Thanksgiving: Celebrating One Year of Novō Santa Cruz

Not only has my time here been a Bolivian cultural experience, but also in part, a North American one. Notably, I participated in two Thanksgiving dinners with Canadian and American missionary friends here! I thought the theme of ‘Thanksgiving’ would make a fitting one as I come to reflect on the first year of Novō’s…

Looking Ahead

Something I’ve had to get used to in recent years is having a slightly undefined (but I believe useful!) role in my workplace. I remember having days when I struggled with this in my work at Yeldall Manor in the UK, when I sometimes wished I had more of a defined role and could just…

Life at Quinta Totaices

It’s currently 4pm (well it was when I started writing), and the residents at Quinta Totaices are taking a refreshment break from their afternoon work session – probably a piece of homemade cake made by our cook with some very sweet tea to wash it down (there isn’t the culture here of asking how many…

Meet Juan-Carlos (plus a personal update)

MEET JUAN-CARLOS I’d like to introduce you to a resident of Quinta Totaices. Juan-Carlos is 35 and joined the Novō programme in March, making him our third longest standing member of the community. He had been living on the streets for 12 years due to family fallouts, and using drugs and alcohol to cope with…

The Blessing of Family

I know this is nothing new, but in reflecting on the past few weeks and considering a loose theme for this blog post, it struck me afresh that God created us to be in family. In community. We thrive when we know we belong. I experience this personally in different contexts, and I believe it…

A Bolivian Adventure: Year 2

I can’t believe it has been 4 months since I last wrote! It doesn’t feel that long, as I had the privilege of catching up with several of you during my recent trip back to the UK, roughly marking my half way point through my time in Bolivia. It was great to have the opportunity…

Reinspired

There have been several occasions over the last few weeks where I have felt particularly proud and excited to be working for Novō. My respect for Novō’s vision and leadership continues to grow, as does my awareness of God’s leading and abundant provision so far. This gives me great faith and confidence that He will…

Novō Update

¡Buenas Tardes Queridos Amigos!   To set the scene, I’m writing this from my new flat, where I’ve been living for a month, and where I hope to stay for the rest of my time here. It’s a sunny 33°C (well it was when I started writing), and there’s a gentle breeze. This makes a…

A week in my life in Santa Cruz

I’m 6 months in, and am really appreciating having a good sense of routine and structure now, having had quite a time of settling in to the culture and being in transition. I thought I’d take you through my last week, to give you an idea of what my routine roughly involves.   MONDAY The…

Orientating myself to Santa Cruz

  Greetings from a sunny and windy Santa Cruz – a welcome break from our recent cold, drizzly and clammy spell.   EXPLORING SANTA CRUZ I’ve been in Santa Cruz for 5 weeks, and I’m settling in well. It would be an exaggeration to say I know my way round, as it is such a…

Transition: Cochabamba to Santa Cruz

Greetings! My suitcase is packed and I’m pretty much ready to leave Cochabamba (later today) to head back to Santa Cruz. I have a bit of spare time now, so thought I’d write an update… and I’d also really appreciate your prayers in this time of transition. I’m so grateful for the community that ‘Conexiones…

Broken relationships to cow’s heart on a kebab

Buenas tardes a todos! To set the scene: I had 4 one-to-one Spanish classes this morning (working on using the subjunctive mode in various tenses), followed by a traditional Bolivian meal called majadito, cooked by my host Mum (rice with mince and peas, served with fried plantain and a fried egg), and I’ve just made…