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June 02, 2008
Wow! I can’t believe that my 10 days in Bolivia has come to an end; it flew by so quickly! This was an amazing week. We covered a lot of ground and overcame a lot of challenges. It has been a tremendous blessing to be a part of what God is doing in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. In all this week, 179 people accepted Jesus as their Savior through this ministry and YOU are a part of it! I can’t thank you enough for sending me and for standing with me in prayer.
I also want to say a special thank you to my wonderful interpreter and friend, Vanessa, who labored tirelessly beside me all week. Last but not least, none of this could have been possible without my dear friend Tony who coordinated my schedule, hosted us, drove us around all week, filmed our time together and even interpreted a couple times. Tony truly brings new meaning to “going the extra mile” and Jeff and I are honored to have him on our team, as the three of us continue to travel around the world on this Mission of Hope.
Next stop… San Miguel, El Salvador September 5th!!
Continuing in His service,
Posted by Bernadette at 11:58 PM
June 01, 2008
Hogar Sagrado Corazón
As I’m sure you know by now, I did not have an opportunity yesterday to speak at the prison. Many people were disappointed but not nearly as disappointed as Jeff, Tony and I for the lost opportunity to share Jesus with those inmates who were expecting me.
Instead, we went to the orphanage in Montero as planned. I wish you could have been in the truck with me when we arrived. Little children started to climb up onto the truck and into the windows. Finally this one tenacious little girl named Vanessa made her way into the truck next to me hugging and kissing me. She wanted to learn English and right away learned how to say “thank you” and “hello.”
Our time at the orphanage was great. I shared my testimony and was able to present the Gospel as well as lead them in the prayer for salvation. A total of 5 kids and 1 worker came to me afterwards and whispered “ore contigo” (I prayed with you). A total of 5 kids and 1 worker came to me afterwards and whispered “ore contigo” (I prayed with you).
Afterwards we gave out all the toys you sent and I wish you could have seen all the joy they brought to these kids. Remember that little girl Vanessa; she stayed by my side the entire time hoping that I would adopt her. It really broke my heart when she hugged me and said “¡Escogeme! ¿Puedo irme contigo?” (Pick me! Can I go with you?). Needless to say, Jeff and I left the orphanage that day with very heavy hearts. Tony tried to lighten the air by offering me his kids, if I take two, I could have the third for free, he said!! THANKS Tony, I just wanted one!!! :)
In Love in Bolivia,
Posted by Bernadette at 11:14 PM