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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 […]

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 […]

Coronavirus, and the World Shifts

I know that every single person reading this has already been affected by the coronavirus, whether you’ve been dodging the toilet paper brawls at Costco or are homeschooling your kids for the first time. The first two coronavirus patients were diagnosed in Bolivia on Wednesday, and already life has been turned upside-down. The day after […]

Remembering Why It All Matters

Often times, the day-to-day of life in ministry can become meetings, budgets, endless reports… I often struggle, especially during the first couple of months of the year when our programs are slower, to remember the real issue at hand. But it has a name. Several, actually. So let’s call it what it is: Exploitation. Slavery. […]

The Rescued Offering Rescue

We don’t love the word “rescue” in the context of prostitution and trafficking work, because the implication is that WE missionaries and social workers are doing the heroic and dangerous work of swooping in and carrying women away from this life, Indiana Jones-style.  That’s not what we do.  But Jesus DOES rescue, and it’s in […]

We’re Thankful

Our cities remain tense and unstable, and although we fluctuate between anxiety and fatigue, we also press on with hope and prayers for a better future. Our resolve to continue serving the most vulnerable has not changed. And so today, we wanted to share some things our community has expressed gratitude for in these days: […]