Category Archives: Church in Panama

The Bear’s Bible

The original cover of the Biblia de Reina or, La Biblia del Oso.

The original cover of the Biblia de Reina or, La Biblia del Oso.

Casiodoro de Reina (Reyna)

Casiodoro de Reina (Reyna)

As September is Bible Month, or so it has been declared by the international authorities on the Bible, we decided to post an article highlighting the background of the Spanish version of the Holy Scriptures which has become a traditional source for Spanish Speaking Christendom, particularly Roman Catholic Christendom.

We have done so inspired by our West Indian Panamanian forefathers who, we insist, played an important role in bringing the reading and the teaching of the Holy Scriptures in English to Panama as this, their new found home, was basically a spiritual wasteland. Continue reading

And Upon this Rock…

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“…and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18b)

So begins the brief history offered by the proud members of the Wesley Methodist Church in downtown Panama City, Panama. Continue reading

No Sankey Don’t Sing So

1840-1908

1840-1908

Probably Sankey's most popular hymnal.

Probably Sankey’s most popular hymnal.

During the vibrant days of Panama’s West Indian presence, there was a popular saying whenever someone questioned the veracity of what someone else was saying. Their tart response to the liar’s statement was “No Sankey Doan Sing So.” This exemplified the veneration attached to Ira D. Sankey’s hymnals which were freely circulated throught the U.S., Canada and the English speaking Caribbean as well as Panama amongst the population of West Indian descent. If it didn’t appear in Brother Sankey’s hymnal, it wasn’t Gospel truth. Continue reading

A Visit To Panama After Fifty Years

Reverend Peter Perowne.

The following descriptive account was written by Reverend Peter Perowne, the first minister assigned to the Rio Abajo Methodist Church, who has graciously given us permission to publish here this account. We are delighted that we are able to provide for our readers this historical, as well as cultural and spiritual view of the Silver People of Panama and for their descendants and our  friends all over the world. As Reverend Perowne informed, the original of this narrative was published in the publication The Methodist Recorder last week’s issue, for those of you who are subscribers to that publication. Continue reading

Rio Abajo’s Methodist Church of Panama Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

This September will mark the 50th year anniversary of the Rio Abajo Methodist Church with a unique history linked to Panama’s West Indian community. Continue reading