"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
~James 1:27

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bienvenidos a Cochabamba

After spending our first 2 days in La Paz, we got up early on Wednesday morning to take a short flight to Cochabamba. I loved the feel of La Paz and the beauty of the city, but I think that most of us were excited to get to a lower altitude and see another part of Bolivia.

Cochabamba was also very beautiful with the mountains all around and the Cristo statue in the distance. The weather there was just perfect being in the 70s while we were there. Cochabamba is Bolivia’s Compassion center, and we were able to visit Compassion’s office and see how things work there. They gave us an overview of the Child Survival Program, Child Development Program, Leadership Development Program, and Complementary Interventions in Bolivia.

I learned that Rosa's center got a CIV for new bathrooms

We learned all about the curriculum that they use for each of the age groups. I love the life plan booklet that they start with when they turn 12. It is such a neat way for a child to focus in on what God wants them doing in life and it seems very beneficial.

I loved visiting the correspondence room and seeing how they file the letters and seeing all the letters ready to come back to eagerly waiting sponsors. I peeked through some of the letters, but I didn’t find any for me. It was mind boggling to learn how each translator has around 500 letters to translate each month! I can’t imagine having to translate that many letters in a month! The country staff is so dedicated to Compassion and you can definitely see their passion when visiting the office.

That evening we had the privilege of sharing dinner with 6 Leadership Development Students from all over Bolivia. A sweet girl named Ericka sat at our table and shared about her experiences in the LDP. She is an incredibly smart young lady from Santa Cruz who is studying engineering. I believe she said that she would like to work for a big company in Cochabamba when she is done with university. She has been blessed to have the same sponsor throughout all her years with Compassion. She came 11 hours on a bus to meet us and she was going back to Santa Cruz that night at 10. Ericka and another LDP student from Santa Cruz made chocolates for all of us for desert. They were delicious! Ericka shared about the different projects that the LDP students are involved in, and it was awesome to get a more in depth look at how the LDP works, and how it can change the life of a young adult who can in turn change the course of their country.

1 comment:

  1. I loved reading your posts from Bolivia. No letters in the BO672 for my Rafael.