In our Church Engagement department, we get very excited when a church decides to partner with us to end poverty. Last week, we had one of those very happy moments.
We learned that one of our faithful church partners, who already supports a thriving partnership in Africa, is taking the next step to develop a second partnership in Asia. They commented that our new community profiles helped them to make the decision.
We are proud of the new profiles.
They’re clear, vivid descriptions of some of the world’s most vulnerable places. But beyond the difficulties faced by these communities, these printable profiles showcase the hope that God brings to each place.
Each community is marked by the tremendous potential He has placed in individuals, families, and local churches. If you haven’t already checked out the profiles that I’ve shared in previous posts, please take a look at Mozambique and the Philippines.
Today, I’m featuring the profile for Lajastambo, Bolivia. Bolivia is a landlocked country in South America.
The striking Andes mountain range makes up much of Bolivia’s terrain. It is a diverse country, with over 30 indigenous languages spoken.
I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit Bolivia several times, and upon each visit I’ve been touched by the beauty of the land and the people.
Lajastambo is located on the outskirts of the city of Sucre, a city brimming with colonial architecture and rich history. Just a short drive out of the city, the picture changes to the impoverished neighborhoods of Lajastambo.
Residents migrated to Lajastambo from rural villages in search of opportunity around the city of Sucre. They live in barely – adequate adobe or brick homes with dirt floors. When it rains, the dirt streets – and sometimes the floors of their homes – become muddy.
Families have come to the city looking for opportunity, but in many cases, they have suffered trade-offs along the way. Gang activity is on the rise in the area, putting young children at risk of joining gangs or being victims of gang violence.
Living in the city also means that parents go to work away from their children, leaving them unsupervised. There are schools in the area, but economic hardship often causes parents to take their children out of school early and put them to work.
Partner With the Church in Bolivia
We need churches to partner in Lajastambo. Several local churches are present in the area. They are ready for training and willing to learn how to reach out to their own community in tangible ways.
Will you help them by forming a relationship with Lajastambo? Your church will sponsor children and can even arrange short-term teams to visit the community and encourage its people.