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.