Bolivia April 2018 Blackhawk Church mission trip blog post

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!

Hello!

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!

Blog post

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.

Connecting Kids

Hi!
 
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?
 
Cheers!
Ashley

  

“It’s Starting to Get Real!”

Greetings!
 
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!

 

April 2018 mission team trip to Lajastambo is coming soon!

Hola!
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.
Hasta luego!