by Bill Dyck, CBM Field Staff in Bolivia
It’s now been about two weeks since we’ve returned from Bolivia, so we thought we should give a brief report before we head to Ontario for two weeks for a CBM orientation and to visit some churches.
Arriving in Bolivia, I soon realized that I remembered just enough Spanish to be confusing. We landed in Santa Cruz thinking we had hours before our next flight to Cochabamba. But we had just sat down for coffee when an airline worker found us and asked if I was William Dyck. She then proceeded to say, “Su vuelo es demorado” (Your flight is cancelled), which I understood to be, “Su abuelo es morado” (your grandpa is purple). I don’t have a grandpa but thought maybe she has an urgent message concerning one of our parents. I thought maybe “morado” was “murio” (has died). So I asked, “Es muerte” (dead). She said, “No, no, no. You can go on an earlier flight, if we hurry.” It turned out to be good news, so we rushed through security, with her help, and all was better than expected.
When we arrived in Cochabamba we hit the ground running, although not in the same directions. While Bruno Soucy (CBM Latin America Team Leader) took me to meet the President of our partnering denomination (Alberto Coarite) and other key leaders, Kathleen Soucy took Janice to the dentist. So, for the first few days I was on the planned schedule while Janice was experiencing some excellent dental care. Continue reading