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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: […]

Agradecidos

Pese a la situación que se vive en Bolivia, las sonrisas y las ganas de seguir trabajando junto a los más vulnerables nunca se acaban. Es así que hoy queremos agradecer a nuestro Dios por todo lo que Él nos ha dado. Muchas personas piensan que uno puede estar agradecido sólo cuando las cosas nos […]

Remembering Vivi

Today on All Saints’ Day we remember the deceased. Vivi* left us and her two young sons earlier this year. Born in the south of Bolivia, Vivi’s mother died before she even knew her. With an inattentive father and struggling in rural poverty, Vivi left Tarija for La Paz at 17 with hopes for a […]

Overcoming Challenges

When SutiSana hires a new artisan, we begin by explaining the challenges of learning new skills and techniques, which will likely be uncomfortable for a bit. Since so many of our artisans have never worked in professional settings or with industrial tools, they are stretched far outside their comfort zone for the first few weeks […]

Over the Long Haul vs. the Quick Save

I was running errands with my daughters when a teenager with a duffel bag swung over his back stopped me and asked if I could spare some change for food. His name was Jesús. Sometimes God isn’t too subtle when He chooses to wrap Himself up in the guise of his suffering children. Jesús was […]

“She Just Disappeared”

Of course it was “Mariela*” who didn’t show up to SutiSana to work, our youngest artisan barely out of her teens, already a mom of her own two children and raising her orphaned brother. Mariela* is everyone’s little sister.  Despite the horrific physical and sexual abuse she experienced being the child of generational prostitution and […]

Vania*

At 12 years old, Vania* has experienced more hardships than most adults. She began coming to Word Made Flesh Bolivia’s activities in May 2018. Her mother had learned of WMFB after receiving an invitation at a public health center outreach visit, and hoped that WMFB could help with her daughter’s development in school. Vania was […]

Franz*

While most five-year-old boys are playing fearlessly among a multitude of friends, Franz* with a limited vocabulary was timidly saving his own life and that of his family. At 42, Maria* had been working in prostitution for more than 20 years. She had three young sons. The youngest was five-year-old Franz*. Since their father had […]

A Safe Space

It’s not uncommon for our therapeutic groups or conversations with the amigas to get interrupted by the inner battle that they face daily — shortened breath, uncontrollable crying, dissociation, anxiety attacks, loss of hope…and so we make space. A safe space. I might lead her in a quick exercise, inviting her to pay attention to […]

If You’ve Never Been There, You’ll Never Know

When I began, I didn’t know what I was getting into. I had a general idea of what Word Made Flesh Bolivia did, but as days (and years) passed and I learned more about the reality they encounter, God taught me something.  These women can, in Christ, find their identity, and their children can break […]