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Paraguay Celebrates Old and New Leaders

The group, "Huellas" or fingerprints, and "One To One" came from Argentina to give a great concert to kick off the festivities on Saturday. They packed out the house with youth and a few young-at-heart.
Pastor Marcos Kurrle gave the message and challenged the youth to be spiritual champions. He used examples from the Olympics of gold metal winners that persisted to finally achieve their goal.

The presence of the Holy Spirit was manifest through worship, adoration and the messages. There were several diverse musical groups, including the brass ensemble from Alem, Argentina, a quartet from Encarnacion, Huellas band, the Kurrle family and a choir consisting of all the pastors in Paraguay.

We were humbled to be ordained by the Church of God in Paraguay. The leaders of Paraguay and Argentina came to lay hands on us and the others being commissioned to Christian service. They gave each of us a special verse and prayed for us. All the servants have been active in mini…

Big Weekend Ahead

This weekend is gonna be great! We're having a huge youth concert on Saturday night with two bands from Argentina (Huellas and One to One). On Sunday we're celebrating the ordination of 14 pastors and in the afternoon Norberto's parents, Martin and Tabita Kurrle, will be officially retiring after 33 years of service as pastors/missionaries in Paraguay. We're preparing "full-time" as they say here. Stay tuned for pictures and more!

South Meridian Blesses Paraguay

It has been a very busy last few weeks in Ciudad del Este. We have been working in the heat and in the freezing cold to finish the classrooms.

The women in the group are extremely hard workers!

After raising up the brick walls, the group worked on making and filling the forms for the second floor!

On the last day, the group presented Pastor Roa and his family a huge basket of gifts for each person in the family. The most touching was seeing Theresa open up a toaster oven, something she'd been dreaming of owning for years!

What a beautiful group! Thank you South Meridian for your love, for your energy, your sacrifice and your example. We can't thank you enough for all that you've done for Paraguay. We'll keep praying for each other and believe that our partnership will continue to grow!

Paraguayan Procrastination

Remember Michely?...the lady I had the baby shower for last week, Well, her water broke this morning and she called me at 7:00 to take her to the med center to have the baby (they only charge $25 for a delivery). We arrived there after a 20 minute drive and they didn’t accept her! They told her she was high risk because she wasn’t dilated yet and they sent her away!

I began to pray and ask God to give us wisdom on what to do. We went to a private clinic and the couple talked to the doctor while i waited in the car. He wasn’t going to accept her because she hadn’t done her prenatal treatment there. When I walked in and talked to him, (he is a personal friend of ours) he softened his tone and told me he’d accept her because of our relationship. Thank God for networking! However, the cost there is a two month’s wages for the couple ($500) becuase she didn't consult there prior. When I called the church to see if they could help pay for some of the expenses, they didn’t even ha…

South Meridian Builds in Ciudad del Este

This is the "before" picture of the church classrooms that will be built in the next two weeks. There are 6 classrooms and a bathroom.
We are grateful to have some plumbers on the trip. Here they are digging the pipes for the bathroom, with help from the kids.

The group is doing different kinds of odd jobs to help the church. Here some women are weeding the flower beds.

We visited the Saltos de Monday (the Monday Falls) on our day off yesterday, as well as Itaipu, the world's largest hydroelectric power plant and the zoo. It was a fun and relaxing time.

The South Meridian team shared some testimonies, a few songs and presentations in the church service last night.

It was a beautiful time of worship and building friendships.