|The "BCP" where Boquete Bible Fellowship meets.|
The Boquete Bible Fellowship is apparently the only real English-speaking church in town. It meets at the Boquete Community Players, a theater and "event center" opened by local expats. We arrived at 8:30 for the potluck breakfast hour before service started at 9:30.
Immediately, I met Karen, an African-American woman from Atlanta, and Thelma, a mother of two boys from Texas. Thelma sat with us at breakfast and talked about schools and volunteer work at the Casa Esperanza, an after-school program for the Ngobe Bugle children. (The Ngobe Bugle are the indigenous people in the area -- very poor.) She introduced me to the Ngobe gentleman who runs the program and we arranged a time to meet at the Casa on Monday.
We heard that the church usually has about 60 in attendance, but numbers were low today, probably because the main pastor and the music leader were both out of town. But another woman in the congregation led the music -- we sang to some youtube videos of hymns and praise songs. A retired chaplain in the church preached while the kids went to Sunday School (our youngest attended the SS class and our oldest was drafted to help with the younger kids in another area).
|Our youngest and some kids she met in Sunday School.|