Hola hermanos, hermanos, amigos y amigas!  (Hello to brothers, sisters and friends)

Here’s to share with you some of the highlights for this past summer in the Internado. (which is suppose to be the winter in Bolivia) 

After 3 weeks of vacation, (mid June to first week of July) the children all came back for the second semester of schooling. Everyone came back with excitement.

Welcome Morella!

Morella is the newest member of the family in the Internado. This sweet and pretty young girl is in the 5th grade. She joins the group of elementary kids under the supervision of the Bolivian pastor, Hermano Elizeo.

Computer & English Classes.

I had revised the schedule for Computer and English classes for the second semester.

I have 4 students each class, 6 classes in the morning, 3 classes in the evenings and additional class for elementary kids in the afternoon. Thank God for the assistance of the Interns.

I am happy to see the kids learning more about the computer. At the start they struggle with  learning new things. Most of them will say, “I can’t do it, I don’t know how…” With much patience and encouragement, I always tell them “You can…”

As they start to learn and do it, afterwards, they say, “Yes, I can”.

For now they are learning the different functions with MS Word.

Thank God for sending a new dorm mom for the girls, as the past dorm mother went back to La Paz for her university degree.  Ruth, the new dorm mom is also from the main city of La Paz. She is very good with the children. Please pray for her because she is more scared of the insects and bugs as we live in the middle of the jungle. She is also scared of the alleged snake seen by one of our girls near the river.

One of the boys, Gualberto (14 years old ) had an appendix surgery a few weeks ago. Thank God we got him on time in the hospital before it burst. He had  a good recovery and is now back with his schooling.

Praise God for the blessings of the team that came this summer; from Christ Community of Georgia, the team from South Carolina, and from Cullman, Alabama. The kids have enjoyed their visits. I also got to celebrate my birthday with the last two teams and with all the kids in the Internado.

This past couple of months I had witnessed the celebration of the anniversary of the founding of Ixiamas (June) and the main city La Paz (July). The townspeople did the traditional parade for the celebrations.

I also thank the Lord for the special blessing of the Interns from Auburn this whole summer; Abby, Olivia, Katie and Brian.   They have been a great blessing to us all in the Internado, especially to the children. I appreciate their flexibility and being open to help in whatever way they could. We will miss them all.

I also thank the Lord for another visa extension for mid July to mid August. I would appreciate your prayers for leading for my next visa extension for mid-August to mid September as Bolivia has some changes on visa extension. 

For this coming month of August I am excited as Internado workers (3 Bolivianos, Rachel and I) will start Bible Studies by groups with the kids on Sunday nights.  Please pray for the power of the Word God to continue to work in the hearts of the children. Pray that they will have a desire to know more the Lord through His Words.

For the past couple of months, the Lord has been teaching me a lot of things through this place.

I am grateful for His mercy and grace. I am learning to thank Him in everything, whether in good times and bad times,

I Thess 5:18 “in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. 

Dios te bendiga!