Archive for the ‘Paraguay’ Category

Here are some pictures from the two-church spiritual retreat held at Campamento Jack Norment, in Paraguay. 400 Disciples from Argentina and Paraguay came together for a day of worship, song, Bible study, fellowship, and fun! The day concluded with a Closing Circle, where every family received a Yucca cutting to plant back home. The cutting […]


“Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.” –Psalm 126:6 Indigenous people in Paraguay have largely had a difficult post-contact experience. Even the Guarani, who survived through strategic alliances with the Spanish, faced exploitation, enslavement, and expulsion. Many tribes are now located on […]


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), […]


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 […]


Yesterday, the Republic of Paraguay experienced an abrupt transition in leadership as President Fernando Lugo was impeached and then removed from office in a period of less than 48 hours. His vice president, Federico Franco, has assumed the Presidency and is moving quickly to consolidate power. So far as we know there have been no […]


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 […]


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 […]


We’re happy to report that, even though it’s not spring here, the species Rabbitus resurrectus has a wider geographical range than we had expected: several sightings of the shy long-eared creature—and his peculiar chocolate droppings—were made over the Easter season in Argentina and Paraguay.


Easter Mangoes

15Apr12

“In the Morning When I Rise, Give Me Jesus” -African American Spiritual Was it more than a coincidence? We were sitting in the yard outside Lambaré’s Disciples of Christ church, enjoying the congregation’s annual Good Friday campfire and taking in the words of a visiting pastor. He was exhorting us to choose Jesus and not the […]