The majority of the Ngob-Bugle live in small communities or villages.  They live in "chozas" or huts made made of straw with dirt floors. In their farms, Ngobe men carry out an agriculture of subsistence based on slash and burn techniques and produce corn, cassava, bananas, peach palm, and some other fruits.   During the coffee harvest season more than half of them migrate to work the plantations in the western part of the province.

 

 

 

ST. CHRISTOPHER ABBEY MALABAR CHURCH

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

April 2013

 

In full communion with the Vatican and the reforming agenda of Pope Francis to take the Church to the far reaches of the earth, Pope Francis within the first few days of his serving as Pope said the following: " Preaching the gospel, said the pontiff, requires “humility, service, charity, brotherly love.” To approach evangelization with an imperialism, or attitude of conquering “doesn't work.” Rather, Christians evangelize by their witness."

 

The motto of St. Christopher Abbey Malabar Church is “Opera, non Verba” – deeds, not words.  Based on the Gospel of Mathew 7:16 – “By their deeds you shall know them” – St. Christopher Abbey’s mission is to help those it serves make their lives better, not preach a Gospel of words.

St. Christopher Abbey begins its mission on the north coast of Panama in the Comarca of the Ngabe-Bugle – a reservation with a high degree of administrative autonomy but whose lives are marked by little education and poverty.  It’s goal will be to bring basic education, basic health care, and basic economic development while working hand in hand with the people of the area.

 

St. Christopher Abbey Malabar Church under various concessions from the administrators of the Comarca the Church’s mission is to create and administer 21st century economic development zones within the Comarca and to train the people of the area to manage and grow the ventures without trying to change the rich culture of the people.

 

The Order of St. Christopher administers St. Christopher Abbey Church and its missions around the world.