It's crazy to think that our time here is coming to an end. We have a couple more "visits" planned and then a field trip on Friday, Santa Cruz Saturday and Sunday we fly out. AAhhh hard to believe. But all things must come to an end.
We have seen a lot since I wrote last.
Last week was mostly "radio" week. We spent 3 days in Santa Cruz with Jake & Dorothy Fehr who are the directors of World Trans Radio partnering with Efree. It was so good to see how incredible the radio ministry is. Gary and I both shared our testimonies on radio and after we were done we got visitors who knew me from Canada. Was neat! As I was speaking I wondered how many people were actually listening and if people would actually be impacted by our story. Apparently they were, because people came to the radio and asked if we could speak again this Sunday because they knew there was more to the story and they wanted to hear it. (We only had an hour the first time) So I went on for another half hour this Sunday to finish. I pray that God will be glorified through that and many people will find hope.
I also got a chance to do the children's hour on the radio (this is all in low german) well lets just say that I think I'm hooked. I loved it!
Saturday I spent some time with the girls from the shelter again and it's so good to see them warming up to us. They sure are gems that have been through so much.
We hear so much that some days we just feel over whelmed with the need here. But that seems to be the case all over the world.
Last night at one of our `visitations` the lady shared an astonishing fact with me. In Bolivia 90% of women have C - Sections to deliver their babies. I couldn't believe it. I want to research this more but what she told me makes sense. A C-Section costs twice as much as regular delivery, so many doctors tell the women they are in danger and need to have a C-Section for what ever reason so they get more money. And because the women are so "sheltered" and uneducated they believe what ever the doctor tells them. The other thing is they don't like to be bothered at night to deliver a baby so they schedule C-Sections so they can have a "set" schedule for the most part. This breaks my heart! I feel that something really needs to be done with this. Efree has had one info session here (recently) for the women to educate them better on their choices. But so much more is needed. This has been happening in the last 10 years, before that home births were their only option as they had no way to get to a doctor. Now that transportation is easier they are faced with this dilemma.
I could continue writing but Gary just went on a prayer walk and I need to spend some time with God before Alayna wakes up from her nap.
On our travels to Bolivia we really felt all your prayers, so I asked that you would please join as again as we make the voyage back this weekend. This is what our schedule looks like....
We are leaving here Friday to go on a sight seeing tour of the Inca Ruins, then we will be dropped off in Santa Cruz Friday night, (because of the common road blocks here (strikes) they have to take us to Santa Cruz couple days before so we can be there for our flight Sunday)
Leave Santa Cruz Sunday 9am - fly to Miami - Spend night there.
Leave Miami 4pm Monday - fly to Dallas - fly to Calgary - arrive midnight - spend night there
Drive back home to Coaldale Tuesday.
Please pray that Alayna would do well again and that we would be at total peace as we travel with her. Pray for us as couple as we wrap up our time here and start thinking about our time ahead. And all the other "regulars", safety, health ect.
Thank you so much and we look forward to sharing with you when we get back!
Until next time,