Hello everyone! I spent the first week of my trip in Charlotte, NC for training and since then I have been living
with a wonderful Bolivian family who has been so very kind. My Bolivian familia has welcomed me into their family and
have even included me in family celebrations and outings.
For the month of June, I have been taking some language classes 3-4 times a week which have been very helpful.
I look forward to being able to communicate more fluently with the people around me and more easily form relationship with others. In the afternoon, I go to the Camp Kewina office and help in any way that I can. Monday and Thursday evenings I participate and help another Serving in Mission (SIM) missionary present ways for local Sunday school teachers to use puppets to teach children about the Bible. On the weekends (Friday- Sunday), I will be going to Camp Kewina, which is a Christian outdoors camp, to help with the camp itself and to help with some maintenance work such as painting, cleaning, etc.
The people here are kind and busy, but always make time for family and others. They are very relational- based and have taught me that, after God, people come first. Coming here to serve and help, I realize that I have much to learn and little to teach. I must daily remember that I am here to humbly learn. Servanthood is both a challenge and a burden that, by the grace of God, we must fully embody to effectively minister the gospel of Christ cross-culturally. However, servanthood is culturally defined and first I must learn.
Pray for compassion for the people here, understanding of their culture, and for the gospel to be proclaimed whether in words or actions. Pray also for the Quechua people groups who still do not have God’s word in their dialect. #CUGO