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 will lead 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 consists of Bishop Maurice Sinclair, Archdeacon Simon Heathfield, Revd Amanda Howett 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.
Please pray for the team in Bolivia and those travelling from Birmingham. The trip will include 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.