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Young Life / Vida Joven Established: 2009

Panama, population three million, is the second-most-competitive economy in Latin America and boasts the largest rainforest in the western hemisphere outside the Amazon Basin. Its capital and largest city is Panama City. Young Life (Vida Joven) is based in the capital's oldest remnants, the old capital city of Panama Viejo. 

As the city grew outward, Panama Viejo lingered in its shadow, fractured and impoverished. There, Thelma Fernandez leads a team of volunteers in an effort to raise the fruit of redemption from the brokenness of their community. Thelma has already had a full-time job as a youth worker in Panama and has spent significant time training with Young Life leaders in Costa Rica, as well as in the states. 

For Thelma and her team, loving kids means giving them a safe place to be kids, playing soccer with them, and forging friendships. Their club has only just gotten started, and they are committed to bring new life to a community's hurting heart.



Young Life Latin America Development | PO Box 520 Colorado Springs, CO 80901-0520

Phone: (719) 381-1857

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