We're here!! We're officially off the planes, on Bolivian soil, experiencing the sights, sounds, and lifestyle of a new culture, and preparing in just a few minutes to get oriented with our awesome SAM hosts.
In the meantime, though, our travels have not been totally without adventure! Two memories stand out: the first is our brief layover in Le Paz, a beautiful capitol surrounded by snow-capped maintains, but one that's 13,000 feet above sea level--a little too much of a jump for some of us Carolinian Southerners! Despite all the queasiness and light-headedness, though, we're praising Him for safety and marveling at the beauty of those mountain peaks.
Second, we had an ironic and team building exercise on our ride from the airport. As a friendly Bolivian driver tapped his horn beside us we realized that yes!--we had a flat tire. This was so ironic because before we left Charlotte we talked about our responses to situations, and we actually said, "When--not if--we get a flat tire, it's an opportunity for us to respond with a mindset of rejoicing." Nick, our professional auto mechanic, had us up and rolling in just a few minutes! :-)
And now we're enjoying a peaceful rest as we prepare for what's ahead. I am truly excited about this opportunity to serve in Bolivia!--the ways God will continue to work, the relationships which will continue to grow, and the incredible opportunity to be involved in serving Him--truly excited to see what's in store!!