The Lovely Mona, Señorita Chompita Wiggletail, and yer Padre leave Panamá this morning at 9:20 am for California. Twelve years is a long time, even in missionary terms, but this place and the people have stolen our hearts. Yesterday we had a beautiful, emotional Good-bye service at Parroquia San Cristóbal. We couldn't take any photos as we were very much involved. Guillermo Johnson took this photo of the Youth of the Parish singing "Den Al Señor." We aren't saying "adios" but "hasta luego" because we will come back to visit.
Twenty-two years ago today the armed forces of the U.S.A. invaded Panamá to go after Manuel Noriega (and to test some new military hardware) and tore the place up, just in time for Christmas. This December 20 we're "invading" California in a much more peaceful manner.
Hasta luego, Panamá.