Saturday, March 28, 2009

A Glimpse of the City

Here are a few pictures from Andrea's trip to Paraguay. These give just a small glimpse into what the city of Asuncion looks like.
(You can click on any of the pictures to see a larger version of it)
A view of a quiet street in Asuncion from an upstairs apartment.

The residential roads are made from these "pavement" of rocks pictured here. Pretty to look at, but rough on the ride!

This last picture was taken at a new park created in the city. It's a "health" park for jogging and biking. The city officials are making attempts to attract more tourist to Paraguay. One way is by cleaning up the city with places like these. (Reminds me of some of the parks in Florida)

Check back often. More photos coming soon!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Picturesque Paraguay

OK. Maybe not everyone thinks Paraguay is picturesque. But, just as some think a desert is "pretty" while others abhor the thought, or others who prefer flat land over mountainous regions because of their unique inherit beauty, so shall one find something picturesque within his own eyes.

That very thing happened to Andrea on her recent visit to our "soon to be" resident destination.
On her first visit to the country, she was more overwhelmed with the aspect of being in a foreign country for the first time, and the difficulties of communicating in a foreign language, than taking time absorbing the flora, fauna, and cityscape around her.
This time she saw it. Some of those unique little features of a unique little country.
In the next few days, I will post several of her photographs along with a few of my own to try and illustrate a little of what is to be seen in Paraguay.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Exciting Day in Paraguay!

Today is an exciting day in Asuncion, Paraguay!

The Capiata Iglesio de Cristo (pictured on top) and the Sacremento Street Igesia de Cristo (bottom picture) are merging into one congregation today.

Although it doesn't sound promising when we lose a congregation within His kingdom, this may be one of those rare times when much good comes from it. Capiata is a smaller congregation on the outskirts of Asuncion made up of about 30 members. Many of them have been mature, faithful Christian for many years. In fact many of them drive out to Capiata to worship there. Sacramento is made up of about 60-70 members, many of whom are converted within the last five years. This merger will provide an opportunity for some of the older, more mature Christians to teach, guide, and influence several young, growing Christians. What a wonderful opportunity! Also, the two congregations will now be able to pool their resources, which will allow them to concentrate their evangelistic efforts.

It is our prayer and hope that elders will soon be appointed within the congregation and that evangelistic training will flourish within this growing church. Please pray for our brethren in Asuncion and these efforts.

In addition, Andrea and Cara are there on a survey trip and will get to witness this historic event in the history of the church in Paraguay. It is indeed an exciting day in Paraguay.