It’s really cool when various aspects of our ministry converge, internationally with missionary families and here in Bogotá.  We’re coming off a couple of weeks in which that happened thanks to the generosity of folks we don’t even know and the willingness of a 17-year-old MK growing up in Honduras.  Here’s what Maddy had to say about her experience, along with a few photos:

“About two weeks ago, I stepped on a plane in the San Pedro Sula airport and left my home in Honduras behind. This was to be the third time I had gone by myself to work as a missionary in a country that was not my own. I would leave my friends and family behind to answer the calling of the Great Commission – but you know that already. My name is Madison Pettengill, and this is my story.

Every year for the past three, I have taken a solo mission trip to somewhere else. I raise support, take the airplane trip, and spend weeks (relatively) under my own supervision. This year I went to Bogotá.

The Lupton family invited me to visit them in their ministry and be as helpful as a seventeen-year-old-missionary-kid is able to be. I spent the first week of my trip making friends with cute kids, babysitting Fox Lupton, and generally making it as easy as possible for my partners-in-missionarydom (read: The Lupton Family) to go about their daily lives. I bought groceries, washed dishes, cleaned poopy diapers, and became a temporary sue-chef.  Missionary work at it’s most glamorous.

Week two, though lacking in diapers, was no less challenging. We kick-started what will later become an ongoing English Camp in one of the poorer subsections of Bogotá. Many of the children who attended said camp did receive some form of English class in their schools. Unfortunately, some of the education was so poor that what little English kids did know was simply rote memorization. Moreover, colleges in Colombia require students to pass an English exam before entering. College education is one of the few ways that these children can escape the cycle of poverty. Thus, although our classes consisted of basic English, this camp provides a crucial step for the hopes and dreams of a better future.”

Maddy helping with English homework

Maddy helping with English homework

A lot of the students were very impressed with Maddy's drawings

A lot of the students were very impressed with Maddy’s drawings

Teaching a mostly captive English class

Teaching a mostly captive English class

Maddy translating and helping me translate a sermon to 250 kids

Maddy translating as I preached to 250 kids

Last day trip up to a vista of the city!

Last day trip up to a vista of the city!