Back in Bolivia, we are in the last days before summer vacation. During the first week of December each year Baptist pastors from all over the country gather (this year at the Seminary in Cochabamba) to take part in a week of continuing education.
During the first week of December each year Baptist pastors from all over the country gather (this year at the Seminary in Cochabamba) to take part in a week of continuing education. The theme for this year’s program has been Strengthening the Family with daily sessions on family topics and evenings set aside to focus on evangelism based on relationship and friendship, and how to be Godly church leaders. Our UBB partner pastors are challenged to have healthy relationships as they balance the demands of caring for the church, their families and themselves (not unlike pastors anywhere). As pastors and church leaders desire to invest in a personal evangelism based in meaningful relationships, the speakers and sharing time has given much needed space for each participant to reflect and consider new possibilities.
We are thankful to be continually learning from our Bolivian friends and our colleagues both in Bolivia and Canada as we work through life and faith.
We know things are difficult when Bolivia makes the CBC news! Lack of rain is causing grief in many parts of the country and long-term relief is not evident, even with the recent start of rains. We happen to live in a house with a water tank, and have the means to purchase water as we need it. As often happens, those on the margins do not have tanks and purchasing water is a hardship.
Traditional Bolivian religion includes a reverence for and worship of “mother Earth”. However, there are many examples of a lack of reverence for the earth given the manner in which water and soils are managed, natural resources exploited and wastes disposed of.
Bolivia is facing the worst drought in many years. No doubt some of the issues are related to global warming and factors outside of the control of Bolivians. What an opportunity for the Bolivian Church to step up and speak up for creation care and stewardship of God’s creation! We hope to have more conversations on that topic in the coming year and help raise awareness and knowledge of our responsibilities as Christian to take a leadership role in using the resources entrusted to us.
About Bruno and Kathleen Soucy
As Latin America Team Leaders Bruno and Kathleen work with CBM’s Field Staff and church partners in Bolivia, Brazil, El Salvador, Cuba and Nicaragua. They also support CBM’s work and relationships in Argentina and Costa Rica.