I am so thankful for the opportunity to work alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ at Food for the Hungry in Bolivia. Their strong faith and dedication to the poor is inspiring! An experience I will never forget!
Don’t forget! Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 11AM is our team presentation on our trip to Bolivia. Join us at Blackhawk Brader Way in the Fireside room to hear about our experiences and the work is FH in Bolivia.
This trip was amazing and life changing beyond words. I am so thankful for my Blackhawk and FH friends. God is great.
I was very impressed with the work of FH. They have a holistic approach to ministry with a focus on the poor, oppressed, and least of these: children. They address spiritual and emotional poverty along with physical poverty. They develop communities, not dependency. They love the people they serve.
The actual tasks we did were minor, but I was pleased to understand how much our presence was an encouragement to the FH staff and the Lajastambo community. They are not alone. They are not unknown. They matter to God. They matter to us. Please join us in praying for FH Bolivia and the community of Lajastambo.
This trip was one of the greatest events to occur in the timeline of my 37 year life. I was chosen at the right time in my life to go, and destiny, via this trip, came and chased me down at just the right time. First, this trip had an outside-in change on me. I have never completed a mission trip and I had presumptions about NGO’s and working overseas for the poor from a very westernized view. Going on this trip helped me to better understand poverty and how it is best alleviated. This is something I am working on conveying to others to better promote the FH program and to inspire others to help overseas as they are called. The second great change was from the inside-out. God has been nurturing the seed of change in me for some time and has encouraged me through the spirit to dedicate myself to the aid and help of others. This trip reaffirmed that calling and helped broaden my conviction and solidify my desire to work and serve others. I am so very grateful to have been a part of this trip with such an amazing team from the Blackhawk side of things as well as the team from FH which is unbeatable. A heart for God and serving the poor. What a combination!
What a beautiful experience. It’s true that money makes many things possible, but this trip showed me that people can also be rich without money. But then why do we bother helping those in poverty when they can be rich without money? A central objective of Food for the Hungry is to focus on the “invisible part of the iceberg of poverty.” Many people who live in poverty are not rich in any sense. As a “minority world,” relatively wealthy North American supporter, I can easily miss the difference between giving money to treat visible needs like lack of food and clothing and giving money to treat invisible needs like love, joy, and hope. After my week in Bolivia, I see that my child support money is first and foremost helping FH staff change worldviews by sowing hope. People are dropping the weight of generations of poverty and believing that they and their children can break the cycle.
I love that my family is able to support a child in Bolivia. I’m excited to watch her grow and see the impact of FH in her community.
We started off the day at the Food for the Hungry (FH) office in Sucre. There we met FH staff from all 7 districts where FH is working in Sucre. It was neat to see the maps of the different districts and learn about how FH is developing centers to help those in need in this city.
We were privileged to participate in an amazing morning of worship with Iglesia Emanuel today. Even with their limited resources they have created a beautiful place of worship to honor our Creator. We started with music led by their worship team prior to presenting the teaching we had prepared on the theme of Following Jesus for both the adult service and for Sunday school for the children. Josh, Steve and Leigh did a fabulous job and the message was well received. We were then entertained by the youth and children’s worship teams and watched a skit the children had prepared. The community was so welcoming, and their deep faith and the depth of gratitude was heartwarming.
Our afternoon was spent teaching families about how to show love to one another. The day ended with a family game that had them working together, smiling and laughing. We have so enjoyed interacting with these wonderful, gracious people. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!
Thank you to all who are following along in our footsteps through the blog. Your words of encouragement and prayers are more meaningful than you can ever know. Pictures and words cannot begin to describe how beautiful this place is, but we love sharing. We have already met so many amazing people with hearts generous beyond belief. We have shed tears and sweat. Our team is amazing and we learn more about each other, the people of Bolivia and gods plan every day.
An extra special thank you today to all military veterans who have sacrificed for our country and our families. We love you.
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