As an Argentine native, Ariel Arnsdorff is naturally gifted in cross-cultural relations. Her fluency in Spanish and English is valued for written and spoken translation and teaching. As Formation Coordinator, Ariel trains all WMFB staff, volunteers and partnering churches in working with vulnerable populations.
She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in International Relations with a focus on analyzing social justice initiatives within several Latin American countries. She completed an internship with the International Justice Mission in La Paz and is now completing a degree, with her thesis Ariel began working at WMFB in 2013.
Graphic designer, Gustavo Arraya designs all communication material for WMFB and SS. After graduating from college in Bolivia with a marketing degree and concentration in graphic design, Tavo worked for several advertising agencies, but felt called to use his skills for deeper impact and joined WMFB in 2017.
In between projects, he can be found leading worship or entertaining kids in the Children´s Program.
Andrea grew up in the Southern USA as the oldest of three girls. Though she dedicated her heart to the Lord in high school, her life changed dramatically when she met Him personally at Asbury College. In 1994, she traveled to Bolivia on her first overseas mission trip, where she discovered a passion for missions and a heart for the poor. Since then, she and her husband, Andy, traveled on various short-term trips to China and throughout Latin America. In 1997, she graduated with a BA in Applied Communications/Public Relations and that same year married. In 2001 she graduated with an MA in World Missions and Evangelism from Asbury Seminary.
Her heart is to love the lost and awaken the church to the plight of the poor. In 2001, they moved to El Alto, Bolivia to begin their service among the poor. After researching the area, they decided to focus on women in prostitution, where they found a gaping need. They live in Bolivia with their four sons Elias, Luke, Owen and Asher. Andrea serves as Field Director for WMF Bolivia.
Andy grew up in northern Pennsylvania. Raised in a Christian home, his testimony is one of God’s grace. His parents modeled a relationship with Jesus Christ, and at age six Andy made that decision personally. Also at a young age, he attended mission conferences where God began to open his eyes to the global need for God’s love. Following high school, Andy attended Asbury College where he earned a BA in Psychology and a minor in Christian Ministries. Andy met Andrea at Asbury College, and they married in 1997. In 2001, they moved to El Alto, Bolivia to begin their service among the poor. After researching the area, they decided to focus on women in prostitution, where they found a gaping need.
They live in Bolivia with their four sons Elias, Luke, Owen and Asher. Andy serves with the International Office as Regional Coordinator for South America.
In her role as Women’s Program Coordinator, Kara Chambers oversees all outreach and therapeutic components of the program ensuring that it meets best-practice standards in caring for and treating victims of trauma. After graduating from George Fox University with a dual degree in social work and Spanish, Kara interned for both a refugee resettlement program and a program for Latinx survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault before joining the WMFB staff in 2017.
As a former social worker, she is always taking care of protecting women’s privacy, life and spirituality. When women see her, they all shout her name to give her a hug. Kara is always creating a safe place for everyone in the foundation, that’s why everyone call her “Karita” (diminutive of her name that bolivians use to express affection).
Cara grew up as a daughter of missionaries in Ethiopia. She was blessed to be the oldest of three children in a family that explored Christ deeply and cross-culturally. While attending John Brown University, she began to fully pursue Christ and was first exposed to WMF. After teaching middle school English for two years in Charlotte, North Carolina, Cara heard God’s call to return overseas. Through an internship in Bolivia, she was discipled into a deeper understanding of God’s heart for the poor and a love for women caught in prostitution.
After serving for two years in El Alto, Bolivia as the Servant Team Coordinator, Cara met and fell in love with Mache, a worship leader and pastor at her church. They were married in 2010, the same year that Cara co-founded SutiSana: WMF Bolivia’s social enterprise that offers dignified employment to survivors of prostitution. Since 2010, Cara has thrown herself into the growth and development of SutiSana. Mache and Cara now have two daughters, Ariana and Zoe.
Alison grew up in southern California and Colorado. She finished her Civil Engineering degree at the University of Colorado and got a job at a consulting firm in Denver.
Since then, Alison visited Bolivia in several moments with mission trips. After some years, she felt the calling to serve people in This Country. Ali joined the WMF Bolivia team in August of 2013. She currently serves as the Community Care Facilitator, seeking the holistic wellbeing of the WMF Bolivia staff team.
She got married with Ramiro, a Bolivian man who was her friend and support. He works serving vulnerable people (shoe shiners that live in the streets). Together they build their family in La Paz and kept the work for each ministry.
Yesmi was born in 1989 in La Paz, Bolivia, and is the third of seven children. She studied Literature and Education Science.
In 2009, she learned about WMF and was invited to teach children. And in 2012, she was invited to teach the women language skills. She believes that the Lord gave her this training to learn to love and serve those most vulnerable since it was a time of seeing a reality she hadn’t known before. She became the Educator for the children’s program in 2014 and has great hopes that these children will have a life full of God because He will reveal Himself to them.
She is always smiling to others and serving with love in her heart, putting all her efforts to become better every day. The kids and teenagers look at her as a leader, which is making their mothers follow her as well.
Leny is a hard-working woman who loves helping women. She studied Social Work to be able to help those in need.
In 2013, Leny began volunteering in WMF Bolivia. She served faithfully with the children’s program, and the Lord gave her a deep love for the children. And in 2017, she was invited to join the WMF staff as a social worker for the women’s program. She knew that this role would be challenging but felt God confirm that ‘he supports who he calls.’ And looking back, she sees how God has been faithful and prepared her path to where she is now.
She loves to help everyone, but she has a special heart with the women we serve. Because of her initiative, we were able to increase our reach. She is always thinking “what else can we do” and that is an impulse for us.
