Archive for the ‘Language’ Category

“For in him we live and move and have our being.” -Acts 17:28 The world today is increasingly interconnected. This is first and foremost cause for celebration. But it brings challenges. People have different perspectives and guiding experiences. While we are knitted together through common connections, interests, and aspirations, we speak many languages, eat different […]


“For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” Psalm 139:13-14 One of the gems associated with the Disciples of Christ in Paraguay and Argentina is the Primera […]


In on the Joke

23Jul12

We’ve returned to Resistencia after two busy weeks of travel through Paraguay, visiting churches and renewing relationships with friends we haven’t seen in a while. One of the highlights of our recent trip was attending a youth congress at Camp Jack Norment, where we enjoyed two full days of frisbee, campfires, and fellowship. Unexpectedly, the […]


Anglophiles in Asunción were aflutter last week with Paul McCartney’s first-ever visit to Paraguay. Last Tuesday he performed to 30,000 ecstatic fans, wowing them not only with his music, but also with his efforts to speak Guaraní. After the event, one enthusiastic concertgoer commented on McCartney’s website: For some time now, if they had told […]


Sometimes James and I feel like we are the victims of a vast language conspiracy. Just when we start to think we’re getting the hang of Spanish, a new grammar or vocabulary challenge reveals itself, and we realize we’ve been saying something incorrectly for weeks. Here are some of our latest blunders: 1. La Jubilación […]


We enjoyed reading the recent New York Times article on the prevalence of the Guaraní language in Paraguay. The article accurately captures how widespread the language is, and how ingrained it is in the popular culture. We hear a fair amount of Guaraní spoken in church. One pastor explained that the language establishes a closer […]