Friday, February 20
We arrived in the city of Tarija in January 2012 and found ourselves in a context devoid of the gospel message. Many young adults, adolescents, children, and families did not know the gospel of Christ. Living in this city, we came to know its social context and daily life.
Tarija is well known as the city of wine and flowers. It is a college town, where many young people arrive each year to study. It does not offer much else of interest to them aside from parties. We believe that Tarija needs the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is very rewarding to proclaim the gospel and to see the prophecy that Jesus speaks in Luke 4 fulfilled in our days. In our church, we have seen cases of young people healed of the blindness imposed by sects, young people freed from captivity to vices, and young people who receive the good news of the kingdom of God. Those who were lost and later found the light of God now proclaim peace and the good news of the kingdom.
As a church, we want to live every day in the paths of compassionate discipleship as we follow Christ and demonstrate love and mercy. In this way, we strive to be family for young adults, adolescents, and others. We know that ministry begins in our homes and extends to the other areas of our lives.
—Eliézer de Lima Pinheiro, PC(USA) mission partner from the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil serving with the Independent Presbyterian Church of Bolivia
PC(USA) People in Mission
Joining Hands for Life Network (UMAVIDA): Chenoa Stock, facilitator
Independent Presbyterian Church in Bolivia: Rev. Augusto Mamani, president • UMAVIDA: Wilhelm Pierola, president, Clotilde Loza Q., coordinator
Presbyteries of Cascades and San Francisco, with UMAVIDA
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Lord, bless your church in Tarija. Work in the lives of these young men and women and in all the community, that the ministry of this church might honor and glorify Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.