Brad and Tammy Bishop are preparing to head back to Bolivia to volunteer at Suti Sana, a ministry to former prostitutes in El Alto, and Casa de Esperanza, an orphanage in Caranavi. Tammy kindly agreed to give us a preview of the trip so we know how to support and pray for them. I thank God for their example of loving people with the compassion of Jesus.
Brad and I will be heading back to Bolivia March 11th. We are so excited for the opportunity to be involved with what God is doing there. The previous three trips have continued to build relationships with the people at Suti Sana in El Alto and at the orphanage in Caranavi.
We will go to the orphanage first, where I will continue building on the sewing skills begun on the previous trip. I will add alteration basics which I think will be put to use immediately. The plan is to continue building on the basic skills while producing useful/marketable products. This could then provide primary or secondary income for the girls. I also believe this skill will enrich their basic education, be an outlet for creativity and be a platform for us to continue communicating God’s love for them. Anna Rogness (another member of Kingsway) will help us continue this on her June trip.
Last trip, we were only able to complete the backpack project with a portion of the girls. Time was lost transporting and getting one machine working. Because of this, we would love to take two non- computerized sewing machines. We pray God will provide them and the extra baggage fee through donations.
When we return to El Alto, we will be with Suti Sana. For Brad, they have begun a list of items needing repairs. On a previous trip, he and Andy were quite a team in this department with exciting stories to show for it.
I will be helping with design development and production steps which will include the new patterns for 2015. We are in the early stages of a collaboration with a NY company. I met Katie Martinez founder of Elegantees a few years ago. They work with survivors of sex trafficking in Nepal and NY City. The ladies produce beautiful stylish clothing. We will be working on details for the first photo shoot and other marketing strategies that hopefully will include a Joint Fashion Show / Awareness event in May.
Also, we would love to provide a meal for the women in the shop and for the staff. We would include a devotional and prayer time. This seemingly small thing is much more than it appears. For the ladies in the shop, a healthy meal is not readily or consistently available. Plus the specific time taken to engage is so meaningful. Andy (director of Suti Sana) has shared that another way to serve when we come is to pour into the staff. Then they can continue to serve the community with strength. I would love to take some worship CDs to gift the staff as a continuation of care and love from us.
As you can see, this is a lot to accomplish in the five weeks that I will be there. We need God’s wisdom, provision and power daily, but are more aware as we prepare for this trip. We desire your prayers and if God so leads, financial support to accomplish these goals. We appreciate your love and support.