A team of 20 people from Antioch Community Church in Elon, North Carolina traveled recently to the village of Bocachica on the island of Tierra Bomba in Colombia, South America. Bocachica is a 30-minute ride by boat taxi from the large and bustling tourist city of Cartagena.
We spent our days working with Projecto Libertad, a YWAM missionary outpost in a village of about 12,000 people. Life in Bocachica is hard. While most people on the island have electricity, there's no fresh water supply, and many of the homes are poorly constructed with only dirt floors and no bathroom facility. Fresh water is stored in private cisterns that are filled periodically by a water boat from Cartagena. Yet, for the most part, the people are content, joyful, loving and kind.
The YWAM mission was started 14 years ago by Jorge and Karen Silva. It is a light in the darkness. The community suffers with high rates of alcohol and drug addiction, child abuse, broken families, and poverty. While much work has yet to be done, the mission has had a significant impact on the community, and many have received Christ. To learn more, click on the link below:
Our team built latrines, poured concrete floors, held a parents conference, jumped off cliffs (yes!), and worked alongside the local missionaries, seeking to encourage them in strength and hope in Christ. We were mutually encouraged and deeply affected by their love, faithfulness, and service to Him. They blessed us in so many ways and I hope that you will be blessed as you experience just a small glimpse of what took place during our time there.
My son Samuel provided the music for this video. He created the soundtrack using a Korg synthesizer and recording software in our family room. Wow! The still photos and video were shot with a Nikon D-90 camera. Many of the images (the best ones) were taken by Pili, one of the missionaries at Projecto Libertad, who also works as a professional photographer. She gave me some great tips on using the D-90. Thank you Pili!