Over the last few years an exciting link has been developing between Birmingham and the South American country of Bolivia. It was a blessing to receive a group from Bolivia last year and trips from Birmingham have taken place over the last couple of years (particularly from Christ Church, Selly Park).
Bishop David is led a group from Birmingham between 1-17 March in order to further establish a link with a particular emphasis on the formation and training of both lay and ordained leaders. The team consisted of Bishop Maurice Sinclair, Archdeacon Simon Heathfield, Revd Amanda Howett [who unfortunately had to pull out due to a family bereavement] and Steve Squires (Director of Communications).
Although in a different way, Bolivia is as multi-cultural as Birmingham, and the challenge of sharing the gospel across cultures is just as great. The vision for intercultural mission in Birmingham (see article) fits very well with Bishop Raphael’s vision for intentional discipleship and it is hoped that a partnership into the future could prove very fruitful.
The trip included visits to Santa Cruz and Cochabamba in the centre of the country, La Paz (the Capital) on the western side of Bolivia and Tarija in the south.
Below are a number of snapshot videos of some of the things the team experienced and the people they met.
Bishop David reflects on the first part of his visit to Bolivia. More details in following films.
Community for rehabilitating addicts based on principles of Yeldall Manor, Oxford.
A project—connected to the local Anglican Church—supporting students and training leaders.
The church in Santa Cruz are involved in a needy community to the north of the city.
Home groups form an important part of discipleship at Cristo Luz del Mundo Church.
Bishop David reflects on the capital city of Bolivia. More details in following films.
There are mission learning links growing between the Anglican Church and Marcelo Vargas.
Pastor David shares the vision for training and equipping leaders in La Paz and wider.
Sonia Yucra shares the impact of her own visit to Birmingham with a team in 2016.