As you know, this past week has been full and phenomenally fruitful.  We would like to share a few highlights to refresh your memory (or, for those of you who didn’t read the blog and just want the key ideas in a quick, American fashion, this is for you to get an idea of what the 2017 Cochabamba trip was like).

Thursday, March 23:

                Left Woodlands at 1:30 am

                Met up with our Compassion trip leaders, Andrew and Marty at 7:30 am in Chicago

                Flew out of O Hare around 9 am

                Arrived in Santa Cruz around ten pm


Friday, March 24:

                Left Santa Cruz around ten am

                Arrived in Cochabamba after lunch

                Got checked into the hotel

                Walked around downtown Cochabamba

                Had our first rooftop meeting


Saturday, March 25:

                Greeted by hundreds of ninos (children) at the project

                Toured the construction site of the new church building

                Ran VBS’s at two new daughter churches

                Ran VBS at the first project


Sunday, March 26:

                Attended a beautiful church service

                Ran leadership seminar led by Don and Brian

                Visited homes of those who had children from that area at that time

                Played with the staff kids at the church and making many wonderful memories


Monday, March 27:

                Visited the mother/baby center at another project

               Had a meal in the homes of local families (muchos gracias, hermanos                                               (many thanks, brothers and sisters))

                Ran VBS for the project we were at that morning

                Enjoyed a lovely program by the staff at this project


Tuesday, March 28:

                Helped with the construction of the new church building

                Visited another mother/baby center

                Had lunch at the old church building

                Did a prayer walk through a new church site

                Had an absolutely incredible time with the GAP (college age) students


Wednesday, March 29:

                Got stuck in a protest

                Ran another VBS at the first project

                Those who did not have a home visit on Sunday, went that afternoon

                Prayed for the project

                Shed many tears as we had to leave for the last time


Thursday, March 30:

               Had Fun day with sponsored children at local park (kind of a mix between Great                              America and Kash)

                Forced to say more tearful goodbyes to our kids and most of the translators


Friday, March 31:

                Enjoyed the office visit to the Compassion main office

                Went to see the Cristo (Christ) up close

                Shopped at the market

                Had to bid adios (goodbye) to the rest of our beloved translators

                Hopped on a plane and left Cochabamba *sniff*


Saturday, April 1:

Decided that we like Cochabamba too much to leave, so we hitched a ride on a passing truck and headed back to the city…. Jk… Happy April Fool’s Day, ya’ll!

Got on a plane and flew out of Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Due to arrive in Chicago around two am and in Plover around 6

Thanks so much for all your prayers!

Until we meet again,

The Bolivia Team Bloggers (Dylan Shifflett and Elizabeth Smith)

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