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Working for the Wee Ones and a Typical Paraguayan Dish

Saturday was a special work day at church. Believe it or not, I was in charge of the food (along with some great helpers).    

You may be wondering what in the world I'm cooking in.  It is a specially created cooking dish, made from an old disk from a tractor disk harrow (see picture).
Paraguayans are amazingly resourceful.  We use our special pan to make all kinds of wonderful dishes.  Here I am making a typical Paraguayan dish called Guiso.  It's like a vegetable stew with rice or noodles.  It is a family favorite.  Traditionally, it is accompanied with mandioca (yucca plant) pictured below or bread.

The purpose of the work day was to build a children's playground.  In our entire city, there is not one playground with safe toys!  Most parks have broken swings and rusted slides that can cut children.  Norberto is spear-heading the project (he has an engineer's mind) and has been visiting several carpenters to ask for donated wood and materials. 

Here the men are hard at work implementing the design, which will include swings, a slide, monkey bars, a play house and a climbing tower (forever an adventurer).

While some were constructing, others were welding and painting old, donated swingsets

Here's how the guys did after the first day in 100 degree heat! Not too shabby! The project will continue again this Saturday, so stay tuned for pictures!


  1. Very cool! I love how a project can bring everyone together, working and cooking! Awesome!


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