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Novō News Update – November 2017

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A work like Novō doesn’t get off the ground or grow without the input of a huge number of people. We see the Kingdom come as we work together. Lives are transformed as we bring our distinct gifts and diverse resources together and put them into God’s hands.

This truth has been so evident to us in recent days here in Bolivia.

The Cardinal family from McBride, British Colombia, have been investing in seeing lives transformed in a completely different way! Buddy, Devanee, JP, Diquita and Clay travelled to Bolivia as a family to set up a small aquaponic fish farm at Quinta Totaices. This installation will provide skills training for Novō residents, a source of food for the project, and (potentially) a future income stream.
Last week, the team at Quinta Totaices benefitted from a week of training with Atarah Jacobs, one of our UK Trustees. Atarah, who has a decade of experience on the therapeutic team at Yeldall Manor and a Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy, addressed subjects such as teamwork, therapeutic group facilitation, boundaries, and relapse prevention.
One of the most significant moments for Atarah during her time in Bolivia was a visit to the canals where many of Santa Cruz’s street addicts spend their days and nights ‘living’ in small communities of up to 50 people. Our guide on this visit was Lincoln. Lincoln is a key member of the team here who goes out at least once a week, often in his own time, to reach out to these men and women.

After the visit she posted this on Facebook:

On Friday 27th October, we gathered together around a delicious meal prepared by our incredible cooks, Gaby and Kevin, to celebrate the graduation of Ulises! In attendance were the whole staff team, members of Ulises’ family (who have sought to help him over many years), his Pastor, and other friends from his church family. As we celebrated what God has done in Ulises’ life, it was so good to be able to publicly thank and honour the members of the local team here whose love and sacrifice made it possible.
Novō’s mission is to glorify God by offering hope, healing and wholeness to hurting and broken people – to the ‘the least of these’ (Matt 25:40).

It’s such a joy to see the local team here doing just that, day by day, and to celebrate their work. It’s also important to celebrate the role that each of you play, as the extended Novō ‘family’, in making it possible for that offer to be made, and for lives to be transformed.

Thank you for standing with us in this mission as your pray, give and act in Jesus’ name

Novō News Update – October 2017

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We’re in an exciting time of transition with Novō at Quinta Totaices. There is a real sense of excitement/anticipation as we move out of the launch phase of the project and into a period of consolidation and development. Life at the Quinta feels increasingly established: the staff are growing in experience, the work element of the project is developing, and a good group of residents are at various stages of their programme.

We are pleased to be able to announce that we have welcomed a new Project Coordinator to the staff team! José Ernesto completed his time with us in July so that he could move to London to be closer to his fiancée. We’re immensely grateful to José Ernesto for his hard work in launching the project, and his dedication to the guys on the programme.

José Ernesto’s successor, David Salazar, was appointed at the end of July. David is a man with great leadership qualities, developed over more than a decade spent leading the work of a Christian discipleship training centre here in Bolivia, who we strongly sense is ‘God’s man’ to lead the next phase of the work at Quinta Totaices.

We’re very grateful for David’s genuineness, his leadership experience, soft heart, enthusiasm, and teachability. Speaking about his time with Novō so far, David says this:

“I first knew about Novō when Lincoln [Novō staff member] invited me to share a time of devotion with the residents one Wednesday. I was surprised when, some months later, I received a call from Novō asking if I’d be interested in applying to become the new Project Coordinator. Before getting to know the guys at Novō, I didn’t always have much patience for people on the streets, especially when they hassled me at the traffic lights, trying to wash my car windscreen to earn a few cents. Now I find myself working with some of these very people, and I’m able to show God’s love to them! It’s a great privilege.»

Please pray with us for David, and his wife Roxana, for God’s blessing to be upon their life together and David’s leadership within Novō.

Our longest-standing resident, Ulises, has now completed his programme – a huge milestone for him, and for us!! We look forward to sharing pictures of Ulises’ graduation event which will take place in the next few weeks.

Ulises is still deciding what his next step will look like. We are offering him the chance to remain living in the Quinta community, with more independence, while going off-site to work during the day time. We are hopeful this is what he will decide to do, so he can more easily continue to receive a high level of support during this phase of his recovery.

Please pray with us for Ulises – that he will continue to place God first in his life and make wise, life-giving choices about about the year ahead.

