Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hot Water

Josiah did not want to get a bath the other day, it was too hot for him. Just out of curiosity I checked to see how hot it was..... it was 103.4 out of the tap. This is cold water right out of the ground. The ground gets so hot durning the day that it heats up the pipes and thus the water. After a hot day there is nothing like a warm shower. :)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Just what the dr. ordered.

Having a hard time getting rid of that cold or virus? We may have the cure. According to a Paraguayan home remedy the cure for a respiratory infection is a mixture of… the fat from a carpincho (capybara) and honey. I have not had the chance to take this home remedy just yet. (IF YOU ARE EATING WHILE READING YOU MAY WANT TO STOP READING AT THIS POINT) I have heard that after eating carpincho, that the smell of the carpincho will seep from your sweat glands!
They are the largest living rodent in the world, weighing in at 140 lbs. Kapiÿva in Guarani means “master of the grasses”. They can eat up to 8lbs of grass a day.
So next time you’re sick, go out and get you a fat carpincho!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New Building

We are moving into the new building! A few weeks ago we began renting a new building near where we have been working. It is in a good location and has space to grow. This past week we have begun the work of building an extra room onto what will be Marcos’ new house. Later we will begin working on the rest of the building, which was formally a warehouse. The landlord will continue to use the front of the building, while we will use the warehouse in the back.

Missed call

Don’t you hate missed calls; or when the call will not go thru because there is no service. The other day a national holiday fell on a Monday, which is the day our small group meets (which is across the street from children’s ministry, Awana). I had forgotten to tell Marcos not to come because the people were not expecting to have the bible study. So I called him before the Bible study to let him know. Well, he did not get the call, and came anyways. I was across the street, when he came, he told me that he had missed my call and asked if there was anything I had needed. I explained to him that the bible study had been canceled. We agreed but at least he could make a social visit to the family.
Because it was a holiday Juana’s son Cesar was home (the bible study is usually at Juana’s house). Cesar and his wife, Eva, had recently moved into Juana’s house. Marcos was able to present the message of salvation to both Cesar and Eva. At the end of their time together, they both accepted Jesus as Savior! Last week they were both at small group last week. Pray that Cesar and Eva will be strong in their new faith. They are excited that the church building will be close to where they live. (Photo: Eva, far left) Pray for Danny(in green), a new believer, that he will understand the meaning of salvation.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Back to the Future

I few months ago I was in traffic with one of the more interesting cars I've seen in Asuncion. I was kicking myself because I did not have my camera with me. As fate had it, we were to reconnect again. I was just pulling out from the airport after dropping my dad off when I saw the “DeLorean”, looking just as good as ever. Yes, the travel-top stays permanently in place. If I could go back into the future, I would like to bring back Mountain Dew with me (it comes to Paraguay in 2035 by the way).

Saturday, September 27, 2008


Forest brought a few things back with him from the States that we can not get here in Paraguay. One of those things being, Poptarts. This morning our 4 year old son Caleb, had his very first poptart! I made only one to make them last. As soon as he saw it his eyes lit up. Then he asked if I had made this for his birthday. His birthday is in May. He said “It even has sprinkles, wow!” We have 11 more poptarts left, let’s see how long we can spread them out.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sound Equipment!

We finally bought sound equipment for the church plant! For some time Marcos (my national co-pastor) and I have been checking prices for equipment here in Asuncion. Trying to stretch the money as much as we could, we set off on a 5 hour trip to Ciudad del Este, a city that borders with Brazil. There, you can find better deals on almost anything. Marcos and I took with another guy that knows a lot about sound systems and sound quality. We left Thursday afternoon and had planned on stopping and getting ice cream at a German dairy market, but we just missed getting in before closing time. (I think it is the best ice cream in the country) We spent the night in Ciudad del Este, at the house of a Chilean missionary that also works with the C&MA.
The next morning we got up early and started shopping, after a few hours we found one shop that had just about everything we needed. It took longer than we expected to get everything to the car; the little store where we bought the equipment had to go get it from their warehouse. We had hoped again to stop and get ice cream at the market that is outside of Ciudad del Este, but we did not make it again. We finally made it back Friday night at 10pm.
In all we purchased two speakers, a monitor, amplifier, mixer, keyboard and stand, and some mic wires. We returned content with what we bought, feeling that it we had purchased as much as we could. We are happy to have a sound system that we can do more public events in the neighborhood. Please pray that with the sound equipment we are able to reach many people.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Fun times in the DMV

PROBLEM: 8 missionaries need driver’s licenses. One DMV would not give them to us because we do not have our permanent residence.

SOLUCION: Go to a different DMV with a contact person to help us out.

