Monday, July 13, 2015

Summer.... AKA Winter

When school ended the beginning of June, I had high hopes for how often I was going to blog. However, with friends visiting, teams coming to serve in the orphanage, new volunteers arriving, moving across town, Vacation Bible School at church, and babies in the hospital, there hasn't been nearly as much time as I planned. 
I would love to update you on the past two months, but instead I will post pictures from the last two months with a summary of what has been going on! :)

Courtney and Elizabeth Visit
Two good friends Elizabeth and Courtney came to visit for the month of June. This picture was taken on a rickety bridge, and these smiles are hiding real fear of the bridge falling down. Thank you Courtney and Elizabeth for coming to visit! I miss you! 
Visiting Orphans Team
In Mid- June, Casa de Amor hosted an amazingly generous team from the United States. They lovingly served the children and staff, and were an encouragement to all of us. This picture was taken on a trip to Pairumani National Park with the team and some of the older children from the orphanage.
Tourists
While Elizabeth and Courtney were visiting, they were kept busy entertaining the kids, painting rooms, and various other jobs. One day we became "tourists" to visit the statue of Christ. It is actually larger than the statue in Brazil, but no one knows it. :)
Gina and Michelle
Gina and Michelle are two of our wonderful short-term volunteers. They are both living at the boys home, and have been welcomed with open arms. Their joy and love for the Lord has been an encouragement to me personally, and also to the children and staff. Please pray for health and energy for them as they serve!  
Isabelle
Another good friend and roommate, Isabelle, arrived last Saturday, just as Courtney was leaving. The young people group threw a going away party for Courtney, that doubled as a Welcome Party for Isabelle. I am so thankful to have visitors this summer and to see how God is working in Bolivia through new eyes.
Vacation Bible School
The last two weeks have been "winter vacation" in Cochabamba. My church hosted a VBS for about 200 children, and I was able to help teach the 7-9 year old class. The theme was Genesis, so we talked about creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah's ark, Please continue to pray for all of the children that came, that the Lord would work in their hearts.
 Hospital Duty
In the last two weeks, two of the babies at Casa de Amor have been admitted to the hospital. When this happens, the orphanage is responsible for having someone stay with the baby. Thanks to a wonderful team of volunteers, we have been able to rotate this responsibility, but it has made for a few interesting days and long nights. Please pray for baby M and baby B as they recover.

As always, I am so thankful for your prayers and encouragement. If you would like to read more about what has been going on in Bolivia, several other volunteers also have blogs! 


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