October 16, 2012

Highlights from the Last Few Days

Some snippets of life on our end:

I was sharing about the last section of the 6th chapter of Matthew at the juvenile prison.  You know the spot that explains how well God takes care of the wildflowers, those weeds that bloom and get picked just to be thrown in the fire pile.  And if He'll take such good care of those, how much better will He care for us, His children?  In the middle of that, I was explaining with all the words I could come up with, the difference between a wildflower and a cultivated rosebush, to make the point that these flowers are "the least of the least" but God makes them beautiful and takes care of their needs.  In the middle of my lengthy discourse, one of the guys jumped up and ran to the fence, where he picked a few tiny wildflowers to help me illustrate.  He handed them to me with a bow, and I accepted them like a lady, declaring him a gentleman.  We got a lot of giggles and our knightly flower-picker blushed through his smile.


  

Ken and I walked down to the almacen (tiny country store with a few groceries) at the end of the block about midnight one night, and a couple of men were standing outside.  They greeted us and offered us a seat, so we stuck around to chat a bit.  These were a couple of 40-something fellas, one of which had spent about 10 years working in the northeastern US, so he wanted to swap stories.

It's always interesting to hear how people who've lived outside of Paraguay feel about other countries, and the things they notice about their own when they return.  A couple of nights later, one of them showed up on our front porch for terere, and then took us on a walking tour of the neighborhood.  We learned a lot of history and some interesting current events, and then ended at the other guy's house, where he'd prepared us sandwiches and homemade pizza.  

Friday night, we invited a few kids from the girls' youth cell group, for pizza and hanging out.  We planned to watch a movie, but skip-bo took over and everyone was having so much fun talking, no one wanted to watch it after all.  It's amazing what things you learn when you put food on the table and just listen.  :)


The next day, one of the mothers from the group came by with this plate of homemade goodies, to thank us for spending time with her son.  I do love how these folks always want to share!  (**Note: By the time I took the photo, some of the yummies had gone "missing".)

Saturday night, we dropped our girls and a couple extras off at youth service and went to the beach, where about a trillion people were hanging out.  We sat with the skater kids and shared a Coke, and learned that they are passing around a signature sheet to ask the city to build a skate park.  They'd filled it already, so they asked us to return tomorrow and sign the fresh one they're going to print.

We picked up the girls and went with a group of teens to eat dinner.  It always amazes me that folks are out STARTING dinner (entering the restaurant or cranking up the grill) at midnight.  By the time we ate, got the 5 girls who came back for the pajama party settled in and went to bed ourselves, it was 3 AM.  Lo and behold, at 5 AM we heard a band crank up.  Half a block from us is a big gym, which was rented out by the Catholic group, De Colores.  They're having their national convention there today, and I can't fathom why they started so early, but the band and the welcome speeches were at such volume that I thought the microphone and speaker must have been in our bedroom.  As I type this, they're still full swing.  Oh, well, at least the lyrics are clean, versus what we USUALLY hear at full volume on the weekend.  :)

Anything interesting going on in your world lately?

4 comments:

  1. Isn't it great that people would rather play games than watch a movie? I love that. I always try to get some games going around here, but it seems I'm the only one that enjoys it.
    Looks like you guys are liking living in the new area. I'm happy for you!

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  2. Nothing quite that interesting! What a change of pace from where you just moved from. Wow! So glad you guys are finding- and receiving- so many opportunities to interact with your community in such a positive way. This is so cool to read about!! :D

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  3. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Paraguay? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Paraguay in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)
    Spain

    If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez

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  4. Hi! It's good to get back into reading your blog after missing several posts. Glad to hear that all is going well--you folks are having as many blessings as you are giving. I think you found the right place to move to. We're keeping you and your work and people in our prayers! Blessings!

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