August 1, 2010
Day of Friendship
This past Friday was the official holiday, Day of Friendship, but it was celebrated all weekend long. It's very similar to our Valentine's Day, in that folks exchange little gifts or cards, and tell everyone they meet "Congratulations!"
You know all those forwards that arrive in your email box, that say things like, "Love is not a noun, it is a verb. Love is like rain in the desert. Love is like sun in the winter. Love is like mouthwash after garlic bread. Pass this to a million people you know." You get the picture. Well, the cell phone was buzzing all day with those little text messages about the true meaning of a friend. It's kinda neat.
We also received a bag full of oranges, some souvenirs sorts of things, and a few what-nots. Oh, and candy and chocolates! WOO HOO! Since our Friday night youth club fell just right on this holiday, we shared lollipops with everyone and had a little talk about the Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Thank you for the prayers concerning the new concerts on Friday nights. This outreach method is already showing fruit, and the youth are very excited about taking an active part in reaching out to their friends. Wanna have some fun? Pretend like you're here and send a text to your buddies today, too. Tell them to have a happy Paraguayan Friendship Day.... ;) Let me know if you take the challenge!