. I am especially fond of them, and asked one of them if I could be their daddy. She looked at her mom and answered “no”. I then asked if I could be her grandfather, to which she replies ,”yes”. WIN! Then I found out the twins would turn 6 years old on August 12. Looks like I have an opportunity to be a good grandfather by buying them something for their birthdays. They don’t have much in the way of clothing, so, maybe new dresses for each will make them happy. Usually, when I visit them, one is in her underwear, the other in an oversize, ratty dress. A few weeks ago I dropped off a new soccer ball for the older boys. They were as happy as a pig in doo-doo. I actually commented to one boy that this was probably the best gift he could receive, and he replied, YES!
I am friends with many fatherless children, so I have my work cut out for me to be the good example for them. It seems that the girls are more apt to say they don’t have a mom or dad. The boys are more reserved in giving out this info. The most impressive thing with the fatherlessness is, the kids usually don’t ask for a thing. All they want is my time. And as we all know…love is spelled..t-i-m-e. I can afford this.
May the God of all things created, grant me the wisdom and compassion to make good on this do-over in life that is available to me.

Joyfully Serving Him,
Grandfather Bob

Turn up the heat!!!!!!!

As I make my rounds here in the USA,  I realize that I am not in Panama anymore. It is downright cool, wet and gloomy here! I am so used to the heat of San Felix, Panama. I guess I am spoiled.

It may have been a whirlwind 3 state/5 church tour this time, but all went well. I even got a few naps in. And, naps are good when you are my age. I just love sharing the stories of my missionary journey with any who want to hear it. True, a few may be taken aback by my “Apostle Paul boldness”, but I refuse to be ashamed of the Gospel.

One of the most pleasant things I enjoy is to hear church services in English. Once in a while my brain needs a break from the translating of the fast paced Spanish services. That, and the fact that some of the English praise songs really speak to me. Even though I am a full time missionary in a Spanish speaking country, I still listen to American praise music.

Recently I made my 3rd annual 20+ mile hike through the rugged mountains in the Comarca carrying a 12′ cross. This year was the best so far, as 11 people   walked the entire distance. In fact, 2 teenage girls also walked the following week in a hike through the dirt trails in another part of the Comarca. 18 people in all walked in this “Hike for Christ” at least part of the way.

Also, recently, We built 2 more rainwater recovery systems to help families have water at their homes, rather than go to the local streams and rivers where the snakes sometimes bite them. The rainwater is then made drinkable by pouring it through a ceramic filter bucket system I install.

I’ll do my best to get more pictures posted on this blog. I have already lost 5 years of pics somehow. My fault, I’m sure.

Until next time. Keep up the faith. Lean on the hope we have in Jesus.

