Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Random bits

Has it really been over a month since I last posted?!  I kept waiting for something "BIG" to happen but then I remembered that God isn't only about the big things.  We have a magnet on our refrigerator that says, "God wants to be a part of every little bitty, teeny tiny, itsy bitsy thing in your day."  So this blog will be about several of those random bits of our life here - all those little things that God cares about :)
A couple of weeks ago the Sunday School program held a yard sale.  People from the church donated used clothing, toys, and household items; then we sold them along with homemade cookies and empanadas.  We made a little over $100 and are excited to purchase some much-needed supplies for the kids with this money!
Emily and I decided to try on some of the donated items while we were setting up the sale :)
 Every Saturday the leaders from the church meet and spend an hour of sharing and prayer.  This special time is usually led by either Felix or Ryan.  Although we are not always able to see the immediate results, God is doing a mighty work in Fernando de la Mora and these leaders are an integral part of the growth process.  Please pray for them as we move from a church of less than 100 to a church of 1000 members!
 Our office :)  Notice the letters on the wall - Ryan's "Club de la Alegria" or "Joy Club".  It always makes me laugh!
 Finally, a praise and prayer request for our kiddos.  For the first time since we moved to South America in 2007, the boys are experiencing culture shock.  It's difficult to watch them struggle with this although we know it will pass.  We are grateful that they are fluent in Spanish and have made many friends here but they still miss their friends in Pucallpa and often talk about wanting to move back there.  Please pray for their adjustment and contentment here in Paraguay.
The praise is that, however slowly, they are fitting in here.  An interesting piece of the Paraguayan culture that Landon has already picked up is a love for terere.  Terere is a popular herbal drink made with ice-cold water.  Drinking terere is often used to share and chat with friends or to meet new people.  Our 4040s use it an evangelistic tool :)
As always, we are so thankful to have such wonderful people praying for and supporting us!  Many blessing to each of you :)