What a welcome in Sucre!

After a long bout of traveling, today we arrived in Sucre. At the airport we were greeted by Food for the Hungry staff as well as the children from Lajastambo. What an amazing welcome. The children all had smiles on their face and flags waving, along with a giant banner welcoming Blackhawk Church. We were able to spend some time meeting and greeting and getting excited for what is to come this week. How awesome!

After that, Abi, our Food for the Hingry liaison took us to the hotel we are staying and also talked a bit more about Bolivia. Later, Abi took us to a downtown area with a market where we shopped for supplies for some of the families that various Blackhawk members are sponsoring. We got to see the market and many traditional Bolivian food and supplies.

I can’t wait for tomorrow where we will get to see Lajastambo, the area where the children live. Thank you all for following our journey.

Ginna Irwin

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We arrived in Bolivia!

At 5:00 am this morning, our team arrived in Bolivia, safe and sound, but a little tired. We were met by Abi of Food for the Hungry and her brand new husband, Jose. They greeted us with smiles and fresh bottles of water, all of which was greatly appreciated.

We are having breakfast just outside of La Paz at 13,000 foot elevation. The attached picture is from the airport and is Huayna Potosi, which is 20,000 foot elevation. The snow reminds us of Wisconsin in April!  We are already beginning to see the beautiful country. We look forward to meeting many beautiful people as well.

We thank God for safe travels to date. We thank you for your support to date and we seek your continued prayers for a trip that fulfills all that it is meant to be.

More to come soon. Keep watching for what we hope will be daily posts.

Tom Schwei

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Thank you to all our supporters! April 2018 Bolivia GO Team

Before I introduce myself, I wanted to thank everyone who has supported our team!  
Your resources and prayers are vital to our team!  Your thoughtfulness and generosity are greatly appreciated! 

My name is Dana and I am so excited to be a part of this fantastic team!  
My family has been attending Blackhawk for 16 years.  I have 4 children and over the years they all have been involved with student ministries at Blackhawk and 3 of them have had multiple opportunities to be a part of international Blackhawk GO teams (the 4th child can’t wait for his turn).  I have seen my children’s lives be forever changed by the impact these experiences have had on them.  They are so excited for their mom to get a chance to participate in this wonderful opportunity!  I have heard so many incredible “GOD” stories and can’t wait to see, hear and be a part of what God is doing in Lajastambo! 

Please continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers and check back soon for many more updates!

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My name is Elissa and I am so excited to be apart of this team! I participated in mission trips to Guatemala and Mexico in the past through other organizations. I have always found that international ministries, learning about other cultures, and putting myself outside of my comfort zone helps to me to grow in my faith. I am excited to get to know the people of Lajastambo and Food for the Hungry. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers as we continue to prepare for this trip!


My name is Kathryn and I am excited to be part of this amazing team! I have been attending Blackhawk since shortly after I moved to Madison three and a half years ago. For the last 2 years I have been serving in the Yellow Room in the Children’s Ministry.  Recently I have felt that I need to move outside of my comfort zone to continue to grow in my faith and as a person. This past September the information about this trip kept showing up in my life and I decided that this might just be the next step (and it is definitely out of my comfort zone!) I have been feeling called to. I am going to Lajastambo in order to learn more about myself and my faith through getting to know and building relationships with the people of that community. I am looking forward to learning about their culture and customs while we work with the people of Lajastambo and Food for the Hungery staff. Please keep our team and all the people we will be meeting on our journey in your prayers. 

Blog post by Rachel

Hi, my name is Rachel! I’m so excited to be joining a team from Blackhawk church as we head to Bolivia.
I am going to Bolivia because I want to be involved in the relationship Blackhawk church and Food for the Hungry have created with this city and the people here. I am looking forward to creating relationships and deepening the connection and support in any way that I can.
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.

Seeing People and the World Through God’s Eyes


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,

Why am I going to Bolivia?

Hi my name is Ginna.  I am going to Bolivia because I’m excited to learn about another culture and country, help form relationships and share God’s love. This is out of my comfort zone, and I’m grateful for the opportunity.  Please support our team through continued prayers for our travel, for the conversations that we have and the relationships we can help build, and for the people that we will be working with.  Thank you all for your continued love!

The Time is Now

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!

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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.