Just a little update as to what has happened in the Last while. As most of you know, I’ve been distributing God’s Word to the public schools in Bolivia in remote areas.
Well about two months ago we were led to a port by a river which we crossed by canoe. The river is long, and passes through the North end of Bolivia with many branches flowing into it.
After we crossed we followed a trail into the jungle which opened up to a football field and a school. There are no roads on both sides of the river further North. But they said there are communities with schools all along the river.
Upstream a bit there are different languages, but the schools are all in Spanish. Well this opened my eyes to a great need for all these people. We visited a pastor’s place in the port, but he wasn’t home. But his wife told us that they go up the river to minister but only short distances. So what about all the people further along?
Now that school is out for the season I’m free to do other things, so last week we went back to the port and visited with the pastor. He is quite dark and his wife is also quite dark, she is from Brazil. As we discussed the possibility of a boat, he was very helpful having a lot of experience.
He also said we need more than material, we need to offer medical treatment with a good nurse or a doctor and a lot of medication.
At this point we were about half way to Cochabamba so we went to Cochabamba. While there, we visited Sociedad de Biblica, where there was a person who spoke English. As I shared the need that I saw along the river, She said, oh yes we have people who want to give to this ministry. About two years ago there was $30,000 available for this project.
So we decided I would put together a proposal for this project to pass on to them, and see if this offer can be resuscitated. Then we went back to the port to discuss this further with the pastor, and he led us to two different contractors who each gave us a quote to build the kind of boat we need.
We stayed at their place for supper and for the night. As we sat around the supper table, they said they had been praying for the last 13 years for a boat to minister along the rivers.
The distance between the port and Trinidad is a three days journey by boat. The pastor said that if we were to serve all the communities along the river with its branches, it would take more than three months. And that is almost a third of the way to the North end of Bolivia. So this boat needs to be able to accommodate at least 5 people with supplies to last at least a month. Possibly be eating a lot of fish. I love eating the fish in Bolivia.
The boat manufacturers say it will take three months to build the boat. So by the time this proposal reaches the people concerned and the boat is built, could be a ways down the road.
Anyway if you’ve been wondering what I am doing in Bolivia, maybe this will help inform you as to what is happening. I am blessed with excellent health and a purpose in life that I enjoy very much.
God Bless, Love In Christ.