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Saturday, March 3rd!!!! Adoption Day At Amigos De Animales Building!!!

Dogs available for adoption! 
DogCamp has beautiful dogs ready for adoption!!!
If you are looking for a new member of the family that will love you forever... So, come tomorrow to the ADOPTION DAY at Amigos de Animales Building, you will see many beautiful dogs spayed, neutered and with all the shots.
DogCamp is looking for good homes, totally fenced.
If you adopt a rescued dog from the DogCamp, you will have the perfect company in your live.   COME AND SPEND TIME WITH NEW FRIENDS AND WITH THE  DOGCAMP DOGS, IF YOU WANT, YOU CAN DONATE SOME DOG FOOD (KIRKLAND, DOG CHOW, PEDIGREE)  

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

And Now I Know - Dental Service

Last month Bud broke a tooth. A chunk just fell away. He wasn’t eating anything hard or difficult to chew, but a big part of that tooth was missing. This was a major and unexpected happening plus scary. A new problem and no dental experience in Boquete. What a blow! Using the Health Care Resources for Chiriqui Province maintained by CL moderators Doug and Jo, I called Dra. Monica Sanjur. Told her Bud was in pain and requested an emergency appointment. (She is located in new building not far from the Library.) Dra. Sanjur inspected Bud’s tooth within a few minutes after we arrived at her office. Took an x-ray and there was discussion about a root canal. More inspection and Dra. Sanjur checking on the condition of the remaining part of the tooth. Decision was for a crown. All measurements taken by the dentist and technician then sent to Panama City for preparing of this device. End result is “feels great, no pain” “Dra. Sanjur did a wonderful job”. And Now I Know about dentistry in Boquete.

Marcelyn

Marcelyn

 

La Casa Mexicana---David

Probably the best Mexican food I have eaten in years. Some highlights of the "Restaurant and Gift Shop"; Good parking Safe area Doors locked while inside Very clean Restrooms exceptionally clean Simple menu Great Service Honors Jubilado More than adequate portions More than reasonably priced I got out the door for $16.55 I had the special (one of everything)$8.50 She had the burrito $6.75 (brought half home) Two very good natural lemonadas $3.00 7% Tax Google maps takes you right to the front door.

Hil

Hil

 

And Now I Know -- Tailor Shop

A short time ago I ordered jeans from an internet source. Quality was not very good. They were cheap; about half the price of what I could find elsewhere. Yes, once upon a time my mother told me “you get what you pay for”.  The color was O.K. The real concern was the length of the pant legs. They were seven (7) inches too long. Now that would be a heck of a roll-up cuff! What to do. I had paid for them; spent money to ship them here, and they were cheap. Off I went to downtown Boquete looking for someone with a sewing machine. Found him in his shop on the NE corner across the street from Farmacia Revilla. I had marked the desired length correction with big safety pens so not much Spanish conversation was needed. I’m hoping for a happy outcome and will probably never learn who or what was the model used by the manufacturer to make these jeans. But at least I know about the man with a sewing machine in downtown Boquete. His name is Domingo.

Marcelyn

Marcelyn

 

DogCamp helping an old guy with his dogs in the mountains

Yesterday we went to Jaramillo to try to see how we can help a old guy who has 4 dogs and three small puppies, we left dog food for them, the mother of the puppies is small-medium size, she is seven years old and she was pregnant eight times ?
We would like to help more but we need to give in adoption the puppies that we have and then we can take the mother and the small puppies. If somebody wants to help with foster, dog food, pay for the blood test to the mother and the other 3 big dogs, no puppies, buy medicines and vitamines, we will receive a donation for a friend who is in Europe, she will pay the spay and neuter cost, we asked to her that please send the amount of spay and neuter directly to the PayPal of Amigos de Animales. Please contact us.
Remember that we need the support of the Community to continue helping animals.
Magaly 65638686 / Javier 69659423
Thank you so much!!

