This landlocked country was named after the famous independence fighter Simón Bolívar. As one of the poorest countries in Latin America and with one of the highest income inequalities in the world, improving one’s social status is extremely difficult. The Bolivian government established the country’s official languages, 37 of them to be exact, some of which are considered extinct! Although the colors on their flag represent mineral resources (yellow) and fertile lands (green), they remain largely underdeveloped due to their inefficient policies. This country has some exquisite locations such as Lake Titicaca, the largest lake in South America and the highest lake in the world navigable by large vessels. Also, the Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, and the world’s highest forest is located in Sajama National Park.
Luke and Jessica work with the daf culture in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and are involved in church planting as well as making the Bible accessible to a subculture that is largely illiterate by aiding in a visual translation of the Bible into Bolivian Sign Language. They have four daughters.
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