By Eliseo Quenta, leadership training instructor for Samaritan’s Purse in Bolivia
Nestor Alavi is native to Achiri, a small town in western Bolivia. When Samaritan’s Purse came in 2009, he was one of the first people to sign up for the transformative leadership courses we offered. The classes teach Christians ways to apply their faith to bring positive change to their communities.
It was not long before Nestor became motivated to get involved. As a follower of Jesus, he wanted to save Achiri from paganism, disorder, and animistic superstitions.
“In the past, our town never considered developing a community plan,” he said. “We used to be afraid of expressing our ideas, even sharing our Christian testimonies in public.”
When he began participating in the activities organized by Samaritan’s Purse, he learned three things: to overcome his fear of speaking about Jesus in public, to develop a clear and challenging vision for his community, and to transform lives through God’s Word.
Leaders like Nestor have learned to write out their dreams, develop projects, and analyze the implications of the surrounding worldview. Many have determined that the Christian worldview—along with its values—is the best path toward fulfillment in life.
Nestor is now in charge of a group of leaders from 40 different communities, which are also in the process of systematic training. He and his fellow leaders are truly thankful for the support provided by Samaritan’s Purse.
“We thank God for remembering us and bringing us this help,” Nestor said.