Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Mission: Colombia

I hope with each mission trip my soul gets a little more gentle to those in need. I loved this little applique and the saying.
 I wanted to share some of my trip with you. Several of you have donated to MSI on my behalf. Thank you! You are making a difference! And I am extremely grateful.
We go out in teams and these Colombians stay with us all week. L-R Aleda was our guide and connection to the schools, Claudia was an interpreter and she played in our drama, Victor was our commando, also a bridge between us and the schools, and Jhon was our main interpreter.  I felt like we got very close with our team this year and will miss these 4 so much. (although now we are facebook friends, Aleda and Victor only speak/write Spanish)

The next few photos show a variety of the schools we went to. The one above was special. We finished up early and they set up their band, played and sang for us!

This was the very first place we went. This church has a food program and feeds many in the neighborhood. We were able to bring a nice stack of food with us, although it won't last long. There were many many children. (the heat in this room was only a taste of the week to come!)

 Everyday life.

Inside a school compound.

 The photo above and below were from the neighborhood we put in a water well. It was around 90 degrees and this woman was still happy enough to wave while doing her laundry.

Not only did this community get clean water to use, now that they have water the government will deed them their land and help support a school!

This is a makeshift school they built recently! It was very exciting!!
 Friday and Saturday night we held a festival and tens of thousands showed up to hear good music and a message of love and hope.  Christy and I spent most of our time in the crowd giving out candy, dresses and jewelry. It was so much fun!

And a little fun....
I really needed to have someone stand next to this toilet to see the real size. It was about 12" off the ground! It's a good thing I had been doing squats! 

It took a minute to figure out I had to use this bucket and dipper to flush the toilet!!

I've been on 4 missions trips and this one was the most special.

Thanks for all your support!


  1. This looks like a great trip. The well provides so many benefits and title to land! What is your program in the schools?

    1. You can read about it here:

  2. I'm glad it was a great trip for you Lori! thanks for sharing some photos. I also spotted a dress I made on IG - yay

  3. This was my favorite so far!

  4. Such an inspiring effort! Thank you for going and thank you for sharing it!

  5. What an experience! Also what a blessing you and your group are to so many people. No doubt you will receive your jeweled crown one day when you get THERE! ---"Love"

  6. You are an amazing humanitarian Lori! God bless you for all you do for everyone!

  7. Lori, your pictures really are spectacular. Having lived in a third world country, I know what an eye opener it is and the realization of how lucky we are is really shocking.
    thank you for all that you do! You are a real saint! (or saintess, for the female version)!!

  8. You are always an inspiration. It's wonderful that your organization brings something like clean water to the people, as well as sharing a spiritual message and love.

  9. I loved this post. What a wonderful project/trip to be involved with! My 2nd daughter and I are hoping to join a team going to Nicaragua in August. Hearing about your trips has encouraged me to think I can go too.

  10. What a wonderful trip and experience and a wonderful thing that you are doing for others.
    I love the linen that you used on your piece, nice background for the piece.


  11. So thankful for the success in Colombia. People like you are far and few, the world could use more.

  12. Even though the toilet was low to the ground, it was better than just a hole in the ground!
    The thing I notice is that the children are all dressed so neat and clean in all your pictures. And they seem so attentive. Your mission trips have certainly been a blessing for both you and the people you have contact with.

  13. Enjoyed seeing the photos of your trip especially you with all those little children. Thanks for taking the time to make a difference in the world :)


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