Bolivia is a land of great diversity and rich in history.
It is a country that is located in the center of South America and is bordered by the majority of the countries there. It has one of the most varied landscapes of any country in the world. From the hot and humid jungles of the Amazon basin in the east to the dry and mild conditions of the Altiplano in the center, to the snow-capped heights of the Andes Mountains in the west. It is indeed a place of great beauty, and there is no wonder it is called the jewel of the Andes.
Bolivia is also known as one of the poorest countries in South America with over 50% of the people living below the poverty line, but while it is one of the poorest countries, much more tragic is their spiritual poverty. Many different religions can be seen throughout, but the country itself is 90% Roman Catholic. The majority of the people here have only the hope that if they live good enough, they might make it to heaven, never knowing the one and only way that is Jesus Christ.
While we have spent the last twelve years seeking to reach as many of these people as possible with the gospel, I can honestly say that we have only scratched the surface. There are still millions without Christ that need someone to tell them. I often think about the passage in Matthew 9 where Jesus states that the harvest truly is plenteous but the laborers are few. We need more laborers to come to this great harvest and help us reap for Christ. Even in our city of Cochabamba, which is the third largest city with 1.3 million, there are areas of hundreds of thousands of people, and no church reaching them with the gospel. While we are working as hard as we can to reach people and train them for the ministry, we need help. This is not to mention the cities of La Paz, Santa Cruz, Sucre, Potosi, Oruro and many more.
I would like to ask you to do a few things:
1. Pray for laborers to Bolivia.
2. Consider being a laborer in Bolivia.
3. Come visit the mission field to see how you can have a part in helping reach it.