June 6, 2012
Country Mice in the City
Back in February, I told you about our vision trips to various towns all over the eastern end of Paraguay (refresh yourself here if you've forgotten that post or missed it the first time around....) We knew God was calling us back into the thick of things, but couldn't quite figure out where. And then when we thought we were pretty sure about the place and were ready to pack up and go for it, the car took its long vacation in the repair shop for a couple of months. Hmmmm, maybe God wasn't quite ready for us to go.
I don't pretend to understand God's mind, but we kept praying in case we were rushing things or not hearing clearly which town we thought He was sending us to. But when the car finally came back home, we still felt that Encarnacion was the "place we oughta be" so we loaded up the bug and we drove to .... Okay, "Beverly" really fits better, but we just drove southeast until we hit the river that borders Paraguay and Argentina.
Because realty agencies and classified ads aren't really common here, going in person was our best chance to find a home to rent. We drove up and down every street in Encarnacion, her surrounding neighborhoods, and even the roads leading out of town. Encarnacion is a city undergoing a lot of changes this past year, as the lower areas were flooded on purpose to make the city into a sort of island. Now the only way to reach it is by crossing one of several bridges now linking it to the rest of the world. There's construction on every side, with road crews and red dust and dump trucks full of rocks. Building being torn down, buildings being built. And not many houses to rent.
|Looking at Posadas (Argentina) from the Paraguayan side of the Parana River|
But I kept hearing all those little cliches we learn in Sunday School: That God will not call us to something He can't equip us for. That He's more interested in AVAILABLE than ABLE. That He wants to take us beyond our own abilities to show His strength in our times of weakness. Okay, Lord, I'm available.
So we attended a few church services, hung out with a spectacular youth group, met with a few pastors, shared our vision a few thousand times, and found a little house near the downtown area which will stretch us in a whole lot of ways but could really prove to be strategically located. We're still waiting on confirmation on the rental, but if all goes as planned, we may be looking at living there by this time next month.
As always, we appreciate your prayers. Prayers that we can tie up loose ends on this side of the country enough to move on, that God goes ahead of us and prepares the way, that we can figure out the best way to move our stuff, and that our girls will do well in yet another time of transition.