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Our Heart's Desire
By Rod and Sherry Boyd

May He grant your heart’s desire and make all your plans succeed.”
Psalm 20:4 (NLT)

Rod and Sherry at the 2013 Educators Summit in MexicoPsalm 20 is described as a royal psalm. David, about to enter into battle, gathers those closest to him to lead them in prayer. The first five verses is the prayer that David asks this congregation to pray for him. In the same spirit, we ask you to pray for us: “May He grant your heart’s desire and make all your plans succeed!

We recognize that sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Proverbs 16 has several verses about our plans and desires. Verse 3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Then, just six verses later in verse 9, we are reminded, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” God is faithful to honor the vision that He puts in our heart, but He is in control of the details of how that vision will be fulfilled.

We asked in our last Panorama newsletter (Historic Significance) for you to join us in praying for property for the Latin America Resource and Training Center. A parcel of property for which we had been negotiating had been sold to a buyer that was willing and able to purchase the entire piece. We had planned our course, but God was directing our steps that has now led us to a different property!

Randy and Lynne Forsyth at the Soloy Indian SchoolWe are happy to announce that the General Presbytery of the Panamanian Assemblies of God has wholeheartedly embraced the vision of the Latin America Resource and Training Center and has designated a 3-acre parcel of land for the Center! The property is located in Pedregal, about five miles from the Tocumen International Airport. The Northern Corridor, a highway that circles the city on the North, is currently being extended to connect with the airport. The property is located just one-quarter mile from the entrance to this highway.

This property requires more site preparation because of its topography and will required more customized construction. Enter Randy and Lynne Forsyth...

Randy working the "plans"Welcome Randy and Lynne! The Forsyths are AGWM missionary associates who arrived to Panama in May to help us with school construction. They have already visited most of the schools and are actively consulting with pastors on the best and least expensive way to build school facilities. His expertise in land use and best practice for construction has already earned him respect and a growing work load! Teams are scheduling to come to Panama and help our schools with desperately needed classrooms and school facilities.

God had been directing the Forsyth’s path toward Panama for a number of years. Family circumstances and raising their missionary budget delayed their arrival. But God was directing their steps and they have arrived at the perfect time. Randy’s specialty is property development! He has already commissioned a topographical survey on the new Pedregal property and based upon the survey he is now designing the site plan and building plans for the Latin America Resource and Training Center.

Lynne after a "face painting" sessionWe ask you to pray for us in these coming months. God has given us a vision and we believe he is helping us to develop sound plans for fulfilling that vision. We ask that you to pray for us that God would grant our heart’s desire and make our plans succeed. Pray that God would give us wisdom and favor in site and architectural planning, building permits and site preparation. Pray that God would provide needed funds for preparation and building. Pray that churches and teams would partner with us over the next few years. And please pray that God would continue to use the ministry of the Latin America Resource and Training Center to enable godly leaders, to train committed educators and to develop and provide vital resources necessary to prepare and send workers into the harvest fields of our world.

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