CANADAteam part (2/2)

Before, during and after the Team’s one-week visit, many people asked me how this all happened! 19 members from far away countries that come to give generously, work hard and share their lives trying to speak their language, eating their food and helping in the needs of a school in a NFT (Not For Tourists) town in Bolivia is/was unheard of.

To answer their question my memory went back to the decade of the 90s at Emmaus Bible College where I had met Bob Agnew, the team leader, but had not seen him since then. In 2008 I went to a conference where many alumni were there. One night, as part of the program there was a “Dessert and Fellowship time” in the Dinning Hall. Events with many people are emotionally exhausting at least for me, I don’t want to speak for all introverts. I decided that I had had enough “social time” and went upstairs to my room and took a good book to read. For many years I have made the effort NOT to act on what comes first and innate to my personality which is to avoid a crowd. I reasoned that it was not the time to keep to my own self since it was a special occasion and decided to go downstairs to socialize for a while. My re-encounter with Bob happened at that moment and as it is natural, the conversation turned to what we had been doing all these years. I mentioned my missionary work and he told me about his mission trips. I casually said “You’ve got to come to Bolivia one day with a team!”

What would it have had happened if I had decided not to mingle for a while that night? I don’t know. That single one conversation took eight years to become a reality. I am sure it was perfectly orchestrated to come true this year leaving me with a warm heart. What I now know is that what it seems simple, insignificant or trivial at first, it can lead us to a very rewarding experience and that when you first meet someone, you can never know just how much that person will bless and enrich your life.

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CANADAteam part (1/2)

We recently, at the Christian School, had the privilege to have the visit of a mission team from Oakridge Bible Chapel in CANADA composed by 19 members from five different churches and one representative from USA and Scotland each.

They came with their own funding for the projects and travel expenses. We spent a week of sweet fellowship and intense hard work in different areas.

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They arrived to Camiri Saturday night in time to be part of the young people’s meeting where there was a small welcome program with refreshments of typical Bolivian snacks.

On Sunday they all came to church where in spite of language barrier we could remember our Lord’s death and resurrection together. After the service, the team leaders and I walked around the school (like Nehemiah did before building the wall in Jerusalem) and it was there when I realized the magnitude of the task to accomplished in five days!

This team was an example of humble, loving, concentrated, hard service to the people of the community. The investment that they did, financially, physically and emotionally has impacted us all. I will repeat he words of a brother in a short farewell speech: “The repaired walls one day will be old again and the bright colors of the painted walls will little by little fade away, but the fond memories of the moments of that week will remain in our minds and hearts for the rest of our lives.”

May each one of the participants, local or foreign, be encouraged to know that the work in the Lord is not in vain (I Cor. 15:58). It has been an eternal investment.before-after

If you want to see more pictures of the projects and how much the infrastructure of the school improved, check my Facebook Album (here).

 

 

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