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.

Do you feel God targeting any area of your life through this tripDSCF8748

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!!!


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