Bolivia 2011

Back in September I took a mission trip to Bolivia. For those of you that don’t know, Bolivia is located in South America. The mission trip itself was a week long and then I stayed an extra week to go to Cochabamba with my parents. Here is what I wrote the first day the we got there:

9/17/11

So after a very long travel day we made it to Bolivia at 5am this morning. The welcome was so awesome! People from where we will be working at got up early to welcome us and each one of us Chulos (hats) and made sure to greet each one of us. They are the sweetest and nicest people. From there we went to the hotel and checked in and were able to freshen up quickly and went to a wedding we were all invited to. At the wedding they saved us the first 3 rows to sit in while friends and family stood in the back. It was amazing to see the culture and how different weddings are here. Unfortunately we couldn’t go to the reception because of the weather. So we napped and then had dinner. The hotel we are staying at is very nice and am thankful for all the people here. You can really tell they sincerely care that we are treated well and they give us excellent service. The food they’ve been making is incredible. Dinner was fun and I won’t forget the mousee, mousse, moose talked with Laura and that she bought her skirt. We were also given letters that friends and families wrote us that we can read one each day while we are on the trip. I got a sweet one from Stormie and Amy-Jo. Amy-Jo gave me pics and silly bands to remember they are praying for me. Maria and Raquel are so nice. They are our tour guides from Bolivia and both work for Compassion. Maria keeps saying that I have pretty eyes 🙂 It is so amazing to experience this trip with my parents. Especially my Mom. I can’t wait to see what God has planned for this trip!

This trip was more than a mission trip for me. My grandparents were missionaires in Bolivia and my mom was born there and grew up there. My mom lived in Cochabama mostyl so it was awesome to see where she lived and we actually stayed where she lived.

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When my mom was little she accidentally stepped in cement when it was wet and her footprint is still there!

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After hearing all the stories growing up about Bolivia from my mom, I loved that I was able to see the places where they all happened. Something I will never forget!

The other thing I was excited about going is that I was able to meet my Compassion child that I sponsor named Soledad. I think that is what I look forward to the most and man was she a character.

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I am so thankful that I was able to meet her! I remember being so nervous and unsure of what to expect but it was a fantastic experience! She was cracking me up all day long! We got to spend a whole day with our sponsor child. So we went to the zoo and at first Soledad loved it but then said she was bored. She did love the game when Wara (translator) and I would hold one of her hands, count to three, and then swing her in the air. We played that countless of times!

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I enjoyed every moment with her and I wish I could see that adorable face everyday! Everyone on the trip and an incredible day with their Compassion child and lets just say it was a tearful goodbye for each of us.

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I cannot wait to see her again! I am planning to return to Bolivia in October, and I am already counting down the days!

This is just a little glimpse of my trip to Bolivia and I am sure there will be many more posts with many more memories.

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