Pablo and Ale :: PAINT Church-Youth Group Ministry

AFCRShowGuest122213PabloandAle12022013_164_174We are Pablo and Alejandra.

Pablo Isaac Villarreal and Alejandra Garcia were born in Monterrey, Mexico. They were born and raised in a different faith than Christianity but God put them together in 2010. In 2011, a the age of 23, Pablo and Alejandra came to know the Lord and married in 2012. After getting married, they moved to Panama the same year.

Pablo graduated with a degree in Industrial Production Engineering from Tecnologico de Monterrey. Alejandra graduated with a degree in General Educational Psychology from Universidad de Monterrey.

Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

They both love the Lord and seek that every young adult be in the center of the God’s will. Their vision is to bring as many young adults into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ where they can find true life, fulfill their purpose and advance the kingdom of God.

Pablo likes american football, enjoys the beach, and loves mexican food. Ale enjoys reading, fellowship with people, and nutella!

They now live in Panama and assist the Panama International Church where they are currently the leaders of the Young Adult’s ministry.

Pablo and Alejandra look forward for what God is doing and going to do in the country of Panama.

Web Site : www.paintchurch.com

Email: info@paintchurch.com

Facebook: Panama International Church

Twitter: @paintchurch

Brittany DeVries :: Advocate/Film Producer/Mom

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Advocate/Film Producer/Mom

A resident of Panama since 2008, Brittany DeVries lives with her husband and two small children. Through volunteer work at a local orphanage she became aware of the challenges children in institutions face. In May 2012 to support legislative change Brittany produced a short documentary QUERIDO PANAMA, or DEAR PANAMA, with Voice for the Voiceless & Grassroots News. With no previous filmmaking experience Brittany was surprised when the short won an award for “Film Content.”

Seeing the opportunity to use TV and film as a way to plant ideas and promote change Brittany began Seedling Media Productions. She is currently working on several projects to continue to raise awareness for the rights of children. Passionate about every child’s right to family-based care Brittany was recently appointed the Panama Director for the NGO Hope for the Nations. It is her dream to see widespread legislative and structural reforms throughout Latin America through the use of media and film.

“At the end of the day I’m just an average mom who decided to take a risk and be the change I wanted to see.”

brittany@hopeforthenations.com

Pastor Cenit Cosio :: EPIC KIDS

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Cenit Cosio is Panamanian girl who loves the Lord with all her heart. She gave her life to Jesus at the age of 7 and started to serve Jesus at the age of 12.

She graduated from the Universidad Tecnológica de Panama in February 2012, on a Bilingual Business Comunication degree. She loves to worship God and play with her students, but what she loves most, is to teach the word of God.

Cenit has been leading Panama International Church Children’s ministry since July 2011. Her vision is to prepare fearless, Holy Spirit filled students that live in communion with God and declare His wonders with their lives wherever they go.

Website: http://paintchurch.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Panama-International-Church/89038601751

Twitter: https://twitter.com/paintchurch

Lyn Smith :: International Speaker

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LynSmith-150-150-08052013International Speaker and Bible teacher, Lyn Smith, is passionate about God! Having discovered the awesome life in Him, she takes every opportunity to help others deepen and enjoy an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.

While knee-deep in a Masters program, she also serves on the Advisory Board for Living Bread Ministries, and appears frequently on Christian Discipleship TV. Her third book, “Think 4:8 – 40 Days to a Joy Filled Life for Teens” is a collaborative project with best-selling author Tommy Newberry. It releases for sale September 1.

She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three children. Lyn is available for speaking engagements. You can reach Lyn through her website and read her blog at www.lynsmith.org.

Karmen Booker :: Christian Author

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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to reach higher spiritual heights in their walk with Jesus Christ.

WLWM offers ministry resource products that are designed to encourage you to grow in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ and take you to higher spiritual heights of knowledge and understanding of the Word of God!!!

