Sunday, July 3, 2011
Hello family and friends!
It is 5 p.m. here in Cochabamba and we are typing from the New Tribes Mission Guest House. We arrived safely at 11:30 a.m. but our luggage is still on its way--we hope! This is the first time the entire team's luggage (11 large duffel bags) has not arrived on a mission field. So today we went to the market to buy some essentials (you can imagine what those might be) and everyone's had a fantastic attitude--being simple and flexible!
This is a wonderful team and we are enjoying each others' company. At Logan airport, Joe, the American Airlines gate agent, told us as we were finally checked in that 'Bolivia will never be the same.' Pastor Jaime, his wife Ruth and their 3 children James, Brenda and Evan picked us up from the airport and have been generous hosts to us already. By the way, did you know that Abel Zabaleta is not yet here as was planned? He will hopefully now arrive either tomorrow or Tuesday--maybe he will find our luggage along the way! Tonight we are headed to worship with our brothers and sisters at Florida Norte. We look forward to praising our faithful God with them and praying for our week's worth of ministry together. It snowed yesterday and the Andes are snow-capped and spectacular. The chilly air adds a little complication when we don't have many clothes, but God will see us through! We have been saying often 'Dios sabe' which translated means 'God knows.'
Thank you for your prayers. Please pray for a good rest tonight, for our luggage and ministry materials to arrive tomorrow and for God's grace to sustain us during our days here in this beautiful nation. Tomorrow we will meet with Pastor Jaime to finalize plans for the week, and conduct our first leaders training session in the evening. Pray also for Florida Norte's VBS which begins tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.
Blessings to all!
The Bolivia Team