‘I personally learn best by seeing and gaining first-hand experience,’ says Sarah Onduko, Social Accountability Officer for Tearfund, who helped to co-ordinate this learning exchange visit. ‘This was a rewarding exchange and I saw a new seed planted in the hearts of the team from Bolivia. The inspiration and aspiration for their church and community was renewed and affirmed.’
Loida Carriel Espinoza, Regional Advocacy Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean for Tearfund, adds:
‘In Latin America we normally see Africa as a far away continent which we will probably never visit. And sometimes we have even sinned by thinking, is there anything to learn from Africa? What a terrible mistake.
‘The peer exchange with PAG in Uganda let me – and the Bolivian pastors – know the amazing passion, commitment, and love that a church should have in order to do CCM advocacy. PAG is one of the best examples in the world. We were able to see, learn and do…
See – that this kind of experience opens the way for similar work in other countries.
Know – that all the learning will be helpful for our new CCM advocacy programme in Bolivia.
Do – because from this experience we have started a three-year plan to work with 100 Churches in Bolivia.