Hola, Amigos y fogonadura!

(Hello, friends and partners!)

We did it!!  We have safely arrived at Hotel Diplomat, in Cochabamba. Bolivia!

The day was full, though less exhausting than yesterday.  We started the morning at a leisurely pace, ending with a morning meeting where we got to know the Bolivian culture and our AMAZING local Compassion trip coordinator, Raquel.  After that we headed to the airport for a quick flight from Santa Cruz to Cochabamba.

When the team arrived at our destination, we enjoyed a quick walk around downtown Cochabamba, where we saw many wonderful people and beautiful scenery, including parrots, a church (Madre de la Davina Previdencia), and some muy(very) friendly street vendors.

Around 6pm, we gathered for a lovely dinner at the Hotel Diplomat.  The beautiful Raquel handed out wonderfully crafted wool Compassion satchels and purses.  Muchos Gracias, Hermana! (Thank you very much, Sister)

After dinner, the team gathered on the roof of the hotel for a time of worship, prayer, praise, and self-reflection... and ice cream... thanks Raquel, Marty, and Andrew!!!  :)

And then it was time to finish prepping for Vacation Bible School at the first Compassion project we will be visiting in the morning.  While most teams were well prepared for the coming storm, others had forgotten their umbrellas altogether.  But, everything is on track now and we are all looking forward to the VBS session!

The day was wonderful, peaceful, and full of beauty.


Dios bendiga mi amigos,

(God Bless, my friends)

Buenos noches y dourma bien.

(Goodnight and sleep well)

Mucho ama,

(much love)

The Bolivia Team Bloggers (Dylan Shifflett and Elizabeth Smith).

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