There is a small, rural town in the tropical lowlands of eastern Bolivia that is a surprising home and crossroads for diverse cultures. Pioneering Japanese immigrants were the first to tame the landscape into productive agricultural land and name the community after their native Okinawa Island. Bolivians indigenous to the region followed, many working for the Japanese farmers. European Mennonites established communities nearby. Bolivians from Cochabamba and other areas of the mountains came. A community of Salesian nuns established a school to serve the booming population of children. And for nearly two decades, a community of ever-rotating Salesian Lay Missioners – long-term volunteers from the United States – has resided in Okinawa.