Hello, my name is Anne. I am honored to be co-leading this trip with my husband Steve. I have participated and co-lead in national and international go-teams for the past 17 years. Steve and I had the privilege of joining the initial exploratory trip last November and are super excited to be joining Food for the Hungry (FH) in serving the community of Lajastombo, Bolivia. FH wouldn’t be there if the community leaders had not asked FH to partner with them to improve the overall quality of life for the people of this under-served area. We are excited to see what the Lord has in store for our team of 11 people this April.
My name is Ashley and I’m a part of the team going to Bolivia in April, and to say I’m excited is an understatement! I’m looking forward to building relationships with those we will meet. It’s so wonderful knowing that Blackhawk will have a partnership with this community for a long time and that we are learning and will continue to learn so much from each other.
The connections I’m the most excited about are connections with the kids. At Blackhawk, I work in Elementary Ministry. Over the last year, we’ve been dreaming of and implementing ways to connect the kids we have here at Blackhawk Church with the kids in Lajastambo. Connecting them will be mutually beneficial because we are hoping kids might get to know each other and form lasting memories that will help all kids (both at Blackhawk and Lajastambo) to love and serve others better and to get a bigger picture of the God who sees, knows, and loves them.
So far we’ve exchanged some videos and kids from both places have sent info about themselves to each other. We’re still at the beginning of this partnership, so I’m looking forward to dreaming of more creative ways to connect the kids with both the kids at Blackhawk and the kids in Lajastambo. Kids in both places are already making huge kingdom impact, so let’s help them use their God-given talents to bring glory to God as they get to know each other. Would you pray with me?
My name is Steve. My wife Anne and I (along with Blackhawk’s Bolivia country liaison Tom) make up the leadership team for this April’s trip. It’s exciting to see how the team has come together as a unit through our planning, team meetings, and social gatherings. It’s starting to get real! Like the rest of our team, I’m busy checking our to-do list to make sure everything is in order. We do a lot of planning for these trips, but we never really know what God has in store for us until we are actually there. Anne and I made this trip last November, and we realized the number one requirement is: be flexible!
When we returned from our Bolivia trip last November, the entire team was so impressed with the work Food for the Hungry–Bolivia is doing in Lajastambo (located about 30 minutes outside of Sucre). Their ministry philosophy and goals are such a great fit for Blackhawk. It’s amazing to see what God has been doing through his dedicated, gifted servants in Lajastambo, and it’s an honor to partner with them.
My wife Anne and I are looking forward to ministering to married couples in Lajastambo through a marriage workshop. Please pray for wisdom, discernment, and teachable hearts as we go and learn how we can partner with Food for the Hungry—Bolivia and the people of Lajastambo.
Stay tuned for more updates!
My name is Tom and I will be traveling with 10 other Blackhawkers to Bolivia in April 2018. First, I want to thank everyone who has supported this trip, financially and through prayer. Your support of all kinds is absolutely necessary! It helps fund the trip, shows God the large group of people who support the trip, and is incredibly encouraging to feel so well supported as a traveler on the trip.
Along with other men of Blackhawk, I recently read a book about various Christians who were leaders of our faith over the past 150 years (Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Jr., Desmond Tutu, and others). One of these leaders said something along the line of – you can’t really feel and know poverty until you visit or live in a place with people day to day and see the conditions they live in. I agree with this statement and it is one of the reasons I continue to be involved in mission trips with Blackhawk Church. Each time I visit communities with whom we partner, I am reminded of how privileged we are in America and, in contrast, how most of the world really lives…and this inspires me to be more giving of my time and other resources in communities like Lajastambo, where we will be going in April 2018.
I have been privileged to go on Blackhawk mission trips to Honduras and Bolivia and each trip gives me a renewed sense of giving and serving others. I’ve been attending Blackhawk Church since 2005 and I appreciate the opportunity provided to me to serve God and serve other people in many ways, including participating in international mission trips. Thank you for your interest in this trip and in the people who will be traveling to Bolivia in April 2018. Please continue to pray for the people of Lajastambo, the Food for the Hungry staff (who we partner with on the ground there), the team members and the Blackhawk staff who support us.
The picture is from a celebration of the opening of a nutrition center in Lajastambo in late 2016. It is within walking distance of many people (and one of five nutrition centers planned for the very spread out area of Lajastambo) to help primarily with children’s health issues.