Get to Know Lesli Wilhelm

Hi, I'm Lesli Wilhelm. I minister in Panama.

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Ministry Description

Administrative: Financial monthly support for the missionaries, reports and communication for U.S. headquarters, and English promotional materials.

Local Church: Assist with a spanish-speaking local church; bible club, weekly children's lunch and learn, promoting the projects of the church with english-speaking partners, assist the pastor and his wife as needed.

Discipleship Program: Coordinate the applications and funding for the program. Teach English to the spanish-speaking students. Assist as needed.

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About Lesli

I was saved at the age of seven in Panama at an evangelistic campaign. At the age of 12, I confirmed my decision at the Word of Life Ranch where I learned that the Gospel was about having a personal relationship with Christ not just the assurance of getting to Heaven.

Years later, God brought me back to Word of Life New York to join their staff for seven years. My sister Traci and her husband Mirko began the ministry of Word of Life in Panama in 1994 and I had been volunteering with them over the years. While living in Atlanta in 2009, I felt God directing me to be a part of the work in Panama. Since I had grown up in Panama, I considered it my "home", so I was very excited to return to serve the Lord with the goal of reaching the youth for Christ.

In December of 2016 I married my husband, Keith Wilhelm, whom I had known for many years but had lost contact. We ran into each other at Word of Life Florida where both our parents had a place at the Word of Life Florida RV Park. In August of 2017 we became foster parents to four PanamaƱian boys whom I had known from the Ana Panama transition home ministry. We now live in the town of Chame less than 10 miles from the Word of Life camp property. I am grateful for the opportunity God has given me to serve in Panama with Word of Life and am blessed to see how He is working in the country of Panama.

Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."

Contact Information
Skype: lesli.cotton
Lesli Cotton Wilhelm
Word of Life Panama
P. O. Box 600
Schroon Lake, NY 12870

Panama Cell: 6662-8246

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