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Paraguay's Cement Crisis

Paraguay is facing its severest cement crisis in history.  This comes at the worst time possible for us.  We are on the brink of building a church with a work camp and the prices of cement have more than doubled.  Cement is extremely difficult to come by and we will need more than 500 bags.

Lugo, the president of the Republic, blames the shortage on distributors.  Of course, he'll defend the nationally held cement company (INC).  The real problem is that INC is only producing 56,000-60,000 bags a day and the nation's demand requires 90,000.  This shortage drives the price of cement sky high.  We bought cement for $4.00 a bag just three years ago.  Now, we're paying between $14-18 a bag.  Since the soy crops are doing very well, more people will be constructing in the next year and the demand will continue increasing. 

The church building needs to go up between January 24- February 9. Local leadership is waiting and praying that the price will go down in the next few days. We would like to invite you to pray with us and/or help buy a bag of cement for the Katuete church building project.

One, Two or three bags of cement will be a big help for the church in Katuete. Click here (and preference for PARAGUAY PROJECTS) to help purchase a bag of cement for the church.

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