Saturday, December 20, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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
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.
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
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
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
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!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
-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
-5% of children suffer from extreme malnutrition.
-2 out of 10 students make it into high school (3 of 10 reach
-53% of elementary schools don’t have libraries.