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Abundant Life: A life free of family violence

As the pandemic turned all of our lives upside down, we suddenly found ourselves at home every day, using our 220 sq. ft., two-bedroom apartment for two jobs, virtual preschool, and everything else already related to home.  Though difficult some days, we were able to adjust as a family and in general enjoy some extra […]

Humility when Tensions are High (As Featured in The Cry)

Last fall, Bolivia experienced significant political instability throughout the country and in areas where our WMF staff reside. Some community members evacuated as we experienced weeks of national protests, blockades and riots regarding socialist president Evo Morales and his continuance of power for an unconstitutional 4th term. Chaos and division grew as protests became increasingly […]

The Long Haul

Sometimes healing takes a while.    This is certainly true for women who have been prostituted.    It takes a woman, on average, seven attempts to successfully leave commercial sexual exploitation. Her journey often won’t follow a linear path. She may take many steps backwards on her journey forward.    That’s why Word Made Flesh […]

Life Together | Staff Stories – Andrea Baker

By Andrea Baker Executive Director, WMF Bolivia “Community… grows from [knowing] that we are alive not for ourselves, but for one another.” — Henri J.M. Nouwen Our bodies jerk as we stop and start for each passenger along the road. It’s a bustling morning as cholitas with their pleated skirts and shawls climb in with babies […]

A View of an Invisible Reality

“Then Jesus turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see her?” Luke 7:44a “I never knew there was something like this [sexual exploitation] so close to us. I didn’t know these things happened here,” says a visitor. We hear these kinds of statements frequently when someone comes to Word Made Flesh Bolivia […]

Mirada a una Realidad Invisible

Y volviéndose hacia la mujer, le dijo a Simón: ¿Ves esta mujer? Lucas 7:44 “Jamás pensé que existía algo así tan cerca de nosotros. Pensé que estas cosas no pasaban aquí”, dice un visitante que llega a la fundación. Esta es una afirmación que escuchamos muy frecuentemente cada que alguien viene a La Palabra Hecha […]

Relentless Hope

The world has changed for all of us in this last season. Rampant racial injustice and a global pandemic have profoundly marked our lives; and if they haven’t, we have much reason to ask “why.” Each of us has lived this season in different ways, and walking alongside survivors of sexual exploitation in Bolivia has […]

Life Together

“Community… grows from [knowing] that we are alive not for ourselves, but for one another.” — Henri J.M. Nouwen Our bodies jerk as we stop and start for each passenger along the road. It’s a bustling morning as cholitas with their pleated skirts and shawls climb in with babies and wares on their back. Businessmen scoot […]

Choosing Radical Hope as Obedience

I have recently rejoined our Word Made Flesh community in El Alto, Bolivia after a time of maternity leave and sabbatical.  Sabbatical is intended to be a time of stepping back from the daily grind and automatic racing from one task to another in order to reflect, to be calm, to remove oneself and one’s […]

Humility in the Shark Tank

“How would you like to win $70,000?” We were initially excited when a few weeks ago we were asked to pitch SutiSana for a Bolivian version of the reality show Shark Tank, where we would be competing with 99 other Bolivian businesses for a $70,000 prize. SutiSana, a freedom business that employs vulnerable women, could […]