I want to thank you
for hanging out with us this past month. Every day was different. Sometimes I
wish I had more of a routine. But in my missionary role, routine is not something I experience very often. Here are a few September highlights.
to Asuncion, to get some paperwork done. The trip to Asuncion generally
takes six hours on a two lane road, with crazy traffic. We avoid these trips as much as possible.
I was part
of a Baptism ceremony in the Parana River. 28 people made a public commitment.
The Parana Rive is the second one in size after the Amazon River.
I had a
chance to continue my bible teaching at our local church on Tuesday evenings. I
fill in various classes and find teaching very rewarding. We
celebrated Anahi’s 6th birthday with our immediate family. Anahi is finishing
her preschool and will start first great next year
celebrated Dominick’s 4th month. He also got his shots last week. Dominick has
occupied the center of attention. He has been a great joy for …
As I started my day, within
a few hours, I had a list of things to do. By 10 am I had enough items to keep
me busy for a week. After several hours in the office, I was able to send audio
messages and video conference with people on both side of the Equator. I sent
letters out to several people in just a few seconds. I posted on FB, and I
googled some maps while listening to a webinar.
Did my grandparents or
even my parents have these technologies? The answer is no. David and Lilian
Meier left on a steam ship the port of New Orleans in December of 1935 towards South
America. All the field knowledge they had was a letter from a German missionary
who wrote to America saying. Will someone come to Brazil?
That was the beginning.
Their first trip lasted a decade serving in several places in South America.
There where no phone calls, no daily FB updates and no cool Instagram pictures.
Few words on a telegram, or when letters were written they delivered weeks
later were the ways of communica…
Book fair – Freedom of expression Its was the beginning of
the 12th , annual book fair. This event is organized by a local university
as one of its arms into the community. Publishers, book sellers and authors come
to present their books. Until Sunday Sept 11th, kids, professors from
different schools will come and visit plaza de armas (city square of weapons) in
downtown Encarnacion to learn and interact. In parallel with the book fair, workshops
are going on all day, dealing with topics as wide as social media, religion,
politics, team work, biographies, and history.
Just to refresh our
memory, until 1989 Paraguay had only two universities in the country. The
country was governed by a dictator for 35 years. Freedom of expression could
cost exile, jail or even death. That’s only about 30 years ago. Today there are
54 universities, but still only about 4% attending university. People are
gaining their voice without fear of repression after two hundred years. You can
imagine how these …