January 21, 2009

What a Week!

If I'm doing this right, you're reading this on Wednesday. It's actually Monday night, but I'm scheduling this post because we're travelling to the youth camp I mentioned previously. Here's the plan...

Tuesday, January 20: 2 hour drive in car to capital city of Asuncion, to catch bus at 6 PM; 18 hours on a two-story bus (I'm hoping for a 2nd story seat with a VIEW!) I've filled my MP3-player with a couple movies, a lot of praise songs in Spanish (so I'm not in the dark at this camp!), and some audiobooks, but I usually end up meeting people in nearby seats and talking the whole trip anyway.

Wednesday: We arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina around noon. Get settled at camp and help prepare for arrival of campers.

Thursday: Camp starts at 7 PM

** Let me take this moment to point out some differences in culture. About the time my family is eating dinner, our neighbors are having a light snack, such as a piece of bread or a cup of coffee. They eat dinner around the time normal folks like us are going to bed. Don't ask me how you fall asleep on a full stomach, but that's how they roll. At camp this past weekend in Paraguay, the evening meal happened AFTER the nightly service. I don't need to tell you that services in South America tend to run a bit later than their northern neighbors' do. I may be packing some snack crackers for this trip!

Friday: The day begins at 7 AM, with classes all morning and lunch at 1 PM. I can handle that. Then the afternoon has a little free time, more classes/workshops, and at 7 PM, a little snack. We then have a devotion, dinner (scheduled for 10 PM), and the service. Yep, that's what I said. Service starts--STARTS!!--at 11 PM. It will include the praise and worship (you know that means more than a couple songs here) and THEN the preaching, followed by talent time from the local church groups. Our pal Dan is bringing the late-night message, and I'm sure he'd appreciate the prayers for strength. He's not as young as he used to be!! ;)
(PS- This is Camille's 12th birthday... another post for another day!)

Saturday: Pretty much the same as Friday, except service is scheduled to start tonight at 11:30 PM. So much for sleeping!!

Sunday: A full morning and departure at 2 PM. We'll stay around and help shut camp down, clean up, whatever.

Monday: Get back on that bus for the 18-hr trip back to Asuncion and 2-hr trip back to Carapegua. I'm guessing this trip will include a LOT of snoozing.


  1. Have a good trip and enjoy your week/weekend! Looking forward to hearing all about it!

  2. WOW is all I can say. You guys will be in my thoughts and prayers.....I will be praying for Gode to move in lives and give you an abundance of strength and perfect nights rest. I hate you'll miss Camille's birthday. I'm sure they will have a big party with all the kids at the home. Luv to all!

  3. Have a great time! Can't wait to see pictures; there's nothing better than being at camp.

  4. Sounds like fun times!

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