Christmas Family Project 2015

Project Full
December 20 - 30, 2015
Participation Fee
$835 for adults and youth. $685 for children ages 12 and under.
What's Included


Maranatha offers at least two family projects each year that provide service opportunities for every member of your family, both young and old. This year, families on the Christmas Family Project will join together build a Sabbath School classroom, paint two additional churches, assemble One Day Church frames, and conduct community outreach such as children’s ministry programs and health services.


Block wall masonry for Sabbath School Classroom


Assemble two One Day Church frames

Children’s Ministry Programs

Health Education

Vickie and Bernie Wiedmann,
Project Coordinator and Construction Coordinator
Elizabeth Brenes,
Head Cook
Sunday, December 20
Arrival in Panama City (PTY)
Monday, December 21
Travel to project location
Tuesday, December 22
Work Days
Saturday, December 26
Worship with the local congregation(s)
Sunday, December 27
Work Days
Tuesday, December 29
Travel to Panama City and Panama Canal excursion
Wednesday, December 30
Departure from Panama City (PTY)
ARRIVALPlease plan to arrive in Panama City (airport code PTY) in the afternoon or evening of Sunday, December 20 or in the early morning of Monday, December 21 (before 6:30 AM).Please wait for confirmation from Maranatha before purchasing your airfare to ensure there is still space on the project.
DEPARTUREPlease plan to depart from Panama City (PTY) on Wednesday, December 30.
Travel Information

Volunteers will purchase their own plane tickets to the capital city of Panama City, and travel together by private bus to the project location.

We have scheduled our arrival date so that none of you should have to travel during Sabbath hours. If you want to arrive earlier in Panama, you are welcome to do so; but we will only be able to meet those arriving during the designated times on Sunday and Monday morning before 6:30 a.m.

Panama has some beautiful travel destinations. Some of you might arrive earlier than December 20 or stay beyond December 30 to explore the country on your own. Please make your own hotel and transportation plans for any days outside of the Maranatha project dates. If you have any questions, please call Maranatha at (916) 774-7700.

Travel Resources

Azumano Travel:
800-454-4099 or by email with Erle at

Butler Travel:
503-879-5005 or by email with Nathanael at


When contacting the Azumano or Butler travel agencies, make sure you mention Maranatha for the best fares.

Panama Canal

Volunteers will have the unique experience of visiting the Panama Canal, which cuts across the Isthmus of Panama. Work was finished on the canal in 1914, and it enabled sailors carrying trading goods to make a more direct route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and vice versa, instead of traversing the dangerous waters of Cape Horn. Ownership of the canal passed from the Colombian government to the French and eventually the American government, until it finally was returned to Panama in 1999. The Panama Canal is considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. This short excursion includes a stop at the Miraflores lookout tower, which gives a view of the working canal locks, and a visit to the Panama Canal museum.

Panama Facts & Figures


Panama City




Spanish and Some English


Tropical, hot and humid. Long rainy season from May to January.


Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 15%


U.S. Dollar

Entry Requirements
  • Passports valid for at least 6 months from date of intended return.
Medical Requirements & Precautions
Contact Us Want to speak with someone at Maranatha directly? Please call our office at 916.774.7700 to speak with a volunteer specialist. Alternatively, you can send us an email.