I’m going to Bolivia with World Vision!

Are we ever really ready when God asks us to do something that is wildly outside our carefully constructed comfort zone? I know I’m not. Sure, I can pray, read my Bible, plan and prepare but ultimately, when the moment comes and when God calls–well, there’s nothing left to do but step out in obedient faith.

This summer I’m shattering my safe, cozy, homebody comfort zone to answer the singular call of tagging along to Bolivia with World Vision and this ridiculously talented group of writers.

I’m humbled to join World Vision in bringing the stories of Bolivian children to you, my readers. Speaking from experience, sponsoring a child is a tangible, rewarding way to dramatically impact the impoverished life of a vulnerable little one. And World Vision serves all children and “all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.”

As you may know, “World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

Will you come along with me on this journey? I have to be honest and say I’m a little scared–mainly because I’ve never been so far away from my own children. Your support, prayers and encouragement would mean so much to me!

Our team departs for Bolivia on July 30th. I will be blogging all along the way and will have a bunch of links and easy-to-use tools for you to follow our journey.

Until then, go check out the rest of the amazing World Vision Bolivia Bloggers!

Do you currently sponsor a child?
Do you have any tips, ideas, advice for international travel?

  • http://ifmeadowsspeak.blogspot.com/ tammy@if meadows speak

    EE, I can’t wait to hear about your journey and follow along via this wonderful technology. I’m super interested in this new adventure of yours. Looking forward to hearing more …..

    • http://www.elizabethesther.com elizabeth

      Thank you, Tammy! And thank you for being such a loyal reader–you’ve been hangin’ around here for awhile now! That means so much to me!

  • KatR

    SO thrilled for you. My parents met in the Peace Corps in Bolivia, so I have some experience with this country. Can’t wait to hear about your travels!

    And World Vision is awesome. I sponsor a little boy through them.

    • http://www.elizabethesther.com elizabeth

      Wow, I didn’t know you had such a personal connection to Bolivia, Kat! I love how our life stories keep having these similar strands. And thank you for being a sponsor! Can’t wait to show you Bolivia! xo!

  • http://frombitterwaterstosweet.blogspot.com/ Mara

    Wow, that came out of about nowhere and hit me upside the head.
    But I don’t say that like it’s a bad thing.
    It is definitly good.
    I’m just going to have to get used to the idea.
    And I’m very happy for you and understand the stress of leaving the known for the unknown. This comes from one “safe, cozy, homebody comfort zone” lover to another.
    Uhm. Does this mean your career in zombie fiction writing is being put on hold?

    • http://www.elizabethesther.com elizabeth

      My zombie writing fiction is simply getting kicked up a notch because now I’ll have new locations to add to my novel! ;-) LOL! Thanks, Mara!

  • http://www.chadholtz.net Chad Holtz

    Can’t wait to hang out with you in Bolivia!

  • http://www.seeprestonblog.com Preston Yancey

    Yes, yes, yes!

    (And a package has just been dropped in the mail!)

  • http://faithfamilyandlifeexploration.blogspot.com/ Claire

    What a wonderful opportunity! I have some friends from Canada who traveled to Zambia with World Vision last year. It was an amazing experience and I loved following their journey. It is such an amazing organization.

  • http://www.morningstarr.typepad.com Dina

    what an exciting opportunity! my prayers and heart will go with you! between you and your sister, you all just might bring some much needed change and God’s love to the entire southern hemisphere! :)

  • Pat

    You never cease to amaze me. Proud of you.

  • http://www.theoutdoorwife.com Nish

    I love, I love, I love that you’re going. I can’t wait to share this adventure and experience with you, my friend.


  • christina

    Wow! how wonderful is this Liz!!!! :) I have always wanted to do something like this but with my whole family! If only the time and finances were right! Have a wonderful time! How long will you be there for?

  • Heather

    I can completely relate to your feelings of going so far away. However, I can tell you from firsthand experience, each “mission” trip I have gone on has been an amazing and blessed experience. In times of fear I still felt peace and comfort with Jesus by my side. I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to read about your experience!

    • http://www.elizabethesther.com elizabeth

      Thank you, Heather! I’ve know that Jesus-by-my-side feeling a couple times in my life and I trust He’ll be with me every step of the way. Thank you for your encouraging words!

  • Jack

    God bless you and bring you and your companions back safely.

    • http://www.elizabethesther.com elizabeth

      Thank you, Father Jack. Would you mind adding me to your monastery’s prayer list? I would so appreciate it!

  • http://www.joyinthisjourney.com Joy

    CanNOT wait to meet you and do this together. So excited, especially because me going on the trip is only and completely a God-thing — can’t wait to see what God has in store for us there!

    • http://www.elizabethesther.com elizabeth

      I’m relying on you to be my techo-geek, okey doke? I’ll help you out with the espanol! :) xo!

  • http://hoperoadblog.com Anna

    How cool! One of my best friends is a teacher at an international school in La Paz, Bolivia. I also have a friend from La Paz at church. I’m excited to read about your travels there.

    • http://www.elizabethesther.com elizabeth

      Wow, what a small world! I think we’re going to be in Cochabamba. Has your friend ever been there? I would LOVE it if your friends followed along our Bolivian journey and shared their experiences, here, with my readers during the trip. Thank you, Anna!!

      • http://hoperoadblog.com Anna

        Just saw your reply! My friend is on summer break and traveling in South America right now, but when I can contact her I will have to ask her if she’s been to Cochabamba. :-)

      • http://hoperoadblog.com Anna

        P.S. A ministry she’s chosen to participate in while she’s there, separate from her teaching job, is working with “river kids” – spending time every Sunday afternoon with children living in poverty in La Paz. I would love to see World Vision sponsor kids like these, and reading about your trip is really going to put faces to those kids she’s told me about.

  • Chelsea

    That is awesome! I sponsor a 5 year old girl in Haiti named Dorothie. I started sponsoring her about 6 months before the earthquake…thankfully she and her family were ok but it was pretty scary still when I heard about the earthquake and didn’t know if she was ok for several weeks. I love getting letters from her and knowing that I’m making a huge difference in her life (and she’s making one in mine even more!!) for $35 a month. Not everyone can adopt or foster a child but sponsoring a child is easy, pretty cheap (compared to fostering or adopting) and makes a HUGE difference in the life of a child. I hope a lot of your readers are inspired to start sponsoring a child if they don’t already.

    • http://www.elizabethesther.com elizabeth

      Thank you for sharing your story of child sponsorship. We sponsor a child, too, and it is such an easy–and yes, relatively inexpensive–way to make a powerful impact on a child’s life! It would really mean a lot to me if you followed along on this trip and continued to share your story with my readers during the trip. Thank you, Chelsea!!

  • http://www.emergingmummy.com Sarah@EmergingMummy

    So thrilled for you, EE, and for us as we travel alongside you. Blessings and prayers from my spot here on the globe for you as you go and write and change.

  • http://deodate.wordpress.com Andie

    Elizabeth, this is wonderful news! I hope and pray that both you and the people you work with are blessed with God’s richest blessings. I truly admire you, my friend.

  • http://debsueknit.blogspot.com DebbieQ

    You will NEVER be the same. We have visited our World Vision children in Peru and Rwanda and I came away profoundly changed.

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