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Top Posts of 2010

Welcome to 2011!!!  

In case you missed out, here are the top five most read posts in descending order on Passion for Paraguay during 2010.  


5. Terere-More than Just a Drink-  Here we talk about the importance of the cold version of mate tea as an essential cultural element. 

4.  How to Use a Washboard Sink-  This is a how-to video I made for a children's Bible school program.  I never thought it would become so popular!  This is one of those many things I'd never thought I'd do on the mission field! 

3.My God Delivered Me-  This tells the story of the assault that occurred at our house on October 23.  I've been able to share with countless people about God's faithfulness in protecting me and our son during a very scary attack.  Since then, we've put bars on our windows and heightened security, thanks to help from our friends.

2.  Christmas in Paraguay-  These are a  few of the traditions that Paraguayans hold dear during the holiday season including a few of our own.

1.  Daily life in Paraguay-  This is a video of us cutting down a bunch of bananas in our yard.  Honestly, I think the title of the post is what got so many clicks, but it's another one of those "Things you never thought you'd do" areas of normal life here. 

Thanks so much for tracking with us this past year.  We had 4,930 unique visitors to our website and we are very thankful for your interest in Paraguay and what the Lord is allowing us to do here.  We're looking forward to reporting more this coming year on how God is at work in the heart of South America...so please stick around!!

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