She has published several books – “Life Enrichment Kit”, “Lessons in Spiritual Enrichment”, “Biblical Entrepreneurship”, “The A B C’s of Ministry”, “Seeking the Face of God”, and “You Are God’s Masterpiece”, “Christian Mentoring Guide for Women”, “Developing Your Spiritual Gifts” . She has also written “The Who Am I devotional” (devotional calendar), and designed Spiritual Poetic Expressions and bookmarks. She is also a Freelance Writer for several Christian magazines.

Ms. Booker is a Business Attorney and the Chief Consultant for Compu-Perfect Professional Services- www.compuperfect.net. Compu-Perfect is a business consulting firm that specializes in 501(c)(3) tax exemption applications, corporate, limited liability company, and nonprofit entity formations, copyright registration, trademark search and registration, asset protection and estate planning services.

Ms. Booker has 18 years experience writing contracts and business plans, forming business entities (Corporations, LLC’s, and Nonprofit Organizations), 501(c)(3) tax exemption, copyright/trademark registration, and estate planning. She also has 20 years editing experience.

Karmen A. Booker

wingsoflove8@yahoo.com

http://womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com

Antwan & Alexis Piper :: Ministers

AFCRShowGuest062313MinistersPiper060113-164-240Antwan and Alexis Piper are happily married and have a deep devotion to glorify our Lord. They promote the discipleship process by spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Antwan is an ordained Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has been called to serve God in many facets, individually and collectively. Outside of everyday evangelism, he is currently partnering with Swaziland Relief rendering missionary assistance in South Africa under Bishop Juliana Angelo and Bishop Van Z. Moore. Antwan is an avid reader and student of the Word of God. He loves teaching and preaching the Word of God encouraging believers to see who they are in Christ and to walk in their God-given authority while on earth. He is currently working on moving into the vision the Lord laid on his heart, ichooseJESUS.org. It will include a podcast network and a prison ministry, H.O.P.E (Helping Overturn Principalities for Eternity). H.O.P.E. Ministry’s purpose is to build transition houses and program assistance to assist former inmates with the ability to transition back into society through a 12-18 month program. Antwan believes that through the transforming power of Jesus Christ, each resident will be able to overcome and begin life anew through the Spirit of the LORD.

Alexis is a passionate woman of God who has a yearning desire to maximize and inspire women as well as reach out and restore healing, worth, and value in hearts across the world. Her goal, through Beauty Untold, is to create a pathway to enlighten and invite women to “stir up the gift” within and edify who Christ has created them to be. God uses her to help empower, provide spiritual insight, and words of encouragement in order to cultivate seeds for future growth. Alexis has had the privilege to serve as an empowerment facilitator for a non-traditional homeless shelter in New Jersey and loved every moment she saw the inward transformation and hope within each woman. Her interest is in the long-term building up of women and girls and desires to empower and strengthen women to enter into their God-given destiny.  As a current author of a weekly devotion, Revealing Who You Are Through The Eyes Of Christ (available Spring 2014), Alexis rejoices in seeing each woman and girl embrace the beauty that they possess inwardly. Alexis says, “It is then that women can come into who they are predestined to be. To live a life of worth, value, and new freedoms; no longer bound to the ways and darkness of the world, but living in true victory. They are able to be the woman God created them to be.” She is excited about embarking on this spirit filled journey and prays that Beauty Untold Ministries will serve as a transforming agent that will allow all women to know their identity in Christ and encourage them to live their inner beauty out loud!

Website: www.beautyuntold.org

Ed & Angela Hook :: Ministers

AFCRShowGuest051913HooksMinistry050613-163-233Ed and Angela Hook are happily married and together they have 8 beautiful children and 6 grandchildren whom they cherish with all their hearts. Ed and Angela Hook have been serving in ministry for over 20 years. Together they have worked in Evangelism, Young Adult Ministry, Ministerial Affairs and Church Planting just to name a few.

Ed Hook, a veteran of the United States Air Force, is the founder of Breakfast With Champions Ministry. Breakfast With Champions is a spiritual development ministry that assists churches, organizations and individuals in implementing the biblical model of discipleship in their church, organization or personal lives. The trainings are personalized after an in-depth assessment and traditionally conducted during a breakfast.

