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The Latest at our Ranch

2011 is off to a running start in our home.  Here's a glimpse of what's been going on:

We rang in the new year by visiting our dear friend in the hospital, Susana, who's husband almost beat her to death with a crow bar.  She had several gashes to her head which required many stitches, was battered and terribly bruised on her chest and back, but thank God no permanent damage was done to her brain. Domestic violence is a huge problem here in Paraguay.  Three years ago at this very time of the year we housed a battered woman who needed a safe place to sleep.  Please pray with us for peace in Paraguayan homes.

We made a trek to Katuete this week to bring supplies to the work site where we will be translating for a work team. Who needs a truck when you've got a white fish (Timmy's nickname for our car).

First Church will build a church in two weeks later in the month!  Here's the "before" shot of the church building.  We'll keep you updated on the progress of construction when the team arrives.
While many of you are bundling up with layers and heavy jackets, we're stripping off our wears to stay cool in this very muggy season.  We got a little pool so our champion can cool off on these long summer days.

So, what's the latest at your ranch?  Hope you have a great week whatever your plans!


  1. Those are some great pictures there. I especially like the white fish. I'm curious if you would ever consider being interviewed about your missions experience for the sake of those who might be interested in missions?


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