Carnival Retreat

Carnival is a feast very close related to Catholicism. It always happens 40 days before Easter (Lent). It is supposed to be a festive occasion with lots of laughter, good humor, happiness, all-day-party and parades in funny customs and masquerades. The truth is that the word “Carnival” means “farewell to the flesh” and generally it is a time for excessive and unrestrained of one own’s appetites and desires.

camp logo 2017It is during these days that our church has its Annual Carnival Retreat. I strongly feel a burden to organize and make this camp to happen because it is an opportunity for lots of youth to get away from town where all this ruckus is going on.

For many years we had the youth come the first two days and the adults/children would join us for the last two days. This created a sentiment of “invasion” on the youth and an “out-of-place” feeling on the rest. So, this year we decided to start all together and be prepared with activities for all ages; ultimately “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try it” (Seth Godin).CARNIVAL RETREAT

In our evaluation meeting we identified some of our high and lows points, but were happy and very thankful to the Lord for every one that came and heard the message from the Word of God about JESUS, THE ONLY HOPE.

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Marking the Course

Our winter break camp this year was called “Marking the course, The compass for the young Christian”. Clever Moron, my student, friend and brother in Christ gave 4 messages about why and how any Christian should walked by the path marked by God. We made food for 100 people. Days were cold and humid, but the kids participated in all the activities with enthusiasm. All the work done and the effort and energy put into it were all worth.

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Enjoy the Facebook Album 

 

Published in: on July 23, 2015 at 5:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Searching The Scriptures

EscudriñandoSearching Scriptures bookThis is my “Searching the Scriptures” group. The name is from the practical manual to study the Bible by Eliseo Zuñiga. It’s a book on Hermeneutics (interpretation) which is a useful tool for anyone who desires to read, study and obey the Bible. Proverbs 2 has an invitation to get wisdom, understanding, insight and knowledge. Now the conditions are stated and grow inTreasure Chest intensity; beginning by simply accepting his words and storing up his commandments, followed by having an ear and heart ready to apply and searching which denotes diligence and earnest efforts to investigate, examine and find out the truth; even to the point of crying out and lifting up our voices to God the giver of wisdom.

In this group I am not the teacher. I am one more student who needs to have the support and accountability of the others to read, study, memorize and put into practice the Word of God.

Published in: on March 19, 2015 at 5:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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Church Building Project

The “Ekklèsia” in Camiri has met in The Christian School grounds since its beginnings. Some years later a piece of land, next to the school, was purchased with the idea of combining the two properties to build a large hall.  For one reason or another, common and known to those who have experienced the effort to try to join the dual leadership of two ministries, it had been left and “forgotten” till recently a group of brethren with the heart of Ezra the prophet, began to encourage the congregation to start working to erect the temple where the assembly can meet. The plan is to continue using the school since this building won’t give us all the necessary space for AWANA, Sunday School classes and other activities, but the blueprint includes a hall with more comfortable chairs (at the moment we have to set up heavy benches in the basketball court every time we have a meeting), walls which will offer protection from the extreme weather pattern of Camiri, a small apartment and kitchen.

Little by little, step by step, brick by brick, shoulder to shoulder and hand in hand the blueprint is becoming concrete. May the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesuschrist be proclaimed and glorified in this place and in all the earth!

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Mamili

Mamili (nickname given by her granddaughter trying to say mom Eli) is the sister who attends the kiosk in school and in camps. On July 8th  she went home tired from working in the ladies’ retreat, but lively and strengthened by the messages she had heard. It was about three o’clock in the morning when a truck suddenly came through the wall of her bedroom which is located below the street, like a basement. The drunk driver died instantly; the economic damage is huge, most of her small house, which had recently been remodeled, has remained in ruins; but the miracle of life and not getting a simple scratch has impacted many in town and to her unbelieving husband as a testimony of the security of dwelling in the shelter of the Almighty, a fortress and refuge for those who fear Him.

The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. Psalm 121:7 (New Living Translation).

Mamili with guys from school, camp and church giving her a hand

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La Hacienda

La Hacienda, the ranch, was the camp held during the first week of the Christian School’s two-week Winter break. We invited Luis Benavidez, a brother from Argentina who studied at the Word of Life Institute to present the Gospel and 20 kids made profession of faith. The activities featured Bolivian cowboy style life. We took a short trip with the 86 participants to Ipati de Ivo, a small community in the countryside where we enjoyed Churrasco, the South American cowboy old method of barbecuing beef, and kids learned how to make “masitas” (traditional pastries). Many of us milked a cow for the first time.

See more than 100 pics in Facebook (here).

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Noche de Yugo

A yoke is a wooden beam usually used between a pair of oxen to enable them to pull together on a load. When a young ox is put under a yoke, it is usually accompanied by an older, experienced and strong one. The inexperience of the young is supplemented by the expertise of the old. The young one will keep walking in the right path avoiding danger because the old ox will be there to stop it.

Noche de Yugo (Night Yoke) is a traditional annual dinner that the Camiri Youth group offers to mostly older people in appreciation for their support to the group’s activities and are always giving a helping hand.

We have named this group “Paul-Timothy” and our theme verse is 2 Timothy 2:2 (The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses,entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also) and its description is: The group is for young people “of all ages” that meets on Saturdays at 7:30 PM at School / Church “Christian Camireña” which promotes the relationship Paul-Timothy, Moses, Joshua, Naomi, Ruth, etc.. for edification, service and glory of God.

Pictures in Facebook of Night Yoke here.

Published in: on April 26, 2012 at 6:02 am  Comments (1)  
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Children’s Day in Bolivia

Facebook Album of School activity for Children’s Day: here.

Facebook Album of Church activity for Children’s Day: here.

What this day is all about: here.

“What is a school without children?  Quiet.” (here)

Published in: on April 19, 2012 at 6:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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Easter 2012

HALLELUJAH, HE IS RISEN!

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Published in: on April 12, 2012 at 5:14 am  Leave a Comment  

Father’s Day in Bolivia

Father’s Day in Bolivia is celebrated on March 19th each year. Our church youth group and the Christian School had their programs to recognize the important role and contribution fathers and father figures make to the lives of children.

I was invited to speak to fathers at another church in Camiri and the Spirit led me to speak on the phrase the Apostle Paul uses to refer to Timothy and Titus as “my true son” and to ponder that the most important job of a father is in the spiritual sphere of their children. I ended up with the thought and challenge that while men’s fertility declines with age; there is no limit of age to continue procreating spiritual children!

It is also a good time to think that although human fathers may not always be what they should be, God is our perfect father. Tyndale New Testament commentary on Ephesians 3: 15 says, “He is also the One from whom alone all the fatherhood that there is derives its meaning and inspiration. From Him it derives its existence and its concept . .”

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

Facebook pictures of church youth group program (here) and Christian School program (here).

Trivia: In the USA more phone calls are made during Mother’s Day than during Father’s Day, but the percentage of collect calls is much higher, making it the busiest day of the year for collect calls!

Published in: on March 22, 2012 at 6:53 am  Comments (1)  
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