You can see the city of Cartagena from their front doors. Tierra Bomba is a small, beautiful island in the Cartagena Bay on the northern coast of Colombia. But, Tierra Bomba is almost like a forgotten island even though it is only a 10 minute boat ride from Cartagena, one of Colombia’s hottest tourist destinations.
The people of Tierra Bomba are descendants of enslaved Africans who claimed this island as their home. Fishing and tourism provides some income for their families, but most are poor beyond our imaginations! Due to a lack of opportunities for work and education many of the young people of Tierra Bomba are led into prostitution in the city of Cartagena to earn their living.
We at ER International are building a relationship with a local church in Cartagena, Colombia so that we can make a difference in the lives of the people of this forgotten island. On Sunday, May 29, 2016, a group from the church went to Tierra Bomba to do an outreach in this very poor island community. They brought sacks filled with food items provided by ER International that were given away to about 50 children.
Team members from the church dressed as clowns and shared the message of hope in Jesus Christ with all the children and adults who were there. The people loved it and their response to the message of Jesus Christ was incredible!
Joy and happiness could be seen on their faces and expressions of gratitude were displayed for the much needed food items they received that day.
We love having the opportunity to change lives in other parts of the world and make a difference in the lives of children. These precious people are not forgotten by those of us at ER International. We feel compelled to do something, to make a difference. How about you? Will you join us in making a difference on the forgotten island of Tierra Bomba? Together we can make a difference, we will not forget them!