From November 2 – 11, 2017, ten Blackhawkers will be heading to Bolivia to continue our partnership with Food for the Hungry in Lajastambo, which is on the outskirts of Sucre, the capital and 2nd largest city in Bolivia. Many people from rural areas come to Lajastambo to find employment and their families come with them, often only with whatever they can carry with them.
Food for the Hungry (FH) has as its mission to help communities learn more about nutrition and health, with a heavy focus on children and families. Their general approach is to partner with communities for up to 10 years and, during that time, help prepare the communities to be self-sustaining after FH leaves the community. It is a philosophy that coincides well with Blackhawk’s philosophy regarding international mission trips and partnerships.
Curt Staats and I (Tom Schwei) will be leading the trip. Our primary purpose is to identify the most important ways in which Blackhawk can effectively partner with FH for the benefit of the people of Lajastambo. We’ve already done this by having more than 200 children sponsored by Blackhawk attendees. On this trip, we want to find other ways, including possible future trips, that will provide additional help and support for the people of Lajastambo. We plan to meet with community leaders and others identified by FH to help us determine the best way we can help.
Please join us on this trip by praying for our team, the FH staff (two of whom are shown in the picture) and the people of Lajastambo. And please follow our blog as other team members will soon do their initial post and the team plans to post throughout our trip while in Bolivia.
Thank you to all who have supported us to date. It is greatly appreciated!