Looking ahead, lots of good things are happening! Here are three highlights:

  • In November, Atarah Jacobs, a Novō UK Trustee and Yeldall Manor’s Training Manager, will be leading a week of intensive staff training for us here in Bolivia.
  • During the same period the Cardinal family from McBride Evangelical Free Church, British Colombia, will be coming to help us install and begin running a small aquaponic fish farm. This will provide skill training for Novō residents, a source of food for project, and (potentially) a future income stream.
  • In January, David Fuertes, who is responsible for the therapeutic side of the programme, will return to Tarija to begin laying the foundations for the work of Novō in that part of Bolivia. This is a strategic and exciting development which we’ll share more about in a future update.

Novō News Update – July 2017

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Where do you feel you belong? This is a significant question, and touches upon our deep human need to know we’re part of something bigger, to know we belong.

Novō’s programme aims to teach residents about our basic emotional needs – to be loved, valued, and to belong, amongst others. Understanding that we are constantly seeking ways to meet these needs provides the residents with insight into their motivations for their own behaviours and addictions.

All too often we hear stories of instability and rejection during residents’ childhoods, of times where their emotional needs were not met in their homes. Broken family relationships. Abuse and abandonment.

Naturally, they start to look elsewhere for a sense of belonging and a place where they feel accepted. Gangs on the streets, sleeping in small communities under the bridges, using drink and drugs to fit in with the crowd… or else to numb feelings of worthlessness and aloneness. It works for a short time, and the basic needs are met, even if only superficially. But before long, the destructive consequences of this lifestyle begin to set in, and the drink and drugs become a necessity for survival.

In recovery from addiction, these basic needs to be loved, valued and to belong are as strong as ever. And the challenge (but key to success) in recovery, is discovering new and healthy ways to meet these needs without the use of drugs and alcohol. Through positive relationships. Through discovering true value, purpose and identity. Through a living relationship with Christ and His church.

Novō’s community model is so fundamental in a resident’s recovery process. It creates a secure place in which to belong, which in turn builds self-worth and increased emotional security. We aim to grow this sense of community through various aspects of the programme including shared meal times, therapeutic groups, regular times of worship and prayer, work therapy (as a team) and occasional social trips out together.

As in any community or family, there have been fallouts and frustrations, and sadly there are always a number of residents who choose to leave the programme before completing. When this happens, it affects the rest of the community, and serves as a stark reminder to all of us of the challenging nature of recovery from addiction. But overall, the residents are united by a common desire to leave their addiction behind them and start life afresh.
Please pray with us for unity and peace within the community – that it would be a place of true belonging and transformation!

“There should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it;
if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.” 

1 Corinthians 12:25-26


As Christians, we also have the benefit of belonging to a much wider community – the worldwide church! As Novō we are so grateful to all our supporters, far and wide, who have played such a huge part in enabling us to reach this point. Thank you!

As we look back on progress to date, and focus-in on the priorities we have for the future, we have produced the first Novō Annual Review. It’s short and to the point, full of pictures from the life of the community, and includes our budget for the Quinta Totaices project for 2017 and 2018.

Please take a few moments to click on one of the links below and celebrate with us all that God has done in and through Novō so far. We would also be grateful if you would prayerfully consider how you can partner with us as we look to see Novō go from strength to strength during 2017 and 2018. 

To read the UK version of the Annual Review click here:

To read the Canadian version of the Annual Review click here:

Stories of Transformation: Meet Ulises

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Ulises, 35, was the second resident to join the Novō programme at Quinta Totaices in mid-December, and he is still with us today. This makes him our longest standing resident and an important role model for newer residents – as well as the ‘guinea pig’ for each aspect of our 7-stage programme!
Ulises is a drug-addict and alcoholic who lived on the streets of Santa Cruz for 15 years, having fallen with a gang at the age of 14.

He was in a poor physical state when he arrived, with various joints out of place from where he’d been hit by a bus, some months earlier, and left on the side of the road. He has been receiving medical help for his shoulder and arm, which are now healing well.

Emotionally, after the novelty of being in a comfortable home and being immensely grateful for this, the hard work began for Ulises.

One particular ‘breakthrough’ came as he demonstrated a willingness to be vulnerable with his peers during a therapy group. The group touched on a sensitive issue relating to his childhood and Ulises allowed his leaders and peers to see the sadness and turmoil the session was stirring-up. In the days after the group we saw glimpses of Ulises’s anger and a withdrawal from full engagement with the programme, but it was good that he felt safe enough to remove his polite and happy ‘mask’ and become more real.

