Dawna Johnson


Karen Hagan


Dawna Johnson

July 2018

Minister to the youth culture of Panama!

Bridging the Gap is personally inviting you to join us for another trip to Panama City, Pamana! Partnering with missionaries Gerritt and Tara Kenyon, this trip will include helping to execute public school outreaches and the sixth-annual, city-wide Ilumina Girls Conference, as well as the second Ilumina Boys Conference! If you have a heart for youth and those at-risk to abuse and human trafficking, this trip is especially for you!

The Kenyons are committed to recruiting, equipping, and deploying young people to reach the nations. We are excited to partner with them to see this vision actualized.

The Ilumina Conference’s main sessions include Panamanian and international speakers who address topics such as sexuality, physical and emotional abuse, self-esteem, body-image, education, and more. A major aspect of the Conference is also presenting the El Refuge center to attendees. The Kenyons and their team have recently opened this place of refuge and encouragement for young people during difficult seasons of life. (Learn more about El Refuge.)


  • During the first part of the week, our team will prepare for school assemblies by learning drama presentations and praying for the upcoming conferences. We will travel via bus to middle schools and high schools around Panama City to have fun interacting with students, be part of skits or other presentations, and pray with the many students who respond to the hope-filled Gospel message. We will also distribute free tickets for the Ilumina Conferences that coming weekend.
  • During the second half of the week, team members will be part of the MANY preparation, set-up, hosting, security, lunch service, possible performance, and tear-down components necessary to run the event! We will host the “Fun Zone” with all sorts of fun activities in the lobby of the convention center! Team members will also be encouraged to be available to pray with the students at the altars at the close of main sessions.

This is an incredible opportunity to serve with hundreds of others to impact students for Jesus Christ! We would love to have you consider joining us!

Trip Details:

  • Hosts: Gerritt and Tara Kenyon
  • Dates: July 23 – 31, 2018
  • Cost: $2,100 (Cost covers flight, lodging, in-country meals, ground transportation, insurance, and a tour opportunity!)
  • Trip Size: 300+ team members from across the U.S. and Panama
  • Recommended: Men, women, and students (ages 14+); this is a fabulous trip for first-time or experienced travelers alike!
  • Learn more, and apply!
  • Email us with questions.

San Jose, Costa Rica

Check back soon for more information!