Bolivia Team- Friday July 7th
BOLIVIA TEAM BLOG FRIDAY JULY 7
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:8-10
Each morning our team meets at 7:30 before breakfast for a devotion time and prayer. Over a month ago, each team member selected a passage from the NT book of Ephesians, and then wrote a short devotional thought based on the passage. Above I’ve shared today’s verses.
We are all SO keenly aware that we are here by the gift of God’s Grace, that we are His, and He created us for good works here in Bolivia.
Today, we began work at the site where we are building rooms onto a church that will eventually become a Compassion International care site. Our construction involves laying brick & mortar walls, and I’m hoping you’ll find some pictures of our work along with this blog. We mostly divided into two persons per wall, and everyone picked up on the brick laying skill quickly. For our first day, it went really well and the team had a great spirit of cooperation, adaptability, and all worked very hard.
The members of the church welcomed us warmly, and provided our first encounter with the Bolivian people. They seemed to be as enchanted with us as we were with them. Although most of us could not speak their language, (Quechua is most common, but some speak Spanish as well). We all sensed a bond through Christ with the members of the church and a love for all those whose curiosity brought them near us. The children especially wanted to get close and found ways to help throughout the day. Mostly, we exchanged smiles, and found that laughing is most definitely a “universal language”.
Answers to prayers include:
-Our good health, and everyone adjusting well to the altitude (Our building site is over 9300 ft)
-An eager willingness to cheerfully serve by every member of the team, no mater what the job or how messy it might be, and no mater how tired we feel.
-Hot showers and with recent rains, there is enough water to allow us all to take one each day.
-The joy of actually being here in Bolivia after all these months of planning.
Tomorrow we will hold two VBS programs for 170 children. The second VBS will be at the “brickyards”, among some of the most needy children in the entire city of Cochabamba. This is also at the site of PBC’s first mission trip here 5 years ago, and we will be using the room they built there for our worship time.
God is on the move, and so are we. Here are some other things we have coming up.
Sunday we will go about 1:30 into the countryside to hold a medical/dental evangelistic campaign. Joe Holman arranges for Bolivian Christian doctors, nurses and dentist to join us as they offer there services free of charge to any who are able to come.
Monday and Tuesday will be full days of construction at the church, then on Wed we hold our biggest VBS in the morning to over 350 children.
Thursday and Friday we are scheduled for more construction, possibly at another site since the work is going so well.
Thank You for your love and prayers. Please continue. We are praying for you.
For the Team,