Soccer at 11,000 feet

Hola! From our (well at least my) favorite Bolivian Cafe and Restaurant, Tradicion.

We are all doing great, adjusting to life here in Bolivia. We had a great Saturday, playing soccer at 11,000 feet with about 20 kids as well as visiting the largest Cristo in the World! (larger than Rio despite what you may think)

I (Charis) just wanted to share a few thoughts/reflections about the first part of the trip. (Please excuse my grammar errors, as that is not something I'm going to try and worry about)

My flight from Portland to LAX was a blessed one! I sat in an empty row, and I thought everyone had boarded the plane and I was so stoked that I got the whole row to myself! But, it was too good to be true. Just as the doors of the plane are closing a man and a women walk towards me and sit down. The man quickly started to talk to me and asked me where I was flying to. I explained the trip in little detail until he probed for more information. As the conversation progressed I found out this couple, Matt and Vicki are super amazing people and strong Christians! Matt is in seminary in Eugene Oregon, and Vicki is an ER physicians assistant. Matt gave me a piece of gum and Vicki gave me her card and told me to get in touch with her about PA school, or even to know more what it is like to be a PA. When we finally parted ways after landing in LAX they told me they would be praying for me and our team in our travels and work in Bolivia.

Right off the bat, from the first plane ride my eyes were opened to more of what this trip is really about. This experience is not completely about what we do with the doctors in the Hospital (which we quickly learned was pretty much watching what everyone is doing without much hands on helping, which is great, but I have been challenged to redefine what this trip is about). While this trip may not be to gain crazy medical experience in a foreign country, it is about being an ambassador of Christ. I started to realize while talking with Matt and Vicki that an important part of this trip includes our travels and the way we interact with everyone we meet, whether from the states, or the Brazilian Interns in the Hospital. Basically these two great people on the plane helped show me that being a witness to Christ cannot be exclusive to a scheduled time and place when it is convenient, but it must be a life long mission that we have been called to.

2 Timothy 4: 2 “Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.”

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