The Time is Now

Greetings! I began writing some notes about what to include in my next blog post, such as what I’ve been doing on my course and what’s going on at Yeldall Manor. But before I update you on those things, I’ve decided to designate a post to some thoughts and feelings about our climate crisis, having…

My Unfolding Story

Greetings friends, I’ve been procrastinating writing a blog post since settling back in England, fearing I didn’t have many ‘concrete’ things on which to update you. But after a catch up with my course tutor yesterday, I realise I have rather a lot upon which to reflect over the last few months! Of particular note…

Farewell Bolivia

Greetings from a hot and sticky Reading, UK… not something I thought I’d hear myself saying! If you missed the fact that I was due to return to England at this time, please read my previous post, which explains more about my plans for ‘what next’. I found it helpful myself to re-read it just…

Next Steps

“The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.”  Psalm 147:11 POST BOLIVIA I’m excited to be able to share with you how plans have been falling into place over the last few months for a new phase in my life back in the UK, to where I’ll…

Dwelling Place

Greetings once again from a hot and sticky Santa Cruz – I hear England has also been pretty hot since I left a week and a half ago. I’ve been procrastinating on writing an update, as I have several things I’d like to write to you about, and don’t quite know where to start! I’ll…

Hasta Pronto… See you soon!

Greetings! I’ll keep this short, but wanted to write one last time before I return to the UK for a 12 week trip very soon. I’m very much looking forward to coming back, and I’ve been enjoying planning almost 3 months of my life all in one go (you know I like to organise)!! My…

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…