Photos by the Lovely Mona
Last night Mona and I drove out to the Former Canal Zone to the little town of Gamboa. Gamboa is the headquarters of the Dredging Division of the Autoridad del Canal de Panamá. Many years ago it was a thriving community, but now it is more like a ghost town. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute has offices there, and many people associated with STRI live in Gamboa. Iglesia San Simón, or St. Simon’s Church has been a part of Gamboa since 1949. It is a small congregation, but a wonderful, faithful, loving congregation. When Mona and I first came to Panamá, I served at St. Simon’s and San Juan in Villa Cáceres. We are still very much a part of St. Simon’s and I serve there whenever their Priest-in-Charge, Revdo. Nelson Edwards, is away.
This morning we had a small crowd at la Misa en Español. Tuesday is Independence from Spain Day and many parades take place today, so most of the youth were out marching and DIDN’T COME TO CHURCH and DIDN’T GET A PERMISSION SLIP FROM PADRE. But our little band played and we were tight! We did a super smooth version of “El Señor Nos Ama Hoy” this morning. That’s Profesor Bernardo Murray on organ, Señor Ricardo Staples on drums, and el Reverendo Padre Mickey on bass (Hmmm, Bernardo and Ricardo; maybe I should adopt the stage name of Micardo). Only three members of the choir showed up this morning; Mona got a great shot of them! Yeah, that’s a 1961 Gibson EB-0 short gauge