Yeah, it's Christmastime! Our 2011 Christmas letter is below. May you enjoy this Christmas season and have a blessed New Year. We will be taking some time off from blogging this year end, so we'll see you in 2012!!
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…
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…