Demonstrating Christ's Love in Bolivia

by Eugene Lee, World Vision on April 8, 2016

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With each swing of his pickaxe, Lucio Mamani Katari, a farmer in Bolivia, breaks the dry ground under his feet—and with newfound faith, he’s breaking new ground in his community.

Leading the way

Lucio’s family follows him back to their home after attending church together in Soracachi, Bolivia. Before World Vision came to Soracachi 17 years ago, Lucio, 52, was “a very poor man,” he says. Through World Vision, he started learning to grow different types of vegetables and got supplies to build greenhouses. As his participation grew, his heart became open to new behaviors. 

“In the past, it was very different. We would go out drinking, my wife and I, and we would fight with everybody and everybody would fight with us. We would go from strife to strife,” says Lucio. “When we became Christians, we started thinking about other people and helping other people.” 

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First fruit

Lucio, now a local leader in Soracachi, and his wife, Alejandrina, also live out their faith by giving their best produce to World Vision to distribute to less fortunate families. “They say to [us], ‘You have to give this to those that need it,’” says World Vision sponsorship facilitator Maribel Limachi Bravo. “Despite the fact that it’s a very big family and they probably have some needs, they continue to share with other people.”

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Doing what's best

Thirteen-year-old Yuridia, Lucio’s daughter and a sponsored child, attends school in a different town, because Soracachi doesn’t have a high school. Through child sponsorship, Lucio realized the value of education. He went against cultural norms and encouraged Yuridia to pursue schooling instead of considering marriage. “If you ask me, what you have to do is obey the Bible,” says Lucio. “In the Bible it says that you have to love your children.” 

This article was originally posted at World Vision Magazine. 

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