Growing pains – My longest trip ever within the USA

There were not as many tears as I expected as I shared the news with the family. “Papa will be traveling to the USA for a month to look for people who can help us.” In the past when I have told my 5 children I will be traveling the overall mood has been one of sadness; but this time they seemed to understand. It is the longest trip I have ever taken, but their response is a testimony that we are doing the right thing. So why am I spending so much time away from my family and the ministry? Because things are growing.
For the most part, my kids’ growth is gradual. Every once in a while, though, they have a growth spurt. Literally, they grow a few inches overnight. When that happens we have to make provision for them. We buy new shoes, new clothes, etc. because they outgrow what they have.
ImageWe are seeing that same type of growth in the ministry here in Bolivia. The kids in the orphanage are getting older and have greater needs. The Christian school is growing in its impact in the community and has more and more needs. The church is strengthening in leadership. As we look at the opportunities to help leaders in 2014 we see a vast amount of new doors opening. It is an exciting time f or our family and ministry, but at the same time it is a scary one. We know if we do not have more people partnering with us we will not be able to make it.
During the month of April I will be in 9 cities throughout the US sharing the vision of what we do in Bolivia. My hope is to connect with people who have the heart to help. I might be coming to your area. Check with me so we can connect. Also, if you would like the see the possibility that I share the vision in your church or with a group of family members or friends, please let me know as well. Most of all, please pray for us as we embark on this journey of faith. If we are able to be successful and reach our goals we will be able to help a lot more people.
Thanks and God Bless you for believing in what we do,

DaRonn Washington
Missionary working in Bolivia

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Helping with English at The House of Dreams Orphanage.

Spent the afternoon helping with the homework of the boys in The House of Dreams Orphanage They did great.

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Father’s Day Celebration – Colegio Cristo Nacion

We just celebrated Fathers Day in Christ Nation School.  Here are some pictures.

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SPECIAL GIFT TO HELP THE 14 CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE OF DREAMS ORPHANAGE:

SPECIAL GIFT TO HELP THE 14 CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE OF DREAMS ORPHANAGE:

Got a great opportunity to bless the children in The House of Dreams Orphanage by helping pay the rent. We are needing $400. If you are able to pay part or all of that amount please let me know. DaRonn

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SPECIAL GIFT TO HELP THE 14 CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE OF DREAMS ORPHANAGE

SPECIAL GIFT TO HELP THE 14 CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE OF DREAMS ORPHANAGE

Got a great opportunity to bless the children in The House of Dreams Orphanage by helping pay the rent. We are needing $400. If you are able to pay part or all of that amount please let me know. DaRonn

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UPDATE – CHRIST NATION CHURCH

Uploaded a video testimony of Christ Nation Church.  When you get a second check it out.

Here are some pictures that I posted on facebook from this last few months in the church.

 

 

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Bolivia’s doble aguinaldo and how it effects us in Bolivia

If you would like to know the reality that we face in Bolivia about the enforced salary we have to pay by tomorrow here is an article about how it effects Bolivian missions. There is still time for you to help. Just let me know. 

 

Bolivia’s doble aguinaldo (Taken from http://melstern.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/bolivias-doble-aguinaldo/)

I wrote this just before Christmas for the news briefing of the Bolivia Information Forum, about Evo Morales’ decision to double the annual Christmas bonus for state employees – and to enforce private businesses to pay it too. There is very little space in the briefing to discuss all the ramifications of the decision, be they political, social, and financial, as well as what it says about the trajectory of the Plurinational state today. I await late February and the deadline by which private businesses are legally bound to pay the double bonus. And I wonder what would happen if such a measure was taken in the UK!
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Double Aguinaldo: Private business on board, but some will struggle to pay
On 20 December, the Bolivian government issued a decree that brought into force the double bonus, or doble aguinaldo, a payment equivalent to one month’s salary to all salaried workers. This is in addition to the bonus, equivalent to one months’ salary, to employees each Christmas. The Supreme Decree 1802 states that the double payment this Christmas is intended to reflect the fact that economic growth is above 4.5%. The doble aguinaldo is to be paid each year for as long as growth remains above that point. In 2013 Bolivia expects to register growth of 6.5%, slowing to 5.7% in 2014.

Potosi, now a down at heel city in Bolivia but once the centre of the Latin American silver mining trade.

Cerro Rico at Potosi, now a down at heel city in Bolivia but once the centre of the Latin American silver mining trade.

Christmas bonus payments equivalent to one months’ salary are common in Latin America. Critics have suggested that the doble aguinaldo is a political tool that Evo Morales is using to buy votes in the run-up to the 2014 national elections. Bolivia has around 400,000 state employees on an average monthly salary of $500.
The decree also requires private enterprises to pay their employees the double bonus, leading to criticism that doing so would push up inflation and make them less competitive. Daniel Sánchez, the president of the Confederation of Private Business of Bolivia (CEPB), met with Labour Minister Daniel Santalla and Finance Minister Luis Arce to negotiate the terms of the payment. As a result, a memorandum of understanding was signed giving private businesses extra time, until 28 February, to pay the bonus to their employees. State employees meanwhile were to have received payment by 31 December.
Several municipalities have said that they will have trouble meeting the requirement, despite the decree stating that, where this is the case, the Treasury will transfer the necessary funding. Meanwhile, smaller businesses, non-governmental organisations and the Catholic Church in Bolivia have said that they will find it next to impossible to fund the double bonus.
Less has been made of the fact that some 70% of Bolivia’s urban and rural workforce are in informal employment, meaning that the vast majority of individuals will not receive any bonus. Pensioners were quick to take to the streets to protest against their not receiving the doble aguinaldo, though they managed to negotiate a 3% increase in their pensions from 2014 over and above inflation.

 

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