Posts Tagged ‘Paraguay’

A Good Friday

14Apr12

Our blessings and good wishes to everyone who just celebrated Easter, and to those who are wrapping up Passover. Here in the southern hemisphere, we split our Holy Week time between Paraguay and Argentina. On Good Friday, we attended the service of the Last Seven Words in Lambaré, Paraguay. “Seven words” refers to the seven […]


“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’” Genesis 1:26 In the […]


Earlier this month we participated in the World Day of Prayer, an annual international ecumenical celebration organized by Christian women. Each year, women from a different nation prepare a worship guide around issues that are important to their country. Women around the world use the guide to plan their own worship services, praying for the […]


Summer Camp

26Mar12

We suggest wearing sunglasses if you plan to mention the words “Campamento Jack Norment” to any Paraguayan Disciple of Christ youngster between the ages of 11 and 24. The kid’s face is sure to light up like a campfire. The Jack Norment Camp was established in 1948 by missionaries from the United States. The camp […]


Last week we visited Ciudad del Este (“City of the East”), which sits on Paraguay’s eastern border, close to Brazil, Argentina, and the famous Iguazu Falls. Ciudad del Este is widely recognized as Paraguay’s economic center, for both its legitimate and its not-so-legitimate business endeavors. Travel writer John Gimlette describes Ciudad del Este as “the […]


We recently spent a few nights at Asunción’s Misión de Amistad, or “Friendship Mission.” The mission was founded in 1953 as a health clinic, and today includes a primary and secondary school, a nursing school, and a church. The price for our room and board at the mission was a sermon – our first in […]


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 […]


War Stories

14Mar12

“I am for peace, but when they speak, they are for war.” Psalm 120:7 Paraguay’s national history and identity have been shaped by two wars. In the War of the Triple Alliance (1864-70) Paraguay confronted Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina, and lost. Two generations later, President Eusebio Ayala launched the Chaco War (1932-5) which successfully checked […]


This week we trekked across Paraguay from Asuncion, on the country’s southwestern edge, to Ciudad del Este, on the southeastern border. The route, which takes about six hours by bus – we broke the journey up with two overnight stops along the way – is a beautiful slice of Paraguay’s countryside. But first we had […]


“…And what does God require of you? To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”  Micah 6:8 A few weeks ago, we mentioned that the theme of resistance is an important part of the identity of Disciples of Christ churches in Argentina and Paraguay. We recently visited one example of […]