The Republic of Panama is the southern-most country of Central America. It is situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America. Costa Rica and Columbia share its borders on the west and southeast, respectively. The capital and largest city is Panama City. The city’s metro area is home to nearly half of the country’s 3.6 million people.
The government of Panama does not collect statistics on the religious affiliation of citizens. However, various sources estimate 75% to 85% of the population identifies itself as Roman Catholic and 15%–25% as evangelical Christian.
Global CHE’s Work in Panama
Beth Harrison, a member of the Pure Heart church, arrived in Panama on July 1, 2015, and is serving in the Bocas del Toro Province. This province is in the northwest portion of the country, near the border of Costa Rica. For the last 10 years, the Lord had placed missions in Beth’s heart. He prepared her with several short-term mission trips to Honduras, Kenya, Guatemala and El Salvador. In a very tender moment of prayer, the Lord told Beth “long term” and revealed His intentions for her to serve in Panama.
Beth has begun to minister, disciple and bring the CHE model to a group of native people called the Gnobe (pronounced “nobay”). This Gnobe tribe lives on Isla Bastimento, an island in the region. She has now connected with members of the Gnobe people and is actively working the CHE model with them.
It is Beth’s humble calling to be the hands and feet of our Lord Jesus Christ. The focus is to empower the Gnobe people to alleviate their own poverty through the CHE model and the love of Jesus Christ.