It is winter here in Santa Cruz, Bolivia! Lately, it has been quite windy which reminds of how the Holy Spirit is described in Acts 2. On the first Pentecost Sunday, God’s spirit came down as a powerful violent wind and filled the room where the disciples were. The wind helps me to remember that story and how the Holy Spirit is moving around us and through us and that God is present with us!
About a month ago, I was walking around the city and I realized how hyperaware I was of my surroundings. As I walked, I watched every step, looked out for stray dogs, noticed the people around me, and watched for vehicles on the road. Then immediately, I had this conviction and I asked myself, “Am I this hyperaware of the Holy Spirit?” Since then I have been wrestling with that question. Honestly, it was hard for me to answer with a quick yes! I’m sure it has to do with the transition that I have been in since moving here, but once I realized it then I started to pay attention. Over the last couple months God has given me opportunities to see where he is at work through different ministry opportunities he has given me in Cochabamba and in Santa Cruz.
During my last visit to Cochabamba with a team from South Parkersburg Baptist Church, Parkersburg, West Virginia, I saw firsthand God’s spirit moving. I went to help translate for the team as well as use the time to learn more about the ministries of House of Hope. We had the opportunity to serve alongside a Quechua congregation.They have been building a new sanctuary because they outgrew their current building space! This congregation has become a light in their community and people are interested to learn about Jesus and the hope he gives.
For a few days we worked with construction and one day we worked with House of Hope doctors at a mobile medical clinic. I had the privilege to help with translation in the lab, waiting area of the clinic, and at the worksite.
We were invited to come to their Sunday evening worship. My favorite part was when a group of men performed with flutes and drums as women danced. As I watched them worship our God with all their body, soul, and mind it was obvious that the Holy Spirit is working and moving within this community. The lyrics of a song they sang were “Bolivia for Jesus Christ, Los Olivos for Jesus Christ, West Virginia for Jesus Christ, the whole world for Jesus Christ.”
After they sang a few songs they invited us to receive the ponchos as a token of their appreciation and partnership in ministry. We joined in the dancing as they sang a few more songs. Click on the button below to watch! I was blown away by their generosity and the hospitality.
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting (Acts 2:1-2).
Sloths are wild in the trees at the zoo just like squirrels are at the zoo back home. However, here the squirrel is in an exhibit! 🙂
Words of affirmation are important to my women’s small group. We had a gift exchange and before giving our gift away we shared affirming words about our person we drew.