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4th CMA Paraguay National Rally

8:30 AM. We leave the capital city of Asuncion. Several trucks and a dozen or so motorcycles line up to travel for six hours into the great Chaco, also known and coined by the early settlers as the green hell. Water is scarce and the soil is not good for crop production.  3:00 PM. We arrive in Flor del Chaco is a nice and comfortable campground outside the town of Filadelfia. The place sits on 400 acres of real Chaco forest. Flor del Chaco is a  Mennonite retreat place - really perfect retreat place. No phone connection, no WIFI, no noise. The stars at night are breathtaking. Rodadores Redimidos - the local chapter welcomed us with cheers. Last year the event was cancelled due to covid. This year, they went ahead in spite of experiencing the worst yet during the pandemic. We had a blast and it gave us a reason to travel and join forces as CMA Paraguay. I traveled with my two oldest kids, Marcos and Nicole. So it turned into a family trip as well. It was our first trip into the great Ch
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Covid Records

A year ago, when Paraguay shut its borders and we all hibernated, the virus did not spread. A year later, and without a good system to administer the vaccine, between 80 -120 people are losing their lives every day While some nations are gradually back to the normal, Paraguay finds itself in the worst period of the pandemic. Vaccines arrive in limited bundles, a little corruption here and there, and millions are waiting their shot.  Please keep Paraguay in your prayers. We thank God for his protection and rapid recovery when several family members tested positive in February. We are back and going full force. But many cannot tell the same story.  Paraguay has administered at least 240,584 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have vaccinated about 1.7% of the country’s population. (https://graphics.reuters.com) As I think of the situation, I realize again how fragile we are and become in times like these. May the peace of God that transce

Anahi and Dominick are back in school - not just virtual

Last year was hard. South of the Ecuador, school run from February to November. Covid restrictions began in March; basically 2020 school calendar year was done from home. This year, back in school, our kids attend have adopted a hybrid mode. They alternate between going to school and staying home on their computer.  Both kids were desperate and ready to start going to school this past month. Dominick is learning to sit still and Anahi is back at her element - socializing - As 2021 picks up speed we are excited about the possibilities of life returning to some degree of normalcy - although vaccines are slow to arrive in Paraguay. Anahi has grown up a lot this year. She is now part of the 9-11 pre-teen group at our church. I enjoy to see her grow and succeed. God has a plan for her to prosper and give her a wonderful life.  Dominick is in pre-school. We don t know yet about Dominick and his music abilities. His voice is incredibly strong, maybe he will become a powerful tenor and worship

My journey with Covid 19 and grief

Picking up the Covid 19 bug does not seem like an unusual experience these days. I tested Covid positive last month. Exactly about one year after the first cases in China appeared and then gradually cascaded around the world.  When I tested positive, I did not know what to expect. Stories of horror abound. I braced for the worst but hoped for the best. As soon as I had the symptoms I retreated into my office and spent ten days in exile. I mean, I still had access to my family from a safe distance. I was given a plate of food three times a day. I drank from my own cup and slept on a mat on the office floor. I was trying to heed my doctors instructions to isolate and protect the rest of the family.  My son also picked up the virus. He was not too upset, since it gave him an excuse to sleep late, binge watch his shows on his TV and relax.  Between days 5-8 I got a little scared. I had some pressure on my chest, and needed to stay still for several hours not to put too much pressure on bre

Marcos turns 21

This past March 14th Marcos turned 21. He has grown into a young man. We celebrated with cake at home. We sang happy birthday in spanish, english and german and half the song in guarani. Marcos is usually more quiet and reserved, not one that likes to be noise or loud. He lost his dad when he was 11 years old. His dad was a heroe whom Marcos admired. His father with whom he had learned to drive the tractor and play ball was suddenly gone - thats ten years ago. His life changed in one afternoon when his father Esteban lost his life in a work accident. Four years later, I came into the picture and for some reason, God wanted me in Marcos story and my story to be affected by Marcos. I know healing takes differently in each one of us. Our boy has come a long way. Turning 21 is a major stepping stone into the adult world.  We all are always looking up to heroes and people that inspire us. In a small way, I want to be Marcos hero. And we will continue celebrating and finding new markers alon

Day of Heroes - March 1st

The Paraguayans annually celebrate National Heroes' Day on March 1. This holiday commemorates the end of the Paraguayan War. It also honors Francisco Solano L√≥pez, Paraguayan leader, and other men, who died defending their country. This was a cruel war with consequences that still seem to linger and have the ghostly effect on the country The war began in 1864 and involved two parties: Paraguay and the Triple Alliance of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. The war ended on March 1, 1870 with the utter defeat of Paraguay. As the outcome Paraguay lost almost half of its land, most of its population and its industry. The country became the poorest one in Latin America and it still can not overcome the effects of the war. I have been watching a documentary of WW2, where Stalin, Hitler go back and forth creating alliances and then backstabbing each other with terrible consequences. Every war has birthed great heroes, men and women who rose to the occasion.  We owe our freedoms to those that h

Three CMA bikes given away

It is better to give than to receive. That became true again this week, when we prayed and sent three families home with their bran new Honda motorcycle.  Every year since 2004 we have been giving motorcycles away to Christian leaders involved in teaching, preaching, and working in all related Christian ministries.  These gifts are made possible thanks to CMA USA and Missionary Ventures International. Seeing people who never owned a motorcycle finally have their own wheels to do what they have been called to do is priceless.  These three families love the Lord, and are serving with their gifts of music, leadership, speaking, teaching and the love of God with a new generation of Paraguayns