Month 7th with the IJM Bolivia office as a Community Fellow started the 21st of this month and it has been a great experience so far.
As you know, I still have a few more months here to keep supporting a team that rescues children that have been sexually abused. I am looking forward to see what will happen next. I am thankful for all the things I have been able to learn and all the projects where I have been able to help. At the same time, I have to start thinking and praying about what will come after my time with IJM is over… that might take a while so for this update I just want to show you a little bit more of my life here…
Let the picture parade begin!
As many of you guys know, on this journey to seek justice, the Interns/Fellows need to fundraise to cover all of their living expenses while serving with IJM. I have been blessed with the support of my friends and family through prayers and donations. And there are many ways to do it.
Now, some pictures of me actually working:
One day after going to El Alto (a city were we work) and finding a church were we would hold a “Día de gozo”, or “Day of Joy” (a post about this coming soon) Pastor Juan Carlos, Chelsea and I decided to stop at this amazing place to take cool pictures.
I also went to the “Centro Calahuma” – the big construction you see in the background of my next picture. It is a rehab center for juvenile delinquents, girls and boys, aged 16 to 21 years old. We drove a little bit more than an hour outside the city to reach this Center. I went with our investigations team to talk with the Calahuma leadership about opportunities to work together.
Now, back to the city: You can see one of these at least once per month (Ok…maybe once per week!). A “marcha.”
Spending time with good friends is the best thing that can happen! So here are a couple of moments of that amazing miracle called friendship.
And last but not least…. Chelsea (my great roommate and friend) and I, working at the “Dia de gozo”
“Let us praise the Creator for His priceless gift, and let us share the Father´s promises, His love and His joy. When we do, we are eternally blessed, and so are our families, our friends, and all whom God has chosen to place along our path” (anonymous)
Love to you all and talk to you in my next post!
* Don’t forget: If you are able to support me financially, you can donate online using the link below. I am really thankful for any amount you could contribute; it may make the difference for me to keep serving on this project.
Please make sure you select my name ANDREA RODRIGUEZ on the Intern/Fellow section or the donation won’t go toward my fundraising goal. If you are in the USA all donations are tax-deductible, and please let me know if you are able to donate, so I can keep track of all donations and thank you properly.