For the third year in a row, a group of volunteers from the Northview Church, located in Roswell, GA, served with the HOPE worldwide Bolivia team for nine days. The group, comprised of eight teens and four adults, poured themselves out and gave selflessly to work with the poor. A few of the volunteers shared about the impact of their experiences in Bolivia. Be sure to check out the photos and video below!
Melina Cole :: “My experience in Bolivia was an eye opening one. I loved being able to go and serve the people in La Paz. The city, like any city, is in need of love, kindness, support and so much more. The desperate level of poverty for many people of La Paz is heartbreaking. Even so, I have faith that God is taking care of the people in La Paz through the many volunteers that come to serve and help. I’m grateful that God works through us to reach the people that are in most need.”
Nika Fendler :: “There are countless experiences I had in Bolivia that I will never forget. Between the unforgettable smiles and breathtaking views, my favorite and most impactful memory occurred on the last day. We traveled to El Alto to serve and encourage an extremely poor family living in a tiny, two-room house the size of my bathroom. I played with a little girl named Daniella. She was so sweet and just wanted to play with everything we brought for them. She didn’t smile often, but when she did, it was beautiful. I just wanted to hold her and protect her, but eventually we had to leave. It was so difficult to see her smile fade as we said goodbye. Despite growing up in extreme poverty, she has such a tender and loving heart. All I can remember thinking before collapsing into a heap of tears was that she didn’t deserve that life.
I knew as we drove away that day, I would never be the same. I realized that all of my material possessions mean nothing, and I have no excuse to complain about anything in my life ever. Most importantly, I learned that at times certain things make no sense to me…and that I don’t understand God’s plan. For instance, I cannot understand why I have so much while Daniella lives in the dirt. But, I am learning to trust God and His goodness. I realize that I possess so much and that I can make a difference in someone’s life by sharing God’s love and truth, especially with those who are hurting. While situations can sometimes feel unfair and confusing, I will always remember something Noelle shared with me, ‘Our Father is incapable of wishing us harm.’ Daniella and all of La Paz will forever remain in my prayers.”
Matilde Jade Rogers :: “I have a special place in my heart for the three year old kids in Bolivia. I spent the first three years of my life in an orphanage in China before my mom adopted me. So when I see the three year olds in orphanages or community centers, I see a bit of me in them. Like them, I was lost, broken, and in need of love.
It made me so happy when our Northview team gave 110% of their energy to the little kids in Bolivia, especially the three year olds. When the team played with the children, I felt like they were playing with me. Every time I saw a team member give a hug to one of the little kids, it felt like I was personally receiving that hug. Three year old me never experienced that kind of love in the orphanage, and it fills my heart to know they get to have that joy even if it’s only for a little bit.
Volunteering in Bolivia with HOPE worldwide helped me finally understand what Matthew 25:40 says…“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
I always took this scripture at face value. It wasn’t until I looked at the little ecstatic faces around me in Bolivia that I realized on a deeper level what this scripture meant. When I saw a child’s face brighten after receiving a blue smiley face sticker, I was filled with joy and love because it felt like I received that sticker. That is how Jesus feels when we serve the poor and those in need. He becomes overjoyed when he sees us serving others, because what we do for the least of these brothers and sisters, we do for him.”
The HOPE worldwide Bolivia team is incredibly grateful for the volunteers who serve with us. The work we are doing to help the most vulnerable population in La Paz is made possible because of your love and support! Please consider making a donation to help advance our work of bringing HOPE and changing lives! CLICK HERE TO DONATE
Happy New Year & Good News from HOPE worldwide Bolivia…
We hope that your family and loved ones enjoyed a happy and healthy holiday season. 2014 was a busy year for us and we are so excited for what 2015 will bring!
Clinic Scheduled To Open This Summer
We are happy to share that the International Medical Center of HOPE worldwide is now officially recognized and is registered with the Bolivian government. We are working to have our local non-profit HOPE worldwide Bolivia Foundation established by March 2015. We have retained an architect with an outstanding reputation, to design/remodel the home that has been selected for the clinic. Our talented and dedicated team here in La Paz is continuing to search for clinic, laboratory and office equipment and furniture. Our timeline for opening the clinic has continued to shift due to unexpected and unavoidable challenges, but with great faith we are planning to open the medical center this summer.
Educational and Volunteer Program Update
The Patient Care (Nursing Assistant) Program will begin in February. This program will provide education, training, jobs and support for high school graduates who are either orphans or living in extreme poverty, enabling them to pursue a career in health care.
The HOPE worldwide team is teaching English as a Second Language to the Hospital Arco Iris staff and our partner church in La Paz as well as the community. Social programs continue to blossom.
The Sala de Juegos (playroom) within the hospital has served over 6,000 children and has provided Early Childhood Development information to their parents and caregivers.
The HOPE worldwide Lending Library also continues to grow. We have enjoyed hosting almost 200 volunteers and visitors in the past 3 years and we are looking forward to over 90 folks visiting us in 2015.
Thank you all for your support, encouragement and prayers this past year, we couldn’t do it without you! We are looking forward to seeing our dreams become reality in 2015, as well as many of you visiting us this year! God is indeed blessing the work of HOPE worldwide Bolivia.
-W. Kevin Broyles, MD, MHS-CL, Country Director, HOPE worldwide Bolivia
It was a busy December for us here in La Paz, Bolivia! HOPE worldwide Bolivia partnered with Foundation Arco Iris, the La Paz Church of Christ and other individuals in the community to collect food and clothing donations and we were able to provide a very special Christmas to 40 of the city’s neediest families.
Thank you for supporting HOPE worldwide Bolivia, together we are changing lives. If you would like to make a donation please click here. If you are interested in getting more information on our programs here or are interested in volunteering, please click here to send us an email request.
The HOPE worldwide team gathered up the donations and loaded them onto the trucks (Santa’s Sleigh) to be delivered to Casa de Paso.
Brie Broyles plays with some of the kids at Casa de Paso and helps them to put together a puzzle.
Many volunteers came out to play games with the kids and encourage them.
There were so many smiles and laughs shared during our time together.
The parents and children had so much fun playing games with the volunteers.
The families were so grateful to receive their gift baskets filled with much needed food, clothes and toys.
Thank you to all the volunteers and everyone who donated to make this encouraging event possible!
Our November Newsletter is hot off the press! There are so many great things going on here in La Paz with HOPE worldwide Bolivia. Check out the newsletter and all of the photos! (If you would like to download the pdf file, click here: November Newsletter 2014 )