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Projects done in Bolivia by congregations that received Mission Match® funds

May - June 2007

Congregation in Illinois continues construction on new school facility in Bolivia   (click to open/close)

A United Methodist Church from Illinois sent a team to Ancoraimes, Bolivia to continue construction on a new school building that had been started the previous year, according to the church's Mission Match application. According to supporting application materials from the church, "the indigenous peoples of Ancoraimes, Bolivia, until recently, have been shut out of the educational, political, and economic structures of Bolivia. The Bolivian Methodist church primarily serves these, the poorest of the poor." According to the congregation's Mission Match application materials, "The school serves a whole region of smaller villages and farms. For nearly 500 years, the indigenous Indians had been forbidden by law to attend school or learn how to read. Now this mission school is providing an education and teaching literacy in Aymaran, Spanish and English languages. The Bolivian Methodist Church, with the help of missionaries from the U.S., began this school 50 years ago. The church in Bolivia is extremely poor and has been unable to keep pace with the needs of all its schools. The school at Ancoraimes has had no significant updating for nearly 25 years. The new building is a true sign of hope." According to the materials with the application, the financial gifts of the congregation "will make additional improvements and equipment possible, allowing the school to update or replace many basic items in its technical programs." According to follow-up reports to Mission Match, the church in Illinois provided resources that "made a real impact in the lives of persons in this little village. Through the church's generosity, some wonderful things are happening at the school. We are making a real difference in the lives of people in need."