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A day like today five years ago, P 2

On April 17th, 2012 everything seemed find as a typical day in my life was passing. On April 18th, 2012 everything changed within a few seconds on our way to Asuncion

We had been traveling for a little less than hour on what would have been a six hour trip to Asuncion, our capital city, when at 5 am, we hit a parked truck with no signs, lights or reflectors, sitting on the highway. I will not go into details here. But that moment changed my life around and the way I see things today.


I have replayed the images of that day over and over until I thought I will go crazy. My head was hurting constantly. I had wished over and over to never gotten into that vehicle that day and instead stayed home. But I cannot go back, even if I want to.

The weeks after April 18th turned into my valley of shadow and death. I struggled with my faith, with guilt, purpose and the meaning of life. If it wasn't for my loving family, my church and Gods love to me, I am not sure where I would be today.

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A day like today, five years ago

April 17, 2012 was another normal busy ministry day, just like today. I spend half of that day with a group of pastors and leaders. In the afternoon, I went to pick up some documents for Anahi, in the city of Encarnacion, about an hour from our home.

We were working on a side walk for our house, so at about 4 pm I took Timothy and Anahi with me to get some supplies before our trip the next day.

That evening Julie made pizza. I played with Timothy for about an hour with the new toy we had both created. I kissed my boy good night, and prepared some stuff for the trip we were going to make next morning very early towards Asuncion.



Life was good, we were in the midst of great projects with the church, we were also serving at the radio station and managing the new bible training bi vocational center we had created the year before.


Neither one of us had the fog-est idea that this would be our last day together as a family of four, our last dinner, our last time to say goodnight and to look …

Back in Paraguay - After our US trip

As we were preparing for this trip in 2016, I realized that this was going to be a different one. Why? Because Nancy, Mark and Nicole have never been to the states.  Traveling with a bigger family and overcoming the barriers most non-Americans going to America face, can be quiet a challenge.


As I look back, this trip allowed our family to come together in a new way, since we needed each other and needed to learn to cope with the language barriers as well as cultural differences. We learned a lot about each other. 
Getting Mark, Nicole and Anahi into a great Christian School made all the difference. Their circle of friends increased overnight and their comprehension of English improved dramatically. 
One of the highlights was snow skying with the kids. It was the first time for Mark and Nicole to see snow. They loved it. Our friends at St. Joseph took us out for a wonderful day on the hills covered with snow. 

For Nancy it was a learning experience as we met with family and friends. Th…

Horses and Soccer

Nicole loves horses. Ever since I came into her life she asked me to get a horse or to take her to a place where she can ride. One of our friends at South Meridian Church of God, offered Nicole to come out to his horse barn and work for an hour in exchange of riding for an hour. Ever since that day, a few weeks ago, Nicole has been working and riding horses in the afternoons. God answered her prayer beyond her wildest dreams.


Mark on the other hand, was eager to get out of our apartment and play soccer. Again, a friend of Anderson University invited me and Mark to come out and play twice a week. So, Mark gets to play and have some guy time with people his age. I cant quite keep up with them, but I love to see Mark making friends, learning English and experiencing the culture of soccer in the US.



My kids are learning English, We have been in Anderson about a month. We will be here another month. I am excited about Mark and Nicole's time in the US. It has been a growing and culturra…

Back in Anderson

We arrived in Anderson after a thousand mile road trip with the family. We left Orlando after last weeks  Sunday morning service. In Orlando, we had a chance to connect with many friends. A highlight of the trip was the MVI (Missionary Ventures) conference. The theme of the conference was Renewal. Representatives from various countries made the conference a very international experience. Check out www.mvi.org

For the next month we will be connecting with friends and family in the Midwest. Anderson has a special place in my life. My grandparents David and Lilian Meier went to Anderson College and felt their call into missions here. My mother, and some other relatives studied here and have gone into the world to do great missionary work.


As we look ahead in the coming weeks, the kids are longing for some snow; this will be the first time Mark, Nicole, Nancy and Anahi see snow. We arrived with temperatures in the 50 s. We are told this is very warm for this time of the year.  As a family…

Our journey begins in Orlando

Traveling
We are on the road. Nicole and Mark took their first flight, and we are now settled in Orlando for a few weeks before driving up to Anderson, Indiana, in January.


We have been planning for this trip almost all year, and it is finally here. Learning English and connecting with family and friends are two of the priorities during these months of traveling.

The kids passed all of their classes and are excited for their break. They have been saving their money over the past few months. Nicole would like to buy a drone, and Mark wants a new cell phone.
This week I introduced Nicole and Anahi to the Dollar Tree store. They each got something and are now planning their next visit. Both lamented the fact that we cannot have a store like this in Paraguay.
I am setting up a closed FB group to keep everyone posted with more details as to our whereabouts during our trip.

September highlights. A month in Paraguay

I want to thank you for hanging out with us this past month. Every day was different. Sometimes I wish I had more of a routine. But in my missionary role, routine is not something I experience very often. Here are a few September highlights.

We traveled to Asuncion, to get some paperwork done. The trip to Asuncion generally takes six hours on a two lane road, with crazy traffic. We avoid these trips as much as possible. 

I was part of a Baptism ceremony in the Parana River. 28 people made a public commitment. The Parana Rive is the second one in size after the Amazon River.



I had a chance to continue my bible teaching at our local church on Tuesday evenings. I fill in various classes and find teaching very rewarding.
We celebrated Anahi’s 6th birthday with our immediate family. Anahi is finishing her preschool and will start first great next year


We celebrated Dominick’s 4th month. He also got his shots last week. Dominick has occupied the center of attention. He has been a great joy for …