Bobby Mo


March-ing on……

March is here, and so are the nasty winds in the mountains. We get some wind here in the San Felix area, but it gets crazy in the mountains. A man I know lost part of his roof and had his greenhouse completely destroyed. For the Ngabes, this is no big deal, it is just a part of life where they live.
For me, I’ve been very busy with helping kids get set up for school. I also have 5 college and high school students that I help, financially, for them to continue their education. When I can see someone that wants to better themselves through higher education, I try to help. I am kind of maxed out on the number of kids I can help right now, but if God wants me to help more, he will provide the resources. Please write me if you want more info on these opportunities to help. Some really want to rise up from the extreme poverty that is widespread here.
Recently we were able to help another blind man have a little easier life. We installed a sink and the associated plumbing so he would have water at his house for the first time. Now he can bathe and do his wash as needed without asking for help to bring water to his house.
I’m gearing up for 2 ‘Hikes for Christ’ this year. One is 8 hours through the mountains, the other only 1 1/2 hours. Seems like I am going to have lot of people walking with me, and helping to carry the cross. We’ll have to wait and see.
The “Church on the Hill” continues to go well. I really enjoy giving the message of the Good News and of all the wonderful things Jesus did for us. Now, if I can only get them to arrive on time! Haha! For this culture, it won’t happen. The kids come very early and the adults come late. The last church service proved very interesting and in the end I felt very blessed. You see, at the same time as the service that I lead, there was a large all night vigil going on 20 minutes away(walking, of course). The vigil had a dynamic pastor from Boquette and a band from Nicaragua. here we are, at the start of the service with very few people. There were as many as 500 people there! I was dissapointed. My mind was racing. There was some second guessing going on in my head. I should have remembered that God says not to worry, he has my back. Sure enough 1/2 hour later we had 55 people there to hear about the miracles of Jesus. I need to tell you that my demeanor went form ‘poor me’ to being on fire. They had an extended version sermon that night. I cannot describe the joy I felt. I cannot describe how thankful I was, and am, to Him who knows all and provides all. I am so thankful to God who continues to use me in ways I never could have dreamed of. Thank you Lord for trusting me with the hearts of those that come to listen to me. Continue to give me the words to say to make a difference in their lives.
I have two people coming down to visit and work with me this summer. The son of a friend from church will be here on spring break. The other is a Reverend from a church in Ohio, who will come in August for a two week stay. I always enjoy showing newbees around and filling them in on what is happening here.
It’s been extremely hot for a long time now. Lots of green turned to brown. Rivers are drying up. Tanker trucks delivering water to the areas most affected. The rainy season is still a month away. Thank God, we are in good shape here in the mission with water.
Soon it will be time to head north to the states for my spring vacation. Look for me April 15 to May 17. I love the spring season in the Northeast. It won’t be a very restful vacation as I may end up talking in 5 different churches, in two different states. It will be so good to get back home again to see my family and friends.

Bobby Mo

New Beginnings.


Preaching about moms.

It’s a new day. It’s a new year. It’s another opportunity to do the right thing. What is the ‘right thing’? The right thing is the thing that God wants you to do in your life. God can use you right where you are at in your journey of faith. Just surrender your will to Him. His will will bring you an abundance of peace and opportunities to help those in need. Trust in Him with all your being. You can not lose! As the Bible says, “If God is for you, who can be against you?” Once you surrender and trust God, AND see and feel the results, you’ll say to yourself ” Now why didn’t i do that earlier in my life!”

The new year brings me more opportunities to serve our risen Lord. More chances to feel that peace that surpasses all understanding. Another year to help those that have problems helping themselves. Bring it on, 2016! I’m  ready!

Along with the normal CHRISTmas and New Years’ Day celebrations; here in Panama they celebrate Mothers’ Day in December and  Independence day in November. Here in the mission we just had a huge fund raiser dance for the Catholic church. Around 500 people came to eat and dance the night away to live music.

The worship services that I have been blessed to lead are going well. The last few messages included: Moms of the Bible, being the Dad that God wants you to be, the Nativity story, and Who is Jesus? The last service I was astounded that 80 people came from as far as an hour (walking) away to hear the Good News. Thanks be to God for this blessing.

Speaking of celebrations, Feb. 11 I will be celebrating my 5th anniversary here in San Felix, Panama. 5 very good years, I must say. Possibly I’ll be taking a few days off to visit Bocas Del Toro.

What are your expectations for the year 2016? Are they something that God might bless? Read your Bibles, pray, and listen during your quiet time for that still small voice calling YOU to do the next right thing. Trust and obey….you can not lose!

Happy 2016 everyone and let the blessings begin!

