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Missionary Minute:

November 23, 2006

by Kay Twilley

Here I Am Lord: Missionaries of The United Methodist Church

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet God feeds them.” —Matthew 6:25a-26a, An Inclusive-Language

For more than three decades I worked as a hospital pharmacist in Birmingham, Ala. In 1989 I took some “vacation” time to join a Volunteers-in-Mission (VIM) team that went to Rio Colorado, Bolivia. Our assignment was to work with Bob and Rosa Caufield to build a boys’ dormitory at a Methodist high school deep in the jungle. It was my first mission experience, and it changed my life. At the time, however, I had no idea to what extent.

I was impressed with the way in which Bob and Rosa were such willing servants of God in this remote, rural setting. In the next six years I went with other VIM teams to Panama, Puerto Rico and Cuba. With each trip, I felt more and more that God was opening my eyes to something new and calling me to serve more than two weeks each year.

In the summer of 1995 God took hold of my life in earnest and wouldn’t let go. I began the application process to become a missionary, retired in 1996 and finally—in February 2000—arrived in Montero, Bolivia. One of my
responsibilities with Iglesia Evangelica Metodista is to coordinate VIM teams in and north of Montero. To see the change that occurs in the “first timers” is a true blessing for me because I know from experience these trips forever change the lives of the participants.

When I’m not involved with VIM teams, I work at the Center for Children (Hasta Crecer) where our goal is to help children to break the cycle of poverty and to reach their potential. This, too, is a blessing for me.

God continues to guide me every day. I know this is where God wants me right now. I am grateful for caring friends along my journey and for the financial support of United Methodists through the Advance for Christ and His Church. Thank you!

God, make us ever mindful of your voice in our lives. Give us listening ears and willing hearts to follow your call. In your name we pray. Amen.

—Kay Twilley, Volunteer-in-Mission coordinator, Iglesia Evangelica Metodista, Bolivia


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See Also...
Topic: Missionaries Advance
Geographic Region: Bolivia
Source: Advance

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Date posted: Nov 22, 2006