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Mission Statements

These testimonial statements were made several years ago by a couple who volunteered at the Mission in Volcancito. In my opinion, they are worth reviewing. I personally knew several well intentioned people who journeyed each year from the U.S. to volunteer their vacation time helping out, but they became disillusioned and quit coming. Our testimony of what we know of the “Mission”-  Part 1- Events of 2014 A.  Our names are Gary and Debbie Pearcy.  We are composing and presenting this testimony in parts together, however Debbie is the writer.  Gary retired in 2013 and we moved to Boquete.  Having visited the “Mission” beforehand, we thought it would be a great place to serve and offer our skills, and we were excited to start.  We volunteered Monday-Thursday at the “Mission” from August, 2013, until August, 2014, when allegations of sexual abuse by the “Director” came out.  We also attended church there on Sundays and the last six months team-taught the youth class.  We continued attending church there until we were verbally banned from the “Mission” property by “Director’s Wife” in a meeting in her home in Boquete on December 6, 2014.  We did not receive anything in writing.  We did visit the church briefly before services started on Mother’s Day, December 7, to tell the families and youth we had worked with that we had been banned.  We have not been back to the property since. B.  We understood “Mission Director and Wife” to be supported missionaries from a church in Indiana, U.S.  We understood from volunteers and their website they had been offering medical, dental, and many other support services to the people of the Boquete community for 14 years. C.  “Mission Wife” left Boquete abruptly, visibly upset, the first week of August, 2014.  She left some keys, class materials, and other items with us saying she “could not stay here right now.”  “Mission Director” left Boquete for the U.S. the last week of August, 2014. D.  In conversations on the phone and in person in late August and early September, 2013, “Mission Director’s Wife” stated to us that she knew “Director” had been sexually molesting minor girls during their entire time in Panama.  She said there had been “a million accusations of sexual abuse” against him.  She said she was not going back to him because of this.  Further “Wife” said there was an investigation started and she had filed a denuncia against him in Panama City.  E.  In a meeting with “Wife” and the four pastors of the “Mission” church on September 4, 2014, the head pastor said in tears this was the “fourth time” accusations had come out publicly concerning sexual abuse of minors by “Director”.  The head pastor said a former pastor saw “Director” “kissing girls” from the comarca who were staying at the “Mission” dormitory.  Each time the “Director” said the accusers were “crazy”, and the accusations were dropped. F.  On Sunday, September 7, 2014, “Director’s Wife” spoke in tears to the “Mission” church, saying that abuse has happened over the years in this church, and that it was now going to end.  Afterwards, several women of the church came forward and prayed for her.  About 250 people were in attendance, including the local Panamanian doctor and his wife who volunteered at the clinic, and the “Mission” dentist and his visiting nephew.  “Mission” dentist’s nephew recorded what “Wife” said on her laptop. G.  In mid-November, 2014, three girls (one indigenous and two Latina) filed denuncias of sexual abuse by “Mission Director” in the Boquete personeria office. Girl #1- stated the abuse occurred in 2002 when she was age 12. Girl #2- stated the abuse occurred from 2010-2011 when she was age 14-15. Girl #3- stated the abuse occurred in 2014 (up to “Director’s” departure) when she was age 14-15.  Two of these girls were “employed” by “Director” during the time of their abuse.  Two of the girls’ parents were employees of the “Mission”. H.  The manner of establishing evidence for this case was conducting a medical and psychological exam on one of the girls, which by conclusion of the examiner did not “prove” that “Director” had sexually abused this girl, and therefore it was determined there was not sufficient evidence and there was no case.  In May, 2015, the entire file with the three girls’ denuncias and denuncia of “Wife” was returned to the Boquete Judge from the fiscalia in David for stamp and signature that there was no proof, and the case was “provisionally closed” pending new information. I.  “Mission Director” returned to Boquete in May, 2015, for one week.  He then returned permanently to Boquete in late July, 2015. Debbie and Gary Pearcy, 28-2-16   Our testimony of what we know of the “Mission”-  Part 2- Statements of “Mission Director Wife” and others A.  In a meeting in November, 2014, with “Mission Director Wife” in her Boquete home along with five other local residents, including “Mission” dental assistant and husband and a Panamanian “Mission” volunteer, “Wife” showed everyone the office across from their bedroom where she said “‘Director’ frequently helped girls with their homework until late into the evening after she had gone to bed.”  B.  Two daughters of an employee of the “Mission” told Debbie Pearcy (in early 2015) that they had received homework help from “Director” in his home when they were young, but that “Wife” was always there.  One of these daughters has a daughter who “Mission” dentist’s wife told us was the result of a “rape in a coffee field” by an unknown person. C.  “Mission Director’s Wife” stated that in 2007 three denuncias of sexual abuse were filed against “Director” by three sisters ages 8, 10, and 12, the daughters of a staff pastor.  She said “Director” paid the attorney and/or medical examiner $50,000, and also paid the father.  She said the medical exam done on the oldest girl came back “inconclusive” and the case was dismissed for lack of proof.  She later said she found these denuncia(s) in her house. D.  “Wife” stated that one of the daughters of another “Mission” employee admitted to her that she had had a long-term sexual relationship with “Director.” E.  “Wife” stated there is a girl on the comarca who she believed had been sexually abused by “Director” whose family had been given a lot of money by “Director” over the years, including a payment “Wife” delivered to them to buy some land.  Debbie Pearcy met this girl and her mother in early 2014 when they stayed overnight at the “Mission” in one of the classrooms and asked “Director” for a ride back to their home the next day. F.  “Wife” stated she believed “Director” was “grooming” the 12-year-old daughter of a third employee “to be his next victim.”  “Wife” said “Director” had taken the girl recently to buy groceries for the family, and was probably “getting [her] used to his touch.”  Gary and Debbie Pearcy warned said girl’s father, and he said “Director” wasn’t this way at the beginning. G.  “Wife” stated there were two young girls coming recently for “homework help” from “Director,” and then they suddenly stopped coming. H.  “Wife” stated “Director” was very “patient” and “methodical” in pursuing minor girls. I.  “Wife” stated the entire “Mission” board had resigned several years ago over “Director’s” inappropriate behavior with girls.  She said “Director” “would cry” and “insist he must have time alone with girls to train them.” J.  “Mission Director Wife” said “Director” would probably wait until his attorney said it was safe to return to Boquete, and then he would come back and continue, as he did after previous allegations. K.  “Wife” at first stated she would be going home to file for divorce.  Later she stated she would like to see “Director” “admit he has a problem and get help” before she would consider reconciliation. L.  “Wife” stated “Director” was “the love of her life.” M.  “Wife” stated her relationship with “Director” was “like two drug addicts.”  When they get back together it is “like getting a hit.” N.  “Wife” stated “Director” had her on antidepressants/drugs most of the time, but that she had stopped taking those at the time of these allegations when “Director” was in U.S. O.  “Wife” stated “Director” was a “scary person without trying to be, but could be very scary when he tried.” P.  “Wife” stated “Director” had been verbally abusive calling her horrible names their entire marriage. Q.  “Wife” decided to go back to the U.S. and meet with “Director” at Thanksgiving, 2014.  She emailed us about two meetings with him, one that was “extremely amicable, and we stuck to the issues.”  About the second with “Director” and his “counselor,” she said she planned to “answer any questions the counselor may have for me that will help [the counselor] to deal with [Director’s’] issues.” R.  In 2015 we contacted by email the former president of “Mission” Board who was still listed on the ministry website.  She responded back the following: “I resigned from the Board years ago, every member of the Board at that time resigned with me. …. Because of the $$$, I am not sure anything can stop this but God. … So many, many lives, both here and there have been hurt. … When the Board dissolved we had no one who would admit.  The two girls I felt were being used were ready to admit and he gave their father a house to live in and that ended that. … His Daughter… is fully aware of the problem and has much more recent information than I do. … [Wife] and [Wife’s daughter] and son in law also know and are in Panama.… Actually just a few years ago [Wife] succeeded in getting a girl to tell and the authorities made [Director] leave P. and he was gone for a long time. [Director’s Daughter] was also involved in this and so was the church at B. They did their best. It just didn't work for long….” S.  In 2015 we also contacted “Mission Director and Wife’s” home church in the U.S.  The elder who responded stated: “Our understanding prior to receiving your email was that one legal claim had been asserted against [Director] in the past, but that he had been exonerated by the Panamanian legal system. We had also spoken with the [Director and Wife] and their children and received assurances from them, including from [Wife], that the allegations of abuse were not true.”  Debbie and Gary Pearcy, 29-2-16   Our testimony of what we know of the “Mission”-  Part 3- The 2014 sworn testimonies A.  Two of the three girls stated the “Director” and “Wife” offered them transportation to school and help with school supplies and other resources when they first came to the “Mission/Church.” B.  Two of the three girls stated they were sexually abused in “Director’s” home.  Two of the three girls stated they were sexually abused in the “Mission” clinic.  All three girls were either employed or did occasional work for “Director” at his house or at the clinic. C.  Two of the three girls stated a parent was employed by “Director” and they feared for them and their jobs in reporting “Director’s” abuse. D.  All three girls expressed concern that their father would find out about abuse or a problem with their father. E.  Statements of Girl #1 in her declaracion jurada, November, 2014- Stated she stayed the night at “Director’s” house, but “Wife” was always there. Stated she tried to stay away from “Director” after sexual abuse. Stated that “Director” had a sexual relationship with another girl at the “Mission” from age 13-15.  She said the relationship was obvious, that the girls’ parents spoke to her father about it, and that “Director” gave benefits to this girl’s family that the other families didn’t receive including, “house, food, almost everything,” for which they didn’t have to pay. Named two other girls from the comarca who stayed at the “Mission” dormitory who rejected “Director’s” advances and who could speak to what happened there.  One of these girls “Director” reportedly “ran off” back to the comarca.  Stated “Director” “wanted to have control of all girls” staying at the dormitory. Named another pastor who was over the dormitory who could speak to what happened there. F.  Statements of Girl #2 in her declaracion jurada, November, 2014- Stated “Director” went from a “boss and worker” relationship to a “friends” relationship by asking more about her life with her father and family, giving her sweets and hugging her and kissing her on the forehead, and then continued on to sexual abuse even after she said “no” more than once. Stated “Director” had a very “strong character,” sometimes “shouting at any person,” including herself, sometimes “angry for several days,” “throwing things,” and “making people afraid.” Stated some time after she left employment at the “Mission,” “Director” came to her house several times asking her to forgive him and return to the “Mission.” Stated she had not wanted to tell what happened with “Director” because “he has a lot of money” and “can buy anyone” and “is a manipulator.”  