Bobby Mo

Blessed To Be A Blessing

‘Blessed to be a blessing’ is a phrase the folks from my church use frequently. When we are blessed, we need to be a blessing to others. We take this phrase seriously. We love to have the opportunity to take the blessings we have, and give them away to the ‘least of these’.
This was the case in October as a mission team of 7 people came to Panama to be this blessing to others. And, bless they did. When the week was done, 4 families had rainwater collection systems installed on their homes. These 4 systems will probably benefit over 40 persons. Some ceramic filter bucket systems were also installed to assure clean, potable water for them. None of this would have been possible without the blessing from Emmanuals’ Church in the way of full funding for the projects. The ceramic filters were paid for by youth in my home church in New Tripoli. We were blessed with these funds so we could be a blessing to the needy here. All good stuff. Funding the projects was only a part of the work. We needed to carry many of the tools and materials through the rugged mountains to the sites I chose. We carried the things in a heavy rain without a peep of complaining. We handed out over 500 balloons all throughout the week.
When they weren’t trudging through the mountains, they were sanding and painting metal railings in the mission. No matter what I asked them to do, they did without a complaint. Well done good and faithful servants.
A blessing for me was to have them visit me in Panama when I had a church service scheduled. The bi-lingual service was moved indoors because of some rain, but went well. The next church service won’t happen till I get back from my vacation in the USA.
Coming to the states in October is nice for me because I can see the colors of the turning foliage. I can deal with the ‘colder than Panama’ weather, it’s a nice change from the heat and humidity. At my daughters’ house we will celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and CHRISTmas all in the same day. I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren.
There is so much more I could say, but most of you will hear the same stuff during one of the church services that I will speak at.
Remember that we are ALL created to serve in one way or another. And, in the book of James, we read that” Now that you know what you must do, it is a sin not to do so.”
Till we meet again.

Bob Moyer

CHRISTmas in August?

CHRISTmas in the Comarca. I know it is only August, but you couldn’t tell it wasn’t really CHRISTmas if you would have seen the smiling faces of the children that we came in contact with. First, they were amazed by all the people with red hair. A RARE sight in the all black hair mountainside. Second, between the cross necklaces, the soccer balls, frizzbees, balloons, and toys, the kids were elated. Santa came early for them this year. How did this all happen?
First and foremost, God put this trip on the hearts of Mike and Allison Conrey and family, as well as a long time New Lifer, Bev Post. This group had the spirit of giving and had the suitcases of goodies to hand out. Many thanks to Mike, Allison, Emma, Lucy, Reed, Quinn and Bev. These guys really handled the heat, the very bumpy truck rides, the many miles of walking and the strange foods like pros. I’m sure this 9 day trip will stay with them for a long while. There were new sights, new smells, new sounds and many new faces. Trips like this can really be a bonding time for families. Also, for my friends from New Life, it was important to actually see the many projects that New Life has done over the last 6 or 7 years. We have our ‘fingerprints’ in many places.
I love it when a team of ‘missionaries’ comes to visit me so I can share my ‘Panamanian family’ with them. Don’t get the wrong idea, they are not my biological family, only family in my heart….and theirs.
One thing the team heard was all the different names I am called here( all good of course). Such as Bod, Bos, Baba, Sr. Bob, Bobcito, Padre, Nitigon, and Roberto.
We visited Cerro Pierda, Cerro Flores, Quebrado Loro, Hato Chami, Las Lomas, David, and the Lajas Beach. It is rainy season here in Panama, however, the rains did NOT alter our plans at all. Thank you Lord for that.
Then there was ‘Peanut’. I wasn’t sure I would remember Quinns’ name, so I called her Peanut. She is an amazing young girl. When the team was tested the first day here with a one hour hike through the mountains, she didn’t skip a beat. Never complained, and never was at the back of the line. I was impressed. She was such fun the hang out with.
I felt led to treat them to an early morning breakfast and mini church service on the top of a hill in a fantastic location. While talking about our creator, we had a 360 degree view of His creation. And it was beautiful. We sang, we prayed, shared communion, they heard the Gospel and then we ate breakfast. Thank you Lord, for the opportunity to worship you in this way.
The workload is heavy right now, but I’m not complaining. I am looking forward to the next group that is scheduled to come down here in October. That group will be working most of the time on water projects that are waiting to be completed.

Bye for now,
Bobby Mo