Friendship Day

July 23 is Friendship Day in Bolivia. The tradition is to give cards, send text messages, give little gifts and get together. The leadership of the young people’s Saturday night meeting had many hours of planning and organizing to make a banquet a special and memorable event. Many parties are attended by the youth wearing jeans and it is accepted; so we encountered a little bit of resistance in our required formal dress code. We had special numbers, open microphone, a how-well-you-know-your-friend game and a 10-minute video with pictures of past activities. I did the catering.

Making a group of ten leaders agree on every detail: simple matters as table cloths color; it was not always trouble-free. Each one has different ideas and perspectives. It was required patience, a loving, humble and forgiving spirit; but in the end, we rediscovered that that is what friendship is all about.

Juan & Nina Cuellar and Mark & Carol Mattix, two church elders who have been very supportive to the activities and program of the young people, were invited as our guests of honor:


“It is not so much our friend’s help that help us as the confident knowledge that they will help us.”          Epicurus

“The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.”    R.W.Emerson

“A friend loves at all times.”     Proverbs 17:17        

Published in: on July 29, 2010 at 6:43 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. En nuestro peregrinar hacia la eternidad Dios nos da amigos para disfrutar ese peregrinar. Te quiero mucho mi hermano y amigo.

  2. ¡Qué guapos se ven todos! Me encantó la frase que has puesto de Emerson: “El ornamento de una casa son los amigos que lo frecuentan”. ¡A Dios gracias por esta frase tan cierta!
    Un fuerte abrazo, Andrés.

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