I leave for Bolivia Monday. In two days. In 52 hours.
I feel excited, nervous, scared, anxious, but more excited than anything. I feel ready. I’m ready to get out of this bubble I live in. I’m ready to go share all this love I have that is getting ready to explode out of my heart. Although check back in with me later today and I may be in a corner rocking back and forth in the fetal position freaking out!!! Last year my daughter and I traveled to Honduras with Children’s Impact Network to spend time and work at the Honduras Life Center orphanage. I remember the night before that trip, if I could have given my ticket away I would have in a second. I was sooooo scared, like I’m going to be sick scared. It ended up being one of the best experiences of my life and totally changed my heart. I don’t feel that crippling fear this time. I can’t wait to get down there and love on those boys. I have my tennis shoes packed and I’m ready to play some soccer.
I will be staying at the Bolivia Life Center orphanage, a home for boys that have been rescued from abuse and abandonment. I am soooo excited to have the opportunity to teach a metal stamping workshop at the Bolivia Life Center orphanage LIFEhouse. This is a transitional home for boys who have aged out of the orphanage (at 18 years). Children’s Impact Network provides financial support and leadership for the orphanage in Bolivia, as well as the orphanage in Honduras. Something I love about Children’s Impact Network is that they are committed to life long relationships with the children they rescue – most from devastating stories of abuse and neglect.
In Bolivia, the boys must apply for admission into the LIFEhouse. This program allows them to continue their studies, get part-time jobs and learn to live independently while still in a safe and loving home with house parents. True part-time jobs which allow the boys time to attend school and study are very hard to come by in Bolivia. I’ve been offered the opportunity to help them. In my workshop the boys will learn to stamp metal – specifically metal pendants which will be made into jewelry and sold to raise much needed support for Children’s Impact Network. The boys will be paid a fair wage upon completion of each bracelet and necklace they make. This will allow them to earn some extra income and teach them a new skill. It will provide them with ownership in the mission that rescued them and gave them a second chance. Most of the boys at the LIFEhouse consider the younger boys still in the orphanage brothers. They love and care for them. This will allow them to help themselves and their brothers.
Thank you soooooo much to my family and friends who donated money to make this trip possible and also helped purchase all the supplies and tools needed to teach this skill to the boys. I wouldn’t be going on this trip if it wasn’t for your love and support. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We will sell the jewelry the boys make on Children’s Impact Online store that we hope to launch late fall. The boys will also be able to keep all the tools and lots of extra supplies to make and sell jewelry in Bolivia as well!!! Here are just a few photos of the products what we will be making. The bracelet is my favorite. We decided to go with James 1:27 on all bracelets.
Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I travel to Bolivia Monday. This homebody is not sure what to expect, but I’m hoping for an amazing adventure, one that honors and glorifies God.
Here is my prayer that I have been praying:
Please make my life a glorious adventure and help me to stop clinging to old ways. Remove these parts of my life that I keep around only for myself so I will have more room for the parts that glorify and honor you. Please give me a pure heart. Please give me a renewed, faithful, devoted, dedicated, steadfast mind and heart. Please send your spirit to control my mind and my heart. Please give me a life of power, love, and self-control. Please give me the spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I may know you better, my eyes of my heart focused and clear so that I can see exactly what it is you are calling me to do. Please give me a humble heart willing to stand strong wherever you lead me. Please keep my mind and my heart from being troubled and afraid. Please help me to be patient, steady, and strong. Oh Lord, by the power of the Holy Spirit please make me faithful. Please show me how to think like you. Please show me how to live like you. Help me glorify and honor you with my actions and my words. Thank you for the invitation to work with and follow you. I accept and confirm that I am your choice. Please help me be a woman of action for you dear Lord. Here I am God. Send me. Amen.