A New Mission A new year always seems to bring about new goals, new ambitions, new ideas and new projects. But most often it brings to my mind that things are not the same and they will not be remaining the same. Chris and I have even set some new goals for our ministry here in Bolivia. Here are just a few of them.
1. Move to the mountains closer to the people we will be serving. 2. Hike into the mountains at least 6 times this year to serve the people there 3. Find some property to build a runway on and some housing.
We have many more but just not enough room to share. What have you determined to do new this year. We encourage you to take your goals to God and see how they can be accomplished for His glory, so that one day very soon we will see Him coming in the white clouds of glory to take us home where there will be no more death, sickness nor sorrow.
Mission Trip to Cotagaita By Crystal Eno
Back in June or so, Susie Moro the director of the high school in Guayaramerin (in northern bolivia), contacted Jodi and talked to her about doing a mission trip with us to help us get our ministry started. Jodi and DJ agreed to it but things were not moving fast enough and so we had to find another place. A man in the church told them of his town that was building a church and said that we could help with that church. Communication was at times messed up but in the end we decided to take this oportunity to bless this community.
So on Saturday evening December 5, Manny, Chris, our kids and I plus the leader, Susie Moro and her Daughter Abigail boarded a bus headed for Cotagaita. The buses only left in the evenings and it was a 12 hr trip there. Let's just say this 12 hr trip was not fun as I was sick half the time. However, Cara and Corey slept the majority of the time. We arrived in Cotagaita right on time and was met by Hermano Hernan. Hermano Hernan is from the village of Cotagaita and was the person who set us up with this opportunity in the first place. We got to our hotel and settled in. Chris and I along with Manny decided that breakfast was the first order of the day. So we went in search of our first food not made by us. We had Api (Ah-pee) and some type of deep fried dough that resembled elephant ears without the sugar and cinnamon. It was satisfying and then we headed back to the hotel for a nap. We all slept till about lunch time. While we ate breakfast, Susie and Abigail were in the market buying bulk food for the group that was to arrive the next morning. The market in Cotagaita was only set up and running on Saturdays and Sundays. So they had to buy the food that day. After our naps, we headed off to find lunch again in the market place. Food is most often served as an entire plate. So to eat vegetarian/vegan we had to shop around to find someone who would sell us just the vegies, rice and potatoes. We asked at least two different places before one lady said yes. Some of us wanted papa fritas (french fries) but no one sold them separately either. So we moved on to just looking around the market. We found hats for Cara, Corey and I, and other small necessary items that we didn't think to bring such as sunscreen, hand soap and large amounts of water. They were having a fair that day so Corey got to jump on a trampoline 2x for 2.5Bs each time. It was a luxury thing but Corey had a blast. That evening we were able to find some papa fritas for dinner without the chicken and they tasted yummy. That night, we slept ok but the weather was hotter than LaPaz in the 90s everyday and our room did not cool down until 4am. so I slept without covers and in as light of clothes as possible. The window was left open and Cara slept in a diaper only. By the time it came to return home we were thankful for the cold here in LaPaz.
The family that owns the hotel were excited to have the kids there. They had two children Camilla (11) and Adrian (9) that lived there. When we arrived that morning Hermano Hernan told those two that he had brought a friend and pointed at Corey. The entire week those two kids loved having Corey around, playing with him and even the owners invited him into their home, fed him some food and played with him. By the time we left they were sad to see him go. Cara was even a hit at the hotel. While she still doesn't like to venture far from mommy with anyone (not even daddy) she loved looking, smiling and making noises at them. They were sad to see her go, especially Camilla who most often came up to our room and played with her.
The students arrived the next morning with all their gear in tow. We settled them into the hotel and relaxed for part of the day. We had yummy food provided by the mission team. That first day we made up fliers telling about the health talks and VBS that were to be held in the evening Tuesday to Friday. Then the girls and I with the kids walked around town handing them out to anyone we encountered. The guys headed to the church that afternoon and began the work there.
