Fun, laughter and touching moments

Today we had quite the tour of Lajastambo! The day was full of fun, laughter and many touching moments. In the morning FH held a welcome ceremony for us with songs, games and a personal welcome from the local director of FH as well as a neighborhood leader. We then had a welcome program with the children, roughly 75, they were all very excited to see us as we were excited to see them. We played many games, relay races and good ole tug of war!
In the afternoon we split in two group and visited some sponsor children that people on the team, or their friends, sponsor! Altogether we visited 9 homes. It was amazing to be able to meet these children in person that we have prayed for andsent letters and photos to. We were able to gift them with a bag of food for their family, some treats, and presents. We were able to talk with our sponsor children and get to know them personally and hear about their lives. We also prayed specifically for their family needs and health concerns. Many of the homes had multiple children. Some of the families had all their children sponsored and some did not. One multi-family home in particular really broke our hearts. In addition to several illnesses, there were 3 other children living there who had been abandoned by their parents. The sponsorship of a couple of the children through FH helped the entire home. So it really helped us see the need, how FH is helping, and what can still be done.
Please pray for the sponsor children in FH and their families. FH is doing so much good for this community, and it is an honor to be able to help alongside the wonderful caring staff here in Lajastambo.

Super Excited

 

 
Hi! I’m David, and I’m super excited to meet our sponsored child in Bolivia in just a few days! My family put together a small photobook that I get to deliver personally. We’ve already exchanged a couple letters, and now we get to meet each other!

My role on the team will be to encourage and share experiences with local savings group members in Lajastambo and also play games with kids! Over the next few days, I’m looking forward to helping build ties between Blackhawk and the Lajastambo community & Food for the Hungry.

Almost Ready

The Blackhawk Bolivia Go Team for November is almost ready. The team bags are packed with markers, pens, activity sheets, stickers, soccer balls, and gardening tools. The various talks are assigned and outlined. The games are planned. Now to recheck the weather and pack our own clothes. Passport? check. Vaccination card? Check.

Only four days to find the last minute items. Four more days to prepare our hearts for humble service. Please pray with us for a humble and joyful learning attitude, for safe travel, and good relationship building in Lajastambo. Check back often for regular updates.

Excited to Serve

My name is Carlene, I have lived in Madison now for about 4 years. I am an assistant manager and catering associate at a cafe. During the summer, I lead mission trips through a ministry organization. I have been involved in other ministries with Blackhawk church in other areas, and now I am excited to be able to serve on the Bolivia GO team!

At a young age God gave me a heart for missions. Since middle school He has lead me on various mission trips all over the world. I am so great full God is now leading me to Bolivia with Food For the Hungry. I’m praying God does amazing things through our group to reach and connect with the great community of Lajastambo!

Getting More Than We Give

My name is James and I am part of the November Bolivia team. My wife Teresa and I, and our two daughters, have been part of Blackhawk Church for many years. I am looking forward to our trip to Lajastambo, Bolivia to partner with the community and Food for the Hungry. I have been part of many previous Blackhawk medical teams to Honduras as well as a few trips with Food for the Hungry to the Dominican Republic. I am excited to work with a partner like Food for the Hungry because I believe that their approach to “missions” is a solid one based on a biblical world view that can provide lasting change with all types of poverty, both ours and theirs. We have a great team assembled with many skills and backgrounds. I hope that we can assist Food for the Hungry in the great work that they are doing while we develop relationships with the people in the community. We always find ourselves getting more out of these relationships than we bring to them. We appreciate your thoughts and prayers for us and the community of Lajastambo.

Piqued my Interest

My name is Alex, and I grew up on a farm south of Madison. I’ve been attending Blackhawk since 2004, and have been on other trips through the church in the past to Mexico and Honduras. The Lajastambo trip with Food for the Hungry piqued my interest when they mentioned wanting people with an agricultural background. My wife and I also sponsor a child from there. We have two children of our own.

“Our Hearts Are Aligned with the Same Compass”

Hi- I’m Steve and I am excited and humbled to be part of this Blackhawk GO Team to Bolivia. I am married to Leigh and have 3 kids that are now all young adults on their own life journeys. I work at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and at the Madison VA Hospital. I have been a part of prior Blackhawk outreach trips to Honduras and once previously to Bolivia. I pray that God will use our team for His purposes. We look forward to partnering with our brothers and sisters in Christ that are part of Food for the Hungry (FH), as well as community leaders in the barrios outside of Sucre. Our hope is to be a part of God’s transformation of the lives of children, families and communities. I embrace FH’s values to be ambassadors for Jesus, be relational, serve with humility and invest wisely. On our last trip, I remember one of the FH staff stating our hearts drive us to work side-by-side because we are all joyfully aligned with the same compass. As stated in Psalm 67 V4: “May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth.” God guides and we follow.

Interact and Encourage

Hi—My name is Leigh. I am a retired stay-at-home mom. My husband and I have 3 adult children—Natalie, Stephen & Amelia. I’m excited to be a part of the Nov 2018 Go Team to Lajastambo, Bolivia. Although I was a part of several mission trips in high school, I just recently resumed my involvement. This last February, I traveled alongside my daughter, Natalie, to Haiti to minister to orphans and school children and now am blessed to work alongside my husband, Steve, on this journey to Bolivia. I’m excited to see what God has in store as we interact with the families in Lajastambo and partner with Food for the Hungry—I pray for a servant heart. Please pray for this relationship building time as we come alongside the local community to encourage our Bolivian brothers and sisters in Christ—may we do it in the spirit of Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

In addition to this Go Team, I help facilitate a women’s Bible study group at Blackhawk, as well as mentor young moms in the Mom-to-Mom ministry. I’ve been a member of Blackhawk since moving to Madison 24 years ago.

Here am I. Send me!

My name is Christine, and I can’t wait to walk alongside of the organization, Food for the Hungry  to Lajastambo, Bolivia.

I have been far across the oceans before, in Russia. Where I worked with a team who was involved with college students – serving, learning, developing, teaching and sharing God’s Word. Also in Mexico running a crew to mentor wiring a building. That was a wonderful experience since I am only 5’2” and do not look like I know what to do with tools, but I do. These are just a few that God put on my heart to be his hands and feet.

Each one of my servant-based trips, have been a blessing in my life. God has orchestrated what his plans are and how he will use me to be one small part of his Master Plan. We leave in 2 weeks and I wait with anticipation of what God has planned for this trip. Your prayers will be greatly appreciated for safe travel, staying healthy, building relationships and God’s will. What a blessing it is to be part of Blackhawk Church Bolivia Go-Team.

I will leave you with one of my favorite Bible verse:

Isaiah 6:8   Then I heard a voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said “Here am I. Send me!”

Fostering Relationships

My name is Laura and I feel honored and blessed to represent Blackhawk Church in Lajastambo, Bolivia. I am excited to join Food for the Hungry in what they are doing in the community. I am looking forward to fostering relationships there and helping them to achieve their goals.
I am a retired special education teacher.  I am married and have 2 grown children and a grandson.  In my retirement, it has been a blessing to encourage others through the One to One ministry. I also volunteer in Disaster Services through American Red Cross.
I would like to thank all of those who have supported us in this endeavor. Please continue to pray for the team, the relationships that are formed and God’s work that is being accomplished there.