The ministry of Word of Life Bolivia began in 1989. The summer of 1990 marked the first Word of Life camp, 400 young people attended. Under the direction of Juan and Noemi Lella, the missionary team now operates summer camps and six Bible Clubs in local churches. Other key ministries include weekly Open Air Evangelism, musical dramas in public schools, and the Children's Show. Near future plans include expanding the missionary staff and reaching new areas of the country through the Bible Club program.
Due to its landlocked location and rough terrain, Bolivia is often considered the most isolated country in Latin America. Over 50 percent of the 7.8 million inhabitants maintain Indian traditions, lifestyles, values, and beliefs. Known over the years for unstable governments, hyper-inflation, extreme geographical conditions, and a wide variety of climates, Bolivia has presented missionaries with unique challenges and opportunities. The country is best known for La Paz, the highest capital city in the world (two miles above sea level). Sadly, Bolivia is also famous for being the second largest exporter of cocaine in the world. Over 90 percent of the nation claims to be Catholic, but most of them mix the religion with Inca traditional beliefs.