One major hurdle, and a required programme ‘objective’, was to prepare and present his autobiography, which Ulises did successfully in front of his peers and two staff members. This was a significant and life-changing achievement.

It is incredible to see how Ulises’s confidence has improved while he has been with us. At the start, he was shy and quiet in his manner but in a recent church service he attended (where he didn’t know anyone) he had the boldness to stand-up, introduce himself, and promote Novō’s car-washing business to acquire new clients!
Ulises came to Novō with a genuine Christian faith and now, free from drugs & alcohol and in the heart of a Christ-centred community, he’s rediscovering his relationship with God. It’s a joy to see this happening and to begin to imagine what God has in store for Ulises in the future.

When asked about his goals and dreams for future, this is Ulises’ response:

«I want to carry-on and finish the Novō programme and then I want to go to technical school so that I can learn a trade, provide for myself, and be able to help all the others like me who are still on the streets.»

Please pray for Ulises, that he will reach his goals, and for the 7 other men currently on the Novō programme, perhaps praying these words from
Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians:
«I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.» (Ephesians 1:18-20)
SUPPORTING NOVŌ Ulises’ story would be very different were it not for the generosity of all of those who are supporting practically!

In 2017, as we work to see local sources of funding (including the business) move the project towards financial sustainability, we need to raise a monthly minimumof £5,500GBP / $9,000CAD / $7,000USD. 

As we trust in God to provide for these immediate needs can we ask you to consider partnering with us to meet these immediate needs?

Your financial support, whether with a one-time gift or a regular monthly donation, will enable more men like Ulises to find freedom and new life Christ!


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One of Novō’s core values is empowerment. We believe that God has called us to empower His people to create transformative communities which offer healing, wholeness and hope to the hurting and broken people that God has placed on their hearts.

The film below tells the story of the way in which Novō is empowering Jose Ernesto, a man who has made incredible sacrifices in order to obey God’s call on his life, to respond to that call – and empower others to do the same!


It’s been six weeks since our last update and we’re encouraged by progress during that time. Here are three highlights:

  • As you can see from the pictures below, the Novō Lavadero Movil (our mobile car wash business) is now up and running! After a couple of weeks of practice and preparation we take delivery of uniforms next week and will begin to market our services more proactively. This business will not only provide work and training to the residents but it is also at the heart of our strategy for long-term financial sustainability.
  • Ulises has been with us 10 weeks now. Stage 1 of the programme focuses on the theme of ‘Accepting Reality’ and as part of that process, Ulises shared his Autobiography with his peers and the staff. He has now moved onto Stage 2 of the programme where the focus is on ‘Handing Over Control’ to God.
  • At the start of the month we were visited by Dan Head, the Programme Leader atYeldall Manor. Dan shared his own story of finding freedom from heroin addiction through discipleship to Christ, which was a tremendous encouragement to the guys. He was also able to do some training with our staff team, offering them the benefit of his insight and experience at a crucial moment in their development.

The first couple of months of operation at Quinta Totaices have been a huge encouragement to us but they have not been without challenges.

Please pray with us for:

for grace, compassion, energy, joy and unity in their day to day work alongside the residents.

for perseverance for those who are with us currently and for men who are open to God and ready change to join them.
for the provision of all that is needed during 2017, particularly to cover core operating costs over the coming months.
NOVŌ NEEDS YOU!During 2015 and 2016 we were incredibly blessed to receive all the start-up funding required to launch the Novō community at Quinta Totaices, and the car wash business.

In 2017, as we work to see local sources of funding (including the business) move the project towards financial sustainability, we need to raise a monthly minimumof £5,500GBP / $9,000CAD / $7,000USD. 

As we trust in God to provide for these immediate needs can we ask you to consider partnering with us to meet this goal? Your financial support, whether with a one-time gift or a regular monthly donation, will enable more men like Ulises to find freedom and new life Christ! 

The information you need to make a donation to Novō is found in the blue boxes below. For any queries in relation to giving, or the work of Novō more generally, please don’t hesitate to email: 


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HE WILL GIVE YOU NEW LIFEHappy New Year from Team Novō! As we look forward to what 2017 will bring, we do so with these words from Zephaniah ringing in our ears:
«The Lord your God is with you; his power gives you victory.
The Lord will take delight in you, and in his love he will give you new life.
He will sing and be joyful over you.»  
(Zephaniah 3:17)
We are full of hope that many hurting and broken men will come to know the reality of His presence, victory, delight, love and new life for themselves this year!

