It’s been awhile since I’ve written, but I wanted to update you all on what’s been happening here in Bolivia, and also share some ways that you can get involved in our mission here!
This past month has been a very full one for Highlands’ students and staff. I started off the month by getting my first stitches ever after cutting myself on a pesky glass that had broken in our sink. What an experience to have in a foreign country! We also had a long weekend to celebrate the completion of our first quarter. A group of teachers headed to nearby Coroico to experience some new adventures, including touring an animal refuge, zip-lining, and canyoning down some waterfalls. Last week we had parent-teacher conferences, a meeting from the NICS home office, and our director has been out of town at a conference in Mexico City. Today, most of the high school students took the PSAT. Last weekend the senior class hosted a camp out for the high school students, and it was a great time for Andrew and I to hang out with the kids outside of school and get to know them better. We had a ton of fun playing capture the flag and dodge ball, sitting around the bonfire, and eating s’mores. This upcoming weekend, several of the high school students and staff will be going on a 3-day backpacking trip along the Takesi Inca trail. While we are not able to go this year, please pray for safety for all the hikers and that doors would be opened for meaningful conversations along the trail.
Here are some photos from the high school camp out last Friday:
Andrew and I (finally!) got set up with a Spanish tutor. Our first lesson was last night, and it went really well! We are excited to really, seriously dig in to language training. We have done fairly well so far, and picked up a lot just from living and working here, but we are excited to learn more and become more fluent. Please continue to pray that we will be able to quickly pick up the language and find time and places to practice our new skills!
We continue to have students make commitments to Christ each week, including today! We are so, so excited for these moments and decisions. Please pray that we will see more and more commitments, and that we will be able to effectively disciple those students who accept Christ. As for Andrew’s and my discipleship groups, we are really enjoying our time with the students! Continue to pray for us and for them as we get to know one another and seek God together.
My discipleship group is still working through the book of John, and recently I read chapter 17. In it, Jesus is praying and having a conversation with the Father about his disciples. He asks for their protection, joy, unity among them, and that their mission to spread the gospel would be blessed and successful. I was struck by how amazing this is, that Jesus would spend His time just before His death talking to His Father not about Himself, but about His followers, those He loves. I’m sure that He does the same for us today! We covet your prayers for those same issues: protection, joy, unity, and of course for our mission here at Highlands.
Prayer support is a huge way that you can join with us in reaching these kiddos for Christ. If you want to participate in another way, you can also support Highlands financially. Some of you have asked me how, so here are some instructions and ways that you can help. There are two areas of financial need that the school has right now. One is to provide scholarships for our students. While Highlands tries to keep tuition as low as possible, it is still a private school here in Bolivia. Many of our students earn scholarships so that they can attend here, and money is always needed and welcome for those kids. Another way is through contributing to our school project for the year. This year, we are focusing on raising money for a new computer lab. Our current computer lab is a bit outdated, and the machines are not universal, making it difficult to apply updates and install new programs. In today’s world, it is important for the students to be tech-literate and comfortable and proficient with new technology tools. We would like to be able to purchase new computers and software for our computer lab for next year. I am the high school typing teacher (as well as social studies), and Andrew works with the school’s technology equipment quite often, so we will see and feel the benefit from a new computer lab as much as the students will!
If you would like to donate to either of these causes, here’s how:
2 – Select the yellow button that says “Donate Now.”
3 – This will take you to a form where you can choose the frequency (one time or monthly) and amount of your donation. Under section 2 that says “Apply My Donation Toward” you can designate your donation toward “Pay School Tuition” (which is not a tax deductible donation) or “School Projects.” Then, a new drop-down box will appear where you can select the NICS school you wish to support. Select “HIS – La Paz, Bolivia (002140)” from the list of schools.
4 – Complete the rest of the form and submit!
Once again, we covet your prayers. The support you give us through praying for us, keeping up with us, and sending us emails and notes of encouragement is more helpful than you know. Thanks for all you do! We love you!