We awoke for a 7am breakfast of French toast and cereal before our first work day. Afterwards, we drove a few miles into the city outskirts to do some construction work for a local church.

The church was small, and sat on the edge of the hillside on a tiny plot of land. When we arrived, there was a trench dug out on the uphill side, and our goal for the day was to prepare the trench for the pouring of a cement foundation, and to build a new wall for the church.

The extension was intended to be a bathroom for the church, and our two goals were divided by the two halves of the day. Before lunch, we were leveling out the trench. After lunch, we built the wall.

We had no translators for the second half of the day, during the construction of the wall. It was difficult to communicate and know what we were supposed to be doing.

However, as time went on, and relationships strengthened, we were able to effectively communicate with locals helping us build. One man spoke with a few of us in Spanish saying that as children of God, we are all equal. It was a blessing to see how God has used this trip so early to show us and others that no level of society is greater than another.

We returned home and showered before a dinner of Bolivian style chicken and mashed potatoes. We ended the night in reflection and prayer.

Pray that we would be able to continue to communicate with these brothers and sisters so that we can help continue the partnership that the House of Hope has established in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”

-Colossians 3:23-24

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