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From thousands of words to thousands of experiences

Tonight, I will be in Paraguay at a conference with at least 15 partners from all over Latin America. However, today I am still enjoying the hospitality of Walter Vacca, director of RTM Bolivia. A trip to Latin America provided the perfect opportunity to first visit Bolivia with Claudia Schmidt (ERF) and Olav Hardang (P7).

 Until this trip, Bolivia was a country that I had only written about, now these words have new meaning through thousands of experiences.

I will never forget the eleven hours we spent traveling to and visiting in the Quechua communities in the high altitudes of the Altiplano. A young woman, Alejandra, touched my shoulder. She thanked me for coming and said, “We rarely have missionaries coming our way because we live just too far away.” This trip was already worthwhile. We visited four local FM radio stations in the area where the Quechua live more than 3,500 meters high. The station directors were thankful for the Quechua programs they receive through RTM Bolivia. I remember one pastor telling me about the past difficulties of being a Christian in a region where the major religion was mixed with worship of Mother Earth. Since the radio programs began, many people had turned to Christ, and being a Christian is now much easier.

I had insightful conversations about the lives of the Quechuas and the work of RTM Bolivia with Pastor Diego, the Quechua director, and Doctor Anthony who, changed his career from being a medical doctor to serving the Lord fulltime at RTM Bolivia.

This afternoon. I will make the short flight to Bolivia’s neighboring country Paraguay where our TWR partners will gather. TWR has a total of 17 partners in Latin America broadcasting in Spanish and 19 other languages. We will be celebrating RTM Paraguay’s 25th Anniversary! Among that and many activities at the conference, I look forward to meeting our new partner from Mexico. They just opened a new radio station in a very violent city. It will be a week of many encounters!

By way of this blog, I hope to bring you alongside my encounters for the next four days so that you can be inspired and encouraged, too.  Email with any questions about Latin America and I will do my best to find an answer for you.  moosterhoff@twr.org

Blessings from a sunny and warm Bolivia

Mariette

Photo: credit Olav Hardang