On June 4, 2009, we stepped off of a plane in Santa Cruz and started our adventure in Bolivia. A lot has changed since then – our attitudes, our outlooks, our family… even our language skills!
I remember thinking that 2012 was a long way in the future back in 2008 when God directed us here, but on this side of our commitment, it really hasn’t been that long at all. And as we look ahead to the future, I have a feeling these three years will feel very short indeed.
As we’re wrapping up our time in Bolivia (we have less than 3 weeks now.. and it’s going fast!), we’ve been spending a lot of time with friends, especially from church. This weekend was no exception – every day was spent with people from church.
On Friday night, we hosted the roving prayer meeting. It was our first time hosting, and they decided to use the time a little differently than normal and spent the evening blessing us with Bible verses and affirming words. Plus we got to sing a lot of hymns we like to the tune of a charango. After the meeting the group of thirty enjoyed the snacks we prepared. I think they like what we make in the kitchen almost as much as they like us for who we are!
On Saturday we enjoyed a lunch at with our friends Miqui and Noelia. It’s the first time they’ve cooked for us and like good Cochabambinos, we enjoyed the food! They experimented with “mashed yuca” – which was a first for all of us – and well worth the experiment. If you’ve never had yuca (which is usually fried), you’re missing out. And who knew it was so good mashed!
And to round out the weekend, we spent all day at church on Sunday. It was a great service, although bittersweet, since it was the last time we get to celebrate communion with our church family here. Afterward there was a meal to raise money to build a metal roof over the volleyball court. Not only will it protect athletes from the strong sun, but we’re outgrowing the sanctuary, and services will be held under the roof as well.
We planned to go home after the meal, but decided to stay and watch the Bless Kids volleyball tournament our church is hosting. It was a long day, but we loved spending the day with friends and watching the volleyball games.
It’s hard to believe all that has happened in three years, and even with the hard times I wouldn’t change a thing. We have been blessed in Bolivia and I am thankful that God led us here.