Three years ago I came to a conclusion after a local Christian leadership conference in the city of Cochabamba. As I asked where the people had come from I noticed the vast majority had come from the three major cities of Cochabamba, La Paz, and Santa Cruz. Almost none had come from the other sectors of Bolivia. The reasons were relatively easy to see.
1) The other regions of Bolivia are extremely remote. A person would have to travel many hours on very rough terrain in order to get to the event, and in some cases as much as 3 days.
2) The other regions can not afford the price of the events. In the events we host we try to keep the costs down so that the Christians leaders around the country can attend. Even with that goal in mind we still find ourselves not being able to motivate people from these regions because they simply can not afford the price to attend.
3) There is a lack of understanding of the importance of leadership development in the other regions. Simply because they have not been exposed to the light of leadership formation the people from these regions have not learned the importance of working on their leadership potential.
Taking all of these factors into consideration still does not change the fact that these regions need help just as much as the big cities. With that charge our ministry has tried to do just that: bring leadership formation to the remote, far reaching sectors of Bolivia.
This week we hosted one of our yearly conferences in Tarija, Bolivia. The reception was not big, just 50 leaders. We hosted the two day event with a live speaker doing part of the training. The other sessions were by video. When I got home I was content because we helped those that rarely get assistance.
Thank you so much for all of you who give, pray and encourage us as we do our best to help the other regions of Bolivia.