Tuesday the group moved to the local school to sleep there and then headed off to the church in the afternoon to work. The work at the church consisted of moving rock up a hill to pour into the base of the church to level the ground. This took Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Then on friday they moved a pile of sand up the hill in order to make it easier for the men that lived there to mix the cement right near the church and pour it immediately. They also put us a fence around the church to keep the pigs from marking the place up with their scent. By Friday evening the work on the church was complete.
Tuesday to Friday evenings were spent at the school doing health talks. The main aggravations were that the people never showed up on time. We had told them each night that the meetings started at 7pm. But people usually showed up around 7:45pm or 8pm which shortened the talks. Praise God though The students still did very well with their presentations. Even Manny and I helped out by talking about Water and Exercise. We had about 6-10 people each evening and they seemed to be very appreciative of our efforts. Some of the students put on a VBS at the same time as the health talks were going on. The kids loved the activities, the singing and the crafts. This crowd grew each night and by Friday evening there were no seats left for kids to sit. Praise God.
I was able to do some physical therapy with two patients while there. During my talk about exercise two people asked about doing exercise with the pain that they had. I offered to see them on a personal visit to address their issues and hopefully give them some relief. One lady agreed for me to see her at her home which happened to be the hotel we were staying at and the gentleman agreed to come a bit earlier to the meeting for me to see him. so below is what I found
Patient #1: The patient is an older lady who fell and broke her hip a year and a half ago. She had a prosthesis put in but was still feeling weak and unstable and still using a cane and having difficulty climbing steps. After talking with her for about 30 min via Manny translating to Spanish, I taught her 4 exercises to help her strengthen her hip muscles as they were still weak. I also talked to her about getting shoes with a lift on the left side cause she has about a 2-3mm leg length difference from the surgery. I also taught her how to climb stairs properly and gave her 1 stair climbing exercise. I told her if she did those exercises everyday that in about 1 month she should be able to climb the steps without hanging on. The lady was so grateful and promised to do the exercises daily like instructed. She was super active before her fall. So I believe she will do them. I also told her that she was strong enough to be walking without a cane. And later that afternoon I saw the results. Praise God that I was able to speak last night so that I could meet her and help her. By the end of the week, she was looked like she was more stable on her feet, her limp was significantly decreased and she was not using her cane. I just love seeing the results and I had so much fun.
Patient #2: This patient was an older gentleman who was experiencing on the left side significant tingling/numbness and at times his leg just wouldn't move. He couldn't pick a time when it started except in the past 2 weeks sometime. He had pain bending over and it was more when he went to the left side. He also was having pain in his left sacral-illiac joint (SI Joint). As I wasn't too sure what was going on in the back, I opted to just treat the SI Joint and then told him to come earlier to the meeting the following day and I would do another treatment. The next day when he arrived, he told me that he was at least 75% better and did not want a second treatment. He seemed a little standoffish but I was ok with that. I was amazed that he was feeling better. I instructed him in squats and brisk walking to maintain his strength in his pelvis and then we went in to start the meeting.
I am so to say the least ecstatic that I was able to help two people with their problems. I just cannot wait to get to the mountains to help all the people out there who are having problems and no one to help them.
Sabbath was spent in a small town up the river called Cotagaitilla. The church was small but had maybe 15 people. They asked Chris to preach and he agreed telling his elephant story and drawing a few spiritual lessons from it. They fed us lunch then we walked out to the road to catch the bus back home.
The bus trip to Cotagaitilla and back was a new experience. Think sardines in a can while being boiled over a hot fire. That is the way it was on the way there but it was 10x worse on the way back. basically the driver packs as many people into the bas as possible. The trip there wasn't too bad cause it wasn't very hot. But on the way back... it was HOT and to be packed into a bus for a 45 min ride back to town, let's just say the door and the windows were open and it was still hot. Manny who was at the door was hanging out, yes you read that right, he was hanging out the door all the way back to town. we packed so many people that we just couldn't shut the door if we wanted to. We had to not pick up about 5-10 more people because the bus was so full. I felt kind of bad cause these people who we didn't pick up depended on this bus to take them into town. But our group was a group of 13 and took up quite a bit of room on the bus. Corey even fell asleep standing up on the way back. I know that I will not be making a trip like that again if I can help it at all.
