One part of this work that we love is that it takes us to remote places that are often overlooked. Last month we travelled to churches around the provinces of Oruro, Potosi, and Santa Cruz to encourage them to be missional in creative, practical ways that show Christ’s love to their communities. In the little town of Cruce Culta on the border of Potosi and Oruro, we received an incredible honour.
The pastor had heard us speak previously and was exited not only for our visit, but to share that their congregation had already started to actively care for the most venerable in their town: orphans and widows. After our talk they presented us with a gift and proceeded to dress us in their region’s traditional clothing, each item made lovingly by hand. They said this was a way to share their culture and let us know that we would always be welcome.
Sometimes working cross-culturally can be difficult, but it also brings unexpected blessings and moments of great encouragement.
A new opportunity that’s opened up for us is teaching a theology class at the seminary. Through Tim’s work in the library and the English classes he’s taught in the past, we’ve been able to keep involved with the seminary. In early 2016 however, the Academic Dean approached Tim about teaching a course on Ethics & Integral Mission. He recognized this would be better suited for Kallie and we both saw an opportunity to help challenge and inspire students around a theme that was important to us.
The larger challenge was that as a new class in the school’s program, there was no course curriculum provided. Together we set out to develop a semester’s worth of material with the help of a variety of great resources, including advice from Bolivian Profs. and our new colleagues Bill & Janice.
Kallie is currently teaching this course to a group of 3rd year seminary students from July to November. Together they are looking at the theology of Integral Mission, its Biblical basis, historical development, and the practical implications of churches living out their faith in word and deed. So far it’s been an excellent experience with lively discussion and a clear desire to learn from one another.
About Tim & Kallie Hutton
Tim and Kallie are working with the staff of CBM’s partners, the Bolivian Baptist Union (UBB) and its development arm, OBADES, to build and support effective programs and ministries. They are working to get churches involved with strategic community development projects as well as expanding the capacity of the seminary to train effective leaders.