I have arrived in Bolivia. It’s cold. I’m freezing. And it’s awesome to be here.
Our first day marked an incredible tour of the World Vision sites in the Cochabamba area, which lies in the vast mountains of Bolivia. We swiftly traveled to a school where many young children greeted us with shy smiles and happy voices.
As the bloggers and I stepped into the schoolroom the children gave a short Bible study. (If you have never been to a Bible study that is led by children, I highly recommend it). One girl of about 11 years old walked to the front and read a verse about a mustard seed. The seed starts small, but oh, watch what it can do!
Comes from Matthew 17:20
Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”
The small mustard seed parable reminded me of a precious child; it can expand and grow into something incredible that can affect the world. A child, just like the mustard seed, can be a part of doing the impossible.
I was moved by this reflection and considered how caring for a child, whether in Bolivia or anywhere else, is vital not only for today but also for tomorrow. Children grow up to be the social changers of the future. Children grow up to bring their own brave ideas into reality.
In their own time, children eventually can move mountains of their own.
World Vision has been active in Bolivia for a long time, but what has this Christian Organization been doing on the ground? Watch how World Vision workers are utilizing community resources to help Bolivians gain access to education, human rights awareness, and more. Be sure to learn how you can be a part of the movement!
Soon I am going to travel to Bolivia to write on how international donors are making a difference in Bolivian communities. Some individuals (like myself) are inspired to travel far to help those in need. Others prefer to help those closer to their own communities or in their own country. It doesn’t always matter where a person wants to make a difference. It just matters that people in need are being helped!
Share your own story. Where do you volunteer? Which charity do you give to? Tell us how you help make the world a little bit better!
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” -John Wooden
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” -Chinese Proverb
“Past experience should be a guide post, not a hitching post.” -D. W. Williams
“Don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.” -General George S. Patton
“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt