Word of Life Panama was established in 1992 and directed by Mirko & Traci Delibasich. The highlight of the ministry is summer camp with an average of 1500 young people attending each year. Their ministry also includes Bible Clubs, drama presentations such as "Born Again To a Living Hope" and Children's Shows, sports marathons, and other evangelistic outreaches. They also minister with orphanages and indigenous tribes. The team consists of 21 people; 19 missionaries (seven couples, five singles), and two staff. The long-term vision of Word of Life Panama is to have a presence in each of the nine provinces of Panama. Today they are in two provinces, with a third opening up in the near future.
Panama is a country of only 29,000 sq miles, slightly smaller than South Carolina, sits between South and Central America and is bordered by Costa Rica and Colombia. Panama is a long and narrow country ranging from 30 to 120 miles wide. It also has more than 2,000 miles of coast line on both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Panama is unique because of the canal that splits the country in two halves, eastern and western regions. The population of Panama is about 3.3 million, the majority being people of mixed Spanish and indigenous descent. Approximately 85% of the population claims to be Roman Catholic.