It is the end of the school year for the Bolivian schools and for the education programs at the Tiu Rancho Center. The children will begin their summer vacation, since this is summer time in Bolivia, at the end of November. Their classes will begin again in February.
I hope you enjoy seeing the photos.
Please pray for the staff as they evaluate the programs and plan for a new year
The Tiu Rancho staff celebrated Senior Citizens Day on August 26 with 56 elderly from the Tiu Rancho community.
Alex was the host and did an excellent job. I couldn’t understand a word spoken since everything was in Quechua but I could see on their faces how much they enjoyed themselves.
We ended the afternoon eating plates of food that were large enough to serve a lumber jack. The staff had been so careful in choosing the food since many of the older folks have no teeth and have sensitive stomachs.
As they were leaving they expressed their gratitude for the afternoon by smiling and fervently shaking my right hand and touching my left shoulder.
God blessed us all through these moments together.
Sewhuicas is located five hours from Tiu Rancho in a semi-tropical area. It is winter here but we still weren’t prepared for ice on the tents in the mornings. However, not one person complained. In fact, many remarked on their evaluations that Sewhincas is the most beautiful place they’ve been to.
We cooked together, walked the river, played with the children, chatted around the fire and had many moments of precious time with God. We took time for praise and thanksgiving. In addition we were challenged by God’s call to discipleship.
I am including pictures of classes who are using this curriculum in one of our newest churches, Piedra Viva, The Living Rock Methodist Church. This church began three years ago as an outreach of the El Salvador Church by two of its members, Hilda and Jaime Cabrera. They began to respond to people coming to their door to ask for assistance and over time began the Piedra Viva Methodist Church. This morning there were 20 people in the church service and 30 children in Sunday School.
This same couple has always told me that the Methodist church in Bolivia has had a difficult time finding appropriate and culturally sensitive curriculum for the children in their churches. The morning I took pictures of the kids, I asked Hilda if she was using the most recent Sunday School material that the teachers had written; she nodded and giggled like a young girl. Two of their young teachers, Ronal and Indira, took part in writing the Sunday School curriculum last January at our workshop at Thiu Rancho.
There were eight others baptized this same day from six of the other Methodist churches in the city. Two weeks later Miriam and Limber chose to have Edson baptized. What a testimony these two women are in their community and at the Tiu Rancho Center where they minister to so many children every day.
Six boys were chosen to travel to Tarija, close to the Argentine border, to play in a tournament for 10-12 year olds this past weekend. Even though four of the boys chosen from Tiu Rancho are younger than ten (Jamer, Diego, who is Jamer’s uncle, Junior, and Luis), they were still asked to play. Junior is eight years old. His brother Cesar plays for the young men’s team and is only 13 years old. He astonishes the other men’s teams by making flying leaps, catching fly balls and rolling in center field.
I am attaching a picture of the team that traveled to Tarija. I chose not to travel since it is a 36 hour bus ride. They have promised me to bring pictures back. I will also attach pictures of the men’s team and the second team in the coming months.
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