A week since Bolivia

I think I’ll let them stay dirty.

You’d think I’d be finished unpacking by now. We’ve been home from Bolivia for almost a week and mostly I have put things away. But my boots. They were new when we left, now they are worn and straight out of my suitcase, covered in Bolivian dirt. I tossed them in the corner of the bathroom to be cleaned.

This afternoon, I reached for a wet cloth, hesitated for a second then decided the dirt needs to stay. I probably won’t wear those boots again until winter and I’m sure by then, I’ll need to be reminded of God’s assignment to my family last week. Where we have been. The roads we walked. The homes we entered. The work being done by World Vision so very far away.

I still can’t understand why God sent us. To Bolivia. All I know is that He did. I am small and the need is so great, why didn’t He send someone bigger? Someone with connections. Someone who has more clout. Or politicial influence. An economic advisor, perhaps. An industrialist or an international figure. But a mom with her husband and four kids? God. He is mysterious.

The dirt on my boots reminds me I am forever responsible for what I have seen and where my boots have walked. I belong to the family of God and He made a very big deal of taking us to meet more of His family. Today, I don’t yet know all this new assignment means, I only know I cannot close my eyes. Or forget.

Every night this week, I have laid on my bed and thought of our sponsored children, Eric and Miriam and Rosario and Ashelin. I know they are happy in their beds, snuggled beside their sisters and brothers. Topped with mountains of blankets. But God took us to their homes so we could understand how much they need us. And how many others there are with great need.

Without hesitation and with great urgency, I ask you to help the children in Bolivia. I can ask boldly because I walked in those boots down their roads. Having now seen, I’ve just got to tell you with these words. Or stand on something and shout. Loudly.

You can help World Vision care for the needs in Bolivia by sponsoring a child. The link to sponsor is at the right of this post.





  1. Stephanie November 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Hi again, I am still looking for boots. Could you post where you got yours and how they worked. We will be going during the middle of a bolivian winter so I’m not exactly sure what to look for. We will be doing alot of walking. If you would I would appreciate it! Thanks!

  2. Stephanie November 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your insight. I was on the internet looking for a pair of boots to take Bolivia, and I found this page. God truly does teach us important lessons in the simple things in life, we just need to slow ourselves down and listen to what He has to say. In this age, the pace is so fast we often get wrapped up in ourselves and forget about others. We really need to work hard every day to fight our selfish natures. You have told God “I am available for the work You have for me” and that is honorable. Keep seeking Him in all you do.

    God Bless You

  3. doeringmj October 22, 2012 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for taking the time to type this up….it brings more reality to the faces we see and sponsor, the letters we get from them….but the actual seeing them where they actually live, how they actually live, in their family unit…I can only imagine what that must have felt like and how a heart can ache to do as much as humanly possible…but knowing God loves each one of them and does have a special plan in store…but us, speaking the truth of what we have seen and know to the world at large, pivotal!

    We sponsor a wonderful little boy in India through “Gospel for Asia” (gfa.org) so he can attend a local Christian School (Bridge of Hope) as well as sponsoring a local Pastor/Missionary (native to this country) there in India….to me, as Christians this is the very least we can do on a global spectrum…there is so much to be done isn’t there?! But God chose each one of us, even this homeschooling mother of six little ones….in our own small way…spreading God’s love across the world…one person at a time…oh the harvest is plentiful…but sometimes the workers are few…so let’s keep screaming on the roof tops as you say…always asking God “Lord I am your servant, what would you like me to do and say today?”….how exciting this journey is…you just never know what’s going to happen next!!!

    Many Blessings!

    Amber Doering

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