Please support our team by praying for our safety, our health, and for moments of true connection. Pray that our intentions be seen clearly through language and cultural barriers and that we are open to not only teaching, but also learning.
Hi! My name is John, and I’m very much looking forward to the upcoming trip to Bolivia in April! This will be my 3rd GO Team with Blackhawk, the previous 2 going to Honduras being a part of helping with medical aspects of people’s lives, as well as serving in partnership with other men from Honduras to be able to encourage and support Amor Fe Esperanza which serves children and families who are living and working in or near the dump. With this new partnership, I’m looking forward to being a part of the partnership that Blackhawk is entering with Food For the Hungry and the community of Lajastambo.I want to first thank everyone who has helped support me through giving and through prayer, and being a part of the partnership that we are starting with Food for the Hungry, and look forward to sharing with all of you the things we are learning and growing in and with the community during and after our trip as well!All of the travel plans and different logistics for traveling internationally often take the focus away from being able to remember that we as Christians are image bearers of God, and in truth, the people we interact with are also the image bearers of God! It’s such an amazing thing to even begin to consider, and often I find myself thinking of people different than me as just “different” and so therefore there’s something “wrong”, but God has been truly challenging me over the past several years as I’ve gone on trips internationally, and especially here within Madison that we are all beautifully different, but made united in Christ. In the past year especially, I’ve been asking God to keep showing our world through God’s eyes, to see what He sees, to love what He loves, and to act on what He cares about. Little by little God shows me bits and pieces of each of these things, and every day, I find myself in awe of the beauty in all of the different cultures, peoples, and ideas that come from everywhere, each revealing the beauty of who God is. As, this trip is coming up, I look forward to God helping me see even more of the beauty and people who live in Lajastambo in getting to know them better and form relationships with them.In light of all of that, I ask for prayers that God would help all of us on our trip in each of the things He has for us, and that we will all have safe travels as well. Looking forward to telling you all more as we get closer, during, and after!Here’s a picture of myself with my wife Hailly,
Hello! My name is Leah. I’ve been attending Blackhawk for 20 years, but it never seemed like the right time to go on a mission trip. After sponsoring a child with Food for the Hungry (FH) in Bolivia, I developed more of an interest in the community of Lajastambo. What is daily life like for the child I’m getting to know? What difficulties does she face?
As a youth services librarian, I also have many questions about the community’s access to free information, early literacy resources, and educational programming for children. When I saw that Blackhawk was seeking Go Team volunteers interested in developing relationships with children and caregivers, I knew this was the right time to break out my rusty Spanish-speaking skills!
I know this trip is going to push me outside of my comfort zone. I haven’t traveled internationally. I haven’t personally experienced living in extreme poverty. I am nervous and excited about how God will use this trip to change me. What will the people of Lajastambo teach me about myself and how will I convey that to friends and family? We shall see! Thank you for the encouragement and prayers!