Bolivia

Religion:

77 % Catholic

Population: 

11,138,234

Deaths per year:

71,285

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Pando is located on the northwestern-most tip of Bolivia and is one of the country’s most remote regions. They have low quality roads, lack of tourism infrastructure, and is very hot and humid. This department has dense rainforests and flowing rivers that cover the Amazonian region near Brazil. The population is over 110,000 people, which is the smallest department in Bolivia.

The capital city in the department of Pando is Cobija. It has approximately 56,000 people. Cobija shares the border with Brazil and is known for its topography, tropical weather, scenic architecture and production of Brazil nuts. It is considered the wettest region in Bolivia and the most intriguing feature is its natural drainage system which prevents the town from floods during the rainy season.

I had the opportunity to travel to Cobija with veteran missionary Kevin White whom I trained under for 6 months. He was invited to preach at a church up there and...

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Beni is a northeastern department of Bolivia in the lowlands region of the country. It is the second-largest department in the country (after Santa Cruz), covering 213,564 square kilometers (82,458 sq mi) with around 420,000 inhabitants, and it's capital is Trinidad. 

Beni is hot and humid during most of the year with an annual rainfall average between 1000 millimeters and 4000 millimeters. It is one of the wettest regions in Bolivia, with more wetlands than any other region. During the winter (June and July) the weather can be cool and winds blowing northward from the South Pole and Argentina’s Patagonia region can cause temperatures to drop quite drastically very quickly. Beni also has more bird species than anywhere else in Bolivia, over 400 species of fish, thousands of insect and plant species, and hundreds of mammal species.

Because of its climate and rich soils, this department is Bolivia’s second largest agricultural center after Santa Cruz. Here you can see extensi...

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Department #7 Tarija


Tarija is a department in Bolivia with around 482,196 people. It is located in the south-east part of Bolivia bordering Argentina to the south and Paraguay to the east. The city of Tarija, which is known as "the capital of the smile" is well-known for the hospitality of its people, for its pleasant climate and for its wine production. Tarija was one of the departments I didn't get to go to, but I heard many great things about how nice the people are there. Even though they might be nice, good people that doesn't get us to heaven. Please pray that the Gospel would reach the people in Tarija. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Oruro is situated at dizzying heights on the Altiplano with a population of 494,178. Oruro is a region known for its natural beauty, indigenous heritage and breathtaking vistas. It's also known for it's world famous Carnaval and home to great attractions such as the city of Curahara de Carangas, the Coipasa Salt Plain and Sajama National Park; a magnificent Andean dreamscape of snowcapped volcanoes, soaring mountains, bubbling hot springs, bird-dwelling wetlands and vast wild plains.

The city of Oruro is just a little mining city and 90% of the population is indigenous. The only time this city gets visited is during the Carnaval which features folk dances, costumes, crafts, music, and up to 20 hours of continuous partying. It's sad to see that nearly 400,000 people travel here every year for this event. It celebrates a mixture of catholic practices with Indian rituals and is a big religious mess.

Long before Spanish settlement, the ancient town of Uru Uru (the pre-hispanic name for O...

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Chuquisaca is a department of Bolivia located in the center south. The department capital is Sucre, which is also the constitutional capital of Bolivia. The population of this department is estimated to be around 576,153 people.

Within this department is Bolivia's fifth largest city and some say the most beautiful, Sucre. It was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century. Sucre has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site to protect its many pristine and historically significant buildings.

Also, near Sucre is Cal Orcko. This is a paleontological site in Bolivia with a steep wall with thousands of dinosaur foot prints in it. The huge site is located on a cliff with a slope of 73 degrees, 80 meters (260 ft) high and 1,200 meters (3,900 ft) long. These foot prints are of at least eight species of dinosaurs.

I also had the opportunity to visit the city of Sucre. I remember all of the beautiful buildings and just the uniqueness of the c...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Potosí is a department in southwestern Bolivia. It comprises 118,218 km2 with 823,517 inhabitants. The capital is the city of Potosí. It is mostly a barren, mountainous region with one large plateau to the west, where the largest salt flat in the world, Salar de Uyuni, is located.

Potosí is a really unique city and one of the highest at 13,420 ft. Its long mining history is on view at Cerro Rico, a mountain and working silver mine south of the city. Potosí’s former mint, the central Casa Nacional de la Moneda, is now a museum dedicated to Bolivian art and history. Next to the mint, Plaza 10 de Noviembre is a square lined with ornate colonial buildings, including the cathedral.

I had the opportunity to visit this city and go inside one of the mines. What I saw in there was shocking. I saw the devil. Story has it that this devil is named El Tio the devil god of the mines. The workers will make offerings of coca leaves along with alcohol and cigarettes to El Tio. It is reported that eac...

Monday, March 25, 2019

This department is very dear to me as I spent six months here back in 2017. I had a blast and hopefully after reading this it will give you a better understanding of the department of Cochabamba. 

The estimated population of the department is 1,758,143. Close to a million of those would live in the city of Cochabamba. The name Cochabamba derives from Quechua which was a common language among the Inca's. The city of Cochabamba is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” and “The Garden City” because of its spring like temperatures all year round. It's mild climate permits extensive agriculture such as; coffee, cocoa beans, potatoes, grains, sugar cane, tobacco, fruit, and coca leaves.

This department is known for its giant Jesus statue and the temple of the virgin of Urkupiña. The hike up to the Jesus statue is a tourist attraction and helps you get a great view over the city. Every year they have a big celebration where half a million people head to a city called Quillacollo where th...

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Department of La Paz comprises 51,732 square miles with a population of around 2,706,359 inhabitants. This makes the Department of La Paz the most populated out of all the other departments. It is situated at the western border of Bolivia, sharing Lake Titicaca with Peru. It contains the Cordillera Real, which reaches altitudes of 4.1 miles. Northeast of the Cordillera Real are the Yungas, the steep eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains that make the transition to the Amazon River basin to the northeast. The capital of the department is the city of La Paz and is the administrative city and seat of government/national capital of Bolivia.

The Department of La Paz contains the road of death I talked about a few blogs back. Also located in El Alto (the departments second largest city), contains La Paz’s international airport and is the highest airport in the world at 13,313 ft. La Paz is also famous for its cable car system. The cable...

Monday, March 25, 2019

The department (state) of Santa Cruz occupies almost the entire Eastern and South Eastern section of Bolivia and is the largest of the country's nine departments. It borders Brazil to the East and Paraguay to the South and is mostly tropical and sub-tropical containing parts of the amazon basin and rainforest to the North, desert-dry forest Savannah's to the South, and the temperate foothills of the Andes Mountain range to the West. You can truly enjoy any type of climate or topography somewhere in Santa Cruz. Here, agriculture, animal husbandry and ranching are the main industries, as are timber, mining, oil and natural gas.

The department of Santa Cruz has the second largest population with 2,655,084 people, but has the largest city in Bolivia called Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The people from this department are nicknamed Cruzeños. This department is also home to the world's largest butterfly sanctuary and is a spectacular place to spend some time while you're in Bolivia's b...

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The month of November was a blast! I was able to be in 12 churches and most of those were pretty close to home here in GA. Some of the churches I was in this month said they would like to take me on for support, so am thanking God for that! Please continue to pray as I travel and for new supporters.

Being on deputation has been a blessing to me as I get to meet new people and hear about their testimonies. I got to meet a man named Danny who has cerebral palsy. He is not able to move many of his limbs, but is very intelligent. He gave me his testimony booklet which shared how he got saved and how he today is still trying to serve the Lord. It’s just incredible to see people like that who are disabled, but living for God. I could tell you so many more, but I am thankful for all the many people I have ran into during my deputation trails.

I also had the opportunity to participate in the jail ministry at my home church last month. There was a guy I met in the jail named Derrick and I ask tha...

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