It’s been another FULL and rewarding day here in Bolivia on our 2013 Mission Trip. We all benefited from some good sleep last night and were feeling ready to tackle the day early this morning.
After breakfast we piled into our bus and drove up out of the city of La Paz to another part of El Alto to attend a church service together. As we drove up to the intersection that was just a few blocks from the church we were greeted by dozens of little children and their families along with a welcome band. We got off the bus and were escorted through the streets to the church by our welcome committee. Many of our team had never experienced such a grand welcome before. It was really special.
We filed into a small little church building along with dozens of children and their families. It was a great time of singing together and sharing with each other. Several of our team volunteered to go with each respective Sunday School classes with the kiddos while the rest of us remained to hear some encouragement from the pastor. The children joined us again and each group shared what they had learned in their class, reciting scripture and singing songs for the rest of us. It truly was a wonderful morning.
We also ate lunch together and after lunch as we were preparing to leave for our next activity, an impromptu and fun opportunity presented itself. A few of the Bolivian women decided it would be fun to see the women on our team dressed in their traditional polleras (skirts) and mantas (shawls) and fun bolero style hats. It was quite entertaining to watch them transform our women into their traditional garb. We had a great time and lots of laughter as we all enjoyed this moment! (pictures to come)
The afternoon entailed an opportunity to try our hand at bargaining at the local street markets and we were able to enjoy finding some special items to share with our loved ones back home and for ourselves to remember this wonderful trip.
The evening we spent sharing our thoughts from the day in a time of reflection and we also sorted through all the supplies that so many generous people gave us to bring and gift to the Compassion Centers where we will be working.
Each day feels like 2 or 3 days packed in to one, but we are so thankful to be here and are looking forward to this coming week.
Just a brief update this time…but wanted you all to know we are still safe and sound and our minds are absorbing so much! There will be many stories to share when we return!