In 2016 it was a thrill to see the foundations laid for the work of Novō. God called together a team of dedicated workers, provided an ideal property for the first community, enabled us to develop programme structures & resources, and stirred-up support locally and internationally to enable this work to launch.

Now the really exciting stuff begins!

There are currently three men on the programme at Quinta Totaices – Ulises, Jorge and Yasuco. It’s a joy to see their desire for change! They are engaging well with groups, work/training, and the spiritual life of the community.

Over the coming weeks we’re looking forward to build our community, slowly but surely, with men in search of healing, wholeness and hope.

It’s also been wonderful to see the local staff team offering the opportunity of new life to men with whom some of them have been working for several years on the streets of Santa Cruz. Please pray that each member of the team would flourish personally and professionally during these stretching opening months of operation.

Looking forward, the next important step will be the launch of the first Novō business. This business – a mobile car wash – will provide meaningful work/training for the residents and, in time, a significant revenue stream for the community. We plan to be up and running work by the end of the month.

As you enjoy the photos below please pray that Ulises, Jorge and Yasuco will come to know more and more of the abundant life which Christ won for them.
NOVŌ NEEDS YOU!We are where we are because of the generous and support of people like you. Since we shared our Launch Appeal in July we have raised $60,000USD / £49,000GBP / $79,000CAD.

A huge thank you to everyone who responded to the appeal!

Now, as we look to 2017, we are trusting God for a minimum of $85,000USD / £70,000GBP / $112,000CAD.

In this context, would you prayerfully consider setting-up a regular monthly gift or making a one-off donation to Novō?  

Your financial support will enable Novō to offer a 9-month residential programme of one-to-one support, interactive groups, work/training, and discipleship to up to 16 men seeking freedom from addiction and new life. It will also move us considerably closer to our goal of seeing the first Novō community becoming financially sustainable.

To close we want to share with you the short film below. It tells Jose-Ernesto’s humbling story – and powerfully communicates our vision and values as Novō.

A big thank you to SilentImages who created this film for Novō at well below cost.

Filmacion de Novō

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Este corto fue producido como un regalo para Novō de parte de MediaNerd y comunica la visión de Novō de una manera clara y atractiva. Tiene solo 5 minutos de duración y cuenta con entrevistas a los hombres que sufren adicción en Bolivia, así como también a los líderes de la iglesia que tienen una carga por responder a esto.





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Bolivia es un país increíble, un lugar con paisajes asombrosos y gente maravillosa, un lugar de fascinante diversidad tanto humana como natural. También es uno de los países más pobres de América Latina y uno de los países más desproporcionados del mundo.

En el 2012 el Índice de Desarrollo Humano de las Naciones Unidas (IDH) posicionó a Bolivia en el puesto 108 de 187 países y territorios, una posición que comparte con Mongolia.

Según la ONU, solo Colombia, Namibia, Botsuana, Haití, Angola y Comoras son más desproporcionados que Bolivia.

Street Kids 3

Bolivia es también el tercer mayor productor de hoja de coca del mundo, la materia prima para la cocaína, y un centro para su producción. Aunque la cocaína en sí es demasiado cara para muchos bolivianos, una forma de cocaína en bruto llamada Pitillo es ampliamente abusada – al igual que el alcohol, la marihuana y los disolventes.

«Es esencialmente, un producto de desechos químicos, [El pitillo] es lo que queda de los narco-laboratorios que producen cocaína destinada a los Estados Unidos y a los mercados europeos… Adictivo después de uno o dos toques, la droga destruye completamente el sistema nervioso. Los consumidores rápidamente se vuelven esqueléticos y malogrados, recurren a la delincuencia, la violencia y la prostitución para alimentar a sus hábitos…”

Los 10p subproductos de la cocaína que están convirtiendo a los niños de barrios marginales de la Argentina en muertos vivientes, El Observador, 21 de febrero del 2010

Aquellos que trabajan en este campo en Bolivia, con pandillas, adictos y niños de la calle, confirman que el problema de drogas y alcohol es serio y creciente. El gobierno de Bolivia también es consciente de esta necesidad. En febrero del 2012 el ministro de Gobierno Carlos Romero habló de «la urgente necesidad de establecer centros de rehabilitación para hacer frente a la proliferación de pandillas de jóvenes violentos, adictos a las drogas y al alcohol.»

Street Kids 1




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Novō es una nueva organización benéfica que está dedicada a la búsqueda de una visión singular – la visión de crear comunidades transformacionales en las naciones en desarrollo, donde las personas heridas y quebrantadas puedan encontrar sanidad, integridad y esperanza.

