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2 CORINTHIANS 9:15
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

With Christmas fast approaching we want to express our sincere thanks for your support for Novō during 2019, and to wish you a very happy Christmas!

It is as a direct result of your praying and giving that we are able to sustain a place of loving community, where those who feel far from God can encounter the indescribable gift of His "surpassing grace" in Christ Jesus. 

We're glad to be able to report that peace has returned to the country, after the unrest which followed the fraudulent general election in October. Thank you for your prayers for us during that time. We now look ahead to new elections, likely to be in April, with the hope that they will strengthen democracy and bring genuine unity to the country. 
 
"GOD PUT COMPASSION FOR THEM IN MY LIFE"
INTERVIEW WITH TEAM MEMBER, LINCOLN TERCEROS

'Empowerment' is one of Novo's five core values. We want our work to empower local teams to respond to their own sense of calling to empower the addicted, homeless, isolated, and unemployed in their pursuit of a better life for themselves and their families.
 
In that context from time to time in Novō News we want to introduce you to members of the local team, so that you can hear what they do and why they do it. First up, our longest-serving team member, Lincoln Terceros. 

CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF?

My name is Lincoln Terceros. I’m the youngest of my family. I have 2 brothers and 1 older sister. I love football and cycling. I'm from the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Before working at Novō, I worked in a swimming pool lights factory and, in parallel, visited the homeless, on my own and also learning along with other ministries. 

 

WHAT IS YOUR ROLE WITHIN NOVŌ?

I have been working in Novō for 3 years now, practically since it started. I was invited to join the team by a friend (José Ernesto) who I met in another ministry working on the streets. I do a bit of everything, mainly forming new contacts with people who live on the streets and being a friend to those on the programme. I live at the Quinta, so in most cases when there are emergencies, it's my responsibility to solve the problem. That’s the most enjoyable part of my job. I’m also responsible for the volunteers who are a really important part of the team.

 
YOU HAVE A SPECIAL HEART FOR STREET PEOPLE. WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
 
My first contact with the homeless was when I started an activity to help them in the winter, to give them shelter. My
plan was just to do that activity and to continue with my life. I didn’t have plans to work permanently with them, but God put compassion for them in my life. I find it difficult to pass by someone living on the street and not at
least say 'hello'. The love that Christ had to give his life for sinners, and rescue the lost like me, inspires me to also give a ‘little’ of my life to seek and rescue those who are lost on the streets with drugs, alcohol, and abuse.
 

WHAT ARE CONDITIONS LIKE FOR THOSE LIVING ON THE STREETS OF SANTA CRUZ?

Sadly, the conditions are really bad. They suffer discrimination from the majority of the ‘normal’ population and regular abuse from the police. They have no attention in hospitals and the churches pay very little interest to this group.

Imagine a person living aimlessly, who uses drugs on a daily basis and has no goals, a person who walks barefoot on the pavement and sleeps under a bridge, in the drainage canals. To this add that they have foot fungus, or that they are injured from a fight and were not treated for several days, and they eat leftovers from restaurants or search the garbage of a market for food.
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WHAT LEADS A PERSON TO THE STREETS?
 
I don’t think anybody gets up and says, “today I will live on the street”. There is a chain of events that leads a person to this life: the loss of a family member, the breakdown of a relationship, or the failure of a business can all cause a person to take refuge in alcohol or drugs. Then they begin to lose material things, and then family, and one day find themselves with nobody and nothing, on the streets. There are also those who were born on the streets, they didn't have the option to choose something different.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING ASPECT OF YOUR WORK?

For me there are two things. Firstly, the lessons I’ve learnt from the homeless about survival, perseverance, and generosity. Secondly, seeing someone transformed by the love that Christ gives - mentally, socially, physically and spiritually.

 
HOW CAN WE PRAY FOR YOU?

For God's care when I go out on the streets - for intelligence to face the challenge that each person brings in order to help him, for God to open doors to reach people and churches who want to help and be trained in this ministry.
 
JOIN US THIS CHRISTMAS

We're so proud of the work done by Lincoln, and the whole of Team Novō in Bolivia. The grace of God is revealed in and through them, and lives are being transformed as a result.

This Christmas, would you join us in sharing the indescribable gift of Jesus Christ? No matter who you are, where you live, or what you can give, you can help transform the lives of Bolivia's street people. 

Thank you for standing with us. May you know God's richest blessings this Christmas.
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