We just celebrated volunteer Thanksgiving this weekend in Montero. We had a great turn out; all the current volunteers came plus some new friends. In total we had 21 people, 2 turkeys, 3 cans of cranberry sauce, 2 pumpkin pies and all the fixings. Everyone chipped in to make something and/or import something from the US to help make it a success.
Here is a portion of the group with the spread:
Left to right: Monica, Christy, Lorena, Michelle, Tania, Vivian, Judy, Eliana, Me, Tom
And everyone stayed until Sunday so we had lots of time to chat and catch up. Here’s a picture of all the current salesian volunteers in Bolivia, right before we started saying our goodbyes.
Left to Right, Front to Back: Katie, Lainie, Maggie, (2nd row) Lorena, Vivian, Tania, Stephanie, Christy, Me, Monica, Eliana, Monica, (3rd row) Judy, Michelle, Tom, Marcos
This was our third Bolivian Thanksgiving and certainly was a time for us to sit back and reflect on how many, many things we are thankful for from this experience. Thank you to all of our friends and family back home who have supported us while we’ve been here. Thank you to the Salesians who matched us up with the sisters in Montero and have provided spiritual support. Thank you to the Sacred Heart Sisters who really took us under their wing and helped us feel welcome. Thank you to our community of fellow volunteers that have provided emotional support and sanity over the past two years. Thank you to the many people that have been patient with us while we learned a new language and new culture. And thank you to God for the many blessings we’ve received through this experience, for picking us up when we fall and forgiving us when we fail.
Thank you both for sending your pictures and stories. I really have enjoyed them. Sounds like you are coming back home to USA. What an wonderful adventure you have had, and you will never forget it as long as you live. You will have to visit them again sometime as you will always wonder where those wonderful friends you made. Have a safe trip back home, I will pray that God will be with you both to protect you and keep you well. We know that He will as He is an Awesome God. Much love. Nancy