We finally managed to reach Cochabamba on Friday night, a day late but we have had a very productive time with Foundacion Totai and Craig and Amanda over the week. I certainly have a much better understanding of the important work they do in a very remote part of Bolivia.
I'm know Alan and John would want to join me in thanking Craig and Amanda, indeed all of the staff and volunteers at Foundacion Totai for their kindness and hospitality. We have been made very welcome over the past 4 days.
Please put FT on your prayer list. The main prayer points I shared in yesterday's blog would be a great start. I would add a few other things, if you allow me. They are as follows;
Craig and Amanda Cunningham. The couple carry a tremendous responsibility with FT and the church. They are very isolated in terms of distance were even the most basic of things I take for granted are not possible. There have been a couple of occasions Craig and I have had a conversation about resources this week. In the UK if I needed a DVD or training material I would order it on the Internet and it would be with me in a few days. There is no postal system in their part of Bolivia. Most things go "missing". They have to plan to have things brought by people visiting FT to obtain things they might need. This is just one example. Craig and Amanda are incredibly busy and need our prayer support.
Ruth Young. This is Ruth's 3rd time with FT. She has had the benefit of having the 3 of us around for the past week (I think this is a benefit) and this has helped her settle in. Ruth has a real desire to serve The Lord and this is a great encouragement to me and the others back home in our church in Stevenston. Please pray for Ruth in Bolivia and her family back home in Dalry. It will be a great support knowing people across the world are praying for Ruth and her time with FT.
One last prayer request.
I went with Craig to visit a young man in hospital who has recently suffered a tragic accident while swimming. He is paralysed from the neck down. His name is Hernan. There are bits of his story which I won't go into in the blog but he and his family desperately need our prayers. His mum's name is Sonia. Our Heavenly Father knows the circumstances but again having many others bring this young man before the throne of grace will make a difference. Paul has told us in Ephesians 3:20-21 "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
One last point. Having now visited the hospital in Trinidad I can see just how fantastic the health care is in FT compared to the municipal hospital. The team in Foundacion Totai are doing a vital and superb job as they seek to provide a high standard low cost health care to their community.
And so to Cochabamba. More on this over the next few days but it is a large city in Bolivia with lots going on in terms of the church. Mario and Helen met us at the airport and took us to a seminar which was running in one of the hotels. I've never met Mario or Helen before but I can tell we are going to enjoy our stay here. I don't think I've laughed so much in a car journey to and from the seminar. They are a lovely couple and their whole life is lived for the Lord. They are involved in so much of the work here.
We have a number of meetings planned over the weekend including a prison visit today (Saturday). More of this in the coming days.