Discoveries of a Wanderer

Discoveries of a Wanderer

What’s World Vision Already Doing in Bolivia?

posted by Jana Melpolder

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!


World Vision’s Involvement in Bolivia
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Sponsor in Bolivia

How Do YOU Create a Better World?

posted by Jana Melpolder

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!

Quotes for Perseverance

posted by Jana Melpolder

“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

Oh, the Packing List…

posted by Jana Melpolder

My head is spinning from all the items we can take with us to Bolivia. I’m looking at a list that suggests to take Aspirin, Melatonin, Neosporin - more “ins” than I can count. Don’t get me wrong, these suggestions are very helpful and I am very grateful for the list. But what do you really take with you? What can you pack for a journey that might change your life?


First off, from experience I know to pack light. This isn’t because of my own bountiful wisdom, but just because I’ve messed up so many times in the past. I’ve packed so much that I’ve had to give clothes away or throw clothes away. I’ve had to roll my suitcase through poor neighborhoods and feel incredibly guilty for showing others how much I have. At the end of the day, I’ve learned that the less you pack, the easier it will be to travel.


I’ll be going to Bolivia in less than a week so I’ll pack warm clothes, a journal, and clean socks (thanks, Mom!). Bringing what I need instead of what I want is a lesson that I’m slowly learning over time. But I”ll need to also be spiritually prepared for this trip – and that means packing a Bible, praying, and trusting that God will guide me on this journey.


So my hope is that God will help me bring some common sense to Bolivia - along with my dry, clean socks.

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