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Team Prayer Needs

Please pray for us as we get some much needed rest and as we adjust to being back home.

Trip Team Members

Susan Harding

Steve Harding

Vanessa Ramsey

Alyssa Hood

Brenda Esters

Michael Brooks

Mary Tillberry

Lisa Torbett

Marci McCarver

Tony McCarver

Penny Davis

Sabrina Mobilio

Jason Carney

Ken Brooks

Trip Schedule

  • June 25: Travel to Santa Cruz
  • June 26: All to Poza Verde- men to visit with Ayore men and boys, women to do Vacation Bible School (VBS) with the children
  • June 27: All to Poza Verde- men to visit with Ayore men and boys, women to do door-to-door visits with the ladies and give gifts, then VBS in Pailon. Ayore group departs for Pailon to catch train to San Jose and FUA (they will be working with us).
  • June 28: Devotion, fellowship, and spiritual preparation for the trip in the morning, depart for San Jose around noon.
  • June 29: All to FUA and Santa Teresita. Men to help clear the road to Santa Teresita, then church construction in FUA. Women to do VBS in Santa Teresita (around 30 kids), then VBS in San Jose (approx. 100 kids). Tour of Jesuit church complex.
  • June 30: All to FUA and Santa Teresita. Church construction and Women's Study with FUA and Santa Teresita women (around 30).
  • July 1: All to FUA - Finish up church construction, women to do VBS in FUA (15 kids). Visit Ayore village in Urucu. Ayore group remains in Urucu.
  • July 2: Sightseeing in Santiago and visit to hot springs (joined by Ayore group). Travel by train to Santa Cruz.
  • July 3: Rest and shop for gifts.
  • July 4: Shopping for gifts, 4th of July cook-out with Dan and Jenny Strebig.
  • July 5: Travel to Atlanta

June 29 - Day 4

Fua

The road to Fua brings one several miles right into the jungle. Along the way there are parrots and parakeets flying free.    

Fua

 

Finally, there is a clearing where you can see the church at the top of the hill.  It's a beautiful sight!

Fua

This is how the church looked when we first arrived.  Donations and funds from team fundraising were sent down ahead of our arrival. This made it possible for Placido and several Ayore men from Poza Verde and Fua to lay the foundation and put up the roof trusses. 

Fua

 

Tony and Dan discussing the progress.

Fua

 

The pastor of the church in Fua is excited the church is finally being built. They had asked Toni and Placido if it was possible to have one built and now it is actually happening!!

Fua

 

Some Ayore boys from Fua sit on the bench from the back of Dan's truck and watch the building progress.  At this stage of the building the men won't allow them to help.

Fua

 

Even as the church is being built there is still other work to do.

Fua

 

The work begins...

Fua

 

The team of Ayore from Poza Verde arrive. They join in with the Ayore from Fua for a retreat.  Even as the church is being built, there is fellowship, food, prayer, preaching, and singing.  

Fua

 

 

One of the men brings his chair.

Fua

 

 

Some are just observing.

Fua

 

Jason assesses the roof frame.  

Fua

 

 

Michael and Tony helping to get things level.

Fua

 

Sabrina attempting to build a sand castle. The girls look skeptical.  

Fua

 

We're the first team to come to Fua and they're not sure what to make of us.

Fua

 

 

Fua

 

 

One of the men from Fua who participated in the building.

Fua

 

Putting together a scaffolding.

Fua

 

One of the disadvantages of this area of Bolivia (El Chaco) is that water is not usually readily available. It is very arid and droughts are very common. In Fua, this means it has to be trucked in and stored in tanks.  When we arrived, the immediate need was for water.  The Ayore were attempting to get their own, but for some reason were being charged ten times the usual amount.  Toni and Alyssa, along with some of the Ayore men from Fua,  took Dan's truck to get some.  Along the way, the clutch to Dan's truck went out again and they were delayed for most of the day.

Fua

 

Going to get water.

Fua

 

 

After several hours of waiting, the water has arrived and is ready to be unloaded.  

 

Fua

 

Shortly after we arrived, some of the ladies demonstrated for us how they make their purses.  They were also very anxious to show us some wood carved animals the men and some of the boys had made.  These are available to purchase and will be in the Ayore web store soon.

Fua

 

 

The school house. It's not visible in the picture, but written on the chalkboard were some very challenging math problems.  On the left side of the building is a solar panel which runs a single light bulb hanging from the ceiling.  Until now, this has been the church as well.

Fua

 

 

Brenda meeting some of the young girls.  She's a natural!!

Fua

 

 

Marci giving a background to the story of David and Goliath as Toni translates. 

Fua

 

 

Attempting to show the David and Goliath video.  Placido brought a generator as they have no electricity.

Fua

 

 

Everyone really tried to see the video, but since the building has no walls, the picture was too light.

Fua

 

 

The good news is we left the projector there overnight with Caesar and they all saw the video that evening. They also watched the movie "Magdalene", a movie about Mary Magdalene, which they enjoyed very much.

Fua

 

In the meantime, we came prepared with the flannel board...

 

Fua

 

 

Jenny Strebig translates the story of David and Goliath for us..

Fua

 

Jenny and Penny leading several of the children through the prayer of salvation.  They were urged not to participate unless they were genuinely desiring to accept Christ.

Fua

 

 

One of our students.

Fua

 

 

These girls were given "caboodles" filled with candy to decorate instead of bags. We brought these specifically for the teenaged girls to do.

Fua

 

 

A little girl decorates her bag for her "five smooth stones".

Fua

 

 

 

Sabrina helps.

Fua

 

 

New missionary, Angela Massey, and her sons Ty and Sam joining in on the fun.

Fua

 

 

Marci filling bags with the candy stones.

Fua

 

 

One young man, Patricio Chiqueno Jimmy, writes a verse on his bag.... "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want".  He and his friends took a special interest in us. 

A special note- On our last night there, after the church was complete and we were getting ready to leave, he and Benial, a son of the pastor from Poza Verde, also Benial ,  gave young Benial's purse to one of the team members as a gift.   While the Ayore make purses to sell, they make a different kind which they keep for their personal use.  Benial and Jimmy had made this one together. it was a very special gift.

Fua

 

 

One young girl shows off her bag.

Fua

 

 

Steve cutting up an inner tube to be used with nails to make roofing nails.

Fua

 

 

Progress on the church continues.

Fua

 

 

Vanessa, Diane, and Alyssa.  Diane Brown is a college student spending the summer with the Mercados. She stayed with us for the entire trip.

Fua

 

During the Ayore's retreat, Caesar, a missionary national from Poza Verde, calls the group to a time of devotion and prayer.  During that time, different men in their congregations (Fua's and Poza Verde's) got up to speak.

Fua

 

 

Ken joined the Ayore men by giving a devotion while New Missionary, Bubba Massey, translated.

Fua

 

 

It was a good sized group.

Fua

 

 

Jimmy and his friends play a little volleyball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fua

 

 

A little boy examines what's left of the food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fua

 

 

 

Time for a swing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

    

Other ministries that day: That evening some of us went to Mirtha's (Caesar's wife) family's church in San Jose de Chiquito and did a women's study. After the study we did a craft where we made bookmark crosses. Mirtha is a member of the Chiquitana people, but is now a Missionary to the Ayore in Poza Verde. One interesting note is that one generation ago, members of Mirtha's family were killed by the Ayore. Mirtha and Caesar have now joined MRI as our newest missionaries. Later, the team got together for a time of sharing and of prayer. Alyssa gave a devotion.

 

June 30 - Day 5

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