You never know what to expect when you get to Sucre. It's been 24 hours of travel. 3 planes, multiple airports, too much coffee, and the anticipation of finally making it.
There are questions on your mind every time you come here. Will this greeting be like the last one? Will they make you feel like you're the VIPs of the city? Will you sponsor kid be there? It would seem, after years of teams going, that the greetings would get stale, but they never do.
And honestly, it's not because of the banners, cheers, and games.
It's because there is something special about reuniting with friends. There is something unique about seeing brothers and sisters that you've formed deep relationships even if you're only there once a year. You see faces like Esther, Carmenita, Maria, German, and the other FH workers that you've become close to.
God made relationships to be special. He made us to have friendships and brotherhoods, and to work together on things that are bigger than us. What an amazing thing that He would create that kind of arrangement; that kind of mutual transformation.
Even here in Bolivia we'll be challenged to be focused on relationships this week. To not let tasks and agendas get in the way of being with each other. And you know what? You'll be challenged in the same way.
So, what are we to do? We lay it before God, ask him to orchestrate the conversations, the time we spend, and attitude we have toward each other. He does that in Bolivia, and he does it in New Mexico.
Thank you for your prayers for us.
Thursday is full of home visits, food, and a talent show.
We appreciate you all!
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The One to One Soul Care Conference will be held at MCC November 9-10. Are you interested in biblical counseling? Do you feel you want some training on how to walk with a brother or sister in their dark seasons? Please join us! Click here to register at or contact Elizabeth for more information.
Please note - the Sponsorship Training for the Wood Ministry will be rescheduled for a later date. Please contact Don & Ann Moore with questions.
Pull out your mixers and aprons! SHINE is looking for people who can donate cakes, or other desserts, for A. Montoya’s Fall Festival! Cakes can be dropped off at the church foyer Friday, October 26 between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Questions? Click here to sign up to bring a cake!MCC is gearing up for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drive! The mission of OCC is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Last year MCC collected 230 shoe boxes to be gifted to children around the world! Boxes will be available this Sunday, October 21st, in the foyer and the final drop-off date is November 11th! It is a great time to start gathering items to bless children around the world!
Shine also has a unique food pantry at A. Montoya! Kids often go to bed without dinner, come to school too late for breakfast, and aren't sure if there will be dinner that night. We have been asked to create a small food pantry at the school that would contain items like tuna packets, apples, macaroni and cheese, Ensure or Boost, peanut butter crackers, nuts, and the like. The children could keep these items in their backpacks so that they would always have something to keep them going. We are working on putting together a list of items, including gluten-free ones, that we would like to stock the pantry with. Please pray about whether you would like to donate items or money to help keep the pantry stocked year-round!