The question: So, why Bolivia?
My answer: Why not? Next question?
So the next question usually is: How did you know that Bolivia was the place you were supposed to go?
This is when I tell the geology story. As missionaries who do not work with a specific sending organization we decided where to start. Both DaRonn and I knew from a young age we would be working in the foreign mission field. It was just something we knew. It was part of our whole existence occupying thoughts, plans, prayers and walls. We papered our rooms with maps of the world with a constant question on our lips, “Where to God?” Our top choices were: India, Russia, or somewhere in Africa. Obviously we needed to narrow it down a bit. As DaRonn was sitting in a geology class in his pursuit of a business degree they showed a video about the rocks and soil (that is what geology is, by the way) that were found in Bolivia. They showed some clips of the faces of the Bolivian people and DaRonn felt a burning in his heart and seemed impressed by the words, “That is where you will start.” As he shared the story with me and we prayed over it we both became more sure that this was our destination.
Next question: Where, exactly, is Bolivia?
The next step was to get out a map and mix some geography with the geology. Where is Bolivia at anyway? Just so you know, it is not in Europe where we first assumed. It is, in fact, in the heart of South America. (See map on my Q&A page.) You can read more about our story and see the cool sliding time line on our ministry bios webpage.
Today, November 1, 2008, we are celebrating seven years as full-time, cross-cultural missionaries. God has done so many wonderful things over the years. I am amazed as I think about his hand of mercy and goodness that has been upon us. My favorite verse since I was about twelve years old:
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (1 Timothy 1:12)