Archive for the ‘Argentina’ Category

Let’s Eat!

27Sep12

Sometimes we feel like we’re eating our way across the Southern Cone! As in so many other places around the world, food plays an important role in church life in Argentina and Paraguay. We thought we’d do our best to make you hungry by showing you a smorgasbord of food-related fellowship moments here in South […]


The word “missionary” comes with some heavy historical baggage. In one painful example, missionaries from one of the United Church of Christ (our sending church) predecessor denominations played an important role in the US colonization of Hawaii in the 1880’s and 90´s. Nowadays, the UCC and its partner church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), […]


The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. (Song of Songs, 2:12-13) Friends and […]


Resistencia’s artsy side was on display last month with the arrival of the Biennial, an event that brought together sculptors from all over the world to demonstrate their art live in front of thousands of visitors. Twelve artists from countries as far away as South Korea, Syria, and India spent the week turning giant blocks […]


Several Argentines now have asked us variations of the question, “So what’s the deal with peanut butter?” What is it, they want to know. What does it taste like? How do you eat it? Now, peanut butter is hard to find in Argentina. When we do find it—often in health food stores, of all places—it’s […]


Culture Shock

15Jun12

James and I are recovering from culture shock. We can say we’re in recovery thanks to our handy Survival Kit for Overseas Living, which explains that the toughest weeks of culture shock usually come about three months into one’s adjustment to a new country. We’re now in month five, and are happily trending back up […]


“Well done, good and faithful servant.” – Matthew 25:21 Jorgelina Lozada was the first ordained female in Latin America, a member of the Disciples of Christ church here in Argentina. Recently, Blanca Staude de Martínez and Ester Iglesias de Lugo, both female pastors in the Disciples, published a compelling biography of Rev. Lozada. This is […]


On Houses

24May12

“The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.” Matthew 7:25   Jesus, the carpenter, imbues the building of houses with extra-special sacredness. But he does not specify how the house must look or what materials to […]


Here is a picture of our church in Resistencia, from the night of the perigee of the moon. Happy climbing!


A friend emailed to ask us about the geography of Resistencia. How are the natural and built environments of the city? How do they interact? What is the boundary like between the urban and rural areas? These are some great questions for us to think about, especially since in our role as missionaries we’re facilitating […]