A visit to Bolivia is the best way to experience Amistad! For over 30 years, we have welcomed children and adults of all ages to share this life-changing ministry together.
New Providence Presbyterian Church, New Jersey
In November 2023, New Providence Presbyterian Church sent a Missions Team of 12 travelers to visit their friends in Casa Semilla de Amor, the house they have sponsored for 33 years. The group led worship services, taught VBS lessons, played lots of games, made crafts, grilled cheeseburgers, celebrated birthdays, and conveyed the love of Christ. Comprised of 11 first-time visitors, the group left with their hearts full of gratitude for new friendships!
Liz Lee, Birmingham
In August 2023, Liz Lee made her sixth trip to Amistad and first solo visit. Liz and her family have more prayer friends in Bolivia than any other U.S. friend, so there are always many children who excitedly await her arrival. This trip included lots of games, crafts, outings with prayer friends, meals with staff, and giant hugs!
St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Houston
In July 2023, St. Martin's visited Casa San Martín, the house they have sponsored since 1993. They loved going on an outing in the city and felt accomplished hiking up 1,400 steps to the Christ statue on the day they arrived! Mamá Isabel and the children felt celebrated by their St. Martin's friends!
Christ Episcopal Church Youth, Ponte Vedra
In July 2023, Fr. Andreis Díaz Dorta led the Christ Episcopal Church Youth to meet their friends in Casa San Francisco. Among the 13 travelers were three native Spanish speakers and two parents visiting with their teens. The group bonded over outings into the city, dinner with Casa San Francisco higher education graduates, worship services, soccer, music, and crafts. They are eager to return next summer!
St. Mary's on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church, Birmingham
In July 2023, St. Mary's on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church sent 12 pilgrims to visit the children of Casa Copacabana, their sponsored house. It was bittersweet to celebrate Mamá Teodora's 20 years of service to Amistad, as she now enters retirement. The group loved carrying on a tradition with the 16th Villa Olympic Games, sharing a Bible study with the mamás and tías, attending a Wilstermann soccer match, and, above all, building relationships with the children of Casa Copacabana.
Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Dallas
In June 2023, the Saint Michael and All Angels Youth returned to visit their friends in Casa Esperanza. Rev. Chris Girata, Rev. Hobin Hinkle, and Kelly Reddell led 10 youth on this pilgrimage to Bolivia to bond with the children through shared activities, including: tie dye shirts, playground games, crafts, dinners, cheeseburger and s'more cookout, and a visit to the Christ statue.
The Church of St. John the Divine, Houston
In June 2023, St. John the Divine returned to visit their friends in Casa Amanecer. This family trip forged new friendships through soccer games, card games, spiritual reflections, birthday parties, art, outings to parks, and dinners in the city!
Christ Church Cathedral Youth, Nashville
In June 2023, the Christ Church Cathedral Youth visited their Casa Kantuta friends. They also got to see the stunning street mosaics in Cochabamba on Corpus Christi. Christ Church has been sending youth groups to Bolivia since 1999!
Cathedral Church of the Advent, Birmingham
In May 2023, Cathedral Church of the Advent sent four families to Bolivia, three of whom went for the first time. The children cherish family visits and the lasting connections they bring. Amistad Board President Kelly Hulsey led this trip, the eighth time she has gone down with her family.
Father William's Visit
In April 2023, at age 85, Father William returned to Bolivia returned to Bolivia to commemorate 40 years since he started a life-saving mission to serve the Quechua people of Aramasí and over 30 years since he began Villa Amistad. Father William celebrated the life of his co-founder, Rev. B.J. Weber, in a worship service in Villa Amistad with Padre Gianluca of Ciudad de Los Niños. The group visited Aramasí with Doctor Abdon Barrera, who along with fellow pediatrician, Doctora Antonieta Berrara, first cared for the severely malnourished children in Aramasí.
Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra
In April 2023, Christ Episcopal Church (Ponte Vedra) returned to visit their friends in Casa San Francisco. Crafts, sports, park outings, and meals with staff were among the many highlights of this special trip!
Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville
In April 2023, a men's group from Christ Church Cathedral returned to Amistad. This same group visited together in 2019, and Mamá Mary and the Casa Kantuta children were ecstatic to reconnect with their CCC friends. The group was warmly received by the community during their overnight stay in Aramasí, the place where Amistad's ministry began.