Saturday night after arriving back from Cotagaitilla, we took showers, grab our luggage and headed to the road to catch the bus. It arrived around 7pm and we headed home. this 12hr trip was not too bad except that we were all freezing, well that is except Corey and Cara who had blankets on them. It was so hot in Cotagaita that we didn't even think to keep our blankets out of the luggage for the ride home. We all tried to sleep but it was hard. We were awake when the sun came up and when we finally got home. We crawled into bed and look a very long nap.
The Devil did many things to try and discourage us and stop us from spreading his message. We found out after returning home that the Priest of the Catholic church in town heard about what we were doing and went around town inviting people to the church to a bible study. The church had never put on a bible study before so people went to it. But The Priest was really trying to keep people from going to our meetings. I hope that someday the seeds that we planted in that town will grow and blossom into souls won for Christ.
This mission trip taught us a few things:
1. Expect anything and any type of weather
2. Cut out the middle man and personally make sure all the details are settled before the group gets there.
3. The Devil will try to stop anything and discourage many when it is a mission to win souls for Christ.
Check out our Airplane Campaign by clicking on the picture above.
We'd love it if you'd like to join us in campaigning for a life-saving plane to work for the Lord in the highland mountain regions of Bolivia. The more we hike in to remote communities, the bigger this need becomes!
Eno Family Needs
1. Monthly Support ($1200)
2. House Furnishings ($700)
3. Debt Payoff (Contact us)
Top Project Needs:
1. Ophthalmoscope/ Otoscope - ($200 or donated one)
2. Vehicle - Land Cruiser Ambulance - ($25,000)
3. Medical Supplies - (purchased here, $500-$1000)
We have been very blessed this Christmas being away from our family. We were given food by three different families. We enjoyed a wonderful meal with our friends Ingrid, Pablo, their two kids and Ingrid's parents and brother. They gave Corey an airplane and a few cars as a gift and Cara got a few squish balls to chew on. Our family blessed us this season with money enough to buy our beds. We are so excited to finally be getting off the floor where we have been sleeping. Even though we are way from our blood families, we have made new friends here in Bolivia. We were blessed to talk to so many friends and family over skype/Facebook video chat this Christmas. Thank you all for taking the time to visit with us. It helps us not miss home quite so much.
An Andean Wedding
We were invited to a wedding here in Bolivia. It was a very interesting experience but fun all the same. We rode a rented bus that took those from the Bajo-Llojeta Church to the wedding. When we arrived were seated at tables for the ceremony that had cheese puffs and others snacks plus soda (cause that is all they drink here). Throughout the ceremony we snacked and drank soda/tea etc and were reserved when the platter was empty. The ceremony and reception were in the same room and basically you move through the list of activities in the program without changing places. The best part about the ceremony was that the groom had to ask for the brides hand with the parents next to them (kind of what we Americans do but all parents are involved) and they had confetti all over.
The reception was a thing of interest with two Mariachi bands, two times to give presents and get many different party favors, along with pictures with the bride and groom and several introductory games (including pass the flower). Overall Chris and I had a great time. We were able to practice our Spanish with the people at our table and teach them some English. Corey had fun playing with the other kids his age and we made better friends with the people at the church we attend.
See pictures at the link at the top of the page on the GMA Photo Gallery.
The New Year
We look forward to the adventures God has for us this coming year. We hope to be moving out of the city soon. To be reaching into the mountains to help the people there on a more regular basis and to hopefully find land to purchase and build our homes and run way. We also are looking forward to getting a plane to be more effective in reaching these people. Please be praying with us that the funding will be provided for the plane quickly and our project will be moved forward quicker then we can keep up.
We hope you all have a blessed new year and thank you for supporting us through prayers, through finances and through your encouraging words.
Chris, Crystal, Corey and Cara
This project is funded entirely by donations. If you would like to support a part of our mission, we accept tax-deductible donations through Gospel Mission Aviation, Inc.
Donations can be given through these two methods:
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