Sixty-three missionaries from the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission are evacuating due to civil unrest following a presidential election.
Missionaries from the Cochabamba Mission will be reassigned while missionaries in other parts of Bolivia will remain in the country.
According to a statement by Church spokesman Daniel Woodruff on the Church News website:
“The Church is in the process of transferring 63 missionaries from the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission. This is due to growing political unrest as well as the U.S. government’s recent decision to pull non-emergency workers from that country. The missionaries—who are all from North America—are being temporarily reassigned to other missions. A few who are nearing the end of their missions will return home. At this point, in coordination with security professionals, all other missionaries throughout Bolivia are remaining where they are and will continue with limited missionary work in those areas where it is safe to do so. The safety of our missionaries is our highest priority, and we will continue to carefully monitor developments in Bolivia and make further adjustments and decisions as circumstances require. We pray for the people in Bolivia as they navigate this difficult time in their country.”
During the unrest, missionaries have been limited to proselyting activities near their homes. Members in Bolivia have also been taking precautions and are only gathering in Latter-day Saint meetinghouses in safe areas or gathering in their homes when the area is secure.
For more information about missionaries and members in Bolivia from Church News, click here.
Lead image from AP, retrieved from Church News