The National Community Church Building 4 Bolivia mission trip takes place at a boys' orphanage in Cochabamba, Bolivia. See below for info!
Dear Family and Friends,
I returned to D.C. for my second round of co-op with Grunley Construction after spring quarter classes ended at UC. It was great to be back in fellowship with my friends (most of whom stayed in D.C. for their summer internships). National Community Church had just finished their God Anthology series and started a series called “A1:8 Movement” (http://www.aoneeight.org/) which refers to Acts 1:8 which says "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. " The resulting motto for this series was "Ordinary people, empowered by God's spirit, doing what Jesus did, together, wherever they are." That day they handed out a pamphlet which described the different mission trips anyone in the church could go on so I decided to skim through it out of curiosity. But when I came across the Bolivia Life Center trip, I got goose bumps and suddenly had this feeling that going on this trip was something I needed to do.
The National Community Church Building 4 Bolivia mission trip is taking place in Cochabamba, Bolivia between December 27th, 2011 and January 5th, 2012. The Bolivia Life Center is a Christ-centered orphanage that 80 orphaned boys, between the ages of 6 and 18, call home. Majority of the boys living there have a past of physical and sexual abuse and abandonment. Our mission at the Bolivia Life Center is to love on these boys as Christ would. Secondly, our goal is to walk alongside the NCC missionary that is currently there, helping him with his mission of Adventure Therapy. Our idea is to help build a climbing tower that we hope will push the boys in new and exciting ways. We will also be taking the boys on other adventure trips like camping and hiking, as well as providing medical and educational aid. In the process, we hope to bring joy back into their lives which will help them overcome and control the symptoms of their trauma.
God has tailored this trip perfectly towards my passions and talents, allowing me to utilize them to love on the orphans. Here’s how: building a climbing tower is a construction project and I’m studying a similar field in school, I have experience working on a high ropes course which is similar to a rock wall as it requires belaying and working up high, I really enjoy camping out in nature and we will be taking the boys on a camping trip, I took Spanish in high school which should help with my communication skills and the trip dates worked perfectly into Christmas break! After prayer and discussion with others, I have committed to this trip and hope to develop relationships with the boys and be someone they can trust unlike others that have abused and abandoned them in the past. God blesses us so we can bless others and this is just one way I can give back after being blessed into a loving, supporting, Christian family at home.
On a practical note, I need to raise $2,100 by December 15th in order to serve on this trip. I simply want to ask you to prayerfully consider helping me reach Bolivia by giving financially. Any amount would be greatly welcomed and a tax-deductable receipt will automatically be emailed to you. And even more importantly, please keep myself (for preparation and desire), the team (for unity and accomplishment) and the boys (for healing/trust between the boys and their future choices in this sinful world) in your prayers. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!!!
Gracias mis amigos,
James 1:27 – “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Read about the Bolivia Life Center here: http://www.cinonline.org/bolivialifecenterorphanage.html
Watch a tour of the Bolivia Life Center: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=MCJ01NNU
Check out Brian's (the NCC Missionary) blog: http://manybrothers.wordpress.com/2011/09/12/laugh-with-me/