From November 10 to December 10, 2009, I had the opportunity to embed with Dead Wheat International Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering the impoverished and malnourished Ngöbe tribe in central Panama.

A Ngobe girl we met in the mountains...

A Ngöbe girl we met in the mountains...

I got to see firsthand the work Dead Wheat is doing to help impoverished farmers develop sustainable agriculture, clean air and potable water supplies.

The trip may have been exhausting.  I may have come back with a billion bug bites.  But I know now that I saw the Kingdom of God at work in some powerful new ways, and I wouldn’t trade that knowledge for anything!

A Land of Extremes

From the filthy rich to the desperately poor, Panama is a country full of disparity…

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Photo Gallery: Starting Over

In a land devastated by deforestation, a new generation of children is working to undo the past…

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The Harvest

By harvesting rice with my host family in Panama, my whole perspective on food began to change…

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Culture Guide: Surviving the Jungle

Tips and tricks for YOUR next vacation in the heart of the Panamanian jungle…

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Fruitless Land

In the once fertile ground of Panama, farmers struggle to grow crops and starve.  One organization seeks to change all that…

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Photo Gallery: The Hike

What seemed like a challenging adventure to me was simply a part of everyday life for the villagers we met along the way…

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Breathe

After seeing a hut wreathed in smoke, I discovered a surprising new injustice in the mountains of Panama…

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Comfort

After facing hunger, exhaustion, pain and thirst in Panama, I learned a lot about the true meaning of comfort…

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The Aqueduct

On a trip to a remote jungle village, I learned a valuable lesson about social justice…

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About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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