El primer paso para el cumplimiento de esta visión es que seremos pioneros con la primer comunidad Novō en Bolivia. Este será un proyecto piloto. Una vez que se haya establecido una comunidad Novō sostenible y replicable, nuestro propósito es ‘entregarla’ usando un enfoque tipo comunidad-franquicia, con el objetivo de verla replicada 30, 60 o incluso 100 veces.

Queremos apoyar a la Iglesia de las naciones en desarrollo y responder a su propio sentido de llamado, proporcionándoles los recursos para su puesta en marcha, el entrenamiento y el apoyo necesario para iniciar y sustentar una comunidad transformadora.


Hay una necesidad urgente por Novō. La adicción es una epidemia mundial y la necesidad de comunidades residenciales, donde la sanación y la restauración tengan lugar, está aumentando año tras año. En todo el mundo en desarrollo, muchas iglesias quieren responder a las necesidades de las personas heridas y quebrantadas; Por tanto, están buscando a aquellos con experiencia y conocimientos para que los apoyen a que su visión se vuelva una realidad.

¿Por qué la adicción es un problema creciente? El mundo en desarrollo está experimentando rápidos cambios sociales (crecimiento demográfico, urbanización, migración, desintegración familiar) y con ello un aumento en los problemas sociales, tales como el abuso sexual, la prostitución y el abandono infantil.

Estos problemas dejan individuos con enormes carencias, en términos de su sentido de seguridad, significado y autoestima – problemas para los que el abuso de sustancias provee una solución temporal, pero al final de cuentas esclavizadora.


Novō News Update – April 2016

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As we began laying the foundations for the first Novō community here in Bolivia we knew that one of our key priorities would be finding a property that the community could call ‘home’. As its turned-out we haven’t ‘found’ such a property, by scouring Santa Cruz for something ‘good enough’. Instead, God has clearly led us to Quinta Totaices, a wonderful home for the hurting and broken people God has called Novō to reach with the good news of Jesus, who said:

«The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
(Luke 4:18-19)

Quinta Totaices is a property of just under an acre close to the edge of the city of Santa Cruz. It’s owned by an amazing ex-pat couple who are very supportive of Novō. We are renting the property with a view to buying as soon as possible.

The property is an ideal home for a transformative community:

We’ve always said the first project needs to be within the city so that our staff can reach it on public transport, our residents can have visits from their families, our programme can be connected with a range of churches, and our income-generating businesses can operate within the bustling economy of the city.

Whilst it’s in the city, Quinta Totaices feels like an oasis. It has lush gardens, office space, meeting rooms, lounges, an ample kitchen, and plenty of rooms for residents and some live-in staff. It even has a swimming pool where, after a day’s hard work in a hot/humid environment, our residents can cool-off and unwind.

To be able to rent with a view to buying is ideal for us. It gives us the chance to ‘try before we buy’ and the ability to focus on training staff, developing our income-generating business, and shaping the culture and programme of the first Novō community before we focus on fundraising for a building.

The beauty, quality, and ‘feel’ of Quinta Totaices will speak to the residents of God’s deep love for them, the value He sees in them, and the hope they have in Him!

Below are some more photos of the Quinta, a property whose dense planting and colonial design make for challenging photography!


At the end of March we were privileged to host our first mission team at Quinta Totaices. The team was made up of students from two schools – Pacific Academy in British Columbia and the Santa Cruz Christian Learning Center, right here in Santa Cruz. The team made an incredible impact, helping us to prepare for the arrival of our staff and first residents in the Autumn.

If you’d like to look at the options for bringing a mission team to Bolivia to support the work of Novō, we’d love to hear from you!


As we move forward we want to do so together with a team of friends and supporters who, together with us, will form Team Novō by:

Just by reading these updates and taking a keen interest in the work here you are encouraging us and making a contribution to the development of Novō. If you tell others about Novō, and get them following too, all the better!

We firmly believe that “unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain” (Psalm 127:1). Whether regularly or occasionally, please pray with us that in and through Novō, God’s Kingdom will come and His will be done!

We need small teams of men and women who can invest practically on the ground here in Santa Cruz.

We are looking for those who will partner with us financially, whether through a one-off gift or a regular monthly donation. All the information you need to do this is below:



Novō is a charity which is dedicated to pursuing a singular vision – the vision of creating transformational communities in developing nations where hurting and broken people can find healing, wholeness and hope.