9:45 All eight missionaries met at our house for prayer and to travel together.
10:00 Meet our contact person Guido.
10:05 Found out that this DMV would give us our licenses but needed to take a blood test, vision test, hearing test, driving test and a written test.
10: 15 We were all getting blood tests done to see what time of blood we have.
11:00 Went and got our vision test. We couldn’t figure out where to go for the hearing test. We had paid for it but weren’t sure where to go. Later found out that the hearing test is included in the vision test. We had to be able to hear the instructor for the directions. We all passed!
11:30 Driving test began. But soon found out that three of us could not take the test because we were wearing sandals. Forest ran back to the house to get a pair of tennis shoes. We just passed the shoes from person to person. It is illegal to drive in Paraguay with sandals. If we get in an accident, and we are wearing sandals, insurance will not pay for the damages. We all passed the driving test!
12:15 Written test begins. We all have been driving for at least 15 years. We know the road rules. But in Spanish? Different story. It was a pretty difficult test. Every 2 minutes one of us would ask the proctor for help.
1:15 Got the news that 7 out of 8 missionaries FAILED the test! The only one to pass was Bruce Harmon, a missionary who spent 25 years in the Philippines!

THE FOLLOWING DAY we all returned to retake the test. However, this time we came in prepared and all studied up. WE ALL PASSED! At the end of the day, we all had our Paraguayan licenses in hand and ready to hit the road (in toe covered shoes that is)

Saturday, August 16, 2008

New President takes office

Fernando Lugo, ex-bishop of the catholic church took office yesterday, bringing an end to 61 years of rule by the Colorado party. He enters into office to govern a country with many needs, needs that he has promised to fix. He is seen as a “man of the people”, humble, kind and more honest than most. On a fashion note, Lugo will not be wearing suits or dress shoes, but rather the classic hand woven Paraguayan shirt and leather sandals. Pray that Lugo would yield to God's will and serve Paraguay well.
What he's up against.
-31% (2.1 million people) live in poverty.
-family violence rose by 50% this past year.
-27 agents in the law enforcement were fired for corruption.
-10 children die each day, 7 of those 10 of causes avoidable.
-4% of children born each year don’t complete one year
of life.
-5% of children suffer from extreme malnutrition.
-2 out of 10 students make it into high school (3 of 10 reach
middle school)
-53% of elementary schools don’t have libraries.
News link

Friday, July 25, 2008

How much would you pay to get out of a ticket? $10, $20, 20 liters of milk?

Last Tuesday, down the street from our CM&A church in San Lorenzo, a traffic cop stopped a young man, who was getting onto his motorcycle, and asked him to show his registration. The young man did not have his papers, so the cop asked him for a bribe in order to get out of the ticket. Usually a person can get out of a ticket here in Paraguay for $12, and usually the cop would rather take a bribe rather than write a ticket. In this case, the young man had only 10,000 guaranies ($2.50) on him to pay. The cop told him that this was too little, so the young man told him that he worked at a milk packaging plant, and that he could “pay” the bribe in milk. So the next day the young man returned with the predetermined amount of milk, 20 liters, and the cop returned the young man’s ID. But unbeknownst to the cop the man had brought the local TV station’s cameraman to film everything. Busted. A little while later, the cop with his 20 liters of milk scurried onto a public bus’ rear entrance to take advantage of a free ride.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Caleb and Josiah

Here are a few pictures of our boys. Caleb is 4 and Josiah is 17 months. Caleb is on winter break and will be back in school in on Monday. Josiah is liking having his brother home to play with.
Cheering for Paraguay. Paraguay! Paraguay! Paraguay!

Josiah and Mr. Ronald McDonald.

Caleb's 4th Birthday Party

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Team Paraguay

Here is a picture of all the Alliance pastors, missionaries and church workers in Paraguay. We represent Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, USA, Bolivia, and even Trinidad. Praise the Lord for such a great team. Continue to pray for these leaders.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Vacation Bible School

We just finished up a five day VBS with our Awana kids. Here in Paraguay, the kids are on their winter break for two weeks. What a perfect time for VBS? The program lasted from Tuesday to Saturday. The kids just loved it. But I'm not sure what part they liked the best. Was it all the games, face painting, crafts, story time, snack or the picture of themselves that they were able to take home? But for me, the best part was when we would arrive an hour early to set up and already there were kids waiting to get in. But one particular day, as we turned the corner, we were met by an 8 year old girl. She was so excited to tell us her memory verse. As we drove down the street with our windows rolled down, she recited her memory verse right along side us. It probably wasn't the safest thing to do but it was so exciting to see this girl so excited about memorizing her verse that she couldn't contain it. Here are several pictures of our VBS.