Yesterday was Norberto's sister's wedding! It was a huge celebration for our entire family.
The radiant bride!
We had guests from all over Paraguay, Argentina and the United States celebrate with us. We thank God for such a wonderful day and for the formation of this committed couple. Norberto had the honor of preaching the message, "Contagious Commitment." He shared how Priscila and Enrique are a unique example of purity and seeking God early on in their lives. We are so proud of them and we wish God's blessings upon them as they begin their lives together.
If you're wondering what Paraguayans do at Christmastime, they have some great traditions, including the "noche buena" meal on Christmas Eve at midnight. They eat lots chipa guasu (a type of corn casserole, stay tuned for a recipe), asado or grilled meat (some eat it cold), salads, especially fruit salad, watermelon and drink mucho terere.
Families travel from all over the country, many even return from working in other countries like Brazil, Argentina, and Spain, to celebrate with loved ones. This is us at last year's Kurrle celebration in Asuncion. Festivities are anything but a silent night with fireworks, loud music and drinking cidra (hard cider).
Most Paraguayans do not decorate Christmas trees (we decorate ours in shorts!) or emphasize Santa Claus. Instead, they put beautiful nativities "pesebres" in their yards and in store fronts. Kind of novel to focus on Christ at Christmas, isn't it!
To beat the heat, many Paraguayans go to a river to rel…
In Part 1, I shared
how my first move to Paraguay was at age 5. At that time I was a minor, following
my parents around. But my second move to Paraguay was at age 25 when after
college, I—or better said, we—decided to move back to Paraguay. This time, the
Genesis was a letter inviting us to help pioneer a new radio station there.
At the time I had just
gotten married to my college sweetheart Julie. We were both enrolled in
seminary, enjoying just being married and going to school. Among our hobbies at
the time was traveling the U.S. and to any country that we had the funds to go
to. During those days, we began running seriously and trained for our first marathons
and adventure race. Our first marathon was the Flying Pig marathon in Cincinnati,
Ohio. Julie and I finished together in what I thought was a pretty good time of
4 hours, 12 minutes.
One day, a letter in
our mailbox got us thinking about plans beyond graduation. The letter was from
Walter Franz, inviting us to help establis…
On Valentine’s Day, we had the joy of attending the wedding of Sandra and Anastacio, young leaders in the church. Sandra is my assistant with Children of Promise and Anastacio, apart from his carpentry job, has a popular youth-focused radio program every night at 8:00 on our station.
We’ve been to quite a few weddings, and these are some of the uniquenesses of southern Paraguayan wedding celebrations from our North American culture:
1. Nothing is fancy. Emphasis is placed on the act of marriage and not on the decorations or food. 2. It is not an expectation that parents help pay for expenses. Most families just make it each month with regular expenses and cannot afford to pay for eleborate feasts. Most couples have to spend months saving for their own wedding. 3. Borrow as much as possible. Many times wedding dresses are borrowed 5-10 times, because few women can afford their own. Flowers, decorations, shoes and ties (Norb loans out his ties often...since he never wears them!) are …