Los Pearts :
Andrew: Loves family, running & fitness, drumming, cooking, learning Spanish(thank goodness!), fostering relationships, marketing. Favourite thing about Bolivia: the heat (!) & cuñapes (cheese buns made w/ yucca flour)
Lisa: Loves family, cooking/eating good food, entertaining, sports, strong coffee, building relationships, reconciliation, prayer walking, new cultures, the Spanish language. Favourite thing about Bolivia: the people, maracuya (passion fruit) & spicy salteñas-Bolivia’s empanada. Really, anything spicy will do me just fine!
Liliana: 12, Loves drawing, reading, science, justice, playing in her school worship band – piano and drums, tennis, basketball, volleyball and animals. She is a super good friend and has a BIG heart. Mosquitos love her (her words). Favourite thing about Bolivia: friendly people.
Anayah: 10, Loves drawing, dancing, recycling, volleyball, basketball & reading. She is a super friend and sees good in EVERYONE. Favourite thing about Bolivia: achachairú (fruit) and salteñas-Bolivia’s empanada. Anayah has recently gone out of her comfort zone and now eats hot sauce on most foods, like her mummy.
Jack Black: 3 yr old cocker spaniel macho, loves kids, walks, riding on the micro & home cooked meals. Favourite snack: breadsticks. Nickname: pollo because he loves chicken. A sweet-natured rescue dog; we adore him. We recently took him hiking – who knew he would be a superstar climber! We also have 2 tortoises called Pop and Sunshine. They eat whatever we give them and just recently we were tipped to feed them chicken bones, that’s good as the bones are not allowed for the dogs- our pets are aligned!
We are responding to God’s call on our lives to further his Kingdom in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Summer of 2016, we sold and gave away 90%. of our material possessions, and left the UK that October with 9 suitcases and faithful anticipation. Our sending and supporting organisation is Church Mission Society, based in Oxford, England. Our sending and supporting church is St Johns Hartley Wintney, England. Our receiving church is Cristo Luz del Mundo ( Christ Light of the World). Our dream and hearts’ desire is to connect the community and church to be Christ’s light in the world. We are focused on building Christ-centered relationships, growing together through Biblical teaching and discipleship, fellowship and practical outreach, using our business and leadership skills gained in the Hotel industry over the last 3 decades.
We have started a holistic microenterprise/ economic empowerment, spiritual discipleship and mentorship program called Parilis. The 1st recipient of an interest-free loan in Satelite Norte has used the money to build his very own workshop(see photos in the ‘Hey,’ blog post-May 2, 2018), the loan has been paid back in full. There are 2 other families which we are working with through a church in the centre of Santa Cruz- one has a shop selling snacks and drinks and toilet rental, the other a growing bakery. It’s very exciting and encouraging to see the economic benefits to families and the communities they serve, with the main goal being to provide an opportunity for self-sustaining employment, income and discipleship. Andrew has recently been voted onto the girls’ school board-something totally new for him, he is enjoying it and says he has a lot to learn. I continue to help with communication at the girls’ school and at a children’s orphanage, writing monthly newsletters. I will also continue teaching conversational English in a missional context to parents whose children go to school with ours-this year we will move locations so that we can reach out to more and increase in number. We are also involved in our church’s outreach ministries – Messy Church and soon to come we will be introducing the Alpha course to our church first, then the wider community. We continue to be part of church’s pastoral and events teams.
A few big life changes after completing our mission partner training, UK summer 2019. We have moved homes to be closer to the girls’ school and we have welcomed Daniela into our our family as of September 2019. She has grown up in a local orphanage, reaching the maximum age 19 meant she could no longer live in the home. Our hope is to nurture and be family together, giving her a safe place to grow in confidence towards independence. It will be a learning curve for all of us! We are all enjoying having Daniela in our family, she’s a joyful presence, a great baker and helps us all to be better Spanish speakers. She will be living with us for 1 year. We continue to learn the language, culture, build relationships while also being involved parents and marrieds!
We are mission partners with Church Mission Society, serving in Bolivia. To support our work and to read more about it, please sign up to receive our linkletters, updates and prayer requests via this link: churchmissionsociety.org/peart