Posted by: Jim Holway | July 27, 2010

Catching Up (1)

A little over a year ago, a van carrying the Cochabamba, Bolivia youth group lost control and rolled down a steep embankment. Three girls from the group died and numerous others were injured.  Last November, I was invited by one of the missionaries in Cochabamba, Josh Marcum, to be the speaker for a national family camp held in the mountains above Cochabamba. Josh and his wife Julie were co-workers with the Latino church plant in Memphis, and truly have hearts to serve Christ.  While the physical injuries Josh and the others suffered were healing, the emotional and spiritual scars were slower to heal.  The family camp was another step towards recovery.

Camp Kewina is located in Colomi, some 11,000 feet above sea level, with the same winding roads overlooking steep chasms with little protection as where the accident took place.  Only a few of the kids on that fateful trip were able to summon the courage to make the trip back into the mountains.

The weekend was an amazing experience!  I got cold at night, sunburned during the day, but had a wonderful time with fellow travelers on the path towards heaven.  I met with church planters and members, church leaders and staff, and some veteran soldiers of the cross.  My two regrets were that I couldn’t stay longer and that Kathryn was not with me.

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