Expansion in Panama

Since 2002, CALMS has served in Panama in partnership with the Lutheran Church of Panama (IELPA) and its congregations and leaders. Now we are beginning new work in the developing non-urban communities while continuing to encourage and serve IELPA and its congregations.

Because of the robust economic development in Panama and the development of new communities throughout the country, there are presently unprecedented opportunities to bring the Gospel to more people.  Because of these new opportunities, CALMS is expanding the work in Panama. 

  1. CALMS and its U.S. partner churches will continue helping outreach-focused IELPA congregations with volunteer teams to equip leaders and assist with outreach projects.
  2. CALMS will begin new work following appropriate research in new communities throughout the country. This new work will focus in a similar way as our work in Guatemala and Nicaragua on three outcomes: committed disciples of Jesus; thriving churches; and healthy communities.

To make this possible, CALMS will employ a full-time CALMS Mission Representative for Panama, Milton Castillo. He has served with CALMS as a short-term coordinator for a number of years. He has provided excellent guidance to volunteers as a cultural helper, building relationships to link US and Panamanian partners.  Castillo had also previously served as president of the national church (IELPA) and has good relationships with all the national workers and congregations. He also presently serves as bi-vocational missionary pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in the Los Andes area of Panama City. 

Your partnership in both prayer and financial support is needed to drive this expansion of ministry.  Please donate to CALMS to help launch new work in Panama.