My Bolivian Journey

Susannah Baffa
Susannah Baffa Washington, Illinois

“The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable and perfect”

-Jim Elliot-

My world has been filled with stories of faithful saints since I was very young. Gladys Aylward was one of my childhood heroes of the faith. I was certain that I wanted to have two hundred children, just like her (I know now that they weren’t all her children.) 😉 As a seven-year-old, I was determined to teach myself Spanish, translate the Bible into Spanish and move to Mexico to start an orphanage. Thankfully for me, the Bible was already translated and my poor Spanish skills would not be a necessary contribution.

As I got older I continued to love languages, children, and the Lord. I met someone who spoke Russian and started learning the language. My Russian-speaking friend had two adopted sisters, through their family we met other families who had adopted. Through these friends, I was able to go to Ukraine when I was 14. I went a second time after graduating homeschool and spent my summer teaching evangelistic English. I knew that working with children was my passion, my favorite times were the days that I spent interacting with kids.

Coming back to the States I was offered a position as a part-time nanny, next to being a mother it was a dream job. I took one semester at the local community college and started attending the CRU Bible study, through that ministry combined with the time I had spent in Ukraine I grew in my ability and motivation to share the gospel. Towards the end of the semester, my schedule was no longer going to be dictated by classes and deadlines. I started praying again about what God would have me do with my summer, following semester and my life. My community college didn’t offer Russian classes so I knew that I would just keep working on that myself, the only class I knew for sure that I wanted to take was Spanish. I sent a message to Lifesong inquiring about their orphanages in Ukraine. As God would have it, the ministry in Ukraine had no need of a volunteer, however, I was directed to the baby house in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I was overwhelmed when I read the email on my screen. Infants to six-year-olds? In a Spanish speaking country? Could my dreams as a child really have been given by God to prepare me for such a time as this? My parents and I proceeded to seek the Lord in prayer and fasting and sometimes tearful conversations with one another. My family has always been close and the thought of spending at least a year away from them tore at my heart. However, missing my family was the only constraint I had.

This is where I believe God has called me for the next year in my life. He has equipped me with the love and ability to care for children, and He gave me an answer that I had not been looking for by directing me to Lifesong’s orphanage in Bolivia. God’s heart is for the fatherless, the orphan. (James 1:27) I look forward to serving God and learning more about who He is in the time that I spend in Bolivia.

I will be serving at the baby house in Cochabamba, Bolivia for at least a year. I covet your prayers for while I am there. I also would ask you to consider giving a one-time or a monthly gift to enable me to embark on this journey as I seek to follow God’s plan for my life. Thank you so much!

 

In Christ,

Susannah Baffa

 


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “97840 Baffa Bolivia Trip”, to ensure it is credited to my account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.

To make a monthly donation please go to:  https://www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/missionary/?gift=25 and check “I’d like to make this a monthly recurring donation” type the amount and your information.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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My Story

“The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for, but we must believe that whatever it involves, it is good, acceptable and perfect”

-Jim Elliot-

My world has been filled with stories of faithful saints since I was very young. Gladys Aylward was one of my childhood heroes of the faith. I was certain that I wanted to have two hundred children, just like her (I know now that they weren’t all her children.) 😉 As a seven-year-old, I was determined to teach myself Spanish, translate the Bible into Spanish and move to Mexico to start an orphanage. Thankfully for me, the Bible was already translated and my poor Spanish skills would not be a necessary contribution.

As I got older I continued to love languages, children, and the Lord. I met someone who spoke Russian and started learning the language. My Russian-speaking friend had two adopted sisters, through their family we met other families who had adopted. Through these friends, I was able to go to Ukraine when I was 14. I went a second time after graduating homeschool and spent my summer teaching evangelistic English. I knew that working with children was my passion, my favorite times were the days that I spent interacting with kids.

Coming back to the States I was offered a position as a part-time nanny, next to being a mother it was a dream job. I took one semester at the local community college and started attending the CRU Bible study, through that ministry combined with the time I had spent in Ukraine I grew in my ability and motivation to share the gospel. Towards the end of the semester, my schedule was no longer going to be dictated by classes and deadlines. I started praying again about what God would have me do with my summer, following semester and my life. My community college didn’t offer Russian classes so I knew that I would just keep working on that myself, the only class I knew for sure that I wanted to take was Spanish. I sent a message to Lifesong inquiring about their orphanages in Ukraine. As God would have it, the ministry in Ukraine had no need of a volunteer, however, I was directed to the baby house in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I was overwhelmed when I read the email on my screen. Infants to six-year-olds? In a Spanish speaking country? Could my dreams as a child really have been given by God to prepare me for such a time as this? My parents and I proceeded to seek the Lord in prayer and fasting and sometimes tearful conversations with one another. My family has always been close and the thought of spending at least a year away from them tore at my heart. However, missing my family was the only constraint I had.

This is where I believe God has called me for the next year in my life. He has equipped me with the love and ability to care for children, and He gave me an answer that I had not been looking for by directing me to Lifesong’s orphanage in Bolivia. God’s heart is for the fatherless, the orphan. (James 1:27) I look forward to serving God and learning more about who He is in the time that I spend in Bolivia.

I will be serving at the baby house in Cochabamba, Bolivia for at least a year. I covet your prayers for while I am there. I also would ask you to consider giving a one-time or a monthly gift to enable me to embark on this journey as I seek to follow God’s plan for my life. Thank you so much!

 

In Christ,

Susannah Baffa

 


STRIPE charges an online processing fee (2.2% +.30 USD per transaction). Your donations will be decreased by this amount. You may also send a check payable to “Lifesong for Orphans”. In the memo line please write “97840 Baffa Bolivia Trip”, to ensure it is credited to my account. Please mail to Lifesong for Orphans, PO Box 40, Gridley, IL 61744.

To make a monthly donation please go to:  https://www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/missionary/?gift=25 and check “I’d like to make this a monthly recurring donation” type the amount and your information.

Lifesong has been blessed with partners who underwrite all U.S. administrative and fundraising costs (TMG Foundation and other partners). That means 100% of your donation will go directly to the adoption.

  • In following IRS guidelines, your donation is to Lifesong for Orphans. This organization retains full discretion over its use, but intends to honor the donor’s suggested use.
  • Lifesong is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. Individual donations of $50 or more and yearly donations totaling $250 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt. Receipts for donations under $50 will gladly be sent upon request.
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