Further she said she thought “no one would believe her,” and nothing had happened when the other girl had made a denuncia against “Director.” Stated she told “Wife” the whole story in August, 2014, and “Wife” believed her. Stated “Director” texted her after she told “Wife” and said “thanks a lot for damaging his future, that of his family, and of all the people that are benefitting from the ‘Mission.’”  He also texted her later that those are “personal sins between him and God.” Stated she witnessed “Director” was alone with another minor girl he employed in the “eye clinic” with the door closed almost every afternoon, supposedly “helping her with her homework.”  Once Girl #2 walked into the clinic and saw “Director” embracing and kissing this girl. Named the same girl as did Girl #1 who told her she had had a sexual relationship with “Director” when she was a minor, which resulted in a pregnancy that she had to abort. Named another girl (daughter of another employee) who may have been sexually abused by “Director” who told her years ago she didn’t want to tell because no one would believe her. Named another girl who had stayed in the dormitory who “Director” was with inside with the door closed. Stated girls who stayed in the dormitory were not allowed to have a boyfriend, or they had to leave. G.  Statements of Girl #3 in her declaracion jurada, November, 2014- Stated she worked at the “Mission” so she could pay for things she needed for school. Stated that relationship with “Director” and “Wife” progressed from work, to offer of things for school from the school supply container, to complements by “Director” and him “watching her a lot,” and then sexual abuse. Stated she told “Director” she did not want to participate in sexual activity. Stated she heard that “Director” was involved with other girls, and that “Director” “impregnated someone and that girl had to have an abortion,” but that she did not know about it herself. Stated “Director” told her before departing in August that he “had to go to the U.S. and that he wasn’t going to return, that [Wife] had realized what was happening.” Stated after “Director’s” departure she had to retrieve her computer, which was in his house, from “Wife.” H.  Statements of “Mission Director Wife” in her denuncia, August, 2014- Stated Girl #2 told her about sexual abuse of “Director” and that “everyone is afraid of [Director] in this situation.”  Stated Girl #2 told her about girl who had gotten pregnant by “Director” and “Director” had given her an “injection to induce abortion.” Stated she had “heard rumors that [Director] had sexual relations with minors, but she didn’t believe it because one time when he began to touch a girl in public, she called his attention to it and [Director] said he wouldn’t do it again.” Stated that she “saw that [Director] gave temporary work to girls and gave them gifts equal to their responsibilities, that he was close to them, and several times they had discussions that she was not in agreement with his actions.  But she never suspected that there would be sexual crimes.” Stated Girl #1 was “one of [Director’s] favorites who he liked to have with him.”  Stated two of the girls told her “Director” “manipulated them psychologically.” Stated “[Director] is a person with a lot of power and influence with people in a wide range of social spheres,” that “he is a manipulator therefore some people are afraid of him.” Stated they operated a dormitory for indigenous girls in order to help them with expenses for education from 2005-2009, and that “Director” may have “taken advantage” of this assistance to needy people “to get to girls.” Stated she wanted “this situation of sexual abuse of young girls to be investigated and stopped.”  Debbie and Gary Pearcy, 1-3-16   In this section of our testimony concerning allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Boquete “Mission Director,” we will report what we observed of said “Director’s” behavior with minor girls and others during our time there from August, 2013, until August, 2014.  Taken alone, these may be red flags.  However, taken in light of all the other testimony previously given, this behavior is consistent with someone who could be abusing girls.   When we came to work at the “Mission,” no one told us anything about previous allegations against “Director” of sexual abuse.  If they had, we would have been much more watchful and would have found these behaviors to be concerning.  As it was, he had apparently such a good “reputation” and the involvement of the local community, the expat community, and church groups who came, that our vision was skewed at first.  But this is what we saw and heard in our year there.   Finally, we want to say that our purpose in presenting these posts to the community is for the protection of young girls, as well as the community as a whole.  Many girls access the “Mission” property, including students from the local primary school having classes there, children who come to the clinic for services with or without their parents, children who attend church there, and children who attend special events.  We believe there is more than enough testimony that “Director” should be at the least monitored, if not investigated further.   We are Christians, so we do believe that “justice” is ultimately in the hands of God, even where authorities and men routinely fail.  Nevertheless, God has given us the mandate to “live rightly.”   “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8  If we wish to be in right standing with God, we must admit our failure, receive His offer of forgiveness through His Son, and start anew in following His commands.  Those commands include, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” Matthew 22:39, and, “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.  Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked,” Psalm 82:3-4.  We pray this community and leaders will do right and protect its weakest members from any and all forms of abuse.    Our testimony of what we know of the “Mission”-  Part 5-  Observed behavior of “Mission Director” A.  We began volunteering at the “Mission” in August, 2013.  Gary Pearcy was usually at the “Mission” 9-4, Monday-Thursday.  Debbie Pearcy was at the “Mission” in the afternoons, Monday-Thursday, and Friday afternoons once a month to show a movie.  Gary helped in the shop area with whatever was needed, and eventually started a carpentry class one afternoon a week for boys ages 11 and up.  “Mission Director Wife” asked me (Debbie Pearcy) to help kids with their homework in the clinic office while “Director” was gone in the U.S. because it got “tiresome” for her.  I also helped every Sunday afternoon after church in the clinic. B.  Upon “Director’s” return he did not speak to me (Debbie Pearcy) much and did not ever request me to do anything.  In September, 2013, I offered to start an after-school program teaching basic skills and having activities for primary school students.  “Director” said that was fine if I did it in the kitchen/dining building across from the clinic.  Those attending my class were seven daughters and three sons of “Mission” staff, and three or four kids from the community, all ages 8-12. C.  We observed that “Director” frequently helped young indigenous girls and high school age daughters of “Mission” staff who came with their “homework” in the afternoons in the office of the “Mission” clinic.  When we went in the clinic for something, we sometimes saw “Director” sitting at his computer with the girl(s) next to him.  “Director” was often in the clinic alone helping girls with homework, or with a young girl who was employed in the office.  We did not ever see “Director” helping boys.  We did not ever enter the separate eye clinic building. D.  “Director” interacted with four of the young daughters of staff in my class, smiling at and talking to them, and giving them cookies and coffee in the clinic.  “Director” gave school supplies, shoes, and clothes to these girls when they requested them.  “Director” often took these girls home to the staff housing in his car after my class in the afternoon and after church Sunday evenings. E.  One time I saw an eleven-year-old daughter of staff lean briefly against a twelve-year-old boy working on the computer, and “Director” snapped at her and said, “Stop touching him, he’s not your novio!” F.  Once I walked in the clinic office to ask “Director” a question.  I saw “Director” at the computer helping two young indigenous girls (around age 8 or 9) sitting beside him.  His body was turned towards them with his legs open and his knee nearly touching the girl closest to him.  The girls were staring at him with their eyes blinking, not moving.  G.  We observed Girl #3 assisting “Director” with patients every Sunday afternoon at the clinic.  He often helped her with “homework” afterwards on his computer, and was often the last one there with her alone when we left.  “Director” often picked her up for Sunday evening church, and always took her back himself. H.  We observed Girl #3’s manner when at the clinic was docile, not ever saying much, following “Director” around or waiting in the exam room for him, doing exactly what he said to do, even with a glazed look in her eyes. I.  The last Sunday “Director” was there before returning to the U.S. (24-August-14), he cancelled the clinic after church.  We observed that he was alone in the clinic with Girl #3 for awhile until he left with her in the front seat of his car. J.  “Director” frequently talked about the problem with young boys/men who hung around the church and “Mission,” wanting to have sex with the young girls.  We witnessed him get out of the car and chase a boy away from the property once.  Another time we witnessed him go and speak to two young men who had come to the church service on Sunday, and the two young men got up and left. K.  We were told by a “Mission” staff that his oldest daughter is not allowed by “Director” to stay at the “Mission” property.  This daughter had two children, father unknown, at the “Mission” when she was age 13-16, and then “Mission Director Wife” told us she “ran away.”  This daughter returned from Panama City to be near her mother when she delivered another child in 2014.  We witnessed “Director” tell the staff person that the daughter could not stay at the “Mission,” and the girl delivered her baby with her brother on a finca across town.  The staff also told us this brother was run off from the “Mission” by “Director” previously. L.  “Director” received lots of calls on his phone and texted frequently through the day, every day we observed him.  It was difficult to have a conversation with him, due to him receiving constant phone calls and texts.  He often got a call and suddenly left what he was doing at the “Mission,” saying someone needed a ride somewhere.  He often took trips to the comarca for unknown reasons.  “Mission Director Wife” and “Daughter” told us over the years “Director” had frequently received phone calls and suddenly left, even in the evenings. M.  We often observed women and children waiting on benches outside the clinic for medical care.  Many times “Director” just looked at them and then left, leaving no one to see them.  During the week we saw “Wife” treating as many or even more patients than “Director” did. N.  One of the last Sunday night services “Director” did before leaving in 2014, he did a teaching on the “power of demons,” and ended with this story, translated into Spanish by the regular Panamanian interpreter.  “Director” said that one day on the comarca a young girl came home from school, changed her clothes, and went down to the river to wash.  Something came up behind her, grabbed her, threw her down, and raped her.  Afterwards the thing ripped her in two and left her there.  “Director” said nothing about how he knew about this story, when it happened, or what happened afterwards, but looked at our shocked faces for the effect and ended the service.  “Director’s” son-in-law, oldest granddaughter, and the usual indigenous and non-indigenous adults and children were present.  “Director’s Wife” and “Daughter” were also present but stepped outside with two of his grandchildren before he told this story.  Debbie and Gary Pearcy, 3-3-16   Our testimony of what we know of the “Mission”-  Part 4- Statements and actions of “Mission Director’s” staff A.  We spoke to a staff of the “Mission” concerning allegations and he said about working for “Director,” “What am I supposed to do?  All the pastors do that on the comarca.”  This staff later gave a sworn statement on behalf of “Director” saying that everyone was sad that there were not any “Mission services” as before. B.  This staff person’s wife said to us, “If [Mission Director] and [Wife] do not return, who will pay for my daughter’s school?” C.  We spoke to a former employee and church attender of the “Mission” who said, “You can’t tell these families what they can or can’t do with their daughters,” and, “[Director’s] sin is between him and God.” D.  Another employee we spoke to said, “I hope I don’t go to jail.” E.  One of the “Mission” pastors said to us, “Even if [Director] is doing that, it is in God’s hands.” F.  Another “Mission” pastor said to us, “If the ‘Mission’ closes, I will have to go back to the comarca, and where will my kids go to school?” G.  The mother of one of the girls who filed a statement in 2014 told us she was visited twice by the rather gigantesque “Mission” bus driver who accused her daughter of lies and slander against “Director” and told her she needed to get a lawyer, and later that “they” wanted to meet with her. H.  Last fall this same bus driver and another “Mission” staff visited a neighbor of the “Mission” to question him as to why he was talking to us. I.  A friend of “Director,” also a Boquete resident, was made power-of-attorney by “Director” in 2014 to handle his affairs in his absence.  We were informed of this by “Director’s Wife” and we also received an email from this individual identifying himself as “Director’s” legal representative.  We were told this power-of-attorney spoke to the “Mission” church on December 7, 2014, on behalf of “Director,” but we did not witness this. “Director’s” power-of-attorney sent us three emails questioning our support of girls and “Wife.”  We are sorry about the the offensive nature of these emails, but these demonstrate his (their) attitude towards the local people.  Following are excerpts from two of these emails: “Director’s” power-of-attorney email excerpt #1-  “In parting, let me outline some cultural phenomena ingrained in Panama , be it Latino or Ngobe. First of all, is the definition of a lie. A lie is not a lie if it is told to a trusting , believing, unsuspecting person ; a lie is only a lie if you, upon hearing it, you know first –hand that it is untrue; otherwise you’re at liberty to spread whatever malicious , vicious gossip, slander, falsehood, etc you can conjure up without restraint. Number two, Panamanians engage in this activity as a SPORT; deceiving, cheating, stealing and lying is not only acknowledged as “NORMAL’’ it is CELEBRATED !; the person claiming the biggest ‘con’ , swindle, deception or predatory act is awarded fame as the Champion Hustler of the week. Not only is it Normal and a Sport, they also have a NAMES for it…….”bochinche “ (sp ?) , meaning malicious gossip & “juego vivo’, for a swindle. I mention this because, in some regard you have naively let yourself to “be had’ by an unscrupulous culture. “One of the biggest failings that ‘newbies’ make is thinking, these sociable , smiling people may be uneducated & poor, but… really… they’re just like me. ! Wrong, Wrong , Wrong ! ! They are not like you and me ! … they are fundamentally dishonest , deceptive, despicable, decadent amoral heathens without a social or moral conscience who think lighting a candle for “The Virgin” allows them to sin with impunity. “I’d be surprised if you’ve been here for more than 12 months yet but I’ve been getting this education for 8-9 years ( and [Director] longer than that) & it’s why I reject many of these devilish bastards ! So, better wake up , do not believe routine lies you’re told & see these morally “handicapped” [ie, degenerate] people for what they really are. Especially before accepting their lies and accusing and destroying innocent and godly people !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  “Director’s” power-of-attorney email excerpt #2- “For their part, the “molested girls” are manipulated false accusers without witnesses or medical evidence who indulge in their culture’s amusement & “moment of fame” that comes with devilish gossip. Molestation allegations likely also bear the imprint of a culture in which these girls may have already experienced commonly occurring incest at home & sex with boys that serves to enhance their sexual “awareness” at a young age.”  J.  We attended a church not far from the “Mission” one Sunday last fall, and this power-of-attorney came the following week to visit the pastor and say that he knew we had been there, and that he wanted to know what we said to him (the pastor).  The pastor called and told us this and said, “be careful, they are watching you.” Debbie and Gary Pearcy, 2-3-16   In this section of our testimony concerning allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Boquete “Mission Director,” we will report what we observed of said “Director’s” behavior with minor girls and others during our time there from August, 2013, until August, 2014.  Taken alone, these may be red flags.  However, taken in light of all the other testimony previously given, this behavior is consistent with someone who could be abusing girls. When we came to work at the “Mission,” no one told us anything about previous allegations against “Director” of sexual abuse.  If they had, we would have been much more watchful and would have found these behaviors to be concerning.  As it was, he had apparently such a good “reputation” and the involvement of the local community, the expat community, and church groups who came, that our vision was skewed at first.  But this is what we saw and heard in our year there. Finally, we want to say that our purpose in presenting these posts to the community is for the protection of young girls, as well as the community as a whole.  Many girls access the “Mission” property, including students from the local primary school having classes there, children who come to the clinic for services with or without their parents, children who attend church there, and children who attend special events.  We believe there is more than enough testimony that “Director” should be at the least monitored, if not investigated further. We are Christians, so we do believe that “justice” is ultimately in the hands of God, even where authorities and men routinely fail.  Nevertheless, God has given us the mandate to “live rightly.”   “And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8  If we wish to be in right standing with God, we must admit our failure, receive His offer of forgiveness through His Son, and start anew in following His commands.  Those commands include, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” Matthew 22:39, and, “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.  Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked,” Psalm 82:3-4.  We pray this community and leaders will do right and protect its weakest members from any and all forms of abuse.  Our testimony of what we know of the “Mission”-  Part 5-  Observed behavior of “Mission Director” A.  We began volunteering at the “Mission” in August, 2013.  Gary Pearcy was usually at the “Mission” 9-4, Monday-Thursday.  Debbie Pearcy was at the “Mission” in the afternoons, Monday-Thursday, and Friday afternoons once a month to show a movie.  Gary helped in the shop area with whatever was needed, and eventually started a carpentry class one afternoon a week for boys ages 11 and up.  “Mission Director Wife” asked me (Debbie Pearcy) to help kids with their homework in the clinic office while “Director” was gone in the U.S. because it got “tiresome” for her.  I also helped every Sunday afternoon after church in the clinic. B.  Upon “Director’s” return he did not speak to me (Debbie Pearcy) much and did not ever request me to do anything.  In September, 2013, I offered to start an after-school program teaching basic skills and having activities for primary school students.  “Director” said that was fine if I did it in the kitchen/dining building across from the clinic.  Those attending my class were seven daughters and three sons of “Mission” staff, and three or four kids from the community, all ages 8-12. C.  We observed that “Director” frequently helped young indigenous girls and high school age daughters of “Mission” staff who came with their “homework” in the afternoons in the office of the “Mission” clinic.  When we went in the clinic for something, we sometimes saw “Director” sitting at his computer with the girl(s) next to him.  “Director” was often in the clinic alone helping girls with homework, or with a young girl who was employed in the office.  We did not ever see “Director” helping boys.  We did not ever enter the separate eye clinic building. D.  “Director” interacted with four of the young daughters of staff in my class, smiling at and talking to them, and giving them cookies and coffee in the clinic.  “Director” gave school supplies, shoes, and clothes to these girls when they requested them.  “Director” often took these girls home to the staff housing in his car after my class in the afternoon and after church Sunday evenings. E.  One time I saw an eleven-year-old daughter of staff lean briefly against a twelve-year-old boy working on the computer, and “Director” snapped at her and said, “Stop touching him, he’s not your novio!” F.  Once I walked in the clinic office to ask “Director” a question.  I saw “Director” at the computer helping two young indigenous girls (around age 8 or 9) sitting beside him.  His body was turned towards them with his legs open and his knee nearly touching the girl closest to him.  The girls were staring at him with their eyes blinking, not moving.  G.  We observed Girl #3 assisting “Director” with patients every Sunday afternoon at the clinic.  He often helped her with “homework” afterwards on his computer, and was often the last one there with her alone when we left.  “Director” often picked her up for Sunday evening church, and always took her back himself. H.  We observed Girl #3’s manner when at the clinic was docile, not ever saying much, following “Director” around or waiting in the exam room for him, doing exactly what he said to do, even with a glazed look in her eyes. I.  The last Sunday “Director” was there before returning to the U.S. (24-August-14), he cancelled the clinic after church.  We observed that he was alone in the clinic with Girl #3 for awhile until he left with her in the front seat of his car. J.  “Director” frequently talked about the problem with young boys/men who hung around the church and “Mission,” wanting to have sex with the young girls.  We witnessed him get out of the car and chase a boy away from the property once.  Another time we witnessed him go and speak to two young men who had come to the church service on Sunday, and the two young men got up and left. K.  We were told by a “Mission” staff that his oldest daughter is not allowed by “Director” to stay at the “Mission” property.  This daughter had two children, father unknown, at the “Mission” when she was age 13-16, and then “Mission Director Wife” told us she “ran away.”  This daughter returned from Panama City to be near her mother when she delivered another child in 2014.  We witnessed “Director” tell the staff person that the daughter could not stay at the “Mission,” and the girl delivered her baby with her brother on a finca across town.  The staff also told us this brother was run off from the “Mission” by “Director” previously. L.  “Director” received lots of calls on his phone and texted frequently through the day, every day we observed him.  It was difficult to have a conversation with him, due to him receiving constant phone calls and texts.  He often got a call and suddenly left what he was doing at the “Mission,” saying someone needed a ride somewhere.  He often took trips to the comarca for unknown reasons.  “Mission Director Wife” and “Daughter” told us over the years “Director” had frequently received phone calls and suddenly left, even in the evenings. M.  We often observed women and children waiting on benches outside the clinic for medical care.  Many times “Director” just looked at them and then left, leaving no one to see them.  During the week we saw “Wife” treating as many or even more patients than “Director” did. N.  One of the last Sunday night services “Director” did before leaving in 2014, he did a teaching on the “power of demons,” and ended with this story, translated into Spanish by the regular Panamanian interpreter.  “Director” said that one day on the comarca a young girl came home from school, changed her clothes, and went down to the river to wash.  Something came up behind her, grabbed her, threw her down, and raped her.  Afterwards the thing ripped her in two and left her there.  “Director” said nothing about how he knew about this story, when it happened, or what happened afterwards, but looked at our shocked faces for the effect and ended the service.  “Director’s” son-in-law, oldest granddaughter, and the usual indigenous and non-indigenous adults and children were present.  “Director’s Wife” and “Daughter” were also present but stepped outside with two of his grandchildren before he told this story.  Debbie and Gary Pearcy, 3-3-16   In this section of our testimony concerning allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Boquete “Mission Director,” we want to clarify what resources are utilized by the “Mission.”  We had heard that “Mission Director” funds the majority of the costs of running the “Mission” himself.  Until nearly the end of our year there we were under the assumption that the “Mission” provided a place for volunteers and groups to work and serve the local community at no cost to them, because it is a “Mission,” a charity.  We thought that the “Mission” was under a church group or trust.  “Mission Director Wife” told us that she and family had been pushing “Director” for years to make a plan to pass the “Mission” on to some other person or organization for it to continue after they retired.  Therefore, we want to share with the public what we now know of the “Mission’s” ownership and donated resources.  While this part of our testimony does not directly relate to allegations of sexual abuse of minors, it does serve to inform the community of how its support and that of many volunteer groups who came to help Panama over the years have enabled the “Mission” to operate.  This testimony also clarifies the operational status of the “Mission” as an organization. Our testimony of what we know of the “Mission”-  Part 6-  “Mission” support A.  “Mission” ownership- “Director” told Gary Pearcy and another volunteer concerning the “Mission,” “Everything you see here is mine.” In legal paperwork we received from “Mission Director’s” attorney, it was stated that “Director” is the “legitimate owner” of the “Finca,” with four (4) property numbers listed.  It further stated that on these properties “can be found a number of improvements consistent with construction effected by [Director] with his own economic resources, as well as buses utilized for transporting people in connection with offered health services.”  “Wife” told us that “Director’s” properties are valued at about $1.5 million. “Director” said to Gary Pearcy when working on the septic tank for the staff housing on his property, “I think I am going to tear all this down and build condominiums for my children’s inheritance.” “Director” showed Gary Pearcy an aerial photo of the original two or three buildings on the “Mission” property before “Director” came.  “Director” explained how “he” built out and completed the remainder of the “Mission” buildings as seen today.  B.  “Mission” non-profit status and oversight- “Mission Director Wife” told us that the “Mission’s” U.S. non-profit 501(c)3 status had been revoked a year or two ago for failure to keep up with the reporting.  Therefore they were using a friend’s 501(c)3 to receive donations.  A GuideStar report available online confirms that “Mission’s” “exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS on February 11, 2013 for failure to file a Form 990/990EZ/990N/990PF for 3 consecutive years.” (accessed 7-3-16) “Mission Director and Wife” home church stated in an email to us that the “[Mission] has been the sole initiative of [Mission Director and Wife].” As previously noted, per “Director’s Wife” and former “Mission” board president, the board of directors of the “Mission” was disbanded several years ago. The same GuideStar report referenced above lists “Officers/Trustees” of the “Mission” from 2005-2007 as “Director’s Wife,” “Director’s Daughter,” “Director’s” attorney, and one other couple in 2007. C.  “Mission” sources of revenue-  Volunteer/church groups-  From the end of 2013-2014, we saw six groups with between 6-30 members, as well as various individuals, that came for about a week and helped around the “Mission.”  “Wife” told us there were many more groups that came in their early years there.  According to two church groups we have documentation from, they paid the “Mission” $30.00-$35.00 per day/per person to volunteer, and paid for all the materials to work on the “Mission” buildings and do other activities.  Nearly all groups we observed stayed in the “Mission” dormitory and also “Daughter’s” house, the eye clinic, wherever they could find room on the “Mission” properties.  “Wife” told us in the past groups also stayed in their home.  Examples:  Church #1, Letter regarding 2014 trip-  “We [twelve member team] were able to bring various donations that our [church] collected in the amount of $500.00.  We brought school materials and medical supplies to help [Mission] as well as children’s clothing. Among the items were: Medical:Advil/Motrin/Ibuprofen:  adult and kidsTylenol/ Acetaminophen:  kids, Prenatal vitamins, Antacids, Topical antibiotic creams (Neosporin, Bacitracin etc), and Topical Anti-fungal/Athlete's Foot creams. Non-medical:Toothpaste, Plain Dark socks, adults or kids sock size 9-11, and disposable diapers, all sizes.  We also brought a donation $150.00 to spend in shoes.  Each of our mission team members paid $35.00 per person.  We stayed 6 days. This amount included meals, accommodation, and transportation to the different schools, and comarcas that we visited.  We left a cash offering of $250.00 with the administrator.”  Church #2, Letter regarding 2013 and 2014 trips- Church representative provided us a receipt for 2013 project expenses paid by them, written and signed by “Director,” which included: “Local School” divider project- total paid $958.07, and “Mission” playground equipment project (for “Mission” staff housing, not for public)- total paid $2756.73. Church rep. wrote:  “cash (for 2014 trip) was paid for the construction and maintenance projects. This cash was paid to [Wife] as [Director] was not present at the time of our departure. As far as room and board we paid $30 per person, per day. We had 32 people in 2013 and 30 people in 2014. The 2013 payment for room and board for approx. $9000 was made at the time of the trip. The $9000 for 2014 was paid to [Wife] however the check was never deposited and later re-issued to [Wife] and her daughter at [Wife’s] request.  [Wife] wanted to use those funds to help pay the staff at the mission during [Director’s] absence (for sexual abuse investigation). There were many other expenses for travel and such.” (Incidentally, shortly after receiving this payment of $9,000, “Wife” and “Daughter” went on a trip to Europe per “Wife’s” Facebook page.) “Mission” was a Bid-4-Boquete charity receiving yearly donation from their annual fund-raising drive, per their website. Per “Mission’s” ministry website (accessed 7-3-16), “Director” receives donations for:  Adopt-a-Project- Vehicles, Medical and Dental Supplies, Containers, Building projects “Mission” sells coffee in the U.S. per their attorney’s coffee website (accessed 7-3-16).  Examples of coffee sold and pricing include: “Director’s” Premium Ground or Whole Bean Coffee- $15.00/bag “Wife’s” Decaffeinated Estate Coffee single-serve pods- $20.00/10 pack Café Bajareque Ground Pot Pack Geisha coffee- $25.00/pack Café Bajareque Ground or Whole Bean Geisha coffee- $75.00/bag Gary Pearcy and other volunteers helped “Director” with work in the community utilizing “Director’s” trucks and backhoe on several occasions for which Gary heard “Director” was paid (we have no documentation of this, but Gary overheard that “Director” was being paid in several conversations). D.  “Mission” donations-in-kind and volunteer man-hours- We helped unload the items that came in the container “Director” shipped in 2013.  They included school supplies, Christmas toys and gifts, shoes, clothes, and medical and dental supplies.  We and some of the other “Mission” volunteers as well as church and charity groups had gathered the donated items ourselves and sent them to “Director’s” home in Indiana for shipping to Panama.  The following items that were utilized, stored and distributed at the “Mission” we understood to all be donated:   Clothes and shoes Medications and medical supplies Eye clinic supplies Use of eye surgery equipment (we understood this belonged to the American eye doctor who came to do surgeries once a year) Dental supplies School supplies Gary Pearcy asked “Director” once about any budget available to purchase an item for use in the shop area (an extension cord).  “Director” replied, “Let me tell you how it works around here.  If you want to do something, you fund it yourself.” We (Gary and Debbie Pearcy) rented a house on “Daughter’s” property our entire year there, for $500.00/month, paid initially to “Director” and later directly to “Daughter.”  We received no payment from the “Mission” but volunteered entirely for free, 4-5 days a week. Other volunteers from the U.S. that offered their services for no charge at the “Mission” while we were there included: Dentist and wife Dental assistant and husband Various others who helped part-time in the shop area and on community projects, and an English teacher who came one afternoon a week On the “Mission” website are listed “Building Projects” that groups can donate to and help to build, including:  dormitory for students, eye clinic, mechanics work area.  We observed the church and volunteer groups who came doing building/painting of “Mission” staff housing playground equipment, painting/repairing/building out “Mission” buildings (including “Daughter’s” house), and sometimes doing projects at the local primary school.   Below are some comments of churches as to what they did while serving at the “Mission”: Church #1 Letter- “We served in different capacities: painting one of the mission houses, teaching a group of children who came everyday in the afternoon for Bible and English lessons, going to town and around the community to teach Bible lessons and also doing lice treatments in a local school.”    Church #2 Youtube postings (accessed 7-3-16)- “This video is about Panama Mission Transport Overhaul - Watch as [team member] gets a Land Rover up and running after two years - dry docked.”   “Some never before seen video from our week in Boquete, Panama. Included are scenes of a Ngobe family's outdoor kitchen, work on constructing from scratch - playground equipment, our ladies painting a Ngobe family's "container" home, mission director making a playground - leveling decision and more.......” Church #3 website (accessed 7-3-16)- 2011 trip- “There is plenty of work to be done in the medical and dental clinics as well there are always several vehicles that need repair work”  2012 trip- Day 1- “We spent our first day touring the mission site, sorting school supplies, clothing and medicine.  The men helped move a few thousand pounds of coffee that is ready for processing.”  Day 3- “Some of the projects from Saturday include helping to get things in order for the start of school by unloading large containers full of items, moving and storing beds and other things that were temporarily housed in one of the classrooms, and even disassembling old water fountains that were no longer useful.  …The two youngest gentlemen on our crew, … worked for hours shoveling dirt to fill in near the swing set where children play….Several of the men went above and beyond the call of duty on this day by repairing the church sewage system,…Today, our third full day here, was a long, full day of working on projects to help support the Mission here.   …  The big task of painting the front of the church sanctuary was started and mostly completed.  When it’s all done, the entire front will be a clean, pure white color: …A number of the men spent the day hauling gravel and cutting wood… Some of the younger members gathered trash that collected around the coffee plantation.  Other tasks included clearing accumulated debris out of what in Spanish is called an alcantarilla del drenaje (similar to a drainage culvert) near the church entrance”  Day 7- “we did a few small odd-and-end projects, and the team sanded and washed the fort in the playground in preparation for painting.  Unfortunately, the actual task of painting the fort will fall to the next group to follow us here.”  2014 trip- Day 4- “This was a busy work filled day of painting playground equipment, painting the outside of the class room building, more concrete work, and working on installing a septic system.”   Day 5- “We wrapped up the concrete work and painting.”     Debbie and Gary Pearcy, 8-3-16   In this section of our testimony concerning allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Boquete “Mission Director,” we want to delineate what services we observed that the “Mission” does and does not offer.  This testimony is related to Part 6 of our testimony concerning all the support the “Mission” receives from others in providing services, and addresses the perception the community has of all the “good” done by the “Mission.”  We have heard this repeatedly, almost as a justification and reason to overlook what may be going on with sexual abuse by the “Director.”  But upon our closer observation through a year volunteering there, not only do we realize the “Mission” may be a cover for sexual abuse of minors by “Director,” but in fact “Mission Director” is not doing the good that is presented. The “Mission” ministry website states, “Give to Panama - The ongoing need for funds is, like any mission, great.”  The “Mission’s” mission statement as given on the GuideStar report (generated 6-3-16 is: “To assist in the evangelization of the Christian faith in Panama through the support of missionaries....”  The website that sells the “Mission’s” coffee through an LLC run by “Director’s” attorney states that the company “buys coffee from the [Mission farm] at retail prices then resells the coffee in the United States. The proceeds, less costs, are returned to the Mission in materials, medicine, and money.”  It appears this business has been operating through the present (website is dated 2016), even during the “Director’s” absence and interruption of “Mission” services beginning August, 2014, due to investigation of “Director” for sexual abuse.  This website also has online tax-deductible donation options to give up to $1,000 or more to the “Mission.”  Both the ministry and coffee websites call the “Mission” a tax exempt 501(c)3 charity organization, and list or link to the former Board of Director members who we were told was disbanded years ago.  If you present yourself in the community and on the internet as a charity who receives financial payments and donations of time and resources for specified services provided to the needy, you are responsible to do those services and report publicly and truthfully on your organizational status and use of said resources.  Anything short of that is fraudulent. Our testimony of what we know of the “Mission”-  Part 7-  “Mission” services A.  Following are services we observed the “Mission” offer from August, 2013-August, 2014- Church services and events– A church service was held every Sunday morning with transportation provided by “Mission” to Ngobe and Latino people around Boquete.  The local pastoral staff (Ngobe and Latino) conducted the services and preached.  “Director” sometimes preached in the main church service, and also taught the youth class until asking us to do it in May, 2014.  “Director” also taught the Sunday evening service in English with Spanish translation. Baptism services- Baptisms were offered in a local river twice in our year there.  In both cases, “Director’s” scheduling of baptisms coincided with when church groups or visitors were there. Vacation Bible School (VBS) was held once in the year conducted by visiting church teams, and children and some adults were bused in from the comarca by the “Mission. Medical services- After church on Sunday, those who attended the service could receive clinic services and be seen by the local Panamanian doctor who came from David or “Mission Director Wife.”  Patients were given medications and sometimes referred for further care.  “Director” saw some patients, including pregnant patients wanting an ultrasound, and “Director” also pulled teeth in the dental clinic.  Approximately 20-30 patients were seen most Sundays. During the week, “Director” and “Wife” treated patients when they were there (around 5 patients).  We observed “Director” leave Ngobe women and children many times sitting there waiting outside the clinic because he had something else to do.  “Wife” treated many of the patients in the morning, and also sometimes transported ill babies to the health clinic or hospital in David. Every Tuesday morning “Director” conducted eye exams with his Panamanian interpreter.  Approximately 10-20 patients came, but we do not know what services they received.  We understood that the “Director” selected patients from these eye exams and eye exams he did on the comarca for cataract surgeries done by the eye surgeons who came once a year. “Mission” dentist and dental assistant provided dental clinics Sunday after church, two-three days during the week, and in the local schools.  We did not help with these clinics and do not know how many they saw. In January, a group of eye doctors came from the U.S. and did about 120 cataract surgeries.  These doctors used their equipment that they had shipped in before on “Director’s” container. Teams of volunteers who came were sometimes taken by “Wife” to local schools to wash kids hair for lice. Education services- “Director’s Wife” and sometimes Debbie Pearcy gave school supplies from the container to children requesting them, primarily children of “Mission” staff. “Director’s Wife” distributed donated school shoes and sometimes uniforms to children/families requesting them.  Backpacks and school supplies that came in on the container were distributed in January when families were brought in from the comarca for the VBS and eye doctor teams. “Director,” “Director’s Wife,” and Debbie Pearcy helped children with homework after school, which usually consisted of finding and printing out research articles and pictures from the internet. “Director” made classrooms at the “Mission” available to the local public Pre-Kinder and Kinder classes, and also later in the year three classes from the local primary school. “Mission Director and Wife” and sometimes staff provided rides home for many primary school children after school, including one group who lived on the finca next to “Director’s” neighborhood.  Later in the year, “Director” began sending out one of his buses to pick up and take home children who attended the local primary school.  “Director” also had a staff person drive the “Mission” van to take children of staff (only) to and from the high school. A “Mission” staff’s wife told us “Director” was paying for one of their daughters to attend university in David.  “Director” picked up this girl and took her to the bus stop at 5:00 in the morning.  He asked us to do this for him twice when he was gone in the U.S. B.  Following are services listed on the “Mission” ministry website (accessed 9-3-16) that we did not observe being offered by the “Mission,” August, 2013 and following.  At the very least, much of this information as listed on the website is very old, though it is dated 2016, and is still being used to gain donations.  At worst, these services were never done or attempted. “preachers who serve congregations that spread throughout the comarca”- We met two pastors from the comarca who came to the “Mission” once or twice in the year for the VBS and health services.  These pastors had very tiny church buildings with a few members coming, and did not even have Bibles or hymnals.  “Director” told Gary Pearcy he discontinued support of his comarca preachers recently because they were lying about the numbers attending their churches.  Certainly it could not be said that churches are spreading throughout the comarca due to the “Mission,” rather support services had been eliminated. “year-long training program in Bible study…taught by two local ministers, missionaries” -  Did not occur in our time there.  We were told that “Director” had stopped having these training meetings at the “Mission” recently.  “operates several buses Sundays and through the week for meetings” – Did operate buses for Sunday morning church service only, but not seen to operate through the week for anything else except special events and school transport later in the year. “three-day meeting of all the Christian churches on the comarca” – Did not occur while we were there, did not hear of it occurring in recent history. “mobile clinic on site at one of the [comarca] churches. Patients arrive from far and wide.” - Did not occur while we were there, did not hear of it occurring in recent history. “One need now is for house parents to work with our female high school students,” “semi-permanent dormitory style housing for students from the far throws of the comarca who wish to attend high school” – Dormitory was closed since 2009 per “Wife”. Adopt-a-Project- Containers- “are used as housing for the institute families or perhaps to house the clothing store or something else.” – There was no housing for Bible institute families or clothing store, these didn’t exist in our time there.  Containers are used as “Mission” staff housing, in construction done by “Director” on “Mission” property including eye clinic, and for storage of donated items. Building Projects- All building projects listed for donations on this website were either previously completed, or we never heard of them or saw examples of them.  “operates a used clothing store. … This ministry provides not only much needed clothing, but also employment and opportunities to learn some basic management skills.” – Did not exist while we were there.  We were told this store was run by a “Mission” staff family and was discontinued some time in the past. “both fruits and vegetables are cultivated for use throughout the ministry. As the mission continues to grow, so will needs in this area.” – Did not exist in our time there.  We were told this was discontinued some time in the past. C.  We were not aware until after we left the “Mission” that the “Mission” sells its coffee in the U.S. and through the internet.  “Director” and “Wife” never talked about it, nor about any of their revenue-gaining activities.  We never saw financial reports or any reports about the operation of the “Mission.”  Therefore we have no idea how much coffee has been sold by the “Mission” nor at what financial gain.  The coffee certainly sounds great with this description: “Named for the founding missionary, this premium coffee has notes of caramel and chocolate with a very pleasing natural creaminess. Sought world-wide, it is considered among the world's best coffees.” The point again is that gaining any donations or sales through false or misleading claims is fraudulent.  Following are services listed on the “Mission” coffee website (accessed 9-3-16)  that we did not observe being offered by the “Mission”: “The Mission also operates a food pantry."- Did not occur while we were there, did not hear of it occurring in recent history. “The mission actively seeks to ... prevent children from getting pregnant”- ? “The mission actively seeks to ... help keep their families from going hungry”- We are also not sure what this is referring to, as there was no food pantry or food distribution we were aware of. “help them get shelter,” Containers “providing shelter for as many as 40 people.”-  We are also not sure what this is referring to, other than we saw that six families of staff were provided rudimentary container houses on the “Mission” property. “field medical clinic shown here was held 25 miles off the paved road. 250 patients were seen in a single morning.”- Did not occur while we were there, did not hear of it occurring in recent history. “Mission staff often take bus-loads of kids to town for ice cream; a special treat that supplements their incomplete diet of rice and beans.” - Did not occur while we were there, did not hear of it occurring in recent history.  And we are not sure how ice cream supplements an incomplete diet, anyway.  Debbie and Gary Pearcy, 10-3-16      

Keith Woolford

Keith Woolford

 

Adoption Day At Amigos De Animales Events Center

Hi everyone!
We have many puppies and young dogs that are waiting for new homes. Please consider to adopt them, they have a lot of love for you!!!
Nairn Cutten and Nancy Halbert will make a delicious meal. Come to see to our furry friends!!!
Contact 65638686 / 69659423 / dogcampboquete@gmail.com
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DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

A Good Laugh

Yes, I agree with recent weather reports, it is cold. But Anouk, our Husky, is enjoying the local lower temperatures. Her sleeping habits have changed. For instance during the day she snoozes on our driveway amid gusty winds but apparently getting as much sun as possible, and only sleeps in her house at night. I laugh every time I notice her latest sleeping position of being on her back with legs poked upward. Must be comfortable for her because it seems to be one of her favorite sleeping positions. Too funny, but not very ladylike. ? 

Marcelyn

Marcelyn

 

Volunteers (like you) are CRITICAL to the success of DogCamp!

Volunteers (like you) are CRITICAL to the success of DogCamp!   There are about 40 DogCamp rescued dogs longing to be adopted! Caring for all these dogs is expensive and A LOT of work!   A regular volunteer team assisting with the chores -  feeding, walking, playing, petting, cleaning up, bathing, & laundry will provide DogCamp founders Javier and Magaly more time for the equally important work of training these rescued dogs, training DogCamp volunteers, promoting adoptions, raising money for expenses, educating families about responsible pet ownership, and rescuing more abandoned, abused, and neglected dogs. Just as it takes a village to raise a child – it takes a community of generous people to provide a successful animal rescue organization!   The more these rescued dogs interact with caring people from within our community, the more socialized & well mannered they will become, resulting in more dogs being adopted into loving families desiring to properly care for them.   We’ve made it easy for you to sign up and join our team! If you’re interested in becoming a part of the great things happening at DogCamp – simply click on the link below or visit our blog at Chiriqui.life and you will be directed to our volunteer calendar.    Type in your name (and phone number) for the task and time slot that interests you most.   Before your first scheduled day you will be contacted to make sure you have all the information you need and fully understand where DogCamp is located. VOLUNTEER CALENDAR   Thank you!   We’re looking forward to partnering with you to continue all the great things happening at DogCamp!       CONTACT US: Javier Madge: 6965-9423 Magaly Bustamante: 6563-8686   dogcampboquete@gmail.com SUPPORT OUR RESCUE AND ADOPTION ACTIVITIES: Donate funds: GoFundMe Donate food and supplies Visit Dog Camp Boquete Adopt a dog (or two) FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Dog Camp Boquete Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube  

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Dogs Available For Adoption At Dog Camp

Dogs available for adoption! DogCamp has beautiful dogs ready for adoption!!!
If you are looking for a new member of the family that will love you forever... So, come to the DogCamp, you will see many beautiful dogs spayed, neutered and with all the shots.
DogCamp is looking for good homes, totally fenced.
If you adopt a rescued dog from the DogCamp, you will have the perfect company in your live.
Come to visit us. ???? Wilson, 7 months old, neutered, with all the shots, medium size
Very sociable, love to play with kids, he needs a fenced yard, he likes the company!!! Bila, 8 months old, spayed with all the shots medium size
At the begining she is a little shy, she is perfect with cats and all kind of dogs, she will follow you everywhere!! Brownie, 3 months old, neutered with all the shots, it seems in the future he will be a big dog
A cute and sweet puppy, he loves to play all day with the other pups and big dogs, very sociable! Chiki, 2 years old, spayed and with all the shots, small size
She is so sweet, she was rescued by our friend in Potrerillos, she was on a chain, no food no water, now she is a happy dog waiting for her new home, she loves to play with cats and is really good with kids!! Ducke, 6 months old, neutered, with all the shots, big size
Very sweet dog, loves the company, really good with cats and he likes the company of kids Junior, 3 months old, he will be neuter the next Sunday, february 18th at Amigos de Animales Boquete panama, small size
He is a great dog, with a big personality, he kiss the cats all the time!!! Mango, 8 months old, neutered with all the shots, medium size
He was adopted when he was 3 months old but his owner had to come back to his country, now Mango is available for adoption again Martita, female 3 months old, spayed and with all her shots, small size
She is so sweet, the perfect lap dog, she likes to play with kids and cats. Mascarita, 3 months old, spayed and she has all her shots, small size
She is very sociable and sweet, likes the company and is great with cats. Maxi, 3 months old, spayed and she has all her shots, small size.
She is very sociable, love the company of people. Nazca, spayed, with all her shots, medium size.
Very friendly, she is looking for a good home where the people love her!! Nina, 6 months old, lab mix, spayed and with all her shots.
Great dog, very sociable with kids and other dogs and cats. Looking for her forever home!! Pancha, 14 years old, she was rescued at Finca Lerida, great dog with, very sweet.
If you are looking for an old dog, she is the perfect match!!! Give to her an opportunity to have a human family! Pepe, 6 months old, neutered, he has all his shots, medium size.
He is a great and sweet dog, loves the people and the company, a very friendly dog Rodri, male, 3 months old, one of the puppies from Pancha, neutered and has all his shots.
Very friendly, loves to play and run all the time, is perfect with kids and loves to play with the cats. Rosita, 3 months old, one of the puppies from Pancha, spayed and she has all her shots. She is a lovely dog with a beautiful face.
She will be a big dog Rottie, 3 months old, one of the puppies from Pancha, he is neutered and he has all his shots.
Love to play all day, and he loves the kids and cats too Torito, 3 months old, one of the puppies from Pancha, neutered and with all his shots.
He is soooooo sweet black dog, the perfect company, he is like a Labrador. Betty, 3 months old, spayed and with all her shots, She is so cute, perfect with big dogs, cats and likes to play with kids.  

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Finca Dracula

This is a nice little Sunday adventure. Hunderds of varieties of Orchids and Ferns. She wanted to walk the property and we did. It isn't that big of a place and there are rest areas to stop and rest. The air is a little thin up there. I'm guessing close to 7000+ ft elevation----not sure. You will find a small restaurant on the property at the beginning of the tour. We ate at the Fanny's Terrace Bistro on the way up. Really great food there but not a huge selection on the menu. We had the Pasta with chicken and alfredo sauce. Turn right in Volcan towards Cerro Punta and maybe 2 miles on the right to Fanny's.  

Hil

Hil

 

First Photo Session At Dog Camp! Dogs For Adoption!

First Photo Session at Javier Magaly Dogcamp.
Thanks for your help Claudia Maks and Elizabeth Schoen Herrera!!! Adopt a rescued dog is the best option ever!!! Come to visit us and meet the big pack at the Dog Camp!! CONTACT US: Javier Madge: 6965-9423 Magaly Bustamante: 6563-8686       dogcampboquete@gmail.com SUPPORT OUR RESCUE AND ADOPTION ACTIVITIES: Donate funds: GoFundMe Donate food and supplies Visit Dog Camp Boquete Adopt a dog (or two) FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Dog Camp Boquete Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Little Girls Visiting The Dog Camp!!

The last week we received a call from Aimee Langton, she wanted to come with her kids to play with the dogs, it was a great opportunity for the dogs to meet these very nice little girls. They didn't show any fear to the dogs and the dogs were gentle, loving and happy, expending time with them.  Adopt a rescued dog is the best option ever!!! Come to visit us and meet the big pack at the Dog Camp!! CONTACT US: Javier Madge: 6965-9423 Magaly Bustamante: 6563-8686       dogcampboquete@gmail.com SUPPORT OUR RESCUE AND ADOPTION ACTIVITIES: Donate funds: GoFundMe Donate food and supplies Visit Dog Camp Boquete Adopt a dog (or two) FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Dog Camp Boquete Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube  

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Recycling in Chiriqui

My name is Howard Green, an expat from the USA, and always an avid recycler and supporter of this program here in my new home, Boquete. Here is an introduction from the committee that is dedicated to making Chiriqui greener:

Boquete February 1, 2018.
To the Boquete Community:
Boquete Recycle, Reduce, Reuse (Boquete RRR), is a committee created by citizens devoted to Boquete´s eco conservancy. We are convinced that a family who recycles makes the difference, and the only way to achieve this goal is by educating and creating awareness among students, business people and the whole community. Our group wishes to have your support to tackle this chore together. Please help us attain our programme of a clean and healthy environmentally friendly district for all “Boqueteños” and for those lucky ones who also happen to live on this paradise. This includes visitors who should be aware of their responsibility as well. We would like to begin by reducing all non-biodegradable materials such as: aluminum, iron, plastic, paper (white and colored) cardboard, and others; at home, schools, shops and businesses. At the same time, we want to teach everyone the reason why it is important to recycle these materials. We are working to accomplish this educational process at all levels. Also, we are organizing cleaning and collecting days for recyclable materials. This activity could be part of the social hours students have to comply at their own schools. Boquete RRR, wants the town of Boquete to be a role model in terms of cleanliness and beauty to the point that it will make us all proud. To all business people, we would like to include you in our data base of businesses committed with the environment. Thus, we are currently working to enroll everyone as part of our programme. We invite you all to become active collaborators of Boquete RRR and participate of the events the Committee members duly organize. Please support Boquete RRR pursue a better environment for a better quality of life. We thank you in advance for your collaboration and wish you a Happy 2018. Yours truly,
Francisco Serracin President
Comité Boquete Recicla, Reduce, Reutiliza ***************************************** Next i want everyone to see where Boquete's current recycling center is, Marked by the big red X.  It is owned by a man in David who has one there, as well. Easy to find from the main street coming from either way.  Just look for the large sign Boquete Bible Fellowship and turn as the arrow points (away from the biblioteca, across the street.)     Next, you see the list of what is accepted there at this time. Its open 8-5 M-F. Finally, here is a map to a similar recycle center, that accepts exactly same things, located down the street from the Steak House in David. Note its marked with red X .  Its harder to find as there is a wall blocking view of the collection yard but there is an office with door facing the street, 6395 Calle Alberto Osorio. o. The good news is that our group, is actively working with the mayor to help find a spot for a temporary collection of all items recyclable, INCLUDING plastics, water bottles, bags, etc. And all batteries, and equally important: Colored glass jars and bottles.  We have already had one day in January where we collected HUGE amounts of these things and they were trucked to the frontier near Paso Canoas. i think that is becuase there are buyers in Costa Rica who handle those items whereas in Panama, no one will take them from the collection centers.  Please keep checking our blog to see when the next collection will be.  We have also had days where we all encouraged to gather and collect the bottles and cans which litter our highways and streets around Boquete.   If you do not have room to store plastics, etc, until the next collection day, why not ask a neighbor if perhaps you can jointly store in a place they have until they all can be brought in. One last bit of advice:  Please, please, wash your cans and bottles, first before you put them in separate bags and boxes so we do not have to sort them the day you bring them in. That was a huge task and we definitely could have used more volunteers to do this sorting at the temporary collection point. And if you arrive late, please do not leave your items unattended. That caused bad relations with the city and we need their cooperation to keep this project going.
Thank you I welcome your additional comments.  You can also email our group at boqueterrr@gmail.com.

MacAssist

MacAssist

 

DogCamp Raffle! Get Your Tickets And Help Animales!!

March 4th! DogCamp Raffle!!  You can continue helping animals buying your tickets.
Selling tickets since tomorrow wednesday at Mailboxes, Dr.Chely, DogCamp, and since the next Tuesday we will be at BCP!
We have great prizes!! 1.Two nights at Big Daddy's Beach Club & Hotel in Puerto Armuelles!!
2. Three boarding days at DogCamp
3. Certificate for 20.00 at Morton's  Bakery Adopt a rescued dog is the best option ever!!! Come to visit us and meet the big pack at the Dog Camp!! CONTACT US: Javier Madge: 6965-9423 Magaly Bustamante: 6563-8686       dogcampboquete@gmail.com SUPPORT OUR RESCUE AND ADOPTION ACTIVITIES: Donate funds: GoFundMe Food and supplies appreciated Visit DogCamp  Adopt a dog (or two) FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: DogCamp Boquete Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube  

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Animal Cruelty, Solved Case

Last Friday we received a call from Heather Dyer asking for help for a dog who was living in a cage, we went to see the dog and then went to the Corregidor but the office was closed. We called the Corregidor the last Monday and ask her for help about this case. The Corregidor went to see the dog and now the animal is free again. We will be in contact with Heather and the Corregidor to be sure the dog is safe.
Remember if you see a bad owner, you can contact to the corregidor of your area or we can help you with the translation if you don't speak Spanish. Adopt a rescued dog is the best option ever!!! Come to visit us and meet the big pack at the Dog Camp!! CONTACT US: Javier Madge: 6965-9423 Magaly Bustamante: 6563-8686       dogcampboquete@gmail.com SUPPORT OUR RESCUE AND ADOPTION ACTIVITIES: Donate funds: GoFundMe Food and supplies appreciated FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Dog Camp Boquete Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Discount Pet Supply At Mascotas Store To Support The DogCamp!

Hi everyone!!
If you want to support the Dog Camp with dog food, weet food, vitamines, flea treatment, deworm medicine, toys, shampoo and more... You can go to the pet store "mascotas" in the town and tell that you will buy anything of these items to support the DogCamp and you will receive a disscount of 5% You can contact us and we will go to pick it up. PLEASE HELP THE ANIMALS FROM THE DOG CAMP.
Or if you want to help with some donation, please consider to make a donation to our Gofundme.https://www.gofundme.com/helpanimalsboquete Adopt a rescued dog is the best option ever!!! Come to visit us and meet the big pack at the Dog Camp!! CONTACT US: Javier Madge: 6965-9423 Magaly Bustamante: 6563-8686       dogcampboquete@gmail.com SUPPORT OUR RESCUE AND ADOPTION ACTIVITIES: Donate funds: GoFundMe Food and supplies appreciated FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: DogCamp Boquete Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Bobby Ready For Adoption!!

Bobby is a very sweet dog, loves to be near his owner, loves the company, he is a year and a half old, he is neutered and with all his shots At the beggining is a little shy but if you give a lot of love, he will be the perfect company, He is good with other dogs, puppies, old dogs and cats. He knows how to walk on a leash near to you.
Bobby was rescued, along with his mom and 5 siblings from the Palo Alto area from a man who was threatening to poison all of them if they were not removed from the area. Is time that he can find his forever home! You can come to meet him to the DOG CAMP, Contact us! Adopt a rescued dog is the best option ever!!! Come to visit us and meet the big pack at the Dog Camp!! CONTACT US: Javier Madge: 6965-9423 Magaly Bustamante: 6563-8686       dogcampboquete@gmail.com SUPPORT OUR RESCUE AND ADOPTION ACTIVITIES: Donate funds: GoFundMe Food and supplies appreciated FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Dog Camp Boquete Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

 

Salvador Almost Ready For Adoption!!

He is Salvador, a great dog, he is 9 months old and we are looking for a lovely home for him. He loves to play with puppies, young and old dogs, even with cats, Please consider to give an opportunity to this handsome dog, he will love you forever!!!!
If you considering to adopt him, come and meet him, you will fall in love!!!! CONTACT US: Javier Madge: 6965-9423 Magaly Bustamante: 6563-8686       dogcampboquete@gmail.com SUPPORT OUR RESCUE AND ADOPTION ACTIVITIES: Donate funds: GoFundMe Donate food and supplies Visit Dog Camp Adopt a dog (or two) FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Dog Camp Boquete Blog Facebook Instagram YouTube

DogCamp Boquete

DogCamp Boquete

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