Ed is also the owner of Carefree I T Consultants. Carefree I T Consultants specialize in Web Designs, Redesigns, Maintenance, and as well as advice, sales and service for many information technology specialties including network administration, infrastructure, sales and services that are targeted at Christian businesses that need world class service and Carefree, no hassle and worry free advice, and products all at the best rates available.

Angela Hook is the founder of Angela Hook Ministries an international outreach ministry that reaches beyond denominational walls to impact the lives of women through sharing the word of God and building discipleship relationships. Under the conjunction of Angela Hook Ministries is Woman to Woman Discipleship Ministries the purpose is to teach women that have lost hope in their lives how to regain hope and equip them through the word of God strengthening their personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and empowering them to impact the lives of other women.

Angela is also the Host for Healing Women’s Hearts Christian Radio which is aimed at healing women’s hearts through biblical solutions that offers you the opportunity to be strengthened, empowered, and encouraged while you are experiencing freedom from the pain in your life by learning to rely on the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Healing Women’s Heart Christian Radio is Heard exclusively on the Alive in Christ Radio Network.

Angela has achieved a Certificate in Substance Abuse and Human Services, an Associate Degree General from Lansing Community College. A Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Management from Grand Canyon University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Executive Leadership from Liberty State University.

Pastors Nelson & Amy Lugo::PAINT

AFCRShowGuest042113PastorsLugo040313-180-240We are Nelson and Amy Lugo. Nelson gave his heart to Jesus Christ at the age of 27, while serving in the military. He was set free from a life of drugs and alcohol by the power of Jesus Christ and received a call from God to become a missionary. He prepared himself by attending Southwestern Assemblies of God University and graduated with a degree in missions. He is also currently finishing an MA at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

Amy has been serving the Lord since she was a child but it was not until the age of 15 that she surrendered her life to God’s call to become a missionary. She graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God with a degree in elementary education. Amy and Nelson were married in June of 2003.

They having been serving as Pastors of Panama International Church since July 2011 but have been in the country serving in ministry since 2008. Amy and Nelson have thoroughly enjoyed seeing what God is doing through this wonderful church. They believe that everyone, regardless of their background has a divine purpose from God, to accomplish a distinct plan in this world; to know Jesus Christ personally and to share his love with others.

Amy and Nelson are ordinary people who love God and love people. Nelson enjoys surfing, cayuko, sports (especially NFL Football- Go Giants!) and spending time with his family. Amy enjoys history, teaching in the classroom and being with her family.

Amanda/Alcides Correa::Mama C’s

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Mama C’s – A Little Taste of Heaven…

Alcides and Amanda Correa are a happily married Christian couple, the owners of an expanding baking ministry/business, Mama C’s, and the doting parents of three beautiful children; Arianna, Antonio, and Alex. They are currently living in Panama City, Panama due to their obedience to honor the will of the Lord.

Amanda, born and raised in Denver, Colorado is currently blessed to be a “Stay at Home Mom” with their children, while also running their ministry from home. Her days are full of flour, butter, sugar, laughing, crying, hugging, and LOTS of questions!!! While she will not argue with you that being at home is TOUGH sometimes, she would also say that she is grateful and blessed to be able to be at home and a mom FULL time! She too, is excited and driven with the new opportunities the Lord has opened up since their relocation to Panama.

Alcides is a native of Panama, who is currently working at Dell in the Panama Pacific area, and he is helping to manage the couples’ ministry. What was a pastime for Amanda with baking homemade cookies and banana bread for the family, has now turned into an expanding business. The couple is looking to the Lord for His guidance with this expansion and opportunity that He has provided. Alcides is a loving husband, and a proud, invested father seeking to guide his kids in the way of the Lord and raise them with Christian principles and values. He is thankful daily for the family the Lord has given him, and he continues to persevere in knowing and fulfilling His purpose in which the Lord has called him. He is also a big kid at heart!

The couple met and married in Colorado. After about two years of marriage, they were unexpectedly, under the Lord’s will, relocated to Panama. While this transition has been extremely hard (to say the very least) Alcides and Amanda have understood the Lord’s hand in all of this, as He has revealed many reasons in which He moved them to Panama; Spiritual growth being the biggest. They will testify to the Lord’s greatness as He has given them many testimonies through this experience.

Since their move to Panama, the couple has attended Christian Mission of Panama, pastored by Dr. Alejandro Douglas and his wife Dr. Leticia de Douglas. They are grateful for the support, love, and guidance that they immediately received from their new pastors, and church family. Since joining their church Alcides has become the lead translator from Spanish to English. As Alcides has a passion for Christ, and evangelizing the Gospel, he is proud to be a part in the communication of translating the Word of God every Sunday.

The Correas have also built a fabulous network of friends and family, their children have become bilingual (Amanda is working on her Spanish), they have grown in their marriage and individually. A ministerial opportunity has surfaced and evolved, and most importantly, they have drawn closer to the Lord. This experience has and continues to show them how important it is to trust in the Lord’s will, to accept and move forward with His guidance, the power of prayer and that sometimes the hardest changes bring about the most rewarding results!

Their motto for this year is “God First. First Class!”

Website: http://www.MyMamaCs.com

Enrique Small::Christian Drama Director

AFCRShowGuest021713EnriqueSmall02012013_163_240Enrique R. Small Jr. is the co-Founder and President of Misioneros Productions, LLC, and the visionary behind the Drama Cantata Plays in New York. A Panamanian native, his drama days began at the San Cristobal School gymnasium where he performed in the Easter Drama Cantata, with the Youth Quake Drama Company, under the direction of Walter St. Jones. This is where Enrique learned most of the dramatic craft. Enrique is also the Auditor of Christian Mission of Panama, Incorporated.

This happily married father of 5 has been able to take his passion, valuable experience, and apply it to Drama Plays in New York for the past 16 years. Life was not always so happy. After being married for 4 1/2 years, on April 26, 2002, the Lord called home his first wife, making him a young widower with a two-year old son. This tragedy has strengthened his resolve to make sure that Biblical messages are right to the point and realistic; no tipping through the tulips.

The Drama Cantata has surely been a surprising and upcoming Ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Transcending the age gap, it brings together a child as young as 7 months old, up to an 80-year old person. The Christian Drama performance has included males and females from over 20 different churches who have come together to promote the message of delivering the Good News of the Gospel during the Easter season.

At a time when working together with other churches was not popular (everyone having a busy schedule), for three months these devoted Christians sacrificed their posts all over the city to participate in the Drama Cantata since 1997. No previous experience has been necessary. No professional training has been required. From the writers, to the light operators, actors, singers, dancers, musical arrangements, costumes and props, everyone has given their best for the cause of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many times volunteers had to sacrifice weekends, sometimes endure 12-hour rehearsals, but the Drama Plays has captured audiences to glorify God. Many of those audience members have entered with great skepticism, wondering what kind of play they could possibly see at a church. For a minimum of ten dollars, the biblical stories have hit home. The actors make the Bible stories come to life. Illustrations have unfolded to demonstrate the message of those biblical stories as it relates to our daily lives.

Sixteen years later, the Drama Cantata has not lost its luster, magic, or anointing. Now, in a new venue, with more collaboration, fresh interest and enthusiasm, the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ continues to be ministered. Dealing with diversity, people of all ages, from the old to the young, people with varying levels of acting or dance experience can be a challenge. Enrique, by the grace of God, was able to produce dramas that have been a blessing to hundreds of people. His unique ability to discern a person’s competence and place them in the right role or position has been one of the keys to the effectiveness of the Drama Cantata.

Who knows what the future has in store, knowing that the Lord’s return is drawing near? “My prayer is that God would continue to use the message of these plays to transform the life of at least one person, for surely one soul is worth more than all the Dramas put together.”

Website: http://www.misionproduction.com/Home.html