in between bites & sips ...

thanks for stopping by! here's where i put various thought, quotes or stories. most will be brief, some may be extended - but all will be somehow connected to my world. enjoy your stay!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Rob & Tim Show - Episode 6

And so it ends. It was a wonderful week of ministry at the Bolivian Hope Center. We were able to finish painting 2 floors of the Hope Center (and a bit of the 3rd) as well as raise the front walls of the center up to a more secure level. Not only was it a great week of construction, but the opportunity to minister to the children through the feeding program and playing with them in the playground was a time that will never be forgotten, either by the children or by us!

I'm so thankful Mary, Meghan, Danielle, Dale & Tim were able to be a part of this great week - but I'm also thankful to the many of you who have either given financially or prayerfully to the Bolivian Hope Center or this missions trip.

There is so much work left to be done, so until God opens the door for us to go again to Bolivia, please continue to give financially and prayerfully to the Bolivian Hope Center. If you want more information about the Center, I have listed a link to their website for your convenience.

There are more stories to be told of our adventure, and more pictures and videos to be shown, so please continue to visit this blog! But, until then, we have for your viewing pleasure, the final episode of The Rob & Tim Show!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Rob & Tim Show - Comedy Classic Edition

The Rob & Tim Show - Episode 4

Wednesday Recap from the Bolivian Hope Center

Another great day has come to a close. This was a wet one - in fact, I think this is the first time I've had a full rainy day in my 3 trips to Bolivia!

People define success differently - but, I can't think of even one way that this trip to Bolivia has been anything but a success ...

We're getting the work done at a great pace with the 2nd floor of the Hope Center almost finished being painted and all the electrical work just about done. We also rebuild a wall at the front of the complex up to the needed 9 feet in order to keep robbers out.

We're having a lot of fun - more laughs that we will ever be able to recount for you.

We're receiving a sense of spiritual fulfillment as we work selflessly in an area of the world that not only needs it, but that responds so wonderfully to the love we show.

I'm sure there are a million things I'm forgetting that should be inserted next, but, finally and most importantly - we're blessing the children here. For so many reasons, these kids have no hope - but - if for only a few days we can give them hope that someone loves them and cares about them, then we've done the best thing we can do. For some kids, even in the US - if all we can do is bless them with a Christmas present while the rest of their life is a wreck - then it's a good thing we do that. In the same way, if all we can do is bless these kids for a week of the year, we've done a good thing. And, just like I have treasured memories from my childhood, we're giving these kids memories they will treasure forever. Maybe someday, when life takes a turn for the worse for them, they will remember the hug one of us gave them (or the candy, or the horsey ride, or the toy, or even just the smile) and they will choose to not give up on hope! Money is great, but sending money doesn't give them hope. Prayer is powerful, but sending ourselves is the answer to prayer they really need.

It's not about the work (because, really, anyone who lives here in Bolivia could do it) - it's about the personal contact. We bless the kids by touching them with our love, and they bless us by showing us what a treasure that love is that they not only receive, but reciprocate.

For those who are interested, I have posted here the sermon I preached at the Temple of Faith here in Cochabamba, Bolivia with missionary Rich Farthing interpreting into Spanish for me. The sermon is a little over 15 minutes long.

2 Things Common to All from Rob Morris on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Rob & Tim Show - BONUS FEATURE!

Here's a treat for you! Rob-Bob and Tim-Bob singing the southern classic ... "Where Have You Gone?"

The Rob & Tim Show - Episode 3

Today was an off-day for us. No sleeping in, but a fun day of sight-seeing in the morning and resting in the afternoon. Unfortunately we lost our internet connection in the afternoon as someone in the local area cut the fiber-optic cable. I am surprised it is fixed already!

We went to the JesuCristo de la Concordia that is in the center of the city. I've been there 3 times now, but it's always a sight to behold. Then we went shopping at a jewelry store. There are 'Bolivian Etaphs' there which are beautiful and expensive anywhere other than Bolivia.

Then we just rested in the afternoon. Tomorrow is a big day as we want to finish painting the 2nd floor and build a wall at the front of the Hope Center. I'm also planning on taking a lot of video of the children tomorrow so you can see exactly why supporting the work at the Bolivian Hope Center is so very important.

Now, here is Episode 3 of the Rob and Tim Show! enjoy!

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Rob & Tim Show - Episode 2

We have our luggage!!! It came Sunday afternoon, and I'm so glad!

Things are going very well here. We had a good day of hard work. Rich (the missionary) had hoped we would finish painting the 1st floor by the end of the week - and we're already started on the 2nd floor! I'm thinking we can finish painting the entire 3 floors before Saturday - and with the electrical being finished this week as well, the Bolivian Hope Center (orphanage for children currently living in a local prison with their moms) should be ready for furniture!

On a personal note, when I first visited in January 08, I met a girl by the name of Anai. She became my friend for the day. The next day when I went to the prison, she was gone! I had heard that sometimes children are forced to leave the prison for various reasons. I was worried she was lost. Then, when I came back in May, I had hoped to see her - but did not. She is one child I had been praying for specifically since I first met her. Well, SHE WAS THERE TODAY! I was so happy to see her. She was surprised that I remembered her name. I had the missionary tell her that I had been praying for her and that I had a picture of her that I had kept. I told her I would continue to pray for her - but - just seeing her today has made my entire week!

Anai is the girl on the right from January 2008

Hey, here's Episode 2 of the Rob & Tim Show. The audio went out on 2 occasions for unknown reasons (maybe cuz I'm technically challenged!), but - I don't think there was any way we could re-create what we did, so, I'm posting it as is (don't worry - the audio you're missing doesn't leave out any pertinent information other than our 'good-bye's at the end).

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Greetings from Bolivia!

With the requisite few predictable twists and turns of a missions trips, we've made it! We arrived in Cochabamba sans luggage, yet full of anticipation for the week that's ahead. The team expects to be doing a lot of painting, and a bit of wall building (hooray! we'll see if i remember all Jason taught me last year!). That being said, if my webcam can hold out for me, I hope to have daily vids and pics right here featuring Tim Chronister and me in the Rob & Tim Show!

Please remember to pray for us (and our luggage which we are HOPING to get official word of its whereabouts tomorrow morning).

Personally, i've been stretching my back, getting it ready for the endless series of pony rides i'll be giving the children at the Hope Center starting tomorrow.

Traveling to Bolivia

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Lessons from a snowman

I learned a lot about teamwork as a bunch of young adults decided to grace the front of our church with a snowman last week.

First of all, everyone has to come together. Staying in a warm cozy home sending us 'moral support' - although nice sentiments, they really don't help get the job done.

Secondly, while it was fairly cold outside, those who were working on the task never gave a thought to the temperature. Only those on the sidelines felt the chill of the day.

Thirdly, if those working on the snowman had stopped the project to focus on warming up those on the sidelines - ultimately, they would also become cold AND the project would never be completed!

And finally, when we all worked together, the job was able to be completed, AND everyone had a blast getting it done!

Good job, guys! Can't wait until our next snowfall!!!