The Legend of Kantuta


The kantuta is one of Bolivia’s two national flowers and it has fascinating folklore associated with it:

It is said that long ago lived two Incan kings, Illimani and Illampu. Both were wealthy and each owned vast quantities of land in the Bolivian highlands in western Bolivia. Each also had one son.

Jealous of each other’s wealth, one of the kings mounted an attack against the other and during combat, each was mortally wounded. Although both of their sons had been against the war to begin with, upon their death beds each made their son promise to avenge their death by warring against each other.

Bound by their promises to their fathers, a second battle ensued and this time, as history always repeats itself, the sons each mortally wounded the other. However, unlike their fathers, before dying the princes forgave one another and made their servants promise to bury them side by side on the battlefield.

Pachamama (Mother Earth or Mother Nature) appeared to the princes before they died. She told them they should not be punished for their fathers’ wrongdoing. So she caused the stars of their fathers to fall from the sky. Upon crashing to the earth they formed the snow-covered mountains you can still see on the Altiplano today, which have been named Illimani and Illampu, and are the two highest mountains in the region.

It is said the rivers that form when their snow caps melt are actually their tears of regret and these fertilize the valleys where the kantuta now grows. The kantuta is considered a symbol of unity because its two primary colors (red and yellow) were the colors used by the king’s sons. Green is the color of hope.

(Source: Contributed by Maira of Austin, TX at

Thank you, Salem Media Group!

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Today I had the joy of sharing my vision for Bolivia with over 15 of my colleagues and friends at Salem Media Group. I am grateful for the gracious sending and benevolent support.

I’ve worked at Salem for 13 years and I have always considered it a pleasurable place to be because of the wonderful people who work here. I am going to miss Salem when I am in Bolivia, but I look forward to the day when I can return to catch up and share stories from my new home below the equator.

A big thanks to those who … planned the event, attended, spoke words of kindness, asked questions, took pictures, etc. Also, thank you to my friends in Bolivia who gave me the traditional Santa Cruz shirt that I am wearing in the pics!

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Thank You, Good Shepherd Church!


This morning I had the pleasure of sharing my vision for my Bolivian ministry with Good Shepherd Church in Camarillo. First and foremost I would like to thank Pastor Jim Johnson for his generous invitation to me to speak. Thank you, Bobbie Overgaard, for helping me with the logistics of sharing at the church. Thank you also, Ben Unseth, for taking a photo of me to share on my blog.

The entire congregation of Good Shepherd was warm and hospitable. Thank you to everyone who stopped by my display table to chat. I am humbled by your willingness to lift up in prayer the Bolivian students I will be reaching with the gospel of Christ.

I look forward to returning to your church to thank all of you in person.

Grace and peace be with you!


May Update: “Unity is Strength!”

“Unity is Strength!”
That is the national motto of Bolivia, which bears resemblance to the words of the psalmist who declared: “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1)

I’ve been strengthened by everyone who is lifting me up in prayer and by those who have agreed to support my ministry with offerings. ¡Muchas gracias!

¡Bienvenidos! (Welcome!)

Welcome to all of those who have started to partner with me in the month of April! I look forward to keeping in touch with you every step of the way and praying for you personally.

55% and Growing…
Praise God, I am over the halfway mark in terms of financial support for my first year of ministry in Bolivia. My prayer team passed the 100 partner mark in April.

Will You Join Me?

If you are able, would you please take a moment to financially support me?

All donations are tax deductible and it’s easy to do!