It has been quite a while since I wrote a blog and we've been busy - but with such GOOD things!! I am feeling truly blessed as I sit down to write this long-overdue update on our family and ministry.
First of all, on May 2 the Williams family arrived in Asunción. They will be taking over as the new cluster support family for the 4040s. Ryan and I have been so busy with our church-related positions and activities that we've at times felt like we were neglecting the 4040s. Cole and Kelly are awesome and will be a great addition to the team! They have two kiddos - Teddy is 4 and Reese just turned 3. Landon and Teddy are already good buddies :) You can check out their blog here.
A few days after the Williams arrived and we helped them furnish their house (finding them an apartment was an adventure!! MUCH different here than in the States or even Peru), the boys celebrated Paraguay's Independence Day at school. Both classes did a traditional dance and Landon was chosen to recite a poem with 3 other boys. It's fun to be learning more about this new culture and country!
The church is growing so much (and we had a short-term team of college students here) that we had to hold the service outside. What a blessing! We are currently looking at putting up the roof for a new building so we can transition services outside, but I think we have officially "outgrown" the current church building.
Below is a picture of the one event I was able to participate in (I was mostly locked up with the money and receipts!) We went to a nearby school and spent 3 hours with the kids (kindergarten through high school) - playing soccer, painting faces and nails, jumping rope, and sharing our love with them. At the end of our time, Felipe spoke to them about God's love and invited them and their families to church.
Isaiah made some special friends too :)