Newsletter march 2017
Dear friend of Missión Adulam,
A very special week. Yep, you can say that! Last weekend I was in Santa Cruz and had lunch Sunday after church with Joel and David. One is the first boy who lived with us, and the other a boy who became independent a few months ago. It was good to meet and to see how they both are finding their way in life with Gods help.
Monday I visited Dutch prisoners who are in the Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz, in representation of Epafras, organization dedicated to pastoral care for prisoners. This was a first experience, in which I learned that it's better to visit with one at a time. But the visit and attention were clearly appreciated.
Felina, our deputy-director, called that she had to travel unexpectedly to Cochabamba because things aren't looking good for her sister. That and looking at things related to the finances of Misión Adulam kept me awake, with the result that I missed my early flight.
Tuesday I was able to cat-nap a little in the airport of Santa Cruz before returning to La Paz, where I was picking up some of Felinas’ jobs in connection with the opening of Jesed, the "House for Children". The house was supposed to be, "ready", but obviously, my vision of what is meant by, " clean," is rather different from that of the team. So, under my inspired leadership, some serious cleaning was done under my slogan, " If you're not going to do it for the Lord or for the directors, then you'd better do it because it's your job, or you may well be looking for a new job."
Early Wednesday morning I picked Felina up from the airport. Her sister is in hospital to receive blood-transfusions and other attention. And yes, the house was shining, we still dotted some i’s before we were ready to receive our guests, some 50 in all. The Dutch consul was there, as well as a colonel from the police with three comrades and two men from the narcotics police. Authorities from the city council and the department of La Paz as well as reps of various Child Welfare organizations; pastors and colleagues from other institutions. All in all, very pleased with the turn out! After a sober opening ceremony, all guests were invited to a delicious meal. Then I had a nice surprise waiting. Purchasing a few hundred pounds’ worth of school materials, I received vouchers for a draw: and I WON a cross bike!!! So off to the store and as the cherry on the cake I was interviewed by a local TV-station with some questions about our work – transmitted on Thursday!
Girls in in creative therapy. Volunteer Marielle on the bike!
Thursday was a preparation day, I was asked to teach twice on Saturday in the high security detention centre just outside of La Paz, Chonchocoro. In two sections a seminar is offered to the folk there, my theme is bitterness and forgiveness.
Friday was a day that took up a lot of time at the bank to get money “out of the wall”, that is still the only way to deal with finances. Later I went to El Alto to talk with Felina about the coming week. She will be in Cochabamba with her family, to be alongside her sister for what may the last stages of her life.
Early Saturday morning I joined a group of 7 brothers and sisters for an hour and a half journey, a ride of 21 miles to reach Chonchocoro. And then another new experience: For the security check I was asked to drop everything waist down and squat over a newspaper. In case something was hidden …
My first session was in the church that was built by the team from our church, where some 38 men gathered. In our group, there was a brother who met the Lord in another prison where I spent a lot of time in the past. He says that he is a fruit from those days and there was an instant click with him.
We sang “Dios está aquí, tan cierto como el aire que respiro” “God is here, as sure as the air I breathe” and yes, what precious presence we sensed!! After speaking I had (representing Epafras) a long talk with a Dutch prisoner. He was particularly grateful for the nice warm coat and the cornflakes and other food I had for him. It’s a sad thing to be in prison and not get any visitors. For many things money is needed, even to get a bed to sleep in. An Argentinian prisoner offered me a bowl of soup I kindly declined. Speaking with him it turns out he has been here for 14 years, without a visitor ever. In total I was able to hand out 123 booklets “The good artist” (Evangelization material), also to all police who work there.
Tears still flow easily when thinking of all that I've seen. The plan is now to collect 250 sweaters for all prisoners here. No-one is here because of their beautiful eyes, but these are human beings. In the other block where I visited I met Willem. His scrunched-up face and concerned look are etched on my retina. He tried to sing along with all the songs but it was obvious he was in pain and also hard of hearing. Also in this section, the Lord was very clearly present and I pray the Holy Spirit will continue to work in each heart about all that was shared with them. Well, this was a very special week in which I wanted you to join with me.
Because it is through your prayers, love, encouragement and financial support that the work here is happening. Thank you very much for being part of all that is going on here, may the Lord bless you!!
Bye, with warm greetings, Fineke.
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