Daily Archives: September 18, 2011

Bolivia Interview: Kim Aycock and Juan Pettis

KIM AYCOCK, thank you for sharing—I have enjoyed watching God work and move in your life on this trip! What an amazing GOD we serve!

P9050346How did you feel in preparing for this trip? 

Nervous, excited—and I couldn’t wait to see what God as going to do and expected it to be a life changing experience.

What was the first thing that made an impact on you?

The filth in the city.

What have you experienced that has been life changing for you?

The people at the church we went to were so loving, and worshipped God without hindrance.  The children have been a blessing—excited about every little thing, smiles all over!  Another thing was the handing out of tracks at night—it was so rewarding!  One man was in his car and was speaking Spanish to me and I said, “No hablo…”, he pointed his finger toward heaven and said, “Christo Christo”! 

I wanted to jump u and down right there on the sidewalk!

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My worship to Him should be without hindrance.  He has taught me that though we may look different on the outside, we are the same on the inside and worship the same God.  I feel that God called me to minister to girls of all ages and I want to obey that calling.

What is the best or worst think so far?

BEST:  Ministering and playing with the children.  Worst:  The driving and the language barrier.

What would you say to someone undecided about missions trips?

To go go go! There is so much to learn from other cultures and the people are desperate for a little love and affection.  And that is something we all have to give.

How has this affected your perception of a missionary?

I have watched Brother Mike and how he fits in so easily with the people, he easily ministers to them and they love him.  Missionaries are a necessity!! To every tongue—every nation!

Kim and KaraHow do you apply the Great Commission in your life?

I do feel called to still to minister to children and to tell and lead them to Christ.  I want to work on that area of my life at church and in the community.

Would you go again?

YES! Definitely!!

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JUAN PETTIS (John Pettis)

How did you feel in preparing for this trip?John is standing in the door way of the church

Fearful and nervous at first, and then realized God is in this—so what could come against us!  I was also very excited!

What was the first thing that made an impact on you?

The people accepting the Word through passing out tracks,  The people would actually read what was given to them and then pass it on to someone else.

What have you experienced that has been life changing for you?

That no matter how rich or poor, simple or complex, each person is in this crazy world, God has a plan for YOU.  Bolivia is poor and simple, but they have taught me the sincerity in Christ.

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Being more dedicated to His service instead of just living a Christian life.

What is the best or worst think so far?

Christian fellowship with our group as well as the locals has been the best.  The worst was the plane ride.

What would you say to someone undecided about missions trips?

Do it!  By far the best experience of my life.  It has and continues to strengthen my faith and Christian walk.

How has this affected your perception of a missionary?

I now know it is very hard work.  A missionary is very blessed to have this calling on his/her life.  It is very rewarding.

How do you apply the Great Commission in your life?

P9060740I am blessed to work in an awesome mission field at home and witness everyday in some way to someone.

Would you go again?

 Si, Senora.


Bolivia Interview: Thomas Parkhurst

We have a few more interviews to share from our trip to Bolivia—and you really don’t want to miss them!

Thank you Thomas for sharing your time and your heart with us!

Thomas the mud man!How did you feel in preparing for this trip?

More anxious than excitement…due to the fact that I was going to another part of the world, which I had only seen and heard about on TV.  All they had talked about was poverty and chaos.

What was the first thing that made an impact on you?

Leaving the airport in Santa Cruz we passed by several “run down” shacks, which turned out to be homes that people actually lived in.  Seeing families with little children walking down the side of major roadways –hoping to just get a ride to wherever they were headed.  I couldn’t see much joy in their faces.

What have you experienced that has been life changing for you?

The way of life for those living outside the city.  The people we met in the town of Don Lorenzo live with just the barest of essentials of life.  Some of the stories I’ve heard when I was young about how some of our parents and grandparents grew up “dirt poor”, was brought into clear realization on this trip—and I’ve seen with my own eyes what it is to be poor.

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To be a better steward with all the blessings He pours into my life and not to be so judgmental when it comes to first appearances.

What is the best or worst think so far?

The appreciation the people of Don Lorenzo have shown us for taking the time out of our “busy lives”, to come here and help them.  The smiles on the faces of the children. 

The worst thing:  the plane ride from Miami to Santa Cruz, leg cramps, 45 minutes of sleep.

What would you say to someone undecided about missions trips?

To actually “go” would be the best decision they could ever make (aside from salvation) and the most rewarding.  Even though this is only my first time, it has been life changing!!!

DSCF9055How has this affected your perception of a missionary?

I have seen that being a missionary is one of the most selfless acts there is.  It’s an act of literally giving yourself and your time to others.

Would you go again?

ABSOLUTELY!!!! I CAN’T WAIT!!!