The women and the whole national church have an emphasis on spiritual, mental and physical care and education of children there. Each church we visited had a school or after school program for the children. At the after school program children were welcome to come to a safe place and do their homework, do work that was created by the after school program and be involved in Bible Study. I had one kindergartener do his work while he sat on my lap. His work involved copying words in both printing and cursive. He did a great job. When we had a snack he saved some in his backpack for his family. I was reminded that one of Luther’s goals was for everyone to be able to read, so they could study the Bible for themselves. One young women helper at the school shared with tears in her eyes what this program had done for her.
The final goal Pastor Emilo shared with us is the need for the continuing education and training for the pastors. In Bolivia there are 110 churches with 40 ordained pastors including what we would call an LPA’s. There are also 100 lay pastor volunteers. The pastors are not salaried but rather are given a share of the churches offering.
I would ask that you pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ from Bolivia. Be assured that any offering that you give is being used wisely to share the good news of God’s love given through Jesus life, death and resurrection in what might seem like a far off place from us.
Pastor Alvina Olstead