Abraham was born in La Paz – Bolivia to an impoverished family. When Abraham graduated from high school, he immediately went to work. He traveled to Brazil to work for a few years and learned to be self-sufficient. When he returned to Bolivia, he began working in a textile factory that was later nationalized by the Bolivian government. After 15 years with the company, he resigned due to administrative complications. Abraham has been married to Lupe for many years and they have two children, Jhoselin and David. Abraham takes great joy in his children and says they motivate him to do his best.
In 2015, Abraham met the WMF community as he taught a sewing class for the women in SutiSana, WMF Bolivia’s social enterprise. Shortly thereafter, he joined the team as the workshop manager, where he continues to serve.
José is from Coroico – Bolivia, a town in the beautiful jungle region outside of El Alto. He is a bachelor in Bussines Administration and he is in the administration area of Word Made Flesh Bolivia.
When Andy and Andrea Baker spoke on missions, and Jose learned about WMF Bolivia’s work with women in El Alto, he felt a strong desire to serve with the ministry, but it would be several years of waiting before the Lord brought into the community formally. During these years, José moved to the city and began serving in a local congregation. In January 2015, he joined the WMF Bolivia Administrative Team.
Ximena was born January 25, 1991, she is the second sister out of 5 brothers and sisters. She studied Education Sciences and specialized in Educational Psychology because she loves sharing her time with children. She also studied secretariat. She met God at a very young age through her grandmother, who taught her to love and obey God, in good and bad times, putting her trust in Him led her to work in Word Made Flesh where she has learned and keeps on learning a lot.
She is working in the ministry since 2017. For her, this work is a great ministry in the community in which she grows both spiritually and professionally. She works in children’s area and has a bible versicle that always cheers here up “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Adriana was born in La Paz, Bolivia as the third of six children. She learned of WMF Bolivia through Yesmi, the current Children’s Program Coordinator, who was then a volunteer and led Adriana to begin volunteering with the children as well. Soon thereafter, Adriana began an accounting degree. This was a challenging field, but with God’s help she graduated with the highest grade in the program. After finishing her degree, she began volunteering with WMF Bolivia in Administration.
After three years as a faithful volunteer, she formally joined the team as full-time staff in March 2016. She is very thankful to be part of this family.
Doris was born in Bolivia into a Christian family with four sisters and a brother. She has always attended church, but her family has always endured hardships as well. In 2000, while doctors operated on her brother’s brain tumor, she first felt God draw near to her and felt a call to serve the people around her while her brother was in the hospital. In 2002, her father died, and she drew even closer to God as He filled the emptiness her father had left.
While working for her former organization, Doris didn’t feel at peace as she was asked to complete tasks that didn’t match her values or the plans God had for her life. During this time, she felt a calling from God to join the WMF Bolivia team. She served in administration for seven years and transitioned to the role of Executive Director in 2016. She is professional in accounting and administration, besides having more than 16 years of experience in the area
Jeanette was born in El Alto, Bolivia, and is the youngest of four sisters. She studied accounting, her current profession.
She learned of WMF through former missionary Alicia Bunch, who invited her to join the staff. She has served in administration since June 2013. Actually she works with SutiSana and is in charge of the Local Sales. Her experience in the area helps SutiSana to have a good image in all the expositions and showrooms they present.
Viviana grew up in La Paz, Bolivia, and in 2009, graduated with a degree in Psychology. She was involved in her church’s “Justice Team,” a group that received training from the International Justice Mission on issues of violence, especially sexual violence. While attending a conference with other justice teams in the area, she met Heather Goertzen, a social worker at the time with WMF Bolivia. She and Heather prayed together, and the next day Heather shared that she had a vision of Viviana dancing with the women served by WMF. At the time, Viviana was looking for her calling and purpose and joined the team as the therapist for SutiSana, WMF Bolivia’s new social enterprise.
She fell in love with the work and built deep relationships with the women there. In 2011, Viviana married and moved shortly thereafter to another city in Bolivia where her husband was stationed. Viviana transitioned to another counseling center there and received additional training in Biblical counseling. Early in 2015, however, they were able to move back to La Paz/El Alto, and to the delight WMF community, Viviana resumed her role providing Biblical counseling to their friends who have left or are seeking to leave prostitution.
Sandra is one of the new group of members. She is in charge of the administrative area. Her skills as a leader and habilities as a professional make her the perfect choice for her role.
Sandra started working in march 2019, focusing her work on improving our systems and routines for a better organization and use of our resources. With her team, they improve the procedures and routines to make everything more clear and transparent.
Her previous experience and her bachelor in financial administration are what she uses to make our foundation better every day. Her knowledge of Bolivian laws and rules is amazing and she is always studying and keeping herself update on it.
Milton Alexis, also known as Alex, is part of the team of educators at Word Made Flesh Bolivia. Before arriving, he was dedicated to several projects doing pedagogic interventions and music. Serving people in need take his to El Alto.
Since March 2019, he is been in charge of the teenager class at the NNAs (Children and Teenagers program in Spanish). His leadership with young people is amazing and many of the teenagers see him as a role model.
If he is not teaching or guiding his class, you will find him playing sports or singing with his students, making all of them part of the group.
Sady joined Word Made Flesh Bolivia in March 2019 to reinforce the advocacy team. His experience with several NGOs and government institutions in the same area and his studies in communication helped in the organization of the team.
He is now in charge of the image and work that Word Made Flesh Bolivia does for different volunteers, donors and institutions that want to work with us, besides creating alliances with different congregations in El Alto and La Paz.
With his addition, the advocacy team was consolidated and they started to dream about new opportunities for all of us, and now they are working to make them real.