First Sabbath Offering for the Bolivian Union Headquarters
Bolivia is a landlocked nation in the central-western region of South America, bordered on the north and east by Brazil, on the south by Paraguay and Argentina, and on the west by Chile and Peru. While situated in a tropical area, Bolivia has a wide range of temperatures due to the varied altitudes found here—with temperatures ranging from those typically found in the equatorial lowlands all the way to arctic cold.
There are over 11.5 million inhabitants living here in an area of 5,479 square miles (1,099 million km²).
The population of Bolivia is multicultural; the main language spoken is Spanish (88.4%) as the mother tongue, followed by the second languages of some among the indigenous peoples: Quechua (25%, Aymara (11%), Guaraní (1%) and others (4%)—including 34 additional indigenous languages.
Bolivia is currently a secular state that guarantees its people freedom of worship. The SDARM message arrived here in the 1940’s. The work developed rapidly over the years, as part of the Southern South American Union together with Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
By 1994, the work in Bolivia had grown sufficiently to form a distinct Union—the Bolivian Union—which began operations in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. As the work has continued to advance, we now see the need to build a new headquarters in the city of Cochabamba. With this goal in mind, the brethren together with the Bolivian Union Council, have acquired a large parcel of land that one of our brethren generously donated specifically for this purpose.
In order to build, we will need the kind help of our brethren worldwide. We thank you in advance for your kind contribution toward the development of the cause of God here in Bolivia. They are among those of whom it is written, “in the Catholic lands of Europe and of South America, in China, in India, in the islands of the sea, and in all the dark corners of the earth, God has in reserve a firmament of chosen ones that will yet shine forth amidst the darkness, revealing clearly to an apostate world the transforming power of obedience to His law.”—Prophets and Kings, pp. 188, 189.
Please extend your helping hand today. May the Lord bless you!
Your brothers and sisters of the Bolivian Union