Faith in Fortaleza, Bolivia
www.maranatha.org - This week, we’ll be headed to the South American country of Bolivia, where Maranatha built churches and helped expand a campus. One of the structures we built was the Fortaleza Seventh-day Adventist Church, located just outside the city of Cochabamba. Years ago, married couple Demetrio and Filomena started an Adventist group in the town by inviting people to their living room for worship. When the group grew in size, they moved to another person’s property, and then another and another. The constant moving, however, caused hassles for the congregation, and they realized they had to establish a permanent place of worship. Today’s story tells of their sacrifice and faith in finding a church home.
Pre-video Discussion Questions
- During the pandemic, many people were having to work and go to school from home. Bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms turned into classrooms and offices. What was it like to have to use home for so many different purposes?
Introduce the Video
In today’s video, see how a small congregation worked together to build their church.
Post-video Discussion Questions
- Why do you think people fast when they are working through something big in their lives?
- Talk about a time when you worked with a group of people to raise money for a special project. What were some of the ways that people raised money?
- If you didn’t have a church, how would you feel about everyone meeting in your home? Where would you seat them? What would be the pros and cons of the arrangement?
- Thank you to God for teaching us the importance of teamwork and faith.
- Ask kids what they would add to the prayer list.
Did You Know?
- The main language in Bolivia is Spanish but there are 37 official languages, including Quechua and Aymara–which are languages of indigenous people groups in South America.
- Cochabamba is a city in the center of Bolivia, and it is famous for having the tastiest food in the country.
- The llama is the national animal of Bolivia, and there are more llamas and alpacas in Bolivia than anywhere else in the world!