Our amazing team of 18 is finally in Santa Cruz Bolivia and only two days in we're already having a blast.
It's so exciting that we have internet at our hotel and are able to share our experiences with you quite instantly.
Everyday, wifi willing, we will give you a recap of our day and let a team member share their heart.
Thank you in advance for reading and for being a special part of our trip.
ON DAY 1 WE...
Jumped on a Copa Airlines flight very early Wednesday morning.
Ate breakfast, lunch and dinner on a plane. Mmmm.
Endured all kinds of people, smells and interesting food during our 14 hours of travel.
Played "Ninja" in the middle of the airport while waiting for our second flight.
Waited in a long and intense Customs line at 1 am.
Were welcomed to Bolivia by our brothers and sisters from Luz Divina church in the airport.
Were greeted like rockstars, as Kaylin put it, as they showered us with hugs, kisses and tons of joy.
Struggled with our Spanish as our Bolivian friends know not a word of English.
Are already one big happy family.
Loaded all our luggage on to a bus and chugged along to our hotel.
Finally settled into our beds around 3 am. Yikes!
Needed much sleep and much sleep was received.
ON DAY 2 WE...
Overwhelmed a tiny pizza place with our 18 person party.
Ate a traditional Bolivian lunch of thin crust pizza.
Watched a parade of beautifully dressed dancing ladies and trumpet playing men.
Went to the church in the afternoon to see the amazing progress on the building we started three years ago. What a sight!
Met Pastor Walter's family's new puppy who is of course named Shakira.
Came together as a team back at the hotel to talk and pray together.
Dined at a restaurant with a great view of the plaza.
Topped the night off with some ice cream.
Were confused by what a "Plaf, Plaf" was, so it had to be ordered.
Soon realized it meant a massive amount of ice cream mixed with chocolate sauce, cookies and candy.
Got to bed at a reasonable hour for maybe the only time in the next two weeks.
We start our first day of construction tomorrow. The word demolition was mentioned a time or two.
Please continue to pray for our time here. We really do feel the love and support from our Montrose Church family and are so thankful for you.
Thu, July 19, 2012
by Steph Villa Davis