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.

What God is doing


My name is Francis, and I’m excited to see what God is doing in Lajastambo, Bolivia. I’ve been interested and involved in missions most of my life, seeing God working around the world. This will be my first time to Bolivia, and I’m looking forward to working alongside Food for the Hungry. I want to learn more about their servant-based, incarnational, and holistic development. We depart in two weeks! Please pray for our final preparations, safe travel, and effective ministry.

In addition to this Go Team, I help facilitate a men’s Bible study group at Blackhawk, where I’ve been a member since moving to Madison 15 years ago. My lovely wife, Glynis, will enjoy some introvert time with our dog, Pepper, while I’m away. When I’m not traveling, I work sales operations and process improvement.

An Honor to Serve

My name is Josh. I am 37 and am married to an amazing fellow dreamer, wife, and best friend named Jenny. We have been married for 10 years and have three exceptional kids named Isla (7), Alaina (5), and Ian (1).

In my career life, I am able to live out my purpose and destiny by serving others through my job and my gifts. Currently I am a principal for Verita Energy, LLC, a company focused on energy savings best practices and a heart towards philanthropy. Beyond this, I work in another small business I founded called MEP Solutions where we help folks reduce their utility costs.

My life has been a great blessing on many fronts. I find it a privilege and a honor to thus serve others in need wherever they are. I enjoy coming along side those who need some extra support, particularly in men’s ministry. My role model is Jesus Christ and believe he alone holds the keys to our purpose and destiny. He provides and equips me with the resources, means, and spirit of charity, even if it means leaving behind those I love and care about most for a while. It is privilege to be a part of Blackhawk Church, the Bolivia go-team itself, and come alongside and work and learn with the wonderful friends we have in Bolivia.