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  • April 22-30:  Construction
  • July 18-16: Medical
  • July 15-23: Youth
  • July 29-August 6: Construction


  • April 21-29: Construction, Santiago
  • July 14-22: Medical, El Guabal
  • October: 13-21: Construction, Santiago
Panama Construction

*Note:  Generally, cost of participation is about $1800 for 7-9 day trips to Panama. Cost includes: airfare, ground transportation, lodging and most meals. Cost can vary depending on time of year and itinerary. Trip itineraries and final destination can be subject to change based on the current needs of the missional context. Partial sponsorships are available.

Our Missionaries Serving in Panama

First United Methodist Church of Hurst has been in Covenant Relationship with Rev. David and Cindy Ceballos, R.N., missionaries with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, since October 2013. On behalf of the Iglesia Evangélica Metodista de Panamá, David and Cindy are challenged with establishing a district of Methodist churches  and working towards improving community health in western Panama. 

David and Cindy are career missionaries who host over 25 teams annually to serve with the people of Panama.  At the core of who they are lies an ardent desire for the well-being of those whom they serve and those who come to serve. They are passionate about ensuring that each of their teams has an excellent missional experience while seeking ways to empower the local community to be self-sustaining. 

They approach their ministry with the P.R.A.Y. model of missional service rooted in establishing a Presence, building Relationships with their community,  Adapting to the constant changes of a missional context, and having a “Yes Lord, here am I, use me!” attitude. 

David is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and Cindy is a registered nurse. You will be inspired by their dedication, local knowledge and love of the Panamanian people.

Your Role As a Missionary

On a medical mission, you will treat patients in an underserved area.  This may be a remote village or in an inner city neighborhood. General clinic services include simple lab diagnostics, physician history and physical, and provision of over the counter and prescription medicines when indicated.  Interpreters assist at all points during the patient visit; Spanish fluency is not a requirement. Clinic locations are determined by local missionaries David and Cindy Ceballos, local health authorities and community leaders.

Construction teams assist with projects planned by local missionaries David and Cindy Ceballos. You will work under supervision to accomplish a specific task; or possibly be on a team which works toward the completion of a larger scale project. One ongoing project is the work on the local church in the Punta Delgadita neighborhood of Santiago; the home church of the Ceballos’ ministry.

Whether medical or construction, each team has a need for participants who plan and carry out relational activities with the local children and adults.  Communicating Jesus’ love does not require fluency in Spanish; only fluency in smiles!  This ministry area is ideal for high energy, friendly people who love to be in the middle of precious children who are curious and ready to play.  

Contact for Support and Questions
If you are interested in participating on one of our teams, supporting this venture financially or through the donation of supplies, or if you have any questions about this program, please contact us:

Rev. Matt Ybanez: 
Minister of Missions and Evangelism
First